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The Worst Treadmill You’ve Ever Used: Treadmill Problems from Consumers Like You

Worst Treadmill

Rant about Your Worst Treadmill Experience

If you’ve been using a treadmill for a long time now, chances are, you’ve come across some that did not perform the way they were suppose to or maybe not the way you expected it to.

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These machines are probably overpriced and/or underperforming. Or maybe customer service is simply bad. Too bad that is that it puts you on hold for hours and don't return your calls or emails. Or maybe the treadmill repair guy they sent you is incompetent and you still have to pay him (a lot) for his services. Or maybe they simply overcharge you for parts or labor that are suppose to be still under warranty.

If you've had one or most of those experiences writen above, chances are you're not satisfied with your treadmill. Maybe you even wish you can turn back time to before you bought your treadmill. (and maybe wish you saw this page at that time)

You can't do anything about your treadmill now (you're stuck with it) but you can do something so that other consumers won't make the same costly mistakes as you did. You can help them avoid all those marketing hypes and warn them about treadmill problems for your particular unit. In the end, readers of this site will be thankful to you for helping them save money.

Share your experience with visitors of this site. But don’t just tell us what treadmill model it is, rather explain specifically how you were let down by that particular unit and why you think others should avoid it. Just be honest in your reviews and no cursing would be tolerated.

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You can alo write about the few things that you like(if there are any) about your treadmill and make suggestions on how to improve the product or service. (You'll never know, manufacturers might be reading your review)

Note: Please be advised that starting December 2011, I would no longer upload reviews that doesn't really provide any substance to consumers. Also, although not mandatory, try to include your name and location in the box provided to give your reviews more credibility and to get credit for it.

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Did a treadmill fail to meet your expectations? Share it! I'm pretty sure most of my readers would be interested to know your reasons.

Now's your chance to help others avoid costly mistakes of buying the same model.

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• Where did you buy it?
• How much did you pay for it?
• How many people use it?
• How many times and how long do you use it?
• What attracted you to this unit?
• What is your concern regarding the machine?
• Have you contacted the manufacturer/seller?
• How was their customer service?
• Do you regret buying this machine?
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Horizon Adventure 3 from Amazon Japan 
Honestly, I'm in a total state of shock, & i'm about to vent my irritation. I'm in Japan, I'm here a lot. I need to train regularly and walking is …

Technogym! 
Hard on the joints

Horizon Fitness Elite 5.1T - Worst Treadmill Experience 
I had more than ten (10) failures of the Motor Control Board (MCB) and 3 failures of the rear roller; an MCB cost about 200 USD; I had technicians …

Technogym - all models as far as i can tell 
I travel a lot. Most hotels where i lodge have technogym equipment. Technogym treadmills have the worst impact on my joints. Its as if …

Yowza Customer Service 
Their machines might be good quality but you have to be lucky enough to actually receive it. I placed my order first thing on a Monday morning before the …

ion 7.9 
I bought the treadmill for 1,300 dollars, it was barely used the first 1 year and 1/2, finally wanted to use it, it worked great but as time went on the …

proform 930i 
Terrible and proform does not help you. If you call the service dept. you can never get in you are on hold for over an hour and then they have to call …

Horizon GS1035T 
Since buying this machine it has been a constant struggle to keep it working. I've replaced the main circuit board($200+),the speed control three times, …

Pacemaster Gold Elite 
Heart rate monitoring system has NOT worked since day 1. 4 tech people have looked at it after 30 phonecalls .... I got a new one after 1 year but with …

Nordic Track C2400 
What a useless machine. I originally bought an older model (C2100?) that broke so many times that they replaced it with the C2400...which has had the same …

TRUE 400P 
I bought a True 400P treadmill from Gymsource in August 2004. Never had a problem until August 2008. The only part left on warranty was the motor. I called …

Refurbished Precor 956i 
Got a refurbished precor with a TV because I thought refurbished meant "like new". Heart rate did not work, TV did not work. Had exposed wires under console. …

Pro Form 520i 
Great treadmill, except if you plan on using it for longer than 5 months. I wouldn't even say I used it excessively (max 25 miles per week) and the belt …

Ironman 150t (Keys Fitness) 
I bought this treadmill about a year and a half ago. From the reviews I read, it was built solid and had a decent (not great) reputation for being a well …

proform c500 
Purchased this treadmill last July 2007. The running board has broken more than 3 times since. I was told by the company that they will be refunding our …

Horizon Fitness T50  
We bought this treadmill 2 years ago and the motor has gone out twice. Luckily we had purchased a three year warranty. Fortunatley, the repair company …

MATRIX T5 
The product did not even last for 2 years. The spare parts took ages to come. Even the company professional themselves doesn’t know what’s wrong with the …

