HealthRider H79t Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
A great value but they made some shortcuts to get the price down. You really don't want to use this treadmill for running.
If you need a treadmill for average use, this is one of the best picks you can make. Great value for the money.
The HealthRider H79t is an excellent walker's treadmill. At $849, it is affordable. That does, of course, mean that this won't be the highest quality machine you can find, but it offers more than many comparably priced models. If you're on a budget, and don't plan on running, this is an excellent choice.
The walking area is a decent size. The belt measures in at 20" x 56", which is a good 4" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt that is found on many of today's treadmills. This should still provide plenty of room for larger users to run on comfortably without altering their stride.
A very nice motor powers this machine. There are a few models in this price range that have similar power producing capabilities, but the vast majority use much weaker motors. Speeds of up to 12 mph are attainable, but we wouldn't recommend running on this treadmill. The structure and drive system won't last long if you use this machine for anything other than light walking.
A decent cushioning system comes on this model. FlexStride Adjustable Cushioning is used to reduce the impact that walking has on your joints and back. There are several treadmills that sell for over $1,000 that offer a less forgiving and durable running surface, but you can also find a few treadmills in this price range that use much better cushioning.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine is okay. It's got one of the longer life expectancies for such an inexpensive treadmill, but there are definitely comparably priced models that we expect to last longer. The quality of parts is good at this low of a price.
The warranty on the HealthRider H79t is pretty bad. Labor is covered for 1 year, parts are covered for 2 years, and the frame and motor are carried for life. It's hard to find good coverage on treadmills that sell for less than $1,000.