The Phoenix 98516 is a manual treadmill – that means there is NO motor and it keeps up with you, rather than you with it. Whilst I am not usually a fan of manual treadmills, this is a fold up treadmill and comes at a very reasonable price.



The Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill is a manual treadmill equipped with a heavy-duty weighted flywheel and 41.5 by 13.5 inch running belt which allows it to operate smoothly and with minimal noise. The flywheel and the running belt are able to respond well to the persons walking or running speed. This means that a persons speed in running determines the speed under which the belt will spin. This makes it easy for the user to run at a speed that he or she is most comfortable with.


Like many other treadmills, the Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill can also display how much performance a person has made in the treadmill. The Phoenix 98516 is equipped with a single-button electronics display so you can monitor you speed, distance, time and calories burned.


As the name suggests it, this model is perfect in small rooms as it saves a lot of room with its folding frame feature. This makes the treadmill easy to fold up and keep as it can be locked into the upright position and kept in any storage room. The treadmill can handle a maximum weight limit of 250 pounds, measures at 46 x 50 x 21 inches and has a one year warranty on the frame.



Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill Review


The Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill is an excellent and very popular choice of treadmill. With a high horse power motor that can take a pummelling, an incline range of up to 12 and (currently) a very reasonable price tag, it is clear to see why this is such a popular treadmill.



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Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill Features

  • 3.0 continuous-duty horsepower motor
  • Speed range is 0.5-11 miles per hour/0.8-17.7 kilometers per hour
  • 0-12% incline range
  • Quick incline and quick-speed keys offer easy access to desired settings
  • Fifteen workout programs: Manual, cardio, running, fat burn, speed interval jogger, hill intervals, 5K run with 12 intervals, heart strength/recovery test, calorie goal, distance goal, fat burn heart rate calculation, cardio heart rate calculation, body mass index (BMI) test, two custom programs
  • Grip and telemetric heart rate monitors help measure your fitness level
  • Skylight backlit LCD computer display
  • Product Dimensions: 83 by 35 by 55.25 inches/211 by 89 by 140 centimeters
  • Folded Product Dimensions: 40.87 by 35 by 65.5 inches/104 by 89 by 166 centimeters
  • Machine Weight: 298 pounds/135 kilograms
  • Maximum User Weight: 300 pounds/136 kilograms
  • Power Requirements: 120VAC 15A non-GFI grounded outlet
  • Strike Zone deck cushioning provides soft landing and firm lift-off
  • Two-ply belt
  • Rollers measure 2.5 inches/6.4 centimeters
  • Walking/running surface area measures 20 inches wide by 60 inches long/51 by 152 centimeters
  • Built-in three-speed fan
  • Two bottle/cup holders




The two things that really stand out with the Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill are it’s incredibly sleek looks (it looks as if it has come from the future), and its very powerful motor that comes with a guarantee. The motor has 3.0 horsepower motor that is amongst the the most powerful found in any commercial home treadmill. And it is not only the motor that is powerful; the whole machine is built to withstand any punishment that heavy runners might give it.

The Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill has a standard grip heart rate monitor, which will allow you to keep track of your heart rate while you run your workout. However, these kinds of heart rate monitors are not always accurate (saying that, I use them all the time and find them to be more or less spot on) and you might want to consider buying a separate chest strap heart rate monitor. These come at around $30.

What’s really impressive about this treadmill is the speed range that it offers.  It has 10 speed options and offers enough speed for professional runners to train on. The only person who might find themselves running off it is a certain Mr Bolt. Add this with an incline range of up to 12 percent and you’ll really have a challenging run with this treadmill.
The Bowflex Series 7  is a very heavy treadmill – you are going to really struggle to move it room to room by yourself. But this could be seen as a proof of its high quality build. The weight shows that it won’t get broken too easily, and as soon as you’ve set it up in your home, you won’t have to worry about its weight anymore and you’ll be able to focus more on your own weight.


