Vision Fitness TF20 Review

Editor's Rating: 8.8/10
Update: This model has been discontinued. To find a suitable replacement, check out our treadmill finder here.

Vision Fitness’s TF20 is the entry-level model in their line of folding treadmills, offered for $2,199 to $3,199, depending on the console choice (Classic, Touch + or the Elegant +).

As with the other folding models by Vision, this model is designed with their  Johnson Drive System, a digital drive system that intuitively adjusts speed and incline changes. There aren’t too many differences from this machine and the more expensive the TF40. other than the motor (2.75 CHP versus 3.0 andthe weight capacity is 375 versus 400 pounds), a slightly shorter warranty on parts, and a few dimension differences. So if you were considering the TF40, it might be worth saving some money with this model.

What We Like:

  • Console Choice: If you are looking for the basics, the Classic with LED display and basic pre-set workout programs is for you. The Touch+ features a 10″ full-color touch screen display with high-definition video and access to ViaFit and Passport Media Player. The Elegant+ features a 15.6″ full-color touch screen display as well as  with ViaFit and Passport Media Player.
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: Both the Touch+ and Elegant+ feature built-in pulse sensors and a receiver/strap for wireless heart rate monitoring. This information can be used with the various workout programs to help set, achieve, and monitor workout goals.
  • Virtual Active Programming: This immersive technology is similar to other programs  that use Google Maps to create workouts using actual locations around the world. Virtual Active comes with the two top-tier consoles and features two locations. Additional courses are sold separately.
  • Unique Workout Programs: With the Elegant+ and Touch+ consoles, Vision has created the unique Sprint 8 High Intensity Training (HIIT) workout program that promises to efficiently built lean muscle mass and reduce body fat in just eight weeks. This program works by automatically adjusting both the speed and incline as you move through series of intense and rest intervals.
  • Digital Drive System: The Johnson Drive System is a responsive, digital drive system that automatically and intuitively adjusts and recalibrates speed and incline changes.
  • Deck: Vision’s Infinity Deck System is tested to run 21,000 miles without maintenance.
  • Incline: This model features an incline of up to 15%.
  • Folding Frame: This model can easily fold for storage, shrinking from 79 inches in length to a mere 40 inches in minutes.
  • Warranty: The Vision Fitness T40 treadmill includes lifetime warranties for the cushioning, frame, and motor. Parts are covered for five years and labor is provided for two years.

Vision Fitness TF20 Treadmill - Key Specs:

Star Rating:4-stars
Motor:2.75 HP
Incline:0 to 15%
Running Area:20" x 57"
Top Speed:12 MPH
Weight Capacity:375 LBS
Dimensions:79" L x 38" W x 63" H
Built-In Programs:15
 What We Don’t Like:

  • No Decline Option: Most models at this price point will offer a decline of some degree.
  • Lacks Built-In Fan: This model does not come with a cooling fan built-in to the console, which is standard in most treadmill.
  • Running Area: The deck dimensions are 57 inches by 20 inches on this model, which is smaller than the typical 60 inches by 20. This will be a problem for taller trainees.
  • Motor: A 2.75 CHP motor is nothing to write home about, especially in a model by such a well-known and pricey brand. Most treadmills at this price point at least offer 3.0 HP.

Our Verdict:

Even though there are only slight differences between this TF20 entry-level model and the more expensive TF40, we have to say the extra money for the more expensive model may be worth it. The motor is an important part of a treadmill and a 2.75 HP motor isn’t too impressive. We also like a more spacious running area, for safety and comfort. For these reasons, we have to say that while the TF20 is a well-built, durable and reliable treadmill, the TF40 has more comfort and performance features that we value on a treadmill.

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