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Reebok R 6.90 Treadmill Review

treadmill Doctor Note :

Cheap components in the drive system will make you want this model like you would want a head-on collision in your car.

Reebok R 6.90 Treadmill Review



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Overall Rating: 5.03

Factors favoring the Treadmill...

A good walking surface

The 20" x 55" treadbelt (5" short of ideal size) packs enough space to take on most categories of users, and even taller users won't have to check their stride noticeably while using the treadmill.

Cushioning is good at this price

The cushioning presents a decent surface that absorbs much of the impact on exercising limbs while we run and walk, and for this price you are getting what you are paying for. It is even better considering that you won't be running much on this treadmill.

Reasonable programs and modest track inclines

10% incline range and a reasonable collection of 16 workout apps combine to impact muscle tone positively and help you shed more calories as you walk the talk.

Space saving treadmill (folding)

With dimensions of 73" L x 36" W x 63" H you can breathe easier that this is a folding treadmill and you can achieve some space saving that way.

And the bad news...

A weak motor powers the treadmill

The 2.25 HP motor in this machine is weaker than many treadmills figuring in the sub-$1,000 category. The only consolation is that you won't be using this machine for anything more strenuous than walking, so the motor won't be bearing much strain.

Poor parts lead to poor longevity

If you are aiming for an inexpensive treadmill you must make way for cheaper parts, and inexpensive parts mean lower machine lifespans. This is the economics of affordable pricing in the treadmill industry. The Reebok R 6.90 is another low priced model carrying these fundamental flaws.

Poor longevity resurfaces as a poor warranty

The machine warranty of 1 year on parts and labor, 25 years on the motor, and lifetime on the frame is pathetic. But overall it is a realistic assessment of the poor quality of the parts that have made their way inside the treadmill to make it affordable.

Runners can give this treadmill a wide berth

Serious runners frankly need a powerful motor, superior parts and good drive quality to sustain extreme workouts, not to speak of a spacious treadbelt - and all that costs money; aim for treadmills priced $1,000 and above.

Heavier users will wear out parts

300 lbs pounds user weight capacity is too much for this machine to bear. Users heavier than 250 pounds will wear out parts faster. Remember that the warranty on parts replacement and labor is a measly one year so you won't be getting any worthwhile support from the company.

Our verdict

The Reebok R 6.90 could at best be described as a beginner's treadmill that is affordable and could be sparingly used for walking, but the Reebok Challenger 150 (same price) was 3rd Runner Up in the Best Buy Awards based on a marginally superior motor. Excellence at this price point is a meaningless crown as you get a treadmill only in looks and not in substance.

You reach a price point where you simply cannot get a quality machine. This unit is in that price point.