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Gold’s Gym Trainer 430i Treadmill Review

Brand:Gold's Gym
Expert Rating:1.5 stars

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Some Good, Some Very Bad

Trainer 430iThe 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.

This model is available to purchase on  If you can afford an extra $200, we recommend you instead invest in a ProForm 400i or ProForm ZT8.

What are some of the attractions on the Gold’s Gym 430i Trainer treadmill?

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.

  • iFit Bluetooth Smart Enabled – Use your smart tablet or phone to view GoogleMaps exercise routes, track your workouts and watch your progress towards your goals.  This feature requires an extra iFit subscription fee.
  • SpaceSaver Design – The 430i Trainer folds for easier storage.
  • Sixteen Installed Workout Program. – The variety of pre-programmed workouts lets you mix up your exercise sessions to keep you motivated to reach your fitness goals.  Each workout automatically adjusts the speed and incline levels on this treadmill to focus on aerobic, weight loss, or endurance fitness.
  • 0-10 mph speed – With the quick touch of a button, you can adjust the treadmill’s speed to suit your level of fitness.  On the 430i Trainer, however, the motor isn’t really designed to handle speeds higher than a brisk walk.
  • 0-10% incline – A 10% incline is fairly steep. That is what I set my treadmill at when I am walking on it. It kicks up my cardio workout.
  • LCD display – This is a decent LCD window that displays a motivational race track for monitoring the progress of your workout.  It also graphically displays your workout on a 7 x 10 workout matrix.  Monitor your speed, distance, time, calories burned, and pulse rate.
  • Speakers and MP3 Input – The sound is decent.  It is iPod compatible.
  • Shock Absorption – The shock absorption is designed for walkers. If you jog on the Gold’s Gym 430i Trainer you may find it too bouncy. In fact, you may experience reverse shock from the deck bouncing back. The rear of the deck is stiffer for a solid push off.
  • Heart rate monitor – Heart rate can be monitored by grasping the handlebars with built-in pulse sensors.  The reading won’t be as accurate as you would get with a wireless chest heart rate monitor.  Nevertheless, it will give you a general idea as to how hard you are training.
  • Warranty – You get 90-days parts and labor, which tells you a lot about the durability of the Gold’s Gym 430i Trainer. After 90 days you are on your own, and it is very expensive to have treadmills serviced.  The frame and motor both come with a 5 year warranty.
  • 120 lbs. Shipping Weight – Minus about 10 lbs. for the shipping container and you get the weight of the Gold’s Gym 430 Trainer treadmill. That is not very heavy and will impact stability of the machine.

Our Review – The Gold’s Gym 430i Trainer Treadmill

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 GG 430i Trainer is sold only at  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.

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Customer Reviews

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.

10 thoughts on “Gold’s Gym Trainer 430i”

  1. George Montano

    Just put the treadmill together about a week ago,my wife started walking on it a few nights ago,but as she walking it jumps up a speed or two almost making her fall.then it slows down to the normal speed than after a few more minutes it jumps up speed again.Ot keeps doing it as she walks. I’ve read through the manual and could not find a solution.


    1. administrator Post author

      Hi George,
      Sounds like a “preset” work out has been selected and the machine is speeding up, slowing down according to the program.


      1. George Montano

        Thank you for your response,I’ve unplugged and pushed the reset button a few times already.I might go ahead and return it for another one.I don’t want to risk my wife or anybody else getting hurt .


  2. Elaina

    I’ve had the 430 i for a little over a year now and I can’t use it anymore, whenever I get on it, it doesn’t run smoothly and if I even try to work out on it I would probably fall or trip/get hurt. It sucks cause it was pretty pricey and it only lasted a year.


  3. Jordan

    Brought the treadmill home a couoke nights ago followed all instructions for setup and all it does is say hello accross the screen and beeps when I try pushing a button. Tried looking into troubleshooting procedures but found nothing.


  4. Sergio

    Bought it a month ago, no longer working it counts time and speed but without movement..470 bucks for a 120 pounds liece of crap!! Very upset…


  5. Karen Gill

    I’m so frustrated because I can barely see my screen!? Isn’t it supposed to light up!?? You would think for $400 the treadmill would light up on the screen?? Am I doing something wrong!?? Tried Calling customer service to ask and was a NIGHTMARE!! Because my phone # wasn’t recognised they wouldn’t put my call THROUGH!!!? NEVER ever was so angry with a company like I was today! Not happy with Golds Gym products anymore..😢 So at 51 trying to get back in shape after 2 back surgeries and being out of work I was so excited about getting my first treadmill and have had it over 2 months and used it twice because I can’t see the screen to see my results because my bedroom is not very bright.. Please Help I really want to enjoy my treadmill!😢 Thank you so MUCH!


  6. Lori

    Right out of the box the belt wouldn’t move. I adjusted the belt and reset many times and finally got it working. In just another week it happened again and after adjusting many more times got it working again. Within the next few weeks the belt stopped and it never worked again. Luckily it was under warranty and I was able to get my money back. I bought a Nordic Track and haven’t had a problem . I also had a Gold’s Gym elliptical that broke in 6 months as well. The leg came off while I was using almost causing me to be severely injured!!! Never again Gold’s Gym


  7. Doug

    I’m a 6’2″ 255lb walker and bought the 430I Oct 2017 and smartly purchased a service warranty plan from Walmart with it. Worked fine for the first few months doing 3-5 mile walks 3 X a week, but then I noticed that it started to develop a burning plastic smell after hitting the 2mile mark while walking. One day I walked 4.5 miles and was really alarmed at the smell so I contacted my warranty and they sent out a tech. He suspected the motor and the board so both items were ordered in and replaced. I still continued to notice a smell after 2 miles but wasn’t sure if it was just a break-in needed for the new motor. The other day the unit shut down at 3 miles like it lost power and the display was empty like the power was unplugged. The power returned a few hours later after cooling off but now I am waiting for another repair visit by the warranty company. Now I’m wondering if the belt is dragging on the deck putting severe load on the motor even though I have lubed the deck twice since I have owned it. The unit is rated for 350LBs but I’m wondering if it should be 250LBs.


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