Lifespan TR1200i Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
Arguably one of the best $1000 treadmills made! You can do much worse and for those you want much better service than Icon, this is a good choice.
The plus points...
A good motor with great motor- drive compatibility
A quieter 2.5 HP motor that combines smoothly with an excellent drive system to power an efficient workout with the least noise. Lifespan has pulled out the stops to produce a winning treadmill that rigorous users will enjoy exercising on. Lifespan provides lifetime warranty coverage for this motor.
A good running surface and reasonably good cushioning
The tread surface measuring 20" x 56" is spacious enough to accommodate users having a wider stance and taller users with a lengthier walking action.
For the price users are paying they get cushioning that provides a forgiving surface for serious running; leg and back muscles suffer least strain and workouts will be smoother and more comfortable permitting users to stretch the duration of their workouts.
This is a value for money treadmill
The Lifespan TR1200i represents the ideal starting point in the median range for users that are constrained by budget and can't dream of buying into the $2,000 - $3,500 range of high end machines.
For many users $1,000 may be too big an investment
Though the TR1200i is a good offer at the $1,000 price point many prospective buyers will find it unaffordable. Those with budgetary constraints have more choice at lower price tags but they need to understand that it's near impossible to price a good runner's treadmill under $1,000.
Can't classify this as a runner because of lower power output
If you take a look at the $700 to $999 category Best Buy Award winner and close contenders you will notice they all pack superior motors powering 20" x 60" treadbelts. The TR1200i is low powered and has a smaller running surface. But it does a good job with what it has.
Warranty could have been improved upon
The warranty coverage is lifetime for frame and motor, 5 yrs for parts, and 1 yr labor. A better warranty cover could have upped the goodwill factor for the company, but the positive factors are that you are getting better parts quality, a decent motor and good motor drive compatibility that will guarantee durability and maintenance free use for a decent period, unless you grind the machine into the ground.
The final diagnosis
Undoubtedly one of the better choices in the $700 to $999 category and an attractive machine with good features for the committed runner or trainer. You are benefited by better quality parts in places that matter and reliable customer service.The TR1200i is at the top of the pack in the $1000 price range. For the number of units they sell, in our experience they have very few problems with them.