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Lifefitness T5 Treadmill Review - $3,999.00

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This is not a good treadmill for $4,000 plus. You would be better off with the Club model if the Lifefitness name twirls your propeller. Also with what True is offering in this range, I would take a hard look before plunking down $4,000 on this one. A great looking model for Lifefitness but at $4,000 you start to wonder if you should be getting more than looks. This one borrows the drive system from the prior models so this is more of a cosmetic exercise with a dressed up console. When you consider what True, Matrix, and Precor offer in the mid $4k range, it is amazing the difference in quality and value with Lifefitness standing clearly at a disadvantage. Lifefitness really should put much more into the T5 but they are living on the reputation of the club models. If you must have a Lifefitness spend the extra $ on the entry club model.

Number of Programs N/A
Heart Rate Sensor and Type Contact grips and wireless receiver
Horsepower 3.0 HP (6.0 HP peak)
Speed Range Up to 12 mph
Incline/Decline Range 0 - 0.5%
Weight Capacity 400 Ibs. (181.4 kg)
Belt Size 22" x 60"
Footprint 79.5" x 32"
Folds N/A
Weight of Unit 341 Ibs
Warranty Lifetime on frame, Lifespring shock absorbers; 10-year on drive motor; 5 year on parts; 1 year on labor

General Information

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.



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