OUT OF THE BOX
At 119 pounds it would be fair to say that this is not the lightest of treadmills on the market today, but also it is not quite the heaviest either.
So naturally the first thing you need to be able to do is actually lift this thing into your house, and get it into position. We would not be alone in thinking that this job will probably take two people, unless you have a spare forklift truck handy!
Certainly, the assembly, although not difficult to do, is going to require a second person to do it easily – so just a heads up. There are some people who managed this baffling feat all by their lonesome, but we’re not sure if they are actually octopuses though! This treadmill review’s advice would certainly be to get a second person in to help.
Watch this video review of the Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill to get a closer look.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT
There are far more expensive treadmills out there, costing in excess of $1000. There are also cheaper ones, some coming in under $200. This is definitely on the lower end of the price spectrum, but how do we think it compares to others in its price range?
It must be said, at this price range, some of them do not have as fast an upper speed as this treadmill – which is 10 mph. This means that this is firmly a ‘running’, as well as a ‘walking’; and’ jogging’ treadmill, giving it some versatility, and performing as fast as you need to run, jog and sprint off some body fat.
True, it is not the flashiest model out there, but there is a ‘place/space of sorts’, for your phone/ bottle/ Ipod/ whatever, even if they do rattle a bit while in operation. The fact that it hasn’t got a designated space for electronic toys could be seen as a ‘first world’ problem. We have to remember that this machine comes in well under $300, so the absence of the designated toy holder doesn’t seem unreasonable in this context.
Similarly there are no speakers or fan, but we wouldn’t really be expecting them at this price either. There is an emergency stop mechanism though, that you can attach to your clothing, and if you trip/fall on the treadmill, it will STOP, to minimize risk of injury .
EASE OF USE
By all accounts, this is a fairly easy walk, stroll, jog, run or sprint machine.
It is easy to get out of the box and set up for use compared to a lot of models.
The display on the monitor is best described as basic, and doesn’t give you tons of flashy info or graphics, but will provide you with the lowdown on how many calories have been burned, distance covered and so on. It doesn’t save the information though, so be sure to take note of it before getting off, as it will promptly vanish from the screen.
There have been one or two moans about how the display on the screen is not backlit, making it less than easy to view, but it is possible.
What else might you need to know about the use of this machine? Well, if you are really putting yourself through your paces, and your workout session extends to over an hour and a half, this will not keep powering straight through forever. It has an automatic stop at 100 minutes and it can, literally, throw you off your stride. Probably most people won’t ever use the treadmill continuously for so long, but if you are in training for a marathon, do be aware of this!
Folding up? – yes it does fold up, although it doesn’t exactly fit into the tightest of corners, It, apparently, is unlikely to fit under a standard bed, so you will want to make sure there is somewhere to store it.
IS NOISE AN ISSUE?
The all-important “will it raise the dead?” or worse still,” my neighbor?” question meets with a mixture of answers, depending on who you ask. In all honesty, you probably should be asking the people who live below you. But here at Treadmill Review we do feel that, honestly, more people than not, state it is quiet enough for them.
Generally, complaints of noise only seem to be those instances when something is amiss. If everything is going as it should, it should be fairly quiet, especially on the slower settings.
It does seem that some people have an unrealistic expectation of how much noise a treadmill should make. It is always going to make some noise. Make sure that you get a decent mat to place under it, and think about where you are putting it, and when you are going to use it. Also consider the speed and user weight as well, as this can affect the noise level of any type of treadmill.
SHOULD I BUY THIS TREADMILL?
Apart from the small number of models that are DOA (Dead On Arrival) which, when you have seen as many treadmill reviews as we have, and all makes and models, across all price ranges are affected, it would seem as if there are no significant issues with this model.
It is basic. It doesn’t have the flashiest console, nor any speakers, or other’ twiddly bits’ that the higher end treadmills have. The incline has to be set manually, but it works fine.
What we like about this, is that it does what it says it does on the box, and doesn’t take a rocket scientist to master, either in terms of usability or assembly. Additionally, this is a machine that can be used for jogging, as well as for simply walking.
Bottom line – for the money it’s good, if you want a ‘fancy pants’ one, be prepared to pay a lot more.