Made for Walking ONLY
The Icon Image 17.5 S treadmill is a low-end model treadmill. You can find it for under $500, which is an affordable price for a tread machine. Remember, however, that you get what you pay for!
The Image 17.5 S treadmill is made for walking only…no matter what you may be told! It has only a 5-year motor warranty, a 1-year frame warranty, and a 90-day parts and labor warranty. Those warranties pretty much tell you not to expect too much from this machine.
Note: The Image 17.5 S is no longer available for sale. This brand comes from Icon Fitness, which also makes ProForm and NordicTrack. NordicTrack offers higher end models that are an excellent value. ProForm offers similar priced treadmills that offer more value. Check out the ProForm 520 ZN, ZT6, and Performance 400i.
The frame on the Image 17.5 S is lightweight and not very sturdy. Workouts (even at a slow pace) won’t be all that smooth, as a result. The motor is a 2.75 HP drive motor that is rated as only a 1.5 continuous HP motor…certainly not powerful enough for running or regular jogging. The parts used in the manufacture of this treadmill are cheap (thus, only a 90-day warranty) and more likely to break down after a short period of time.
For an inexpensive treadmill, there are some nice features on the Icon Image 17.5 S treadmill. Just be aware that those nice features are not of the greatest quality, so they may not work as well as similar features on higher end models. They definitely won’t last as long!
For a treadmill in its price category, the Icon Image 17.5 S machine has some decent features. If you can’t afford to pay more, this one might suffice for awhile. Don’t expect it to last indefinitely or to be as efficient and smooth as an more expensive model. Also, plan to use it for walking only.
The user weight limit stated for this treadmill is 275 pounds. That’s pushing it somewhat, I think. Anyone over 230 pounds might want to consider a stronger, sturdier treadmill than the Image 17.5 S model.
If you’re a runner, you will not be satisfied with this particular treadmill. The motor may drag. The treadbelt may squeal. The frame will most certainly be wobbly. You won’t get a smooth, quiet workout, and all that pounding will cause the Image 17.5 S treadmill to wear out rather quickly.
For those of you who really want a treadmill but are limited on funds, you might also check out some ProForm treadmills. ProForm models are also made by Icon and may be a little better quality.