The Merit 735T treadmill is an upgrade from Merits previous models. It offers more room for you to run on, a motor that has a lifetime guarantee (not even the 725T has this!), and an extra durable frame.  But is the lifetime guarantee the only reason to go for the 735T?




  • 6 program choices: Manual, rolling hills, weight loss, fat blast, cardio burn, endurance challenge
  • 1.75 CHP (2.75 THP) drive motor; 0.5-10 mph speed range (0.1 increments); 0-10% elevation range
  • 18 × 52″ running area with AEROsoft cushioning; Treadmill folds up easily for storage.
  • 4 red LED windows with LED brickyard display; water bottle holder in console; cooling fan; contact heart rate monitor
  • Warranties: Lifetime frame and motor, 90-days parts and labor. User capacity 275 lbs.

I ordered my treadmill from Amazon and got it pretty promptly, although I had to take an afternoon off waiting for delivery. It is heavy. Actually it is really heavy! Ask the delivery guys (nicely) if they will bring it into the room you want to use it in. If that is up or down some stairs ask real nice! This is a pretty big home treadmill, so if you can, measure up your room and doorways first to make sure you have enough room for it and to see if you will be able to move it once it is put together. The treadmill is 73 x 33 x 50 inches and weight a hefty 152 pounds. In most cases, once made this treadmill is not going to fit through any doorways. It should take no longer than an hour for 1 person to put together, but it will be easier if you have an “assistant” (child, partner, room mate, whoever you can recruit!) to help you construct it.


The Merit 735T treadmill is a folding treadmill which is a great space saver when it is not being used. Fold it up, have the whole thing against a wall and your room is not going to be totally crowded. It folds up and down smoothly and quickly. It has 6 pre programmed workouts so you can just get going instantly, although it is best to read the manual and understand the safety features before going. It feels solid beneath your feet and absorbs quite a lot of the force from your steps, making it easy on your joints. It is noisy though – the motor, your footsteps, the constant beeping..  The best thing to do whilst on this treadmill, is to stick in some earphones and listen to some LOUD music/tv.


Some of it’s best features are it’s instant incline/decline buttons, and the heart monitoring. The ability to change the incline as you are running means you can really mix up your workout as you are going and push yourself further. Monitoring your heart rate is important so that you don’t over do it, and you don’t “under do it”. You want to find out where your heart rate should be for program for you to best burn your body fat or for you to get fitter – depending on what you want to do. For me I try and keep my heart rate around 160.


Apart from the noise, a couple of little niggles are that you need to bend down (avoiding hitting your head) to use the on / off switch. It is not the only model like this, but I do not understand the purpose of it. Also it comes with a fan that doesn’t aim the cool air at you, thus making it pointless.



Well all in all, the merit fitness 735T is a very good treadmill. Sturdy, easy on the legs, fairly powerful etc. The life time guarantee on the motor is a great plus too. It has it’s faults and it doesn’t come with any brilliant software… and the screen it pretty small, but if you are after a good home treadmill just to go running on to get fit, this is a well priced treadmill that will do the job.


Let me start off by saying, I LOVE the Proform Power 995! For the price you pay you get an incredible treadmill bundled with features that both a long time runner and someone new to the sport will find useful and refreshing. It even folds up to take up very little space. It does has a few small issues (putting it together)  but nothing serious and nothing that would put me off it. To see the best price available for the Proform Power 995 click here.


