Lifefitness T5.0 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
I finally saw Fiddler on the Roof a couple of years ago- not sure if the Jews for Jesus outside or the show was more entertaining. To borrow the theme from Fiddler, people buy Lifefitness for a reason- "Tradition!"
This is Life's in-between model. Better than the T3 but not enough better to warrant the difference in price. Either step up to the T7.0 or save a few bucks with the T3 Track.
The Lifefitness T5.0 is the awkward middle brother of the T3 and T7.0. At $3,699, it doesn't make much sense to go with this model over the other two. It would probably make the most sense to save the money and go with the T3. There is a difference in quality, but the price difference is even bigger.
The walking area is quite large. The belt measures in at 22" x 60". This is a solid 2" wider than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt found on many of today's treadmills. Larger users with a wider stance may find this walking area to be more accommodating than most.
A slightly disappointing motor is found in this machine. It's not that it's bad, but you expect a little more power when your paying $3,699. You can even find a similar motor in Lifefitness's other models that cost as much as $1,000 less than this one. Speeds of up to 12 mph are attainable, so even experienced runners shouldn't have a problem challenging themselves.
You'll find a really nice cushioning system on this treadmill. FlexDeck Shock Absorption System is used to reduce the impact that running has on your joints and back. It's difficult to find a cushioning system that is this forgiving and durable at any price.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this model is okay. You can find treadmills that are cheaper that have a longer life expectancy, but it's not exactly the norm. The quality of parts, however, is fairly impressive.
The warranty on the Lifefitness T5.0 is good. Labor is covered for 1 year, electrical and mechanical parts are covered for 7 years, the motor is covered for 10 years, and the frame and Lifespring shock absorbers are covered for life. This is the kind of coverage you hope for when you spend this much on a treadmill.