Lifefitness F3 Track Console Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
Great new design and one of the most solid foldups on the market. With the price increase last year, they weren't quite as compeitive but with the exit of Pacemaster from the folding business, it has improved their competitive position.
A very solid unit... so solid, you forget it is a foldup. Lifefitness has learned its lesson about bringing products to the US market that are too cheap. They want their markup, and they are going to get it...with competitors going out of business, you can't fault them for wanting to make a profit.
The Lifefitness F3 Track Console is a solid treadmill that sells for $2,999. It's a bit on the pricey side, which is something we've recently come to expect from Lifefitness. It's got more programming options than the Go Console, but it also costs an extra $400. It's up to you whether or not you think that's worth the extra cash.
The walking area is a decent size. The belt measures in at 20" x 55". This is a bit shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt found on many of today's treadmills, but most users will have no problems running on it comfortably without having to make any alterations to their stride.
In this machine, you'll find a motor that's pretty much what you'd expect for a treadmill that sells in this price range. You can find models that have better power producing capabilities without paying more, but you're just as likely to find one that's less powerful. You can reach speeds of up to 10 mph on this machine, so most users will have no problems challenging themselves.
A disappointing cushioning system comes with this model. FlexDeck Shock Absorption System is used to reduce the impact that running has on your joints and back. You can spend $1,000 less than you would on this treadmill and still find a running surface that is more durable and forgiving.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, that's where this model really shines. There are several models that cost between $3,000-4,000 that have a similar life expectancy. The quality of parts is also very nice. You may be overpaying if you buy this treadmill, but it's not due to a lack of quality.
The warranty on the Lifefitness F3 Track Console is good. Labor is covered for 1 year, electrical and mechanical parts are covered for 5 years, the motor is covered for 10 years, and the frame and Lifespring shock absorbers are covered for life. This kind of coverage is what you'd expect for such a durable treadmill.