This years lineup includes five treadmill models. These fall into two series and cover a range of user preferences. Follow the links for detailed treadmill reviews.
1. Star Trac E Series: The E Series of Star Trac treadmills is popular in clubs. All treadmills in this series have 5HP. They have great entertainment options, including a shake-free television!
The three choices here are the E-TRx, E-TRxi Club and E-TRxe. While the E-TRx is relatively basic, it’s clearly far superior to any cheap treadmill: It has a 5 HP motor, a 500 pound user weight capacity, an extra-wide belt, a 20% incline and fantastic cushioning. You can add some options, but it takes upgrading to the E-TRxi to get Intel Inside. The E-TRxe has an integrated 15″ TV with touchscreen.
2. Star Trac S Series: The S Series is another fitness center classic. It has fewer features overall, yet 15″ touchscreen televisions are optional on both models. Both have 15% max inclines.
What We Like:
- Entertainment: Star Trac’s E Series is especially focused on entertainment. Users appreciate the iPod compatibility, USB chargers, Intel Inside and 15″ touchscreen TVs. The LCD screen with exercise data is high-def. These treadmills also have coaxial cables and a NTSC/ATSC/QAM digital tuner or PAL/SECAM tuner.
- Maintenance-free: These machines don’t require waxing. They can be trusted to behave in an unsupervised gym.
- Motors: Star Trac commercial motors are powerful. With 5HP, they can support marathon runners and people weighing up to 500 pounds. The simplest model (the S-TRx for light commercial settings) has a respectable 3HP.
- Speed: Star Trac E Series treadmill belts can reach top speeds of 15 mph. Those in the S Series can reach 12.5 mph. For comparison, many commercial treadmills have maximum speeds of 12 mph.
- Stability: Star Trac treadmills weigh in at more than 500 pounds! They have 500-pound user weight capacities.
- Tracks: These machines have roomy and well-cushioned tracks. The belts are 60″ long and up to 21.5″ wide, so they’re large enough to accommodate almost any trainee. Cushioning is a dreamy triple-cell Neoprene and decks are reversible. Large rollers are used for track longevity.
- Workout programs: Lots of options here! For example, the E-TRxe has 18 programs with titles such as “Firefighter,” “Fitness Test” and “Constant Heart Control.” Additionally, with the E Series treadmills, users can access more than a million workout combinations by using the Star Trac Coach.
What We Don’t Like:
- Price: Star Trac treadmills are designed for heavy club use, so they’re expensive for individuals. Prices aren’t published, which is pretty standard practice for commercial fitness equipment, but $3500 or $4000 is a typical starting point. The company also sells refurbished treadmills for less.
- Warranties: Since Star Tracs can be expensive investments, we’d like to see more robust warranty packages or an option for residential buyers. A sample Star Trac treadmill warranty includes: Motor & MCB – Five years on parts and labor; other parts – two years on parts for commercial facilities, or three years for light commercial facilities that do not charge dues, and one year of labor; wear items – one year parts and labor; headphone jack, iPod connector and USB port – 90 day parts, no labor.
- Size: Besides weighing an unwieldy 500+ pounds each, these treadmills take up lots of space. They’re 81″ to 85″ long. Some gym owners choose compact treadmills instead, aiming to fit more machines into a space.
Star Trac treadmills are great options for light commercial and commercial workout facilities. They’ve understandably become a worldwide standard and the optional TVs only add to the appeal.
Virtually 100% of a community’s treadmill workout needs could be met with these products: The incline options span from 0% to 20%, the coaching program has more than a million combinations, and the maximum speed is 15 mph! This is also a top treadmill brand in terms of cushioning for trainees with sensitive knees, and trainees can further relieve pressure by using the incline.
Do you need an E Series Star Trac in your home gym? Probably not! Most people don’t need all of the exceptional features. For instance, most walkers will rarely exceed 5 mph, so there’s little need for a machine that can reach 15 mph. The 500-pound capacity and 5 HP are also beyond the requirements of most home gym owners. The S-TRx is more reasonable, but there’s a whole lot of enticing competition at that price point.
For our top choices in residential treadmills, see our “Best Buy Picks”