Schwinn 840 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
The entry level Schwinn. Not worth it unless you can find it at a BIG discount. The warranty tells the whole story.
A basic treadmill that will meet the needs of walkers but runners will stomp a mud hole in this treadmill if they try to use it regularly.
The Schwinn 840 is an entry level model. At $999, it's not really worth the price it's given. If you only plan on using it for light walking, it should be okay, but it will not last very long if you try to use it for running. Unless you can get a significant discount, we wouldn't recommend this treadmill.
The walking area is a good size. The belt measures in at 20" x 55", which is a solid 5" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt that comes on many of today's treadmills. This should still provide plenty of room for larger users to run on comfortably without altering their stride.
A decent motor powers this machine. The power producing capabilities of this treadmill are better than many in this price range, but you can find a couple of models that sell for $100 less that come with better motors. Speeds of up to 10 mph are attainable, but we don't recommend using this model for anything other than walking. The structure and drive system won't hold up well to a running regimen.
An okay cushioning system comes on this model. SoftTrak Deck Suspension is used to reduce the impact that running has on your joints and back. It's not hard to find treadmills that have a more forgiving or durable running surfaces at this price point.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine is pretty bad. The life expectancy is short, even when compared to other equally affordable treadmills. The quality of parts is also disappointing.
The warranty on the Schwinn 840 is awful. Wear items are covered for 90 days, parts are covered for 6 months, electronics are covered for 1 year, the motor is covered for 10 years, and the frame is covered for 5 years. Rarely are treadmills given such a poor warranty.