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Freemotion 850 Treadmill Review - $1,299.00

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One of the best values of the $1,299 price range. Freemotion has it right with this one! Huge belt and huge motor but some shortcomings on the frame. With that said, this frame design has held up well over the past several years. You are missing out more on frame “looks" rather than frame “quality.” Freemotion is packing it with features from both a parts and electronics perspective. These units have held up well but they do have to cut a few corners to get the price down from the $1,500 range that their best machines sell for in this range. For those who want to pinch their pennies and still get a quality machine, this is it!

Number of Programs 32
Heart Rate Sensor and Type Heart rate monitor
Horsepower 3.5 CHP
Speed Range Up to 12mph
Incline/Decline Range 0 - 15%
Weight Capacity 350 Ibs (159 kg)
Belt Size N/A
Footprint N/A
Folds Yes
Weight of Unit N/A
Warranty Lifetime (frame and motor), Parts: 5 years

General Information

Freemotion was acquired by Icon around the turn of the century and at that time was, unfortunately, named Ground Zero Fitness. Needless to say, the name had to be changed so they changed it to Freemotion, which was the name their strength product at the time. It was a successful changeover and many clubs swear by, not at, their Freemotion units. For the home, the quality is on par with NordicTrack which is good but you also get the infamous Icon service.

Quality / Philosophy

Freemotion is produced by Icon, a company with thousands of employees and large resources. Put simply, their machines have the best design in the business. Icon has a long, storied history that provides an example of how the big keep getting bigger. Icon used to be the mass-market darling because of their cheap prices but they used to have quality to match. These days they put quality into the machines and pack them with features. We can no longer say Icon has the worst customer service in the business after experiencing the cheap treadmills sold on Amazon. We rate the machines by the individual machine quality, not the quality of their service.


Icon is the largest fitness equipment producer in the world with over $1 billion in sales. If the fitness industry were a solar system, Icon is so powerful that they would be the Sun. In terms of stability they are the best, but overall their customer service isn’t up to the standards of any of the lower volume producers. Although you get a value price for the product, you also get value 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.



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