Vision Fitness began in 1993 as a division of Trek Bicycle Company; it extended Trek’s offerings from road bikes to smooth, quiet exercise bikes that use magnetic resistance. The division was spun off in 1996 and Vision began developing standard and folding treadmills too. They launched their first elliptical lineup the following year.
Vision, who used to only see commercially, just launched their e-commerce site, selling this popular, well-known brand direct to its customers.
Vision’s treadmills include commercial models, non-folding home treadmills, and folding home treadmills. Customers pair a base unit with one of three consoles. We’re not wowed by the Classic console — it’s small and only has five preset programs — but it can be upgraded with a Passport media center. This lets you virtually exercise around the world with gorgeous video. The 10? Elegant + and 15.6″ Touch + consoles include a wide variety of motivating workouts.
Commercial Treadmills: Choose from three console versions for the Vision Fitness T80 Treadmill: the Classic, the Elegant +, and the Touch +. The base unit provides a spacious 22″ x 60″ running surface and a 3.0 HP motor.
Non-Folding Treadmills (Residential): The T40 is the non-folding treadmill by Vision, available with three differently priced consoles: the Classic, the Elegant + and the Touch +. It has a powerful 3.0 CHP motor and a roomy running surface.
Folding Treadmills (Residential): The TF20 and TF40 folding treadmills are each available with Classic, Elegant +, and Touch + consoles. The TF20 has a 2.75 CHP drive. The TF40 folding treadmill has a 3.0 CHP drive.
What We Like:
- Motors: Vision Fitness’s motors aren’t the most powerful on the market — some companies have broken the 4.0 HP barriers — but they’re powerful enough for most trainees. The lifetime motor warranty is a great sign that Vision has confidence in their drives.
- Consoles: Vision’s basic LED consoles are easy to use, but we much prefer the Elegant + and Touch + consoles, which feature large high-definition color touch screen displays. Their larger screens help make exercise programs more engaging, especially when you use the Passport Media Center. And recently new is ViaFit™, wireless connectivity for your treadmill that shares workout data with your favorite apps on any of your devices.
- Inclines: Exercising at 0 degrees is so 1990s… Vision Fitness’s treadmill tracks tilt by up to 15%. Incline training boosts metabolism, builds muscle, helps hearts and has many other benefits. (If you want a more dramatic incline, check out our incline trainer reviews.)
- Tracks: Vision Fitness’ Infinity Deck™ System is tested to run 21,000 miles and features very well-cushioned double phenolic coating with wax integrated right into the fibers of the belt so that there is no required maintenance. They’re two-ply and move along wider-than-average rollers for durability.
- Warranties: Warranties vary by model, but a typical Vision Fitness warranty includes lifetime coverage for the motor and frame, seven years of parts replacement, and two years of labor.
What We Don’t Like:
- Weight: The heavy weight of Vision Fitness treadmills is a sign of high quality. At the same time, if you’re choosing a folding treadmill, you might want something lighter weight. The T40 weighs 277 pounds and the T20 weighs 268 pounds.
We’re impressed by Vision’s lineup. The treadmills provide smooth rides, have excellent warranties and include workout options for everyone. Our only hesitation is the price.