A Great Machine But Not As Good as the Precor Precision Series
The Precor TRM 223 treadmill is their residential model and is what part of their Energy series. Although a quality machine, it is not comparable to the Precor Precision series. The Precision series treadmills are built at the Precor manufacturing facility in the U.S. and utilize many of the components found on the Precor commercial models.
The Energy series is built offshore, like most other treadmills, and the component are not the same commercial quality of their higher price machines. That is not to say the Energy series and the Precor TRM 223 are not quality machines. The Precor TRM 223 is still in the upper echelon of residential treadmills and it incorporates many of the design features found in their commercial models.
There are three models in the Energy series, and their difference is primarily in the console, display, programming and interactive features. The Precor 211 comes with a very basic console and no handlebars. The Precor TRM 223 comes with the 20 series console. The console offers many of the standard features found on most treadmill consoles. The Precor 243 is equipped with their just released premium interactive console.
3.0 Continuous Duty HP Motor — They do not use the commercial grade motor found in their other treadmills, but it is still more than adequate to accommodate the needs of runners. It runs quietly even at higher speeds.
2.36″ Precision-machined, steel crowned rollers keep belt centered and running smoothly to reduce noise and wear.
20″ x 57″ Treadbelt — The length will handle the strides of runners comfortably.
Energy Stride Technology — Precor uses their patented deck mounting system from their commercial treadmills. It provides a soft landing in the front of the deck and a firm push-off from the rear. It works with a series of rubber grommets on each side.
Wireless Heart Rate Monitoring — You can monitor your heart rate and with their SmartRate Target Zone feature you can target your preferred heartrate zone like fat burn, cardio or peak target.
Console and Display— With the Precor TRM 223 treadmill you get an appealing 5″ high contrast LCD display. And new for 2014 they increased the size of the console to accommodate storage and water bottles. Also, there is a rack with clicks at the top for a tablet.
10 Installed Programs — Preset programs include, 1-1 Interval, 1-2 Interval, Weight Loss, Aerobic, Basic HRC, Hill Climb, Cross Country, Random, and Manual .
2 User IDs — Stores specs for two user.
238 lbs. Unit Weight — Heavy enough to guarantee you will have a solid and stable feel. Precor is known for the rock solid feel of their treadmills.
Warranty — Lifetime frame and welds; 5-years parts and wear items; 1-year labor.
The Precor TRM 223 treadmill does not have the exceptional running technology found on the Precision series, but it also does not have the exceptional price of $5,000 and up. And from my perspective, unless you are a fanatical runner, or you have too much money, the Energy series treadmills are more than adequate for the average user.
The Precor TRM 223 provides a rewarding running experience and is also extremely durable. Precor treadmills are known for being some of the most low maintenance machines in the industry. As an Audi owner, I think of the Precor TRM 223 as equivalent to my Audi A4. You are getting premium quality without breaking the bank.