Before we get into the review lets start by looking at the features it packs:




  • iFit Live: Features workouts powered by Google Maps, training with Jillian Michaels, automatic speed and incline controls, automatic workout downloads, and online profile management
  • ProTech Adjustable Cushion Deck: Protect your joints up to 15 percent more with this full-length, adjustable cushioning
  • SpaceSaver Design: Deck folds vertically for storage in compact spaces
  • Dual-Grip EKG Heart Rate Monitor: Monitor your heart rate with built-in handlebar sensors
  • Touch Screen Display: Navigate through workout stats and options with the swipe of a finger
  • CoolAire Workout Fan: Fan is designed into the console and aimed at your core area for faster cooling
  • Workout Programs: Ten performance workouts, six distance workouts, and six weight loss programs, all designed by a Certified Personal Trainer
  • Workout Intensity Control: Allows you to quickly adjust the intensity of your workout at any time
  • Compatible Music Port for iPod: Plug your iPod or MP3 player into the Interplay Music Port for unbeatable sound quality and easy access
  • Intermix Acoustics 3.0: Enjoy rich, powerful performance with this built-in sound system, featuring three-inch high-excursion drivers for clarity and dynamic audio frequencies

  • Specifications:

  • 2.75 CHP Mach Z Commercial Pro Motor: Motor is dynamically spin-balanced and extensively tested for superior performance in vibration and noise, making it one of the smoothest, quietest motors available
  • ProForm Quality Testing: Tests include deck-pounding with 475 pounds of force over 1 million times, console testing, software checks, and 200 hours of human testing
  • 0-12 Percent Quick Incline: Allows you to change incline with the touch of a button
  • 20-by-60-inch (W x D) Two-ply Commercial Tread Belt: Designed to operate quieter than a normal tread belt for a balanced drive system
  • 1-12 MPH QuickSpeed: Allows you to instantly change speed of the treadmill between 0-12 MPH with the touch of a button
    Weight Capacity: 350 pounds
  • Dimensions: Measures 37.75 by 71.5 by 79.5 inches (W x H x D)


    Proform Power 995 Treadmill Review



    When you first get the Proform Power 995 delivered you will have to spend a couple of hours putting it together. I did it myself without any problems, however you might find it easier if you can get a friend or a partner to help you – at least at certain points when it does get a little tough by yourself. Once put together you should notice how firm it all feels – it is a gym quality treadmill. It is a pretty big treadmill to have in the house, but it folds up nicely to in a closet or against a wall.


    Once switched on the first thing that will hit you (or not hit you!) is how quietly it runs. That is great news for anyone who likes to watch tv, listen to music, or just quietly contemplate whilst running.


    If you are not interested in all the additional features it packs you can just switch on one of the many pre programmed workouts and get running.  But as I am always interested in features lets have a look at a few:


    iFit Live Technology

    If you have never used (or better yet heard) of iFit Live, you are in for a treat. Basically IFit live connects you to the net or Iphone and stores and tracks your workouts, lets you create or download loads more workouts, allows you to track you meals etc. The best thing about it, in my opinion, is that it is integrated with Google Maps. That means that you can choose just about any route in the developed world to go on a run in. Fancy going for a run in your neighbourhood but it is a bit to cold? No problem, program in the workout and do it in your living room. Practising for a marathon? The New York, London, etc? Why not go for a run on the actual marathon route with the proform power 995 automatically adjusting for the slopes on the run. If you want to really recreate it, hook up your laptop or iphone to the google maps route, go to street view, and watch the route you are running. Pretty cool right?


    Iphone Workout Compatibility

    Record your results straight onto your Iphone (or, I believe, most other modern smart phones).


    Cushion Deck

    Basically it comes with extra suspension below the base to absorb more of the power you legs put into it whilst running. This means you are going to get a more comfortable run whilst keeping you legs (knees and ankles) protected.




    For the price, this is an excellent treadmill. The parts are solid (except, my only little gripe, the hand rails are a bit lose – I suspect that may be down to me putting it together badly) the features and specs are great for this kind of budget and it saves a lot of space thanks to being able to fold it up. It might not be the best treadmill money can buy, but it is the best treadmill this much money can buy.




    The Sole F80 Treadmill (2011 Model) is a fairly expensive treadmill – but it comes packed with features (not all of which are useful – speakers?) and is made to a very high quality, that means it will likely last you a lot longer than a cheaper treadmill. It is the ideal first treadmill for a home user, as it is remarkably user friendly, but it will suit hardened runners too.

