HealthRider H55t Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
No $700 treadmill is going to be a strong model. There are simply too many corners that must be cut in order to get the retail price this low.
If you are just a walker, this should be a fine model for you but the component quality is too low to be much more.
The HealthRider H55t is an okay treadmill that should work for individuals who only plan on light walking. At $699, you have to realize that the quality of the machine won't be great. A quality machine takes money to build, and that will be reflected in the final price.
The walking area is a decent size. The belt measures in at 20" x 55", which is a good 5" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt that is found on most of today's treadmills. This should still provide plenty of room for larger users to run on comfortably without altering their stride.
A weak motor powers this machine. Unfortunately, this is pretty common in this price range, but if you're willing to spend an extra $200, you can start seeing a major jump in power producing capabilities. Speeds of up to 10 mph are attainable, but we wouldn't recommend using this model for anything other than light walking. The structure and drive system won't hold up well to a running regimen.
A decent cushioning system comes on this model. FlexStride Cushioning is used to reduce the impact that running has on your joints and back. Most of the comparably priced treadmills use a similar cushioning system, but an extra $100 can get you a much more forgiving and durable running surface.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine is okay. The life expectancy is admittedly short, but there aren't more than one or two treadmills that cost this little that are more durable. The quality of parts isn't very good, but it holds up well against other affordable models.
The warranty on the HealthRider H55t is not very good. Parts and labor are covered for 1 year, the motor is covered for 25 years, and the frame is covered for life. HealthRider doesn't want to give very much coverage for this treadmill, and we can't say we blame them.