An ‘Excellent’ Rating for Ergonomics and Ease of Use
The LifeFitness T3 treadmill is an intro model of the line-up. LifeFitness has an excellent reputation for quality and durability,and they charge a premium price for that reputation. However,the T3 treadmill offers the Life Fitness quality without requiring taking out a second mortgage.
When shopping for a treadmill, realize you will find other brands and models that will match the features found in the Life Fitness T3 and cost considerably less. It is the quality of the components and the engineering that define the treadmill. With the LifeFitness T3 treadmill you are getting a residential treadmill built by one of the leaders of commercial grade treadmills.
The Life Fitness T3 Treadmill got an “Excellent” rating for ergonomics and ease of use from a leading consumer magazine.
The Life Fitness T3 treadmill comes with your choice of consoles.
Go Console — The Go console are for individuals like myself who only require basic feedback and stats. The Go console comes with 12 installed programs, 2 user profiles and 2 customized program.
Track+ Console — The Track+ console gives you more interactive and entertainment features that include…
USB port that can be used to download future updates to the machine.
The MSRP for the T3 with the Go console is $2,599, and the version with the Track+ console is $2,999. You typically can negotiate that price down or get free shipping and set-up when dealing with a fitness equipment specialty store.
Buying the LifeFitness T3 treadmill is like purchasing a Mercedes, but settling for the least expensive model. You are not getting all the bells and whistles of the high-end models, but you are still getting some of the same premium quality for a reasonable price. You are buying their reputation for exceptional biomechanics and durability.
If you are sold on the concept of buying a residential treadmill from a company that also builds commercial models you probably want to also look at Precor, Landice, True and Vision Fitness. Each has some impressive entry level treadmills and outstanding reputations.
However, with any of these companies you are paying a premium, and the question is do you need such a high-end machine for the home? Companies like Sole, Yowza and NordicTrack build some heavy duty machines for considerably less. They may not be quite as durable and their biomechanics and engineering may not be quite up to the standards of LifeFitness, but you can save as much as a $1,000.
That said, I was considering buying a Hyundai Sonata, because you got a lot for you money. Then I made the mistake of testing a Audi A4. Guess which one I ended up with.
Also see the Life Fitness T5 Treadmill Review.