Post by dutchgirl678 on Sept 24, 2020 12:22:22 GMT -5
My DH is 6'6" and a pretty serious runner. He runs at least 3x per week. We have a gym membership that is expiring and he hasn't been to the gym since February and is not planning to go anytime soon. So we are looking at treadmills. We have a large finished daylight basement where I already have an exercise bike set up and a TV. He uses is mostly to run indoors when the weather outside is bad (pretty much all winter here in the PNW). He likes the bigger decks for these (all 22x60) and the motor (4 CHP). I might use it for walking. Right now we are looking at 3 models:
Horizon 7.8 AT
The Nordictrack appeals to us because of the integrated LCD with iFit, the fact that it can go from -3% to 15% incline, and the solid construction. But the warranty is less than the others and there have been some reviews of treadmills arriving DOA or breaking in the first few months and customer service being a nightmare. iFit looks cool because not only do they have classes like Peloton, they also integrate with Google maps so you can map a route and it will match inclines for you along the route. $2299
The Sole F85 is very basic, no fancy features, but solid. $1999
The Horizon 7.8 AT says it connects with Zwift and lets you run along with Peloton. It has special quick dials for speed and incline and is said to change speeds and incline faster. $1999
Any experiences or other recommendations are appreciated. I have also seen the Peloton Tread, supposedly coming out in early 2021 for about $2500. I'm honestly not sure if we want to go that route. I got a cheaper exercise bike so I can use the $12.99 a month Peloton app. I don't need to pay $40 for the fancy version. And DH is mostly into running and doing intervals himself. He puts together his training schedule.
Post by dr.girlfriend on Sept 28, 2020 10:59:44 GMT -5
I am having the absolute worst experience with ProForm/NordicTrack (same company), so I would not recommend. I can keep you posted, but I'm fresh off trying to contact customer service, inputting seven fields of my info including the serial number, and then being told "You have contacted us outside our customer service hours, which are 6 am to 5 pm Mountain time Monday through Friday" and then getting booted out of the customer service chat. It's noon Mountain time right now on a Monday. There is no phone number available. I have assembled #19 out of #20 steps of this thing and am ready to send it back despite the restocking fee because I'm so mad at the horrible customer service. The sales and delivery people were actually horrible too but I just powered through because I really wanted a new treadmill. If you buy I would buy from a local store so that hopefully they can intermediate the customer service.
ETA: I guess I should have taken this as a warning of their quality control:
Post by dutchgirl678 on Sept 28, 2020 14:46:06 GMT -5
dr.girlfriend, I am so sorry to hear about your troubles. That is such BS and the restocking fee should be waived if they can't give you decent customer service.
We had already decided to eliminate the NordicTrack/ProForm from our list because we had read similar issues. I got a video from campermom and we are probably going for the Horizon 7.8AT. Since my DH likes the speed to change quickly when he does intervals and I would like to do some walking on it, I think that one makes the most sense.
Is this where I can whine about my missed opportunity to buy a $11+K tread for $4K back in March? My amazing treadmill studio was going out of business, but we already had a treadmill. I was really tempted to buy it with my bonus money. Then the Covid lockdown hit and i was afraid if I spent that money, I would lose my job and really regret the purchase. So of course, our 2 year old $1K Treadmill is broken, has been for 6 weeks, have paid $400 to fix it and it's still not working right....
Post by dutchgirl678 on Oct 14, 2020 23:05:56 GMT -5
We ordered the Horizon 7.8AT. One guy came today to deliver it to our garage. He had such a hard time getting it off his truck. But with DH's help he got it without breaking. Now we have to figure out how to get it downstairs.
suzyp, I'm so sorry your treadmill broke down! I hope you can figure out something soon.
Thanks campermom , we decided to hire a local moving company to move it downstairs for us. We can manage the assembly ourselves I think. They will be here soon!
Wanted to see how the new TM is! I am thinking of upgrading. (the repair company traded out our treadmill to a new model and I HATE it, so I may just bite the bullet and get something I really want instead, but wanted to see how you like it - or dislike it!)
Post by dutchgirl678 on Nov 12, 2020 11:38:39 GMT -5
suzyp we were able to set the treadmill up a few weeks ago and thus far DH really loves it. I walked on it once as well and thought it felt like a professional gym treadmill. It was definitely worth the investment for us.
The only downside is sometimes he runs too close to the front of the treadmill and accidentally bumps up the speed on the quick speed dial. But the treadmill feels super sturdy and responsive.