Lifespan TR3000i Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
Sole and Smooth have much stronger models in this price range. If you need a treadmill desk model though, Lifespan has a model for you.
Good motor that powers an efficient drive system
At 2.75 HP this is not the strongest motor in the sub $1,500 category but does a fairly decent job of powering an efficient drive to provide a satisfying workout. Smooth and Sole pack much greater power and provide a more satisfying running area compared to this treadmill. You can aim for 12 mph speeds and enjoy a fairly comfortable workout with tolerable noise levels. At least the warranty is good because on the motor, the company provides a lifetime warranty.
Fairly spacious treadbelt that contributes to a better workout
The running surface measures a decent 20" x 56", which is a good 4" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt found on better treadmills. Larger users can run comfortably without restricting their stride.
Cushioning provides decent shock protection to exercising limbs
This is not the most forgiving shock impact system in its category. But users enjoy the benefit of having 8 variable density elastomers that provide reasonable protection to exercising hips, joints and back.
Good warranty protection
The warranty is 1 year on labor, 5 years on parts, and lifetime on the motor and frame which is fairly good for this price range, but not the finest. The Best Buy Award winner and runners up are providing better coverage up to 7 years in parts warranties.
Costly for the average buyer
Certainly, the $1,500 price tag is way beyond normal budgets for good running treadmills. This can be described as a value for money machine priced around $500 lower than the premium segment models offered by Lifespan. Budget buyers would do better to concentrate on treadmills that offer good features at more affordable prices touching $1,000.
The reliability stakes
Good quality parts and reasonable longevity characterize this machine. But if you do your research you can get more durable machines at lower prices than the TR3000i.
The final diagnosis
Lifespan is known for packaging good quality parts in attractive models but it may have erred by pricing this model a bit higher than it deserves to be. Sole and Smooth are competitively much better than this model in its price category and they have moved on to grab the Best Buy and Runner's Up awards.It is a great looking design with great fit-and-finish quality. Solid, full-HRC model.