- Expert Review
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The full featured unit of the home line with all the bells and whistles. This model is essentially their club unit toned down for the home. And by toned down, we mean they changed the look a bit and gave it a new name and a few new badges. These are noisier than your typical home machines like a True ES900. If you have a big budget and a big place to put it, these can run up to $7,000 with the fancier screen and up to $9k with their new Discovery screen. This Lifefitness machine will not disappoint if you love their club models. Additionally, the repair guy will be like the lonely Maytag repair man because you won't be seeing him very often. These are excellent machines but they should be since they cost four to five times the cost of the typical quality home treadmill.
|Number of Programs||N/A|
|Heart Rate Sensor and Type||Polar telemetry (optional chest strap required). Lifepulse digital heart rate monitoring with DSP (Digital Signal Processing)|
|Speed Range||0.5 - 12 mph|
|Incline/Decline Range||0 - 15%|
|Weight Capacity||400 Ibs. (181.4 kg)|
|Belt Size||22" x 60"|
|Footprint||62.25" x 80"|
|Weight of Unit||444 Ibs|
|Warranty||Lifetime on frame, LifeSpring shock absorbers and drive motor; 10-year on parts; 3-year on console; 1-year on labor|
A division of Brunswick Corp, Lifefitness is the 800 lb. gorilla in the commercial market and is known for the famous club Lifecycle stationary cycle made around 40 years ago. These are typically well designed products but are overpriced and we have had consumer complaints about quality on the consumer line. Lifefitness simply isn’t competitive with other brands like Landice, Precor, and True in regard to quality and value.
Quality / Philosophy
Their philosophy seems to be to engineer the product well and then price accordingly. Post warranty parts are expensive but with the new warranties, they won’t be needed for a long time. People usually equate the name with the club machines but unless you are buying one of their club models for the home and you are a serious runner, you will like True, Precor or Landice much better.
Lifefitness dominates the commercial equipment market and has always had plenty of horsepower in the marketing side of the business. Their industrial design is always sleek, if not complex, which helps them use components that wouldn’t work in an average design. We expect Life to be around for a long time to come and they are a huge fitness company.