draws people to Reebok treadmills? It's the name, hands down.
A name that is well known, and is associated with distinction,
quality, and to a certain level, status.
Why take a chance on brands, like Precor or
Bodyguard, that you're not familiar with? A recognized name
brand must be the best, right? Despite this logic, many treadmill
experts would disagree...
Firmly established in the mid price range,
a Reebok treadmill costs between $1,200.00 to $2,000.00, and
draws the more committed of fitness enthusiasts.
Treadmill expers, such as the Treadmill Doctor,
advise that the "bells and whistles" that Reebok
treadmills offer do not make up for some of the "compromises
in construction". However, although you're really just
paying for the name, this fact doesn't stop people from buying
their sports apparel in large quantities!
But don't confuse the Reebok treadmills with
those that you find in commercial gyms, they are entirely
different machines, manufactured by entirely different companies.
Reebok treadmills are made for home use by a company called
Icon Health and fitness, which owns the license to manufacture
the home version of Reebok treadmills.
While some of Icon's treadmill brands, such
as Weslo and Proform are well known for their short warranties,
the parts and labor warranties on Reebok treadmills are quite
good. On the majority of models, the frame is covered for
a full lifetime, the deck and belt for 2 years, as well as
all of the electrical and mechanical parts. Most importantly,
the motor comes with a 5 year guarantee, however, it goes
without saying, that you still need to check with the supplier
for full details.
If you're on a time constraint, and you don't
have time to do all the cost and feature comparisons, then
Reebok is a safe bet. They offer solid machines, which you
can rely on to be around five years from now should you need
servicing on your treadmill.
The following are the top 4, most popular, Reebok
treadmills available... There are other models that offer
a few extra features and quality, but are also more expensive...
RX 1000 Treadmill
One of Reebok's most basic treadmills. It's small, but has
an adequate motor size of 1.75HP, which produces 10mph as
its top speed (More than fast enough for most runners). The
deck and belt size are also adequate, and the console comes
equipped with standard readouts such as time, speed, calories,
and distance, but it does not include a heart rate monitor.
This model is also not a space saver as it is not able to
be folded. For a little more, the following models are much
Reebok RX 2000 Treadmill
With a 2.0HP motore, Reebok's RX 2000 produces a top speed
of 12mph. This is basically sprinting and is not something
that we recommend on a treadmill. The deck and belt size,
as well as the electronic console, are the same as the RX
1000, which makes the 1000 more favorable over the 2000 if
you're not looking at motor size. As with the RX 1000, there
is no heart rate monitor or pulse grip, nor the option of
folding this peice of equipment away. These key points make
the Reebok RX 4000 that much more of a reasonable choice...
RX 4000 Treadmill
Priced at $200.00 more than the RX 2000, it offers an even
more powerful, 2.5HP, motor which is able to maintain higher
speeds for a longer period of time. It has a larger deck and
belt size, accomodating longer stride lengths. Unlike the
first two models, this model includes a hear rate monitoring
system through a pulse grip sensor, along with the regular
readouts from it's electronic console. While the power incline
and the top speed are the same as the RX 2000, it's major
difference is that it has the ability to fold up and save
space. In general, the RX 4000 is a powerfull machine that
is more than adequate for all fitness levels.
RX 5000 Treadmill
Produces a top speed of 12mph through a sturdy
3.0HP motor. With it's large motor, you can expect this machine
to maintain high speeds for long periods. The deck and belt
size are the same as the RX 4000 and it also folds away to
save space. Also like the RX 4000, it comes standard with
a, pulse grip, heart rate monitor and standard console readouts.
Although one of the best Reebok treadmills available, it is
not too much better than the less expensive RX 4000.
Be sure to shop around and compare these Reebok
treadmills with its competitors. There are other brands, like
Smooth Treadmills, that are in the same price category and
may have extra features such as better warranties.
compare Reebok against Smooth's selection, click here to view
our full review...