Precor 9.27 (2008) 
It took almost 4 months and 4 repair visits to get this brand new (not a demo) treadmill to work properly. There were multiple problems. The first was …

keys 4500t 
Less than 2yrs old. We have had multi service calls. The leisure finess retailer techs sent to our home have been unable to diagnose/fix the machine. …

Bremshey Treadline Trail 
Treadmill just stopped working when I was walking on it, displaying the E1 error message. It could not be restarted and there appeared to be no cause for …

T 875 Viva Fitness 
My God this is the worst treadmill I had bought, Just after six months its motor has been burnt and the guys who are dealing with this treadmill in Dehradun …

Precor treadmills - all models - truly garbage. 
I've been a certified Precor service tech for about 9 years now. Our company has made thousands of dollars off repairing their treadmills and ellipticals. …

Bladez 5.9T Treadmill 
Bought it on Saturday, on Sunday the motor stopped working. Worst Customer service. Line is choppy and they refused to refund my money back, instead …

PROFORM XP 542 E 
The treadmill has a lot of nice options, and looks nice, but that's about it. I've used it only for a year off and on and it stopped working. We've changed …

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Bladez Inspirit 
Purchased elliptical approx. one year ago a week after warranty expired machine quit on me and i was recieving a E1 message I called Bladez said they would …

Precor 9.3x series (9.31, 9.33, 9.35) 
Gotta agree with "Dave". I was a service tech for Precor for 6 years out of Florida and we repaired a ton of Precor treadmills all for issues that were …

Nordic Track Commercial 1500 
The treadmill is nice and wide, with a long 60 inch running walking surface. I have put over 10,000 kilometers on it in the past year and have completed …

cardio zone-fitnessblowout.com is horrible 
I bought this treadmill from Fitnessblowout.com in the spring of 2007. Included in the $2,000+ I paid was an extended warranty. Treadmill worked flawlessly …

Horizon Fitness T-62 
This is the worst company. Yes, their models are lower priced than some other manufacturers, but they are JUNK! The first one I had, the deck broke (twice) …

NordicTrack 1500 Commercial 
I bought the NordicTrack 1500 Commercial from Costco because it had a 3.0 CHP motor and 350 user weight capacity. 3 DAYS LATER, and 6 CALLS FOR REPAIR, …

Sportsraft tx 400 
The worst crap ever produced!

Smooth Fitness 
Smooth fitness has provided the WORST customer service that I have ever received. It took more than a month for my treadmill to actually arrive and only …

bowflex Treadclimber TC3000 
I bought the treadclimber in 2004. I have since replaced the console, motor, circuit board, shocks, drive belt. The rear roller had a bad bearing so I …

FreeMotion® Fitness SmartRun 2.0 Treadmill 
We have had this machine for less than two months and had problems with it from the start. It will not turn on. The company says to un plug it each day …

Bremshey Trail 
Brand new unit stopped working during 1st week of use. E1 message. Service was called but could not repair. A second visit where the lower board, speed …

Jetstream Magnetic Treadmill 
Whenever I run, the treadmill makes this awful clanking sound. Even with my iPod on max, I can hear this clank clank clank... Also, it's permanently inclined …

iFit.com from Sears 
After having Sears repair come out twice within the first two months to lubricate it, a repairman finally told me that "all those models over-heat after …

NordicTrack C2500 
This Machine Is JUNK! And Nordic Track customer service rates the same. I bought this treadmill and it lasted about 6 months when it quit working. I called …

NORDIC TRAC MODEL 2155 
I bought this treadmill for my wife who is starting a workout program. She is a walker and after only 6 days of 20 min. workouts the motor is squealing …

HORIZON ELITE 5.0 TREADMILL 
Bought this treadmill in 2004. After 6 months, the upper console digital readout stopped functioning properly. Retailer did replace this upper console. …

Lifespan Pursuit and Pacer Not rated yet
Hi, I'm in my 20's, around 70kg and 165cm. I was looking for something to help me shed some unwanted weight about a year ago in 2016. I couldn't …

Gintell Not rated yet
Plug keeps coming off the treadmill with more intense speed. It is ok if you are using it at 7kph or below. But once you hit 8kph, and above you …

Sole F80 Not rated yet
Bought this unit from Sears. Less than 1 year of running 3-4 times per week at 7 MPH, our electric breaker would trip. Determined this was because …

Smooth fitness 965LC Not rated yet
I am a female; 50 years old, I mainly use the treadmill in the winter. I am a marathon runner; bought in 2011, I felt it was overpriced but the warranty …

Horizon CT 7.1  Not rated yet
Stay away from Horizon at all costs or it will end up costing you. I bought a Horizon CT 7.1 treadmill. In the first year I had 5 service calls. Till …

