Schwinn 860 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
When you consider what others are putting out in this price range, it is hard to justify buying a Schwinn. Only worth buying if you can find it at a HUGE discount.
In this price range, I would even consider a Proform before I bought a Schwinn.
The Schwinn 860 is another example of an overpriced treadmill. At $12,999, you can find much better options than this model. The components and durability of this machine do not live up to the expectations of this price. The warranty is also severely lacking. It would take a significant markdown on the cost for us to recommend this model.
The walking area is a good size. The belt measures in at 20" x 58", which is a solid 2" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt that is found 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 nice motor powers this machine. The treadmills in this price range that offer great power producing capabilities aren't ahead of this one by much. Speeds of up to 12 mph are attainable, so even experienced runners should have no problem challenging themselves.
A disappointing cushioning system comes on this model. SoftTrak Deck Suspension is used to reduce the impact that running has on your joints and back. Most treadmills at this price point offer a much more forgiving and durable running surface.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine is awful. There are treadmills that sell as low as $700 that have a longer life expectancy than this one. The quality of parts is also poor considering how much you are asked to pay.
The warranty on the Schwinn 860 is pathetic. Wear parts are covered for 90 days, parts are covered for 2 years, electronics are covered for 1 year, and the motor and frame are covered for 10 years. It's not very often that you find such poor coverage from a warranty on a treadmill that costs more than $1,000.