Star Trac E-TRxe Review
The Star Trac E-TRxe commercial treadmill builds upon the excellent E-TRx. Besides having a 20% incline and 15 mph top speed, this unit gets a 15″ touchscreen, smartphone integration and the Star Trac Coach® — a system that selects from more than 1,000,000 workouts! Boredom is out of the question. More than a million workout combinations ensure that each workout experience is as varied as users like. And like other Star Trac treadmills, this unit features Soft Trac®, a triple cell cushioning system made from Neoprene, for exceptional shock absorption.
What We Like:
- 15″ Touchscreen: Star Trac’s intuitive programming is made even better! The 15″ touchscreen has a 20-character readout and can show videos. It also makes it easy to align workouts with personalized fitness goals; here users can access the Star Trac Coach. The Coach draws from more than one million workout combinations to keep boredom at bay.
- Workout programs: In addition to the million+ possibilities from the Star Trac Coach, eighteen workouts and fitness tests have been programmed into the console. Some examples are Constant Heart Control, Dynamic Heart Control, ARMY Protocol and NAVY Protocol.
- Motor: Star Trac now features 5HP motors, making their treadmills powerful enough for intense club use by people of all sizes. The E-TRxe can accommodate users weighing up to 500 pounds.
- Speed: Can trainees attain 15 mph? If they can do, this machine will support it. Most club treadmills top out at 12 mph.
- Maintenance-free: Like most club treadmills, this unit doesn’t require lubrication or bolt tightening. The entire E-TRxe treadmill is virtually maintenance free and is meant for the unsupervised facility. For longevity it has a reversible deck and 3.5″ track rollers.
- Stability: This machine will stay put under intense workouts. It weighs 477 pounds and has a 500-pound user weight capacity.
- Track: Extra roomy and impact-absorbent, the Neoprene track is a hit! By reducing the shock of impact, it helps people train for more time yet reduces the likelihood of injury. The belt is 60″ long and 21.5″ wide, whereas most commercial treadmill tracks are 60″ long x 20″ wide.
What We Don’t Like:
- Size: Besides weighing 477 pounds, this treadmill takes up lots of space. It’s 85″ long and 36″ wide. That makes it even bigger than the Star Trac S Series treadmills and the E-TRx.
- Step–on height: The 10″ step-on will be uncomfortable for some potential users. Star Trac’s S Series treadmills are a bit lower (7″).
- Price: Sticker prices for truly commercial treadmills like Star Tracs are pretty high. (Many treadmill brands put “Commercial” in their product titles, but their machines are really just meant for home use. That’s why they cost less.) Star Trac also sells refurbished treadmills for less. These can be good bargains but might have limited warranties.
- Warranties: Commercial and light commercial warranties are valid with new Star Trac treadmills in the USA and Canada. The warranties aren’t bad, but they aren’t especially generous. Warranties for the Star Trac E-TRxe are: Motor & motor control board – Five years parts and labor; Other parts – Two years parts, one year labor (but three years for the light commercial setting that doesn’t charge dues); Wear items – One year parts and labor; Headphone jack and USB port – 90 days on parts, no labor.
The E-TRxe helps showcase why Star Trac is a leader in the commercial fitness equipment industry. From the track rollers to the digital programming, the machine runs smoothly and is high quality. We’d definitely recommend that fitness facility owners inquire about prices for new or refurbished options. Be sure to ask about the price differences for treadmills with touchscreens and TV. But for residential gyms, the Star Trac E-TRxe is just too much! (Do you need a max speed of 15 mph or a max capacity of 500 pounds?) The Star Trac S-TRx Treadmill is more affordable — but for a home gym, we’d consider some other brands such as NordicTrack and Yowza.