True M50 Review

Editor's Rating: 8.9/10

Manufactured by True Fitness, the True M50 Treadmill has an “M” for the Motivation Series. The machine measures 74 inches long, making it a compact home treadmill, yet the track is a roomy 58 inches x 20 inches. Other highlights include orthopedic cushioning, a 15% incline and a heavy-gauge steel frame. The orthopedic cushioning is the main difference between True’s M50 and the cheaper M30.

Programming is rather light but effective; there are seven preset workouts in different categories including heart rate control (HRC). For a True home treadmill with many more workout options, see the PS800, PS825 or ES900.

What We Like:

  • Program Options: If you want workout simplicity, the M50’s for you. It only has seven preset workouts but these meet a variety of goals such as speed training, heart rate control and weight loss. There’s also space to save two custom-made workouts. This combination and number of workouts are typical for club treadmills. Keep in mind though that many home treadmills – in particular those with iFit – let you download new workouts every day.
  • Console:  The 7” backlit console screen is easy to read and intuitive to use. It shows speed, time, distance, calories and pulse. Quick Speed and Quick Incline buttons make programming simple. Overall, the console seems to be good quality and is relatively high-tech (although touchscreen consoles are becoming the norm, as are treadmill consoles with Internet connections). With the True M50 you’ll also get a water bottle holder and reading rack.
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: Grip heart rate sensors are included. The M50 Treadmill can also be used with wireless monitoring, which is more accurate and more convenient, but the wireless monitoring chest strap is sold separately. Two of the preset workout programs take advantage of the treadmill’s HRC feature, letting you set your heart on “Cruise Control.”
  • Long & Cushioned Track: The track is just right for all but the tallest runners. It measures 20″ x 58″ and has a orthopedic cushioning deck. The orthopedic cushioning is the main difference between the M50 and the less expensive M30.
  • Power Incline: The motorized incline tilts up to 15% to help you get even better muscle tone and burn calories more quickly.
  • Strong Motor: This unit’s 3.0 HP motor is designed to support long workouts. It’s sold with a 30-year warranty.
  • High Capacity: This sturdy treadmill weighs 220 pounds. It has a 300 pound capacity.
  • Warranty: The True M50 has a lifetime frame warranty and 30 year motor warranty, and the parts warranty is for five years. Labor is covered for the first year.
  • Portability: Transport wheels help you move the treadmill.

What We Don’t Like:

  • No Fan: A treadmill fan makes a big difference for endurance. Since one isn’t included here, you should keep one in your home gym.
  • Nothing Fancy: We don’t have many complaints about the M50 Treadmill, but we’re just not excited. New treadmills for this year cost the same or less – yet they have more enticing features. The NordicTrack 1750 with 3.8 HP motor comes to mind. It also has a 15% incline, but a wireless chest strap is included, there are infinite downloadable programs, and the treadmill is web-enabled.

Service for the True M50 is not available in Alaska.

Our Verdict:

The TrueFitness M50 treadmill might be just fine for plenty of walkers and runners. However, it doesn’t stand out as a best buy. For the same price you could get a new model treadmill with more enticing options. Keep shopping! Some reputable brands with treadmills in this price category are NordicTrack and Smooth.

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