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TRUE Z5.0 Treadmill Review

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How long will the TRUE Z5.0 last?

At first glance, the True Z 5.0 seems like a quality model with a weight of 260 lbs. and supporting a 400 lb. max user weight. Even True has faith in this model offering their lifetime frame, 30-year motor, 10-year parts, and 1-year labor warranty. A short, light to moderate jogger should get plenty of years of use out of this treadmill with proper care and maintenance.

Brief Overview

The True Z 5.0 is one of the 2 treadmills offered in the True Fitness Z Series. The Z 5.0 is meant to be an intense training tool in a compact design. It does not have some of today's more advanced technological features so it will not appeal to those looking to be highly entertained during their workout periods even though it does have other good features.

Overall Quality

The True Z 5.0 offers a shorter footprint in space saving efforts, yet we would caution that this results in a shorter running area of only 20” x 54” which puts any long striders out of the game. The True Z 5.0 is best for people seeking a high quality yet relatively basic home treadmill what allows them to walk or jog with limited versatility. It comes with an orthopedic belt made from lubricant infused material which makes a low impact on your joints and the quiet 3.0 motor to make your workout as smooth possible. The Z 5.0 can go up to 12 MPH and has an incline of 15%. It offers 10 built in programs with a dual window custom lcd. It has other standard features such as quick speed keys, dual bottle holders, a tablet holder, and an accessory tray. 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 Z 5.0 other than other True treadmills. However, compared to others in its price range, the Z 5.0 falls short in feature offerings.

Things we like

  • warranty
  • quality parts
  • sleek handlebars

Things we dislike

  • X
    short running area
  • X
    overpriced for technology offered


Power Source 110V/15A
Cord Length 8' / 2.4 m
Drive Motor 3 HP DC continuous
Belt Lubricant Infused Orthopedic
Speed Range 0.5 to 12.0 mph / 0.8 to 19.3 kmh
Incline/Decline Range 0 to 15%
Quick Access Quick Speed & Quick Incline Keys
Frame Construction Robotically Welded Heavy-Gauge Steel
Handrail Design Protective Dipped
Contact Heart Rate Monitoring Yes
Wireless Heart Rate Monitoring Polar® Compatible
Safety Clip Yes
Water Bottle Holder Yes (2)
Footprint 68"L x 28"W x 55"H (172 cm x 71 cm x 140 cm)
Running Surface 54"L x 20"W (137 cm x 51 cm)
Machine Weight 260 lbs / 118 kg
Maximum User Weight 400 lbs / 181 kg
Step-Up Height 5.5" / 14 cm
Portability 2 Front Transport Wheels
HRC Cruise Control Yes
Soft System Yes


Warranty Type: Residential
Frame: Lifetime
Motor: 30 Years
Parts: 10 Years
Labor: 1 Year


The True Z 5.0 won our Fourth Place Award among the 2020 Best Buys for the $3,000 to $3,999 dollar range and back in 2016 won our Best Buy First Place for the $3,999 and less range. We invite you to see our other treadmill reviews to help you narrow your search for your next fitness machine.


The True Z 5.0 is a perfect example of True trying to make a more affordable treadmill offering and ending up with a basic treadmill that has less features compared to others in its price range. Yet the high-quality parts and components, combined with an excellent service make the True Z 5.0 treadmill a great investment. If you are a short on space and don’t need a wide swath of versatility, this basic treadmill offering will last you many years of heavy use.