Lifespan TR800 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
If you are a walker and want a basic treadmill, it is hard to go wrong with this one. You really get much more than $100 worth of value if you step up to the TR1200i.
A basic treadmill for those who just want to get on the machine and go. Not for serious users. If you are a serious user, look higher in the Lifespan lineup.
The Lifespan TR800 isn't a horrible choice at $899, but it's hard to see why you'd choose this model over the TR1200i that sells for only $100 more and has better quality, a better motor, better cushioning, and a more extensive warranty. Also, if you plan on doing anything more than walking the TR800 is not for you.
The walking area is ok. The belt measures in at 18" x 52", which is 2" narrower and 8" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt that is found on most of today's treadmills. If you're used to the larger walking areas, this model may make you feel a bit cramped.
A decent motor comes in this machine. You can find models in this price range that have slightly more power producing capabilities, but you're just as likely to find models at this cost that use motors that are vastly inferior to this one. You can theoretically reach 10 mph on this treadmill, but we wouldn't recommend it. The structure and drive system won't hold up well to running.
You'll get an unimpressive cushioning system with this model. 8 compression shock absorbers are used to reduce the impact that walking has on your joints and back. You usually don't see cushioning systems this bad once you get past the $699 price point.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine is okay. You won't find another treadmill that sells for $899 that we expect to last longer than this one, but if you're willing to spend an extra $100, you'll start seeing a major jump in the life expectancy.
The warranty on the Lifespan TR800 isn't good. Parts and labor are covered for 1 year, while the frame and motor are covered for life. Unfortunately, this type of coverage isn't uncommon on treadmills that are this inexpensive.