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TRUE Z5.0 Treadmill Review

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How long will the TRUE Z5.0 last?

All of the features and programming aside, the Z5.0 offers a quality workout experience- just at a high price point. True is known for its ability to create quality products that are backed by a great service. So if you are a runner who just needs a good, simple treadmill, then the Z5.0 may be the treadmill for you. Still, we like to remind our readers to brush up on their treadmill maintenance knowledge because taking care of your equipment can help add years to the machine.

Brief Overview

The higher price ranges bring great treadmills but also treadmills that are just a little pricey for what you get. The True Z5.0 is one of these pricey treadmills. While this model has a good build and company backing, it may not offer the most bang for your buck. Accordingly, we have awarded the Z5.0 our Fourth Place Award among the 2020 Best Buys for the $3,000 to $3,999 dollar range.

Overall Quality

We here at Treadmill Doctor strive to provide good customer service and quality parts and we appreciate companies who strive to do the same. Hence why we admire many of the True treadmills. Especially when compared to other treadmill companies, True has one of the best reputations and service on the market. The only downside is you pay quite a lot for great service. The True Z5.0 is a good example of this because it is one of True’s attempts to provide a more affordable model. To the outside user or person new to True, you may just see a hefty treadmill that has a big price tag for no reason. But we have been in the treadmill business a while and understand why the Z5.0 is so expensive.

For starters, this treadmill is a very good, strong machine. There are not many treadmills in this price range that can match the durability and quality of the Z5.0 other than other True treadmills. Also, True is a very reputable company that stands behind their products. Thus, the True warranty is way more valuable than a warranty from a company that does not stand behind their machines. Lastly, True often adds a little extra to their price tags that way they can bargain and run specials; much like car dealers.

So, in True’s eyes, the Z5.0 is reasonably priced. However, when this treadmill is compared to other treadmills in this price range, you can see that the Z5.0 does not have near the features or the technology as the others. While we do like True treadmills, we are not living in the same reality they are. We are fully aware that it is hard to buy a treadmill just on name alone when the competitors pack so much of a punch. So if you can find the Z5.0 on sale or speak with a True representative to reach a deal, you will end up with a very good machine. But, if not, we recommend shopping around first.

Things we like

  • Great Company
  • Solid Build
  • Quality Machine
  • Good Warranty

Things we dislike

  • X
    Not the Best Value for the Price
  • X
    Simple Version


Pre-Programmed Workouts N/A
Heart Rate Sensor and Type EKG Grip Monitors
Horsepower 3
Speed Levels 12
Incline/Decline Range 15
Weight Capacity 400
Walking Area 20 x 54
Folds No
Unit Weight 260
Warranty Lifetime Frame, 30 Yr Motor, 10 Yr Parts, 1 Yr Labor


The Z5.0 won our Best Buy First Place for the under $3,999 price point for 2016 because of its great design and quality. We also liked how quiet and compact the Z5.0 is. At the time, True had not made models in the same price range as the Z5.0 that could compete with it.


Though we do like the quality and company in and behind the Z5.0, we cannot consciously say it is a great value when we know of other treadmills with the same price tag. If you are looking to spend this much on a treadmill, you may want to shop around before settling with the Z5.0. Even still, we like how much durability True has built the True Z5.0 with and have decided to put this treadmill in our Fourth Place 2020 Best Buy slot for the $3,000 to $3,999 dollar range.

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