A Great Machine for a Not-So-Great Price
FreeMotion treadmills belong to the same family of machines as NordicTrack, ProForm, Weslo, Image and more. They are all created by the largest manufacturer of fitness equipment in the world called Icon Fitness. In general, we would consider FreeMotion quality to be on par with that of ProForm and NordicTrack. However, you could get much better pricing on nearly equivalent machines by going with a brand other than FreeMotion.
The FreeMotion 1500 is one specific example that sports a 7” touchscreen, 2.25 CHP motor, and iFit capability. You could get either the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 or ProForm PRO 5000 with nearly identical specs for more than a $1,000 in savings.
Top Features on the FreeMotion 1500 GS
- 4.25 CHP Motor – This is a very strong EnduraDrive System motor but it only comes with a 10 year warranty. Other machines in this price range would have a lifetime motor warranty.
- 7” Color Touchscreen – These feature lets you easily swipe through your workout stats while you exercise. Plus, you can use the workout tracking features of iFit Live. Create custom routes using GoogleMaps, workout with Jillian Michaels, and tour running routes around the globe with this innovative technology. Be aware that iFit Live requires an additional subscription for ongoing use.
- Quick-Select Incline Controls – Adjust your incline easily for an uphill or downhill workout.
- 38 Workout Apps – This machine comes with a wide selection of apps to keep you interested and motivated while you work out.
- Heart Rate Monitoring – Use a heart rate program to maintain your heart rate in a certain zone throughout your session. You can use hand grips or a wireless chest strap.
- Warranty – Lifetime frame, 10-year motor, 6-year parts and electronics, 1-year labor. A machine in this price range should DEFINITELY have a lifetime warranty on its motor. This is disappointing.
- User Weight Capacity – 400 lbs. We always recommend that you subtract a significant portion from this number as companies often exaggerate the number. For this machine, you should stick to a limit of around 325 lbs in order to not over-tax the machine.
Our Review of the FreeMotion 1500 GS
There are a few things we don’t like about this machine. Firstly, we feel that the price is way too high given the specs. You could get a very similar machine from another company for much less money. Secondly, we were disappointed that the motor, while sporting a high horsepower, only lists a 10-year warranty. This suggests that the brand is not confident in its quality.
We would recommend you instead go with a machine like the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 or ProForm PRO 5000 for a better value.
This machine is available for purchase on Amazon.com.