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Best Folding Treadmill
While folding treadmills are very common, actual compact treadmills that can be easily stored are not. Lifespan have a couple of other compact treadmills, and Horizon produce the SG model.
With this extra choice we will look at whether the extra features are worth the additional $100 over for the Lifespan TR200 over the Horizon SG. Especially now that the Lifespan has been upgraded for 2014.
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Starting with Portability.
As this is a compact treadmill it needs to be easy to move. With it’s weight of about 100lbs, two roller wheels at the front and a compact shape this is no problem. It folds down to less than a foot high so its really easy to find a place to store it. It might even go under a bed. It would definitely fit in a cupboard, just make sure you take it out and use it every now and then!
When its upright there is a handy “third leg” that can be extended out this keeps the treadmill far more stable when stored, and prevents it from falling on a child or damaging a wall.
It’s not really fair to call this a running machine. The motor is not up for that, at 1.5hp it’s more than adequate for jogging or walking.
The top speed is 8 mph and the motor is easily able to sustain that output on the TR200. This is a significant upgrade of the previous version which managed 6 mph and in our mind brings the TR200 really into contention.
If it is a running machine you are after I would suggest TR4000i this is the entry model with a 12mph top speed. To compare teh TR200 with the other LifeSpan Fitness Treadmills see our comparison table here
Does it Incline
Amazingly it does. We were surprised initially that it could, with its small form factor it seemed impossible for there to be any incline.
The TR200 has 10 incline levels which is achieved by the legs extending from the front of the machine. These are easily controlled from the console. This gives a great workout, and the incline really does push you during the exercise.
Ready To go – Out of the box
LifeSpan Fitness don’t need to issue tricky instructions and near useless tools. The TR200 is ready to go out of the box.
This is simplicity itself, and one of the reasons that this is such a popular model. Its completely hassle free, just raise the handle with the console, plug it in, and you are off.
This is one area where the Lifespan is not as strong as the competition. With its fantastic compact shape there is little room left for a huge running area. In this case you are limited to a treadbelt of 17″ x 48″.
Personally for the Lifespan TR200 I do not see this as an issue. It is not designed as a running machine, more light jogging. Plus I prefer to have more flexibility for storage options, than the bigger belt.
All the usual features are included in the console: incline level, speed, heart rate, steps, distance, calories and time. With the usual LifeSpan attention to detail there are convenient grab bars to allow for your heart rate to be monitored.
The display is a pleasing blue LED light that is not too harsh. I sometimes like to run in a slightly darkened room watching the TV and this is perfect!
This is not a large treadmill. It measures Full: 60″ L x 31″ W x 52″ H (152.4cm L x 78.7cm W x 132.1cm H)
Flat: W x11″ (27.9cm)
Maximum User weight is: 250Lbs
Lifespan offer a full residential warranty as follows:
- Frame: Lifetime
- Motor: 5 Years
- Parts: 1 Year
- Labor: 1 Year
What are others saying about the LifeSpan TR200 in their reviews?
The LifeSpan brand is a high end brand in the Fitness Market. Its not surprising that their products are highly rated. The TR200 is no exception. On Amazon it is rated 4.0 out of 5 stars by over 60 reviewers. Most people appreciated its compact size, the generous warranty and the ease of set up.
If you want to read more pros and cons click here LifeSpan Fitness TR200 Fold-N-Stor Compact Treadmill 2014 Reviews
|Belt Size||20" W x 60" L (50cm W x 150cm L)||20" W x 60" L (50cm W x 150cm L)||20" W x 56" L (50cm W x 140cm L)||20" W x 56" L (50cm W x 140cm L)||17" W x 48" L (43.2cm W x 121.9cm L)|
|Drive Motor||3 HP Continuous Duty AC||3.25 HP Continuous Duty DC||2.75 HP Continuous Duty DC||2.5 HP Continuous Duty DC||1.5 HP Continuous Duty|
|Belt Type||2.8mm Upgraded Thick Belt||2.8mm Upgraded Thick Belt||2-Ply||2-Ply|
|Incline Motor||800 lbs. (363 kg) maximum lift||800 lbs. (363 kg) maximum lift||800 lbs. (363 kg) maximum lift||650 lbs. (295 kg) maximum lift|
|Rollers||2.5" (6.24cm) Front, 2" (5cm) Rear||2.5" (6.24cm) Front, 2" (5cm) Rear||2.5" (6.24cm) Front, 2" (5cm) Rear||2.5" (6.24cm) Front, 2" (5cm) Rear|
|Speed||0.4 - 11 MPH (0.6 - 17.7 KPH)||0.5 - 12 MPH (0.8 - 19.3 KPH)||0.5 - 12 MPH (0.8 - 19.3 KPH)||0.5 - 11 MPH (0.8 - 16.1 KPH)||1.0 - 6.0 MPH (1.6 - 9.65 KPH)|
|Incline||15 Levels||15 Levels||15 Levels||15 Levels||10 Levels|
|Deck Suspension||8 Variable Density Elastomers||8 Variable Density Elastomers||8 Variable Density Elastomers||6 Variable Density Elastomers|
|Deck||1" (2.5cm) Phenolic||1" (2.5cm) Phenolic||1" (2.5cm) Phenolic||3/4" (1.9cm) Phenolic with Brace|
|Folding System||Non-Folding||EZ-Drop||EZ-Drop||EZ Drop|
|Side Rails||Aluminum Side Rails||Aluminum Side Rails||Non-Slip Plastic||Non-slip Plastic|
|Dimensions Full:||73.5" L x 32.5" W x 55" H (183.75cm L x 81.25cm W x137.5cm H) Full||74.25" L x 33" W x 55" H (185.63cm L x 82.5 W x 137.5cm H) Full||70.5" L x 33" W x 55" H (176.25cm L x 82.5 W x 137.5cm H) Full||70.25" L x 33" W x 55" H (175.63cm L x 82.5 W x 137.5cm H) Full||Full: 60" L x 31" W x 52" H (152.4cm L x 78.7cm W x 132.1cm H)|
|Dimensions Folded:||42" L x 33" W x 66" H (105cm L x 82.5 W x 165cm H) Folded||39" L x 33" W x 63" H (97.5cm L x 82.5cm W x 157.5cm H) Folded||39" L x 33" W x 66" H (97.5cm L x 82.5 W x 165cm H) Folded||Flat: 11" (27.9cm)|
|Step-Up Height||8" (20cm)||8" (20cm)||8" (20cm)||7.5" (18.75cm)|
|Max. User Weight||350 lbs. (158.7 kg)||350 lbs. (158.7 kg)||350 lbs. (158.7 kg)||300 lbs. (136 kg)||250 lbs. (113.4 kg)|
|Warranty (Residential)||Frame: Lifetime||Frame: Lifetime||Frame: Lifetime||Frame: Lifetime||Frame: Lifetime|
|Motor: Lifetime||Motor: Lifetime||Motor: Lifetime||Motor: Lifetime||Motor: 5 Years|
|Parts: 7 Years||Parts: 5 Years||Parts: 5 Years||Parts: 3 Years||Parts: 1 Year|
|Labor: 1 Year||Labor: 1 Year||Labor: 1 Year||Labor: 1 Year||Labor: 1 Year|
This is the best choice if you are looking for a compact treadmill. Its easy set up, high end finish and compact storage puts it miles ahead of the competition. There is nothing else that comes close in terms of build quality or feel. We highly recommend the Lifespan TR200