We say it often. When you buy workout equipment for less than a thousand dollars, you should not expect much quality. Companies simply cannot have high-quality standards at this price point. Accordingly, the Trainer 720 is a decent value for the money, but it is not likely to last very long. If you are a serious user, especially, then we would not recommend even looking at treadmills for less than a $1,500-dollars. But if you are a casual walker who works out on a weekly basis, then you should be able to see the longest lifespan out of the Trainer 720.
If you want to help extend what little quality is in this treadmill as much as you can, then we always recommend doing your best to properly maintain your treadmill. Some upkeep that you may not consider is making sure your shoes are clean when you get on your treadmill. For the higher-end treadmills, we recommend having a treadmill-only pair of shoes. But treadmills like the Trainer 720 are not all that special or expensive. So, simply wiping off any gravel or dirt should suffice. By doing your best to keep the belt clean, you will help keep debris out of the frame and motor systems in the treadmill which will help the components work smoother for longer.
Gold's Gym Trainer 720 treadmill is okay at this price point. We like the better build that Gold's Gym included, but we are not as impressed with its additional features. Then, of course, we have our usual concerns about buying cheaper treadmills and buying Icon products. With that said, we have awarded the Gold's Gym Trainer 720 our Third Place Best Buy for the $400 to $699 dollar range. Though we only recommend cheap treadmills like this one for a casual walker, we are pleased to say that the Trainer 720 is one of our top four for this price range.
Let’s start with the good qualities. When we compare the Trainer 720 to our other top treadmills in this price range, we notice that this model has a few features that are above the average. For starters, the Trainer 720 has a twenty by fifty-five-inch walking area. This is certainly not the biggest belt on the market, but when the average is nineteen by fifty-four, it is important to recognize the slight increase in the walking area. We like the look of this treadmill's console. The Trainer 720 does not come with a touchscreen that so many treadmills are built with, but neither do our other top models in this price range. This treadmill does, however, have a little bit of a nice feel than some of the other models that don't seem to know how to design a console without the touchscreen. We also notice that the Trainer 720 has a stronger build than our top four's average. This is refreshing to see seeing as how Gold's Gym does not always prioritize the treadmill’s build over the features.
But with the stronger build means that Gold's Gym had to cut other corners in order to stay in the price range. The Trainer 720 only has eighteen built-in workouts which is below our average for this price. Additionally, the Trainer 720 only comes with the minimum one-year parts and labor warranty. This is not terrible for this price range, but you also have to consider the type of company that is backing the warranty. We have recommended other treadmills for the same price that belong to much more reputable companies. Gold’s Gym is part of the Icon family. Icon has slowly accumulated a pretty bad rap for their customer service. The main problem with Icon’s customer service department is that they have such a large number of product base that it is difficult to accommodate the volume. Instead of the small mom and pop feel that companies like Johnson and Livestrong provide, you receive a frustratingly ineffective customer service department. Comparatively, this kind of service decreases the Trainer 720’s value.
|Number of Programs||18|
|Heart Rate Sensor and Type||EKG Grip Pulse|
|Speed Range||0 - 10|
|Incline/Decline Range||0 - 10|
|Weight Capacity||300 Lbs|
|Belt Size||20 x 55|
|Warranty||Lifetime Frame, 25-Year Motor, 1-Year Parts & Labor|
|Weight of Unit||203|
Over the years, we have said that the Trainer 720 is the minimum acceptable level of quality for casual walkers. Our reviews have remarked that the Trainer 720 is not bad for $600-dollars, but we have not recommended it for serious users.
In the end, the treadmills in this price range are going to have many of the same low-end quality features. You simply cannot have that much variation without sacrificing other features for this kind of money. Therefore, the real question is whether or not you like the feel of a Gold’s Gym treadmill and if you prefer Icon customer care over other companies’ care. The Trainer 720 has a decent build, bigger walking area, and an attractive console. But if you are do anything more than weekly walking and/or do not like the Icon company care, then you are better off with another treadmill in this price range. Nonetheless, if the $400 to $699 dollar range is your budget, then our 2020 Third Place Best Buy for this category should be a decent buy.