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True 540 HRC Treadmill Review

True 540 HRC Treadmill

The True 540 HRC treadmill is the cheapest model in the new 540 series that comes with heart rate functionalities.

And best of all, it still features the finest belt and deck combination in the market to give you the smoothest and most silent treadmill experience.

Is This Your Best Buy Treadmill?

If you’re looking for a heart rate controlled treadmill with great cushioning and excellent warranties, then this is the model for you.

However, with a near $4,000 price tag, I don’t think most people can afford this. So if this machine is beyond your budget, I suggest you look for comparable treadmills using our best buy treadmills page.

What You’ll Get

This model boasts heart rate controlled (HRC) workouts. It has 5 custom time-based and 2 custom interval based heart rate files to give you lots of flexibility in your HRC run.

Other heart rate features include a Cruise Control program which allows you to jump from any preset or manual workouts into an HRC workout, and Express Command Keys for simple access to any custom workout programs.

True 540 HRC treadmill comes with a 3.0HP continuous duty motor that serves up speeds of up to 10mph and inclines that reaches 15%. So it doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner or advance runner, this machine can provide you the intensity you need.

The 22” x 54” running space is wider than units from the 500 series. It gives you even more room to move and be comfortable during your workout. Plus, with its magnificent belt and deck combination, this unit could very well provide you the best treadmill experience you’ll ever have.

This machine also features 4 pre-programmed workouts (Weight Loss, Speed Interval, C/V Workout, Hill Interval) with 9 intensity levels each and 3 customizable programs to give you more variety and flexibility in your exercises.

A new facet that can be found in the 540 series is the S.O.F.T. select feature. With it, you can customize the softness of your treadmill to fit you more through 12 manually adjustable settings.

And finally, this machine comes with excellent warranty. Its drive motor and all of its parts are covered for 10 years… making this one of the best warranties in its price range. Other warranties include a lifetime for frames and 1 year for labor.


There had been some complaints regarding True’s heart rate features. First of all, the console shows limited information during an HRC workout.

And secondly, while you’re doing a heart rate workout, only the treadmill is allowed to adjust your intensity. If you try to adjust it manually, the machine will shut down and halt your exercise.


I don’t recommend the True 540 HRC treadmill. If you really want an HRC treadmill from True, I suggest you save yourself $1,000 and stick with the True 500 HRC classic. It is True’s best buy treadmill in terms of value.


Cost: $3,895

Motor: 3.0 HP continuous motor

Speed: 0 to 10 mph

User Weight Capacity: 400 lbs


  • 0 to 15%


  • lifetime on frames,
  • 10 years for motor and all other parts and
  • 1 year for labor.

Belt Size:

  • 54”L x 22”W


  • No

Heart Rate:

  • Yes


• 7 x 20 LED Dot Matrix Console

• 16 Character Alpha Numeric Message Center

• True Touch Technology

• 4 preset programs with 9 levels of intensity

• 3 customizable programs

• Manual S.O.F.T. Select

• 2 Heart Rate interval based workout

• 5 Heart Rate time based workout

• Cruise Control

• 2 Express Command Keys

• Polar Wireless Chest Strap included

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