    Lets start by looking at specs and features:



    Product Features:

    • Folding treadmill with 3.0-horsepower continuous-duty motor
    • Vibrant 7.5-inch LCD display with integrated speakers and audio cable
    • 6 standard workouts, 2 custom workouts, and 2 HR-controlled workouts
    • Easy Assist folding deck design; Cushion Flex shock-absorption system
    • 350-pound capacity; measures 33 x 80 inches (W x D); weighs 250 pounds

    Product Specifications:

    • Motor: 3.0 horsepower continuous duty, DC type
    • Speed: 0.5 to 11 miles per hour
    • Incline: 15 percent maximum, rack-and-pinion gear design
    • Deck design: Cushion Flex shock absorption, whisper quiet
    • Running surface: 20 by 60 inches
    • Belt: Double-woven 2 ply
    • Rollers: 2-3/4 inches
    • Folding: Yes, with Easy Assist folding feature
    • Heart rate control: Yes, with wireless chest strap
    • Hand pulse grips: Yes, with armrest speed/incline controls
    • Display: Backlit blue LCD, 7.5 inches
    • Message window: Yes, scrolling info
    • Standard programs: 6
    • User-defined programs: 2
    • Heart rate programs: 2
    • Cooling fans: Yes
    • Capacity: 350 pounds
    • Dimensions: 33 by 80 inches (W x D)
    • Weight: 250 pounds
    • Warranties: Lifetime on motor, deck, and frame; 5 years on electronics, belt, rollers, and other wear components; 2 years on labor



    Sole F80 Treadmill (2011 Model) Review


    This is a pretty expensive treadmill for most – but at the same time it is a bargain if you are a keen runner after a great treadmill and have the money. I bought this Treadmill from Amazon and at the time saved 500 dollars (check if offer still on). Delivery was pretty quick and I was very happy on arrival. Then of course comes putting it together. This was actually easier than I thought it would be – took me and my partner just over an hour and a half to do (hint: we made it in the room we wanted it in, and got the delivery guys to take it there. It is moveable but not by 1 person, and two adult males would be ideal).


    This is a fold down treadmill that only requires a quick push to get it to automatically fall down (slowly!) to the floor. The actual treadmill feels very solid beneath your feet but is pretty absorbent so it should’t hurt your joints too much.


    To get started there are preset speed/incline/decline buttons on the side – however I don’t often run at these speeds, I like to go up a little down a little, faster, slower, but not always by the same difference – and you cannot define what these buttons do. That is actually a little annoying to me, but I guess it might be good for novices. Also, whilst I am talking about niggling problems – going from one speed to another takes a long long time. I imagine that this is a safety feature, as most cheaper treadmills do not have this,  but it is also a bit of a pain.


    The LCD screen is awesome, and you will not find one as big or clear on many cheaper models.  It comes with a speaker system that you can plug your music player into and boom out some tunes as you run. However, the speakers are not great. They are very tinny and you are probably better off with either ear phones or a separate speaker system/tv/radio. Forget the speakers – enjoy the LCD screen!


    There are two ways to measure your heart rate on this – Either on the hand grips or by a wireless chest strap (a lot like most heart rate monitors). It is not uncomy but for some reason I do not like to use it often – I think I just like to be able to breath easy without anything strapped around me.

    The noise level is reasonably low and it has a high enough power level to ensure I get no where near to it. Is also has a “cushion deck” that reduces impact up to 40 percent as compared to running on asphalt and a host of other features as listed above. I have no idea if it makes that much difference but I have had no injuries so far, so that is good news!




    If you have the money, it is a solid choice, has enough features for old and new runners alike, and as well as having a great warranty, it is made well enough to last you many happy/sweaty years.

