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SportsArt made an effort with this machine. The problem is that the $3k market is going away. We see people all the time either buying a $5,000+ machine or sub $2,000 and few are selling in-between. A high quality unit with a better price than what we have seen in the past. In our experience over the years with SportsArt, the factory has a better opinion of their quality than what ends up in the field. When you start to get into the $3,000 market, you are running into True, the low end of Landice's line and right in the heart of the lower end Precor machines. If these were as reliable as a Woodway, you might think about buying a SportsArt machine at $3k but that simply isn't the case.
|Number of Programs||28|
|Heart Rate Sensor and Type||Heart Rate Feedback|
|Speed Range||.1 - 12|
|Incline/Decline Range||0 - 15|
|Weight Capacity||400 Lbs|
|Belt Size||20 x 58|
|Footprint||77.5 x 38 x 55|
|Weight of Unit||233 Lbs|
|Warranty||Lifetime Frame, 5Yr Parts, 3Yr Labor, 2Yr Wear Items|
SportsArt is an importer of machines from Taiwan. The only problem they have is that they are now trying to position their lineup as a premium brand and that category is already filled with the giants like Precor, Landice, and True.
Quality / Philosophy
Great industrial design once made these a high value proposition before they drastically raised prices. From our viewpoint, it looks like they are concentrating much harder on the commercial market, which, along with the price increases, makes the home models unattractive in our opinion.
SportsArt has made some inroads in the commercial arena. The home ellipticals and treads are less of a value and we wonder where they fit in overall in the business, especially compared with machines from Precor, True, Landice, and other high-end brands. They seem to want to get a premium price with a value product. If you want to pay for a brand name without getting the brand, this is your choice!