An “invisible bonus” of Landice treadmills is extraordinary cushioning. Compared with training on a grassy surface, the L7 is low impact to joints and tendons. The lower impact can help you avoid soreness, exercise longer, and reach fitness goals more quickly. The power incline can help reduce impact too — plus it boosts your calorie burn and lets you target specific muscles. The L7 has a maximum incline setting of 15%.
A fun part of buying a Landice is choosing the console. Honoring the company’s 50th anniversary in 2017, the consoles are better than ever. Their look is modernized, Bluetooth is on board, they have USB ports and more.
Most luxurious of the four Landice consoles is the Executive Control Panel, which supports five user profiles. It’s the only Landice treadmill console with a full-color screen, making it the best choice for engagement. It also provides more stats and preset workout programs compared with the others. You can virtually hike to the top of the Empire State building… let your heart rate control the speed… choose a distance workout, and much more.
Here are lists of pros and cons to consider about the new L7 for 2017.
What We Like:
- Powerful Motor: The new L7 has a US-made 4.0 HP continuous duty motor. The motor supports sprints up to 12 mph and has a lifetime warranty.
- Deck Cushioning: The L7 is sold with a choice of cushioning systems. The base price includes VFX Shock Absorption. VFX is about five times softer than grass and very comfortable for most trainees. For another $300 you can get orthopedic suspension, which is about seven times more cushioning than grass.
- High Quality Treadbelt: The L7 Club Treadmill has a 20″ x 58″ treadbelt to let almost any walker or runner reach a full stride. The belt’s quality is far superior to most other treadmill belts. While others require waxing and might easily stretch or snap, this belt can run maintenance-free for years. It has four layers of material (others have one or two) and travels along premium rollers.
- Power Incline: With power controls the running surface can incline by up to 15 percent. Benefits of using the incline are more challenging cardio workouts, faster calorie burn, and better muscle definition.
- Console Choices: Shoppers choose from four Landice treadmill consoles. Here are overviews:
- Executive Control Panel – A luxury Landice control panel, the Executive has a full-color 9″ screen with high resolution for workout graphics. Compared with the others it provides more workout feedback and has more preset training programs. Just a few examples of program categories are Fitness Test (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Firefighter, and Balke); Landmark Climbing (Statue of Liberty, Washington Monument, Seattle Space Needle, Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building and Freedom Tower); heart rate control; and distance. Five users can save profiles and create customized routines.
- Cardio Control Panel – A great match for those focused on heart rate and performance, the Cardio has two preset heart rate workouts and supports two user-defined heart rate workouts among many other programs and three fitness tests. This control panel has an LCD window. It lets two users save their profiles and five custom programs each.
- Pro Sports Control Panel – The Pro Sports console is a step up from the basic Landice control panel. Its LCD gives access to five preset workout programs that you can customize by time, speed and elevation. You can also save five custom-made workouts. This control panel does not save multiple user profiles.
- Pro Trainer Control Panel – The simplest Landice treadmill console gives quick access to five preset programs and two user-made routines. It gives a constant readout for speed and incline, plus it can show time, distance, calories, calories/hr, laps, pace, METs and pulse. This control panel has a small LCD window.
- Heart Rate Monitoring: All versions of the L7 for 2017 allow wireless heart rate monitoring. Another option on board is hand grip pulse sensors.
- Extra Features: The list of optional equipment includes a treadmill television, a tablet computer bracket, medical rails (long safety bars) and orthopedic cushioning. The machine already has amenities such as a fan, bottle holder, USB port and speakers.
- Treadmill TV: The TV is called the Landice Vision System or LVS. It’s 19 inches wide and high definition. You can use the LVS for live programming and on-demand entertainment.
- Tablet Computer Bracket: We recommend adding the tablet bracket to help keep this long-lasting fitness machine up to date. That way, even as digital tech changes for TV shows and workout apps, you can always have a relevant screen docked on your treadmill.
- Safety: A safety lanyard can stop the fitness machine if you fall. An emergency stop button is beneath the console too. As mentioned above, you can also add hospital-grade safety rails.
- High Capacity: The L7 has a 400-pound user weight capacity.
- Excellent Warranty: Like no other treadmill maker, Landice sells their machines with lifetime coverage on the frame and parts. In-home labor is free during the first year if you live within 60 miles of the dealer’s nearest store.
Landice L7 Treadmill - Key Specs:
|Incline:||0 - 15%|
|Running Area:||20" x 58"|
|Top Speed:||12 MPH|
|Weight Capacity:||400 LBS|
|Dimensions:||76" L x 35" W x 58" H|
|Built-In Programs:||Depends on console|
- Size: This is a non-folding treadmill, so it might be too large for your home. The footprint is 35″ wide x 76″ long and 58″ high.
- Weight: Like other club-quality treadmills the L7 weighs more than 300 pounds. Some shoppers prefer home treadmills that can easily be moved.
- Price: Long-term the L7 is a good value, but up-front it’s too expensive for the typical shopper.
For 2017 the Landice L7 remains one of the best residential treadmills, with great appeal in every category but price. It’s equipped with excellent basics and has custom options from an HDTV to safety rails. It’s a top recommendation for those seeking the quality of a health club treadmill and the value of a lifetime guarantee.