    The Nautilus T514 Treadmill is a superb treadmill that is powerful, supportive and loaded with plenty of features, but is it worth the price tag ?



    Product Features

    • Powerful treadmill for the home with 2.75 HP motor, 12 MPH maximum speed, and 12 percent incline
    • Cushioned walking/running surface area (20 x 55 inches); Softrak suspension deck reduces impact to joints
    • 19 workout programs, including 6 time/distance courses, calorie goal, 2 custom programs, and pre-set 5k and 10k courses
    • 4 Polar heart rate programs, with telemetry, grip and chest belt (included); folding convenience with SoftDrop technology
    • 350-pound maximum user weight; 10-year warranty on motor, 10 years on frame, 1 year on electronics, 2 years on parts

    Product Specifications:


      The T514 features a backlit LCD monitor to track your key metrics while exercising.

    • Powerful 2.75 horsepower continuous duty motor
    • Softrak suspension deck with cushioned surface area (20 x 55 inches) reduces the impact running and walking may have to your joints
    • Four Polar heart rate programs, with telemetry, grip and chest belt (included)
    • Conveniently situated remote speed and incline controls, right at your fingertips
    • 19 workout programs, including 6 time/distance courses, calorie goal, 2 custom programs, and pre-set 5k and 10k courses.
    • Unique fan design integrates convenience and comfort
    • SoftDrop folding technology for easy and safe storage
    • 12 percent maximum incline
    • 12 MPH maximum speed
    • Water bottle holder
    • Magazine rack
    • Transport wheels
    • Integrated fan
    • Folding frame
    • Switchable from miles to kilometers (KM)
    • Maximum user weight: 350 pounds


    Nautilus T514 Treadmill Review



    First off, the nautilus T514 Treadmill retails at around the $1300 mark. Expensive? Well as we know, everything is relative. Personally I think the price is OK for the features/specs it carries.


    I received my Treadmill promptly and it was delivered in perfect condition. As usual with these higher end treadmills, this is big and heavy – it is 74 x 32 x 54 inches and weighs 350 pounds. Get the delivery guys to put in in the room you want it to end up in – if not you might not be able to lift it (1 person would really struggle), and if you put it together in the wrong room you are probably not going to be able to get it through a doorway to another room. Using my trusty electric screwdriver it took me just less than an hour to put together.


    It is a fold up/down treadmill that is pretty damn big either way you have it. I love that – plenty of room to run on. However make sure you easily have enough room to put the treadmill in before you order it. As with a lot of Nautilus machines you are required to lubricate the machine with 100% silicone before you first use it. Either ignore this but be prepared for a possibly lessened life time, or else buy lubricant when you order the treadmill. I heard a lot of people buy the treadmill, put it together and then realise they cant use it until they pick up some lubricant.


    The Nautilus T514 Treadmill has plenty of programs on it already. It has the usual count down programs (10 minute run, 20, etc), a calorie based program (my favourite as I am forever calorie counting) and distance based programs. The display is clear and easy to read, but nothing remarkable. It allows you to create two personal profiles where you can monitor your progress over time.


    The speed controls and the incline controls are on on the handbars which is helpful. There are also heart monitors on the handles, that you just hold down on for a few seconds and you get a reading. As always, these treadmill handle heart rate monitors seem a little inaccurate, for me jumping up and down 40 beats and random. However it does have a chest strap  heart monitor that seems very accurate, so fear not.


    One of my niggles with certain running machines is the “safety feature” where you clip something onto your clothing whilst the other end magnetically attaches to a power button so if anything should happen to you – you fall off it – it will rip off the magnet and the machine will lose power and stop dead. This has caused more danger to me than anything else about the machine. I listen to my iphone as I’m running and somehow get my ear phones looped in the string and next thing you know I yank it off, stop the treadmill dead and fly forward over the treadmill… well ok that’s an exaggeration but it has caused me some pain.


