When my husband and I were shopping around for a treadmill, it was a bit overwhelming. There are an endless number of brands – and an even more endless number of models to choose from. We found some reviews online – but not enough to give us all the information we were looking for.
I routinely get asked what treadmill I would recommend. It’s a hard question for me to answer because I only run on my treadmill – I have no other treadmills to compare it to.
And that’s where this comes in to play – a handful of other runners and I decided to do a treadmill review linkup. We would each write a review of our own treadmill – which would give you multiple treadmill reviews – while hopefully answering the pertinent questions you have.
You can view the reviews below (via the InLinkz links) or on our Pinterest board! We’d love for this to grow so if you have a review of a treadmill (or want to write one), please email me (email@example.com).
- Purchased: December 2011
- Cost: $1,900
- Min/Max Pace: .5 mph – 12.0 mph
- Min/Max Incline: 0 to 15% incline
- Dimensions: 81 in (L) x 31 in (W)
- Preset workouts: 10 different options
- Heart Rate Monitor: The handlebars have a touch sensor and your heartrate displays on the upper left on the display
- Miscellaneous: Comes with two cup holders (one on each side). There are also two small shelves where you can store things (cell phone, remote, baby monitor)
- Warranty: lifetime for frame, 5 years for parts, 5 years for wear items and 1 year for labor
- No maintenance issues: My husband I have had this treadmill for over three years – it has clocked hundreds and hundreds of miles (not a ton during summer months – majority are during winter) and has not needed any maintenance. We do an occasional tune-up (realigning the belt, cleaning the belt, rails, etc) but for the most part, it requires very little to stay in good working order.
- Ground Effects®-based Shock Absorption: Shock absorbers at the front of the deck cushion impact where your feet land. The rear of the deck is less cushioned to create a more stable surface from which to push off (from Precor website).
- Health-club quality: Precor promotes the 9.27 as a club quality treadmill built for avid runners. The motor is extremely powerful (3 HP Continuous Duty) so it can handle intense, prolong workouts (I’ve run a handful of 20-21 mile long runs with no stopping with no issue).
- Display: All of the data you could want or need is shown at one time on the screen while you are running: Calories, Total Distance, Total Time, Incline, Pace, Speed
My only grip with the Precor 9.27 treadmill has to do with the display units. It only shows tenths of a mile (so 3.3 and then 3.4). Not a huge issue for easy/recovery/long runs. However, it does provide problematic when I am doing speedwork – 400s, 600s or when there is some sort of recovery period (I usually have to convert recovery time into mileage). It’s not the biggest deal in the world, but it is something that we wish would have known about prior to purchasing.