Reebok Challenger 150 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
Not a great deal at $899 but we've seen on sale from time to time. The better deal is the Reebok Competitor RT 6.0.
Reebok is a licensed product of Icon Health and Fitness. Like other Icon built products, this is feature heavy and component quality is pretty good if you turn a blind eye to the electronic features that are glitch prone. The pricing disparities have even out gradually to such an extent that there is no longer a premium segment. The quality is increasing and they are making some very good machines offering excellent value for money.
Unfortunately Icon also has the worst customer service in the business but we rate the machines by the individual machine quality, not the quality of their service.
Although you get a value price for the product, you also get scaled down service so keep this in mind when buying their machines- apparently they price their machines so low in comparison to other companies that they don't have money left for service. Due to the sheer number of units they produce, we pick up support in many cases where this factory leaves off.
What can be stated in its favor...
The motor is more suited to walking
With a motor that is 2.25 HP you can walk with confidence but you can't dream of breaking into a jog or a vigorous run. The motor is not powerful enough to lift the treadmill experience to extreme running. As you approach speeds of 10 mph the noise factor is likely to grow louder. Inclines max out at 10%, just adequate for a gradual uphill walking action.
20" × 55" running area is designed and supported for walking
The walking surface offers adequate cushioning and injury protection for the brisk walker but is grossly underpowered by the 2.25 HP motor to be of any use in running and extreme exercises.
Value for money if you are a normal user
Being an Icon product you can expect that a certain level of quality and features will be guaranteed at any price level and for the nominal user this is a reasonably good treadmill with usable features at the $700 price point- for a walking experience.
Features that make you pause...
Warranty doesn't inspire confidence
Warranty is pathetic but this is generally the norm with treadmills placed at the lower end of a high quality line up. A feature packed console will be of little use to you when cheaper drive parts wear out, and the attrition rate of machine components will only increase if you overuse the machine.
Treadmill can't take heavier users
The treadmill is not sturdy enough to take on heavy users. Even if a single user above 300 pounds joins the routine you would need the power and performance that comes in the $1300 to $1499 range.
The final analysis
The Reebok Challenger 150 is medium-powered, modest operator, sturdy enough for the average walker or casual exerciser, with a lower price being its main selling point and the warranty as its biggest drawback. Wear and tear and servicing costs will lay you low in the years to come, and a high end version of Reebok would be the better option.
Not a bad effort but it still comes up short in some of the key areas. Reebok makes better options for your money.