FreeMotion 860 review

Featuring among our best rated treadmills is the FreeMotion 860. If we’re speaking in terms of how much technology is included, there is not many machines out there on the market that can match it. And the ones that do, tend to be of a higher price point.

Users will be able to enjoy a vast range of built in accessories, training programs, and handy design features that can make working out at home fun and enjoyable.

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Positives

There are quite a few positives to take from the 860. A modern design and excellent amount of functionality allow it to hold its own against its many competitors. We have a buying guide criteria which we follow to piece together a overall image as to whether or not a product could be a good investment. We do this by looking through the specs and consumer reports to highlight the good and the bad in a easy to read format for our readers.

This usually involves looking at the machines overall capabilities including the console, motor, and design.

Listed below are the good parts we found.

  • A large, highly visible touch screen that measures seven inches and produces the simplicity of operation some treadmills lack. Find all the data about your training and get to know area that need extra focus by making use of great readouts such as time, distance, and speed as displayed on the screen.
  • The 375 pound user weight limit as recommended by FreeMotion shows that there is strength in its materials and parts used to withstand heavier day to day use. This is above average in our view for the home gym market with many falling short at 300 pounds and below like the LifeSpan TR 1200i and the Weslo Cadence R 5.2.
  • Monitor your pulse by making use of its heart rate grips at the front of the machine. This data will be fed back to the console along with other key tracking information.
  • A 3.8 CHP motor is powerful and will offer users a level of consistency and performance that you don’t find in the lower budget options. This will ensure users get the choice of exercising at speeds of up to 12 miles per hour and anything in between.
  • Exercise programs have become central to the quality of a treadmill. They provide an extra layer of intensity and can really help with progress. The 860 comes with thirty four built in which is pretty impressive, but falls short of some of the more popular top tier options.
  • Solid and reliable warranty policy with lifetime on the frame, two years on any labor, five on parts, and life on the motor.

Negatives

  • Some reports we have found talk about the amount of time taken to assemble it. Whether that is a regular problem remains to be seen, but the complaint we did see suggested it took two hours to set up.
  • Quite expensive.

Summary

The FreeMotion 860 may not have won the same accolades as some of the best sellers in the industry, but it does offer the majority of things needed to make training at home fun, challenging and convenient.