These products are produced by Icon Health and Fitness. They are the largest retail fitness company. Like the original HealthRider, a gimmicky little machine that did more to ruin your back than to workout your muscles, these treadmills are focused on features. Having Tony Little as a spokesman should tell you all you need to know! With the improvement across the line on their parts quality, they have taken care of past quality problems to a great extent, except for the very low-end units.
Quality / Philosophy
Fads are common in the fitness business and HealthRider was no exception but the fad was so big that it produced a brand. Now, they sell very few of the old gimmicky machines. This brand is produced by Icon, a company with thousands of employees and large resources. Put simply, their machines have the best design in the business. Icon has a long, storied history that provides an example of how the big keep getting bigger. Icon used to be the mass-market darling because of their cheap prices but they used to have quality to match. These days they put more quality into the machines and pack them with features. Service by most of the lower priced companies can be spotty but you get what you pay for.
Icon is the largest fitness equipment producer in the world with over $1 billion in sales. If the fitness industry were a solar system, Icon is so powerful that they would be the Sun. Although you get a great value price for the product, you also get value service so keep this in mind when buying their machines. We don't get nearly as many complaints about Icon's service as we have in the past. Due to the sheer number of units they produce, we pick up support in many cases where this factory leaves off.