    Another problem with the Nautilus T514 Treadmill is the location of the on/off button. It is at the front bottom of the machine and is a pain to get too – you will have to duck down to turn it off each time, trying not to hit your head. Also the power chord is tiny and you are probably going to need an extension wire unless you are lucky enough to have a plug socket right next to where you plan on having the machine.




    The Nautilus T514 Treadmill is a great treadmill, comes at a reasonable cost, and has a couple of slight problems. Not much different from a lot of other treadmills that cost around a $1000! It is a solid choice and I’m sure you will be happy with it – I know I am.


    The Merit Fitness 725T Plus Treadmill is an affordable high end treadmill that is a great starter for a home gym. It has decent power allowing you to get to easily get some good speeds going and comes with some good features such as it’s air cushioned support that will protect your joints.



    Product Features


    • Home treadmill with top-quality 2.25-horsepower drive motor
    • Intuitive console controls with adjustable speed from 0 to 10 miles per hour
    • 2-window LED display tracks your time, speed, distance, calories, and more
    • Spacious 18-by-45-inch workout area with Aerosoft cushioning system
    • Folding frame for easy storage; measures 32 x 52 x 71 inches (W x H x D)

    Product Specifications:

    • Workout area: 18 x 45 inches
    • Built-in fan: No
    • Roller dimension: 42mm
    • Incline: 0 to 10 percent (powered)
    • Horsepower: 2.25 THP
    • Frame: Steel
    • Capacity: 250 pounds
    • Folded dimensions: 31 by 53 by 34 inches (W x H x D)
    • Expanded dimensions: 31 by 52 by 71 inches (W x H x D)
    • Warranties: Lifetime on the frame, 2 years on the motor, 90 days on parts and labor

    Merit Fitness 725T Plus Treadmill Review


    I bought the Merit Fitness 725T Plus Treadmill knowing it wasn’t a top end model and so expected a bit of hassle putting it together – but it was actually fairly simple and took about 45 minutes – screw this, then that then done.


    It is a fold up tread mill so it won’t take up too much room when not being used. This isn’t really a problem for me so I always have it down, but it should be pretty handy for a lot of people just looking to have a running machine in a spare bedroom or in front of the tv.


    It is aimed at beginners and comes with a variety of pre-set exercise regimes such as weight loss (max cardio) mountain walking, hill etc. If you are a beginner these should really get you quite fit no matter where you are starting – there is something for everyone. It can get to a good pace and changes between speed fast and smooth as well as having auto incline and decline.


    It comes with a dual LED screen that allows you to keep an eye of any two of the following at a time  Time/Incline/Pulse on one screen,  Distance/Speed/Calories on the other. This makes it very convenient to swap between whatever you want to look at and keep an eye on what ever is important to you.


    Apart from the pre set runs this is actually a fairly basic tread mill. No integration with Iphone apps, only led monitors, no google maps to make your runs a little more realistic and fun. But for the price, this is a pretty good deal.


    Despite what their website says it is not the quietest machine out there. In fact you will have to turn up the T.V pretty loud if you want to enjoy a program. Part of this is down to your feet smacking the treadmill every second and there being poor sound absorption by the floor (although it is not so hard it hurts).


    It has a great safety feature that is not uncommon these days (especially in slightly cheaper models for some reasons) where you clip a piece of string on to you, and on the other end it magnetically attaches to a power button. If you fall off it the string will rip off the magnet from the power button and stop the treadmill dead.  It’s is a great safety feature, but I found it kept getting in the way of my ear phone that I dangle down, so I rarely use it (I advise you do use it!). It has an on board heart rate monitor on the two handles – you grip down and it tells you your heart rate. I have my suspicions that mine was not always right, but it is still a nice feature to have.




    For the money it is a good treadmill, but it does have its limitations. If you are a reasonably priced, solid treadmill without lots of extra features then this is perfect for you. If you are looking for something a little more advanced perhaps consider the profrom power 995