Lifespan Tr1200i Folding Treadmill Review

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  • MANUFACTURER: LIFESPAN
  • UNFOLDED DIMENSIONS: 70.25” L X 33” W X 55” H
  • FOLDED DIMENSIONS: 39” L X 33” W X 63 “H
  • ADDITIONALLY: LCD CONSOLE
  • BELT SIZE: 56” L X 20” W
  • FOLDING SYSTEM: EZFOLD
  • ASSEMBLY: 2 PEOPLE 40 MINS – 1.30 MINS APPROX
  • DIFFICULTY LEVEL: EASY BUT HEAVY TO LIFT
  • MOTOR: 2.5 CONTINUOUS DUTY DC
  • DECK SUSPENSION: 6 COMPRESSION SHOCKS
  • SPEED: 0.5-11 MILES PER HOUR
  • INCLINE: 15 LEVELS
  • MAX USER WEIGHT: 300 POUNDS
  • ITEM WEIGHT: 198 POUNDS
  • OUR REVIEW: 4.1 STARS OUT OF FIVE
  • PRICE GUIDE: $850+
  • WARRANTY: 3 YEARS-LIFETIME ON PARTS/ 1 YR LABOR

WHY DO I NEED A MACHINE FOR WALKING ON WHEN THERE IS A PERFECTLY DECENT FLOOR?

You have decided that you need to walk a bit more, or maybe even jog and run… but either don’t want the gym membership costs, or already go when you can manage it… But of course, like all things, simply getting out of the house sometimes, can prove difficult.

Especially when the weather is looking ugly, you really don’t feel like braving the elements on the street.

What you need is some way of doing a bit of walking around the house, preferably without pacing up and down like you’re crazy, wearing out the carpet whilst you’re at it.

Something like… a treadmill perhaps? But you only use them in gyms don’t you?

Not so, as there are plenty of good quality treadmills out there designed for the home, and here’s the best bit – you don’t have to live in some sort of palatial apartment to be able to own one.

Nowadays, you can get treadmills that will fold up, and fit quite tight spaces.

One of our favorite picks for folding treadmills, that you can fit into even quite modest sized abodes is the Lifespan TRI2001 Folding Treadmill.

Watch this video review to have a closer look.

OUT OF THE BOX

The first thing you need to know about this treadmill is that it is heavy. REALLY heavy. You will need someone who is very strong to help you with this.

In terms of putting it together, it’s not the most difficult to do.

Our advice is to take your time, and do it slowly. It doesn’t need anything more than the basics to put it together, and all the tools are included.  This folding treadmill review estimates it will take between forty minutes, and an hour and a half to do.

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Unlike some flat pack challenges, this shouldn’t leave you wanting to commit hari-kari after fifteen seconds.

It will take a while to read the manual, but it seems to be written by someone who a) is a human and not a robot and b) understands the English language. These, as we are sure you appreciate, are not things that you can always take for granted!

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The first impressions of this folding treadmill review, is that it looks as if it was built to last!  We don’t get the feeling that it will collapse any time soon (unlike us, after we’ve been on a few of the twenty-one programs!)

SOUNDING OFF

The most important things you need to know about this piece of equipment are….a)   do you have to be a combination  Hercules / Einstein to piece it together?  and…b)  will using it create enough noise to wake your miserable neighbour living in the apartment below you?

The answer to both questions is a definite NO.  It would seem that, for a treadmill, this one is pretty quiet and smooth running, as well as not too difficult to assemble!

The qualifying words here are for a treadmill.  Which means of course, it will make some noise, so no midnight marathon running if you have light sleepers around you!

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HOW SMOOTH IS THE RIDE?

….pretty smooth.   This has six shock absorbers, and most users respond that it doesn’t rattle your bones.

Go at whatever pace suits you, from a gentle walk to full steam ahead.  The journey ahead should be smooth and comfortable and any uphill struggles are completely programmable.

BELLS AND WHISTLES

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As mentioned, there are twenty one programs included with this treadmill, sending you on everything from a nice little stroll to something a bit more vigorous.

Climb ladders, mountains, plateaus, even pyramids (just don’t expect to discover Tutankhamun).

Plug yourself and your music into this as there are some – pretty average but totally capable – speakers included, and there is a USB port.

This means, not only can you see all the data, such as calories burned, speed, and heart rate  but you can also download them as well.  There are also fifteen different levels of incline to choose.

EASE OF USE

In terms of ease of use, this comes in as pleasantly simple and laid back, although like all new appliances, you may want to spend quite a bit of time checking it out before you really get your head around it.

Certainly, customers are happy enough that it folds easily, but keep in mind that moving it could be a bit of a chore because of its weight, so it’s best to position it where you want it.

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT COULD BE BETTER ABOUT THIS TREADMILL?

There are always going to be one or two people who have a bad experience with odd squeaks and noises (there is troubleshooting in the manual for noises) and the occasional appliance malfunction, but to be fair, there do not seem to be any consistent tales of doom to report on.

Some reports from buyers, who initially had technical problems that were fixed, averaged 5 years of continuous use out of it  and they were in the minority – i.e. in most cases this machine lasted much longer than this.

OVERALL

Overall, we really like this treadmill.  It is built like a Sherman tank, and takes the heavier among us, literally in its stride!