Livestrong 8.0T Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
Put $200 with it and go with the 10.0T model if this one spins your top. Some cheaper parts would cause us to go with the 10.0T.
Too many corners have to be cut to get this to $799, unless you are just a walker and plan on babying it.
The Livestrong 8.0T isn't a bad deal at $799, but that's not saying much. It's hard to find a good treadmill at this low of a price because sacrifices must be made to keep the cost of production down. $200 extra will get you the 10.0T, which has better quality parts and a more appealing warranty.
The walking area of this model is good. The belt measures in at 20" x 55", which is a good 5" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt you see on most of today's treadmills. This will still be a large enough area for most users to walk on comfortably without altering their stride.
For such a low cost, the motor in this machine is quite powerful. You can find a few models that have this low of a cost with better power producing capabilities, but they are rare. Speeds of up to 12 mph are obtainable, but we don't recommend using this model for running. The structure and drive system will hold up much better if you use this treadmill for walking.
You'll get a good cushioning system with this model. MaxComfort adjustable cushioning is used to reduce the impact that walking has on your joints and back. There are very few treadmills in this price range that have similarly durable and forgiving running surfaces.
A major weak spot for this machine is its projected reliability. It's not uncommon to find models with this short of a life expectancy in this price range, but it's still a concern. You save some money purchasing a treadmill like this one, but you'll most likely end up spending more on maintenance and repair. The quality of parts is poor.
The warranty on the Livestrong 8.0T is predictably lacking. Labor is covered for 1 year, parts are covered for 2 years, and the frame and motor are covered for life. This kind of coverage shows an understandable lack of faith in this treadmill on the part of the manufacturer.