The LifeSpan TR1200i is our top choice for home treadmills under $1000 for a lot of reasons.
- High top speed of 11 mph
- 21 training programs
- 6 independent shocks on the deck (better for your joints)
- 15 automatic incline positions (makes your workout more intense)
- Good warranty
- From a company that specializes in treadmills
- Solid steel frame
- Intelliguard stops the belt if you step off
- Large space for a tablet, magazine, or book
- Display will tell you when to lubricate the machine
- Easy to fold in half and soft-drop system for opening the deck
- 30-day money back guarantee
- No fan built into the treadmill
If you're willing spend up to $1000 on a treadmill for your home, you're going to get a lot more machine than you'll find in our under $500 category. It comes with the basics:
- Tethered safety key
- Wheels for easy movement
- Folds easily in half for space saving
- LCD display
One of the drawbacks on these machines compared to the under $500 category is that these require more assembly. We've included a video below for how to put together the LifeSpan TR1200i under the assembly heading.
The TR 1200i goes from .5-11 MPH.
This model has 21 training programs:
- 2 heart rate control
- 5 healthy living
- 7 sports
- 5 weight loss
- 2 user set up programs
If you suffer from joint pain with running or walking, this could be the most important feature for you. The shock absorbers in the deck will reduce the impact on your knees, hips, and other joints significantly.
Tablet and Phone Space
There's space on the console to hold a tablet, phone, book, or magazine.
The 2.5 HP motor will handle longer periods of jogging or running, as opposed to units with a less powerful motor.
Though not difficult, assembly will take significantly longer than with cheaper models. Here's a short video where you get walked through step-by-step for how to assemble it:
- Unfolded: 70.25" L x 33" W x 55" H
- Folded: 39" L x 33" W x 63" H
The TR1200i can accommodate users up to 300 lbs.
We found the TR1200i to be very quiet.
If you're concerned about about bothering people in other rooms or an apartment below you, you may want to look into shock-absorbing pads that go underneath the treadmill, such as the Wondermat.
To add more resistance in your workouts, you can change the incline up to 10% with the press of a button.
The belt is 56" long and 20" wide, which is a good size for jogging and running.
The console has the basics: program, time, calories, distance, heart rate, and incline level, as well as quick start, up/down speed and up/down incline buttons. There are also speakers and headphone jacks.
What's different is that it also uses Intellistep™, which counts your steps.
There's also a USB connection where you can download your data from your workouts and upload it to to your free LifeSpan Club account.
The safety rails have up/down for speed buttons on the right arm, and on the left the up/down buttons control the incline.
The side rails are very stable as the frame is made of steel.
The treadmill will automatically turn off when you step off of the treadmill-a great safety feature.
Raising & Lowering
Lifting the deck is easy, then you can roll it wherever you want. When you lower the deck, push the deck up lightly, push the bar lightly with your foot, then step back and the deck will slowly lower on it's own.
Lifetime on the frame and motor, 3 years parts, and one year labor. A solid warranty. There's also a 30-day money back guarantee.
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