Some Good, Some Very Bad
The Gold’s Gym 430i Trainer treadmill is built by Icon Fitness, which also builds ProForm, NordicTrack, Reebok, Epic and several other popular brands. Yes, it is affordable — between $400-550! It has very mixed reviews from customers. About two-thirds of the reviews we found were from satisfied customers, but the problems noted in the rest of the reviews are enough to make us very cautious.
The main issues with this machine are in the quality of the machine’s construction. It’s broken down for a lot of people and customer service seems to be a nightmare.
The walking deck on the Gold’s Gym 430 Trainer is only 16” x 50.” The width of the treadmill is a real drawback. Take a tape measure and see just how wide 16″ is. There are some ProForm treadmills for about the same price that have 20″ wide belts. This treadmill is practical only for walking and only for users 5’7” or shorter.
The 2.5 HP motor is not the continuous duty rating. The 2.5 HP rating is the peak performance, so don’t be fooled. It is not the same powered motor you see in higher priced treadmill. It is designed primarily for walkers and may strain when used for jogging or running.
At first glance, the features on the Gold’s Gym 430i Trainer seem quite nice for a treadmill in its price category. Just keep in mind that the parts used in this model are not of the highest quality.
If you’re short on money, short on stature and moderate on weight, the Gold’s Gym 430i Trainer treadmill may work for you. However, this machine isn’t built for the long haul. At this price range the company has to compromise on the components, engineering and overall biomechanical features.
The Gold’s Gym 430i Trainer is sold only at Walmart.com. If you want it delivered to your home, you have to pay extra for shipping and handling. You can, however, have it delivered to your local Walmart store with free shipping. Once it arrives at the store, you are responsible for picking up the treadmill and getting it home. If you choose in-store pickup, you will probably need to find someone to help with moving the treadmill.
The low price and the listed features might get your attention and lure you towards the purchase of the Gold’s Gym 430i Trainer. Before you spend your money, though, check out some of Icon’s Proform treadmills. You would be better off buying a Proform on sale than using your hard-earned money for the 430i Trainer.
The majority of the customer reviews on WalMart were positive. Although a number of customers said they had issues right out of the box or in a very short period. At least they were covered by the 90-day warranty.