TRUE Z5.4 Treadmill Review

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How long will the TRUE Z5.4 last?

The True Z 5.4 has a machine weight of 278 lbs. which it allows it to hold users up to 400 lbs. max. True offers their generous lifetime frame, 30- year motor, 10-year parts, and 1-year labor for this compact, exercise machine. With a regular routine of maintenance, you will get many years of use out of this treadmill. Remember, even simply unplugging your treadmill after each workout will help extend its longevity.

Brief Overview

The True Z 5.4 is the step up from the Z 5.0 in the True Fitness Z Series and this next phase offers a 9” touchscreen as one of the differences between the models. The Z 5.4 also has a larger footprint due to the wider 22” belt. The length still measures 54” so if your stride is long, no need considering this machine. The Z 5.4 is still considered compact despite its larger footprint, so it is an optimal size for those with smaller workout spaces.

Overall Quality

The True Z 5.4 treadmill’s Soft System® deck offers a flexible impact, which means there are no hard collisions with joints or bones while running on this machine; and the lubricant infused, orthopedic belt decreases impact even more, so joggers will have an easier time maintaining each workout. The Z 5.4 is a high-quality, semi-well priced treadmill that can be used for walking and jogging at up to 12 MPH depending on your fitness level or preference on the quiet 3.0 motor. It offers multiple built-in programs with dual LCD windows, one of which is a 9” touchscreen, and has the typical 15% incline.
The True Z 5.4 also features other standard features such as quick speed keys, dual bottle holders, transport wheels, a tablet holder, and an accessory tray for the gadgets one inevitably thinks they need when entering the workout zone. This machine may not be perfect and presents itself as simple in nature, but not too many machines can claim to have the matching durability and quality that comes backed by the True name. If you are not looking to be highly entertained during your workout and have a $6000 budget, this just might be the treadmill for you.

Things we like

  • 9” touchscreen
  • wider belt
  • warranty

Things we dislike

  • X
    lower power motor
  • X
    shorter running space
  • X
    basic features
  • X
    high price


Power Source 110V/15A
Cord Length 8' / 2.4 m
Drive Motor 3 HP DC continuous
Belt Lubricant Infused Orthopedic
Impact System TRUE Soft Select® (adjustable)
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 30"W x 55"H (172 cm x 76 cm x 140 cm)
Running Surface 54"L x 22"W (137 cm x 56 cm)
Machine Weight 278 lbs / 126 kg
Maximum User Weight 400 lbs / 181 kg
Step-Up Height 5.5" / 14 cm
Portability 2 Front Transport Wheels
Soft Select Yes


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


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The True Z 5.4 treadmill is designed for smaller home gyms, but it comes at a higher cost than most home treadmills in today’s market. Despite this, the Z 5.4 does have warranties that match up to its’ robust build quality making them worth considering if you're looking to purchase your next treadmill from this brand.