Life Fitness T3 Treadmill review 2020
Available with either the “Go” console or the more interactive “Track Connect” console, the T3 is hugely popular for good reason.
Finder rating: ★★★★★
|Min. speed||1kph (0.5mph)|
|Max. speed||19kph (11.8mph)|
|Running area||0.78m² |
(153cm x 51cm)
|Running deck||1-inch medium density fibreboard with FlexDeck shock absorption system to enhance comfort and reduce knee and joint stress by up to 30%.|
|Incline||0-15% (in increments of 0.5%)|
|Heart rate sensor||Hand grips and telemetry monitoring system|
|Workout programmes||14 (includes 12 pre-set workouts and 2 customisable workouts – 1 per user profile)|
|Size (LxWxH)||202cm x 88cm x 147cm|
|Max. user weight||159kg (351lb)|
|Manufacturer's guarantee||3 years (parts and labour) and 10 years (motor). Home use.|
|Other features||Reading rack and accessory tray. Energy saver mode.|
Pros and cons
- A generous running area.
- A powerful, long-lasting motor (which adapts to the user’s weight) with a high top speed.
- The “FlexDeck” shock absorption system is kind to knees, offering a softer impact than roads/pavements.
- The power-saving mode reduces the strain on your electricity bill.
- A robust build backed up by a good warranty.
- It’s big… and it doesn’t fold.
- Some may find the fewer-frills “Go” console limiting.
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Although this is Life Fitness’s entry-level non-folding treadmill, by most standards it’s very high-spec. Like all Life Fitness’s exercise machines, it’s pretty solid, nice to look at and built to last. Its trade-marked “MagnaDrive” motor (capable of up to 6HP under optimal conditions) is designed to run smoothly and – most importantly of all – quietly.
Make sure you’ve got adequate space for the T3 – that impressive 60-inch running area means that it takes up a little more space than some similar treadmills on the market. Life Fitness’s T series treadmills are all non-folding; provided that’s not an issue, it generally makes for a more solid running machine.
If you’re looking for a treadmill that can integrate with third-party apps like Nike+, Garmin, Jawbone, Fitbit etc., then opt for the Track Connect console. But if you don’t need all that, then you can save yourself some money by opting for the already-impressive Go console. As the name suggests, the Go console is all about immediate and straightforward out-of-the-box use for HIIT, goal-based and other challenging workouts.
Some users report that assembling the T3 can be a bit fiddly, so you may prefer to purchase assembly too.