In 1958, the grandchildren of J.W. Foster started their own company. This company was completely attached to J.W. Foster and Sons and was eventually called Reebok, named after a type of African gazelle. Now an extremely established brand worldwide, Reebok has moved into the treadmill territory to bring their personality to the industry.
One of Reebok’s treadmills, the R 5.80, has a built-in set of speakers. The speakers allow direct connection to iPods and give runners the chance to enjoy their music as they exercise. The treadmill has a 2.25-horsepower motor that gives a constant and stabile running platform for users and is guaranteed for 25 years. The machine, with its specially designed shock-cushioned deck, allows users weighing up to 300 pounds to safely use it. The running surface has a width of 20 inches and a length of 55 inches.
The Reebok V 6.80 treadmill is a higher model than the R 5.80. With the V 6.80, Reebok provides users with a 2.8 horse-power motor. The intricate motor has an axial fan that allows the motor to cool and reduce noise at the same time. The control board is illuminated with LED lights and provides a quarter-mile track so users can easily recognize how far they have walked or run. The V 6.80 has the ability to fold upwards to save space when individuals are done working out. Like the R 5.80, the V 6.80 has a patented shock-cushioning technology in the running deck; this gives users a very minuscule amount of negative effects on their bones and joints.
Another model built by Reebok is the V 8.90. With several amenities, this treadmill has proven to be the right model for many people. The V 8.90 has a 2.25 horse-power motor capable of efficiently producing both relaxing and strenuous workouts. An iPod compatible music port gives those who have purchased the V 8.90 the opportunity to multi-task by listening to their music while exercising. The technology within the V 8.90 offers 14 different workouts and can take advantage of the iFit workout card, a special technology created to make the exercise routines of individuals more comprehensive. Like the other models mentioned, the V 8.90 offers a cushioned running surface, alleviating some of the detrimental effects that can be caused by running.
One final model worth mentioning is the Reebok T 12.80. The T 12.80 has the most powerful motor of all of the models discussed with a 3.0-horsepower rating. It has an intricate flywheel that is spin-balanced which contributes to the higher price of this model. With the 3.0-horsepower motor, the treadmill can reach speeds of 12 miles per hour and an incline of 12 percent. The T 12.80 has the iPod-capable port like the other models and it has top-of-the-line cushioning for the running deck. Exercises designed by personal trainers are accessed with the treadmill’s iFit technology; there are 28 other exercises pre-programmed. A high-resolution display, a 350-pound capacity and a 12-year warranty on the motor make the T 12.80 one of the most luxurious treadmills that Reebok offers.
What We Like
- Availability: Reebok treadmills are widely distributed, so it’s relatively easy to try a model before buying it. If service is needed, it should be relatively easy to find a repairperson who is familiar with Reebok machines.
- Motors: Newer Reebok home treadmills feature commercial-grade motors. The 9500 ES, for instance, has a strong 3.5 HP motor.
- Space-saving options: Some Reebok treadmills, such as the 9500 ES, can be easily folded to save space.
- Special features: Reebok’s newest models include television screens and advanced sound systems.
- Stability: Reebok home treadmills are remarkably sturdy. The treadmill models with higher frames can accommodate taller runners, and some of the machines can hold users who weigh up to 350 pounds.
- Tracks: Reebok’s newer models have long 60” walking surfaces. Many have two-ply designs for durability and cushioning.
- Warranties: Older Reebok treadmills have substandard warranties, but the brand’s latest offerings include confidence-instilling 20-year warranties on the motors. Also, customers can now purchase up to three-year warranties on other parts and labor.
- Workout programs: Reebok treadmills feature up to 35 built-in workout programs to help keep exercise interesting. Some Reebok treadmills, such as the V 8.90, come with iFit card readers. Each iFit card provided eight weeks of dynamic personal training.
What We Don’t Like
- Emphasis on extras: Some exercisers appreciate Reebok’s bonus features such as TV screens and great audio. Others would prefer that the company invested more in its tracks and other essential treadmill components.
- Price: Some reviewers have suggested that customers choose Reebok treadmills because of the recognizable brand name and not because comparison shopping has shown Reebok to offer the best value. Comparable models by other brands, including other brands manufactured by ICON, might be available.
- Older Reebok treadmills: Customers are advised against purchasing late-model Reebok treadmills. Many of these were sold with only 90-day warranties and are not necessarily sturdy enough to last for many years. These models are also not suited for serious runners.
Reebok has been an established company for more than 100 years. Their knowledge and experience gives them the prowess that they have earned as a company. Reebok’s newest treadmills include some entertaining features such as TVs and iFit card readers with great workout programs. The pricier models are sold with high-grade motors and relatively good warranties. However, customers are advised to compare Reebok treadmills with other brands before making a purchase; more cost-effective alternatives might be available.