PaceMaster Silver Select XP Not rated yet
An expensive treadmill.. I weigh 160 lbs, not heavy at all. And this Pacemaster after 7 month of use has a cracked deck under the belt, Pacemaster wants …

Bremshey Trail Not rated yet
About three years old light use and it is scrap - motor control board gone - motor starts and stops. If you could find the parts I still would not spend …

technogym Not rated yet
Terrible treadmill if you actually expect to run. There are no physical buttons and the "virtual buttons" are slow to respond. This makes changing pace …

Nordic Track Commercial 2150 Not rated yet
Bought a high end unit a year ago. It has never worked for more than a month. Replaced parts include the motor, fan and several tablets. Absolute garbage. …

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Vision T9250 Not rated yet
Works for 3 months then console dies...3 times in two years with very little use...oh joy:-/ I'm not the first to have this problem... …

viva T875 Not rated yet
I too bought viva treadmill 875 and being in warranty period its computer has expired, the running belt is creating a nuisence sound. I purchased it from …

WESLO cadence EX12 Not rated yet
Broken storage latch. I have had to tie it up with a cord for safety reasons and its inconvient to use. No room in my condo to leave open. Cannot find …

Pacemaster Platinum Pro VR Not rated yet
Pacemaster service has gone awol. They don’t answer the phone and don’t return email. The website says they have moved and will be up again “soon” …

LiveStrong LS13 Not rated yet
Do not even waste your money on this treadmill... The engine will break easily and the treadmill won't read the safety key... Easily Breakable.. No …

Weslo cadence M5 treadmill Not rated yet
Where do I start, bought this thing second hand, works ok then stops after exactly 10 minutes when using program 1, stops after 30 seconds when using …

Image 16.0Q Not rated yet
Bought this treadmill from my mother-in-law, boy was that a mistake. It cuts off frequently during walking, its absolute terror if you are running (cutting …

Nordick Not rated yet
less than one year, It stops running out of blue. Their Customer Service refused warranty service only because we missed 2 days after warranty expiration …

proform crosstrainer 5.5 PFTL57007  Not rated yet
I needed to have the motor replace under warranty. After three years, the walking platform cracked. A new platform costs $244 dollars. That is excessively …

Star Trac E-Tr Not rated yet
We have purchased more then $500K in Star Trac treadmills, bikes, stair climbers, Impact Strength equipment and free weights. I can say now that we have …

DKN T430 Not rated yet
running board is so fragile and broke after a month of moderate workout, the unit seemed to be assembled improperly with some missing pieces that should …

NordicTrack Not rated yet
Bought it directly from company via internet. It arrived damaged.....and it has never worked property. They sent a local repair guy who knew very little …

Nordic Track C2500 Not rated yet
I placed a deposit on a Nordic Track C2500 from a company called Fitness-Superstore on the 6th Jan 2011 and was told to expect delivery in about 10 days.Two …

LifeSpan TR1000 Not rated yet
My wife and I just walk on it, though we log about 2 hours a day. I've gone through my fourth motor in 6 months. Granted that the company keeps sending …

interactive 890 golds gym club treadmill Not rated yet
It is an absolute hunk of $1000.00 junk. I have had it for about a year and now the stupid thing does not work anymore. I wish there was something I could …

Nordic Trac Commercial 1750 Not rated yet
Really Poor Customer Service. Unit was delivered Dec 28 2011 as a Xmas Gift. I had purchased delivery with assembly. The unit was delivered damaged and …

NordicTrack T7 Si Not rated yet
I bought this treadmill brand new from Sears, and only I use it half an hour a day. After One year, the console buttons stopped working. I called Nordictrack …

proform 10.0 zt  Not rated yet
absolute crap. cheap mechanicals, and if you ever need to repair it, just burn a thousand dollar bill and take the machine to the dump. then start walking …

Horizon Not rated yet
I purchased a horizon treadmill and had problems with it overheating. It would run fine for about 30 minutes but then it would overheat. After numerous …

Smooth 9.45 Not rated yet
After many months of searching and reading web sites like this one, I ordered a Smooth treadmill online. 1) I order it with a promise delivery date …

Fitness Gear  Not rated yet
Don't buy this treadmill if you want one to last! The deck broke with minimal use! Unfortunately, we were stupid enough to buy a floor model with an extended …

Proform 690 Not rated yet
Returned 3 times. Can't deal anymore. Great customer care. But the product is awful. First was the motor. Then was the belt. Last was the belt again.

NORDIC TRACK Not rated yet
ELECTRONICS PANEL DIED AFTER ONLY 2 WEEKS OF USE.

