True M50 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
A strong model for True. This is a very competitive price point and True has held up to the competition.
The budget model from True delivers on many of the legendary traits of the past units at a cheaper price.
The True M50 is a very nice treadmill. At $2,199, it stands up well in well in a price range that has plenty of good competition. It was the 3rd runner up for our Best Buy award in the $2,000-2,499 category, but you'd probably do better saving some money with the M30.
The walking area is a good size. The walking belt is 58" x 20", which is fairly large. 20" x 60" has become the standard, so you're losing 2" when compared to many of today's treadmills. Still, this should be large enough for most users, even the tall ones.
The motor is okay in this machine. You can find many models selling for $1,000 less than this one that have similar power producing capabilities. You can reach speeds of 12 mph on this treadmill, which should be fast enough to challenge most runners.
The cushioning system is the only area where this model sets itself apart from the True M30, which sells for $1,899. An orthopedic belt is used to help alleviate some of the impact that running has on your joints and back. It compares favorably against many of the models in this price range. The only question is whether you find it worth an extra $300 to get good cushioning on a treadmill so similar to the M30, which has a decent cushioning system in its own right.
The projected reliability of this model isn't great. There are even some sub-$1,000 treadmills that have a longer life expectancy than this one does. The quality of parts just isn't what you would hope for in a machine that costs over $2,000.
The warranty isn't bad on the True M50. Labor is covered for 1 year, parts are covered for 5 years, the motor is covered for 30 years, and the frame is covered for life. There is no glaring lack of coverage, but this warranty doesn't do anything to make this model stand out in this price range.