A lower MSRP and a longer standard warranty on parts would boost this treadmill’s rating. Some strong competitors are mentioned below.
What We Like:
- Workout programs: The 14 built-in programs target weight loss goals; two workouts are available for each of seven calorie-burn goals that range from 200 to 500 calories. Designed by a certified personal trainer, the routines are both efficient and effective, helping to make the most of your exercise time.
*Additionally, trainees can purchase iFit workout cards. Each card provides eight weeks of personal training. These sessions target weight loss, performance, and other goals.
- Power incline: The V 8.90 treadmill track can tilt up to 10%. Training on an incline promotes faster calorie burn and helps people target different muscle groups (e.g., the calves and quads).
- Track cushioning: The 55-inch track is long enough for most walkers and joggers. Its special DMX cushioning is variegated: It’s firmest in the push-off area and provides softer support in the landing area up front.
- Motor: The 2.8 HP motor supports a top speed of 10 mph. Most customers report that it operates quietly. The motor is covered by warranty for 25 years.
- Smartphone compatibility: The treadmill’s music port is compatible with smartphones and other MP3 players. Customers are usually satisfied by the 2.0 Intermix Acoustics speaker system, but the manufacturer’s claim of “unbeatable sound quality” is too generous.
- Stability/Capacity: This sturdy unit has a user weight capacity of 350 pounds.
- Availability: Reebok distributes its treadmills widely and has service technicians readily available.
What We Don’t Like:
- Inconsistent quality: Customer reviews are mixed. Most owners would recommend the unit to a friend, but others have reported getting lemons. If you do purchase the V 8.90, be sure that easy returns will be possible “just in case.”
- The warranty: The Reebok V 8.90 includes a lifetime warranty on the frame and 25 years on the motor, but parts only get a year of coverage. It’s therefore advisable to buy this machine on sale and to back up your purchase with a one-year extended warranty for $109.
Tip: You’ll need 70″ x 34″ of floor space to use this equipment. The special vertical-fold design lets you conserve floor space, but don’t expect a slim silhouette; the treadmill is rather bulky even when folded.
Weight loss programs, an incline, and an iFit card option are among this model’s enticing features. However, given its short warranty, the Reebok V 8.90 treadmill is only recommended when there’s a serious sale and an extended warranty is added on. Before committing to this machine, check out the competition.
A highly recommended alternative is the ProForm 1450. It’s in the same price category as the Reebok V 8.90 but it has a five-year parts warranty. The Sole F65, a folding treadmill with a three-year warranty, might also be preferable.