PreCor - all models Not rated yet
PreCor's are set with a small but noticeable incline. There are some who believe you can't get a "street" workout with a treadmill with a completely zero …

Horizon 3.0 Not rated yet
Worst treadmill on the market./ Had it for 6 years, Used only 4-5 months per year & broke down every single winter. Company was great for sending parts …

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Horizon fitness cst3 Not rated yet
I bought the treadmill less than a year ago and not only is it loud and unstable. I went to exercise on the thing and the stupid display screen will not …

Horizon T101 Not rated yet
I just recieved this directly from Horizon. The Console was cracked, the motor 'clangs' loudly, and the belt is impossible to center. I called Horizon …

golds gym 450 Not rated yet
Mine has broken 5 times in the last 8 months.

300s Not rated yet
Hardly used and won't after running 10 minutes. Cost me $600 and what a piece of junk.

Sole F63 Not rated yet
I bought it from Dicks sporting goods...it stopped working after 2 weeks of use. Dicks wouldn't get it back because they dont have a return policy and …

pro form 750 Not rated yet
"Frustrated" I shared my critique with you if you have read it. Now I,m writing to notify to everyone how "Icon" rectified ,and has gone above and beyond …

weslo treadmills Not rated yet
They arent made for everyday use!! I burned out two of them. One was their low end priced unit while the other was their higher priced machine (At Walmart). …

Reebok 8000 ES Not rated yet
I rated 3 stars and wrote my review in Costco's website, but they did not post my review. There is no customers review for this model yet. I guess those …

Proform Personal Trainer 7.0 Not rated yet
I bought this stuff at 50% off father's day promotional price at Sears last month. I admitted that I could not expect much for this price level. Motor …

True fitness 7.0 Not rated yet
In the course of one month we are on our 2nd treadmill and this one is having the same programing problems. After a very satisfied 15 years with our trotter …

reebok 5500c Not rated yet
I have had it serviced 6 times in the first year of owning it. the same problem they just can't get it right.

831.295250 Not rated yet
I have one as well, first the Storage latch broke. I had that repaired with a new one, but it broke again. Next the console went out and the whole thing …

Reebok 8100 ES  Not rated yet
Bought it. Motor burned out in 6 months. When I contacted customer service, they acted like it was my fault their treadmill was a piece of junk. I hope …

proform xp 542 E model # 831295253 Not rated yet
Shortly after I purchased this treadmill, I noticed that the incline and fan buttons does not work properly. Options on the left side of the treadmill …

Pro-Form 755 Crosstrainer Not rated yet
This model was a replacement for a unit that I purchased, arrived damaged, but was discontinued and there was no exact replacement available. I requested …

ironman 220T Not rated yet
Had this machine for 3 years. I did not use it much, maybe 1/2 hour per day, 4 days per week. But the motor burned out, ironman said it is still under …

Horizon 805T Treadmill Not rated yet
I just purchased this used treadmill. I have 30 days to keep or return it. What can you tell me about it. Right off, I can not find an off switch. …

KMF 6516 Not rated yet
I bought this treadmill for $373.00 "a special sale" and used it for 3 months roughly three times a week, I weigh only 162 pounds, and I usually run at …

Precor 9.27 (2008) Not rated yet
I had a similar negative experience with the Precor 9.27. The belt slipped on multiple occasions and it made a noise that sounded like metal scraping …

NordicTrack any model Not rated yet
I purchased a treadmill from NordicTrack in January of 07. Before the year reached November, I had called it in for repairs 8 times. At that point I …

Horizon Fitness T51 Not rated yet
Just don't buy it. You'll thank me. And after much research, don't buy ANY treadmill from Horizon. They care more about quantity than quality.

Nordicktrack CX255? Not rated yet
This was supposed to be a $1700 treadmill, I was able to get it for $900. In 2 years, it broke down twice. The first time, they sent me a new one. The …

Proform Crosswalk Caliber Not rated yet
The treadmill is O.K., but customer service???? Yikes! A $2.05 part broke and they want to charge $12.15 to mail it? What's that about?

ProForm 6.0 GSX Not rated yet
I weight about 230 lbs and the treadmill has a weight capacity of 300 lbs. I typically ran on the treadmill between 3-5 miles 6 days per week. The treadmill …

Horizon T1 Not rated yet
Actual email from Horizon Support. Jim, There was no parts shipped to the technician, looking at the record it appears they did not approve the order …

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Star Trac TR901 by Unisen Not rated yet
I am an electrical engineer. I design broadcast transmitters. This treadmill was a spread-spectrum radio jammer. Its electronics (motor control system) …

Spirit 400T  Not rated yet
I bought a Spirit for $1200 21 months ago. It has given me nothing but problems. The customer service stinks, they have sent the wrong parts several …

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