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True 540 HRCO Treadmill Review

True 540 HRCO Treadmill

True 540 HRCO Treadmill

The True 540 HRCO treadmill is identical to the True 540 HRC but with an ortho belt and a more expensive price tag.

And unlike ortho belt treadmills from other brands, True’s version doesn’t cause wear and tear that is harmful to your machine.

Is This Your Best Buy Treadmill?

If wide running space, heart rate control features, and excellent cushioning are what you’re looking for in a treadmill, then this model might be the one you’re looking for. However, before you decide to buy, I highly suggest you compare it first to other best buy treadmills to help you make a better buying decision. (Visit 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 HRCO 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 ortho belt feature, 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.


This unit’s biggest weakness is its price. It doesn’t provide much of a value for its price tag. Also, 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 HRCO treadmill. It doesn’t provide much of a value for your money. If you want a treadmill that offers lots of value for your money, visit our best buy treadmills page.


Cost: $4,195


  • 3.0 HP continuous motor


  • 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 ortho belt

Foldable: 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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