Last Updated on March 25, 2022 by Brook Norris, Fitness Guru
Echelon is a fitness equipment company that is making waves in the industry. Widely known for their large rivalry against fitness giant Peloton, Echelon has a pretty impressive lineup of fitness equipment. Recently, Echelon was invested in by North Castle Partners based out of Connecticut. This is an interesting fact and speaks to the legitimacy of their brand. Why? Because North Castle only invests in quality companies.
North Castle was founded back in the late 1990’s, and their company specializes in healthy, active living businesses. Some other popular businesses in the health and fitness industry that Viatek has invested in include Equinox, Octane Fitness, Barry’s Bootcamp, and HydroMassage.
Within the last few years, Echelon has really exploded with popularity. The quality of their equipment seems to back up the hype.
It’s not a secret that the Echelon treadmills are a little bit pricey. However, there are some really unique features on their treadmills that we haven’t seen from other brands out there. So – while the price points may seem a bit steep, keep in mind that you’re paying for features that are different than what you will get from other treadmill manufacturers.
The first feature (and in our opinion, the most exciting) that is specific to Echelon treadmills is their patented auto-fold feature. While most other treadmill manufacturers offer hydraulic assisted folding options, Echelon went above and beyond that. Since this feature is patented by their company, you won’t be able to find it on any other treadmill out there. All you have to do is press the fold lever button located on the side of the treadbelt, and your treadmill will automatically fold up for you. Storing your treadmill away has never been easier.
Echelon treadmills really gained a lot of traction among college students and those who live in smaller areas. This is because of the compact design of their treadmill machines. With other folding treadmills, they are still very bulky even when they are in the folded position. The treadmills from Echelon fully collapse into a 10” tall footprint size. This is the smallest storing treadmill style that we are aware of. It’s perfect for anyone who wants an in-home treadmill but is really limited on space. This treadmill will fit under most beds!
Another patent (pending) feature exclusive to Echelon is their 90-degree screen rotation. This feature is only found on their premium treadmill model, but it’s a really innovative design touch. Those who enjoy cross training through their own workout program or through Echelon’s fitness membership will really enjoy this option. You can turn your treadmill screen 90 degrees to the right or to the left. If you’re doing any other type of workout off of the treadmill, simply turn your screen so you can watch your program while you’re off the treadmill machine as well.
The standard Stride treadmill is Echelon’s most popular model. It’s easy to set up and get started with, and it has a sleek design. Since the top selling point on this treadmill is its space-saving design, it does have some limitations. This treadmill will be best used by users who are primarily interested in walking.
Some of the top features included on the Stride treadmill include:
What we don’t really like about the Stride treadmill…
The Stride-s treadmill from Echelon is the perfect middle of the road machine between the Stride and the Stride-5s. If we had to pick a treadmill recommendation from Echelon, this would be the one. It has upgraded features, and will be suitable for walking, jogging, and running.
What we like about the Echelon Stride-s treadmill…
What we don’t like…
This treadmill is fully loaded with every feature that you could ever need… and even features that you probably don’t need. This is the Mercedes-Benz of the Echelon treadmill line-up. The price tag packs a punch, but don’t worry. So do the specs on this machine.
What we like about the Echelon Stride-5s treadmill…
What we don’t like about the Stride-5s treadmill…
If you’re still undecided as to which treadmill from Echelon will be the right pick for you, check out this quick reference chart below to help.
|Model||Echelon Stride||Echelon Stride-s
(TRR Best Buy Pick)
|(Swipe RIGHT on your mobile device.)|
|Recommended Usage||Walking, Light Jogging||Walking, Jogging, Running||Walking, Jogging, Running|
|Motor||1.75 HP||3.5 HP||3.0 HP|
|Display||Digital Display Console with Tablet Shelf||10″ HD Touchscreen||24″ HD Touchscreen with 90 Degree Screen Rotation|
|Incline||12 Levels||12 Levels||16 Levels|
|Speed||0-12 MPH||0-12 MPH||0-12.5 MPH|
|Fan||No||No||Oversized Cooling Fan|
|Speakers||(2) 5-Watt Bluetooth Speakers||(2) 5-Watt Bluetooth Speakers||(2) 5-Watt Bluetooth Speakers|
|300 lbs.||350 lbs.||400 lbs.|
|Warranty||1-year parts and labor||1-year parts and labor||1-year parts and labor|
The fitness technology from Echelon claims to give their users access to the best fitness instructors, a wide variety of workouts, and exclusive fitness content. When you purchase your membership plan, you’re purchasing access to their Fit app. Within the app, you’ll find that there is 60+ global fitness instructors to choose from, thousands of on-demand classes in the workout library, and 40+ daily live classes that are streamed each day.
Some of the best features found within Echelon Fit include:
There are three different pricing options for Echelon Fit Membership access. There is a monthly plan that is $34.99/month, a yearly plan that is $399.99/annually, and a two-year plan that is $699/every two-years. A bonus perk of the annual and two-year programs is that you receive free shipping on your treadmill, which will save you $100. (Bust cost you in membership fees).
The question that everyone wants to know is if they can get the same features from Peloton on an Echelon treadmill. The short answer is yes – and you can get it for even less with Echelon. Being a direct competitor for Peloton, Echelon has optimized their equipment and their fitness technology to be up-to-par to compete. While the Peloton Tread has a few upgraded features (mainly the larger screen), in our opinion it is not worth the large jump in price. You are really just paying for the Peloton brand name. Echelon is definitely a more budget-friendly option if you are considering a Peloton purchase.
Check out this quick comparison chart between the Echelon Stride vs. the Peloton Tread.
|Model||Echelon Stride-s||Peloton Tread|
|(Swipe RIGHT on your mobile device.)|
|Recommended Usage||Walking, Light Jogging||Walking, Jogging, Running|
|Motor||3.5 HP||3 HP|
|Display||10″ HD Touchscreen||23.8″ HD Touchscreen|
|Incline||12 Levels||12.5 Levels|
|Speed||0-12 MPH||0-12.5 MPH|
|Speakers||(2) 5-Watt Bluetooth Speakers||Front-facing stereo speakers|
|350 lbs.||300 lbs.|
|Warranty||1-year parts and labor||1-year parts and labor|
This article was written by Brook Norris and published on Monday, 7 February 2022.
Can I use Echelon Stride without a Membership?
Yes. While you do have to purchase at least one month membership with your treadmill, the machine works well if you choose to cancel your membership.
Are Echelon treadmills good?
Echelon treadmills are manufactured with quality products; however, they do not have strong warranties.
Is it easy to move the Echelon Stride?
This lightweight treadmill weighs only 156 lbs. and is extremely easy to maneuver when it’s folded.
Is the Echelon Stride treadmill good for runners?
The Echelon Stride is limited on deck size and has a smaller motor. For runners, you should upgrade to the Stride-s or the Stride-5s model.
Will a treadmill fit under my bed?
The best treadmill for under the bed storage is the Echelon Stride as it collapses down to 10 inches.