Introducing Significant Criteria In Peloton Tread Price
January 8, 2020
The Peloton Tread is an exciting new treadmill that features
a beautiful design and a heavy-tech experience. This expensive treadmill has a
few benefits that make us think perhaps it’s worth the cost! But there are also
a few drawbacks that keep us from making it a TreadmillReviews Best Buy. Read
more to find out why.
Peloton is a new brand in the fitness industry but they are
climbing in popularity, fast. The Peloton Tread is their only treadmill that
comes in at a whopping $4k+ depending on the package and additional accessories
you purchase with the treadmill. But the high price point doesn’t seem to be
holding this company back because they are steadily selling more equipment
(bikes and treadmills alike) and making a pretty big impact on the home gym
But if you can afford pricey boutique fitness classes such
as Orangetheory and Soul Cycle, it actually could be a good idea to invest in
high-tech home gym equipment for your exercise-enthused family this holiday
I crunched some numbers. If you go to a boutique gym three
times a week (because everyone thinks they will go that much when pricing out
subscriptions) for three years, it would cost you as much — or more — than a
smart home gym. Consider: Soul Cycle, the popular indoor cycling class, would
set you back around $10,500 over three years. Barry’s Bootcamp, approximately
$11,250. At treadmill fitness studio Mile High run club, that would be more
than $6,500. For Orangetheory, that’s roughly $5,600, and yoga studio Y7 could
be close to $5,400, depending on which location you frequent.
Peloton is a successful fusion of tech and fitness which
seems to be the way the world is headed when it comes to home fitness.
Personally, I’m loving it! But not at the current price point. Realistically,
Peloton is a brand targeting their efforts at high-income households. As an
average middle-class American, I’d consider purchasing any Peloton a splurge.
It’s do-able, but is it practical? Only your budget will tell.
Just about every aspect of the Peloton is great! It’s a sturdy treadmill with a powerful motor and a simple interface that is incredibly intuitive and easy to use. They also have developed an outstanding subscription service that gives you access to running classes and other floor exercises for cross-training. But at such a high price point, I was left a little underwhelmed by the features. Here are what I believe are the shortcomings of this four thousand dollar piece of equipment:
The Tread comes with a 2 HP motor. There are a few concerns
with this rating.
The unit ‘HP’ means horsepower. This is a rating used to
signify the max output of a motor at any one time, without a load being
Peloton provides a 12-month warranty on their treadmill motor, with the option to buy an additional extended warranty. With other treadmill lines, you can expect a larger motor and a lifetime warranty on the motor.
The Tread is incredibly loud. At a jogging pace of 5 mph,
the motor and belt whir constantly. It’s much louder than any other treadmill
we’ve run on.
Those are my biggest concerns. That being said, you might
not care at ALL about those things and still want the Tread because (and I’ll
be the first to admit it)it is a really good looking treadmill!
The cost the Peloton Tread starts at $4,295. Multiple
packages are available for purchase and will affect your purchase price.
You’ll Want The Peloton Tread If:
And if you miss a live class, there are thousands of
on-demand classes which you can access. The community aspect of Peloton is
pretty inspiring, too. You can join groups, compete against others, and
interact with people in the same class.
You’re not worried about the budget – The Peloton is an expensive home treadmill. If you’re looking to get more features for less cost, there are more practical options available.
You have a dedicated workout space – This treadmill is both
very heavy and will take up plenty of space in your home, so be sure you have
the needed space before committing to the Tread. Those with low ceilings may
not be comfortable on the higher incline levels when using the Tread, as some
users have mentioned that it is an issue. Peloton also recommends placing the
Tread on a hard, flat surface. No carpet, no treadmill mats. These can get
caught in the undercarriage of the treadmill during incline/decline functions.
Main Specs – 7/10
Motor Size: 2 HP
Running Area: 20” W x 67” L
Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
Footprint In Use (W, L, H): 36.5” x 72.5” x 72”
Incline Range: 0% to 15%
Max Speed: 12.5 MPH
Treadmill Best For Walkers, Joggers, Runners
Electrical Requirements: 120V, 15 Amp breaker
Motor Size – The Peloton runs on a 2 HP motor. This is a major drawback. With such a high price point, we expected a higher rated motor. It is relatively underpowered when compared to other treadmills in its price range.
Also, for such a small motor, it is very noisy, especially
as you go up in speed. This machine is not one you can use quietly without
disturbing the family. In fact, if you live in an apartment, the noise alone
will likely make you very unpopular with your neighbors.
Running Area – The Tread running surface is designed with 59
individual aluminum slats with a rubber overmold, running on a ball bearing
rail system. While we are fans of the length, the 20” can feel a bit cramped if
you are used to a 22” wide belt.
Weight Capacity – 300 lb weight limit
Folding – N/A
Max Speed – The max speed on the Tread is 12.5 MPH. Peloton has designed the Tread to change speeds by using a knob you spin, rather than the more traditional buttons. Spinning the knob will lower or raise your speed by 0.1 increments. If you press the button in the middle of the speed adjust knob, you can change speeds by whole integers. You can also set custom quick-select options that appear on the screen when you turn the speed adjust the knob to jump to speeds you use more frequently.
Incline – The incline range on the Tread is 0 – 15%. Peloton has also designed the Tread to change incline levels by using a knob you spin. Spinning the knob will lower or raise your incline by 0.5 increments. Pressing the button in the middle of the knob will change incline levels by whole integers. However, the Tread is slow to adjust incline due to its smaller motor.
Approximate cost for three years: $5,550.
Price breakdown: It’s $3,750 for the machine, installation, and accessories; $49.95 for the monthly subscription of on-demand strength training workout programs. (That will also include yoga in December. Right now, the brand is offering $250 off of its accessories in certain locations, but we didn’t factor that into the three-year cost.)
Instead, you just attach handles to the machine’s arm, click
a button and pick the weight you want. And here’s something novel: The machine
can go on “spotter” mode to assist with heavy bench presses or squats. This is
an all-in-one strength training device.
There’s a bit of a learning curve with adjusting the arms
and switching out the handles and weights, but such is the case with most gym
**Knobs for incline and speed control – This is new. Most
treadmills have (-/+) keys and whole integer keys for speed and incline
control. The knob seems to be a substitute for visually cumbersome buttons. I
like where they are going with this! Originally, I didn’t think this was as
practical but having used the Tread for a few months, I can admit I was wrong
about that assumption. The knobs roll very smoothly. Once you’ve got the feel
of it, you can quickly adjust speeds without having to look down to see what
There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to
accidentally adjusting speed and incline. Even when your Tread is lying
dormant, if you walk past it and bump a knob, the belt is going to start
Features – 7/10
Display: 32” HD touchscreen
On-board Workouts: 1 (manual); Subscription-based workouts
Heart Rate Monitoring: Bluetooth chest strap, sold
USB port: Yes
Audio Jack: Yes; and Bluetooth capable.
Water bottle cubbies: Yes
Device holder: No
USB for charging headphones
Bluetooth Headphone Connectivity
Connect to the internet via wi-fi or ethernet
Extra fitness equipment available for an additional cost
When you first turn it on, you can either “just run” in
manual mode or you can try out a few of the Peloton DIgital sample classes. If
you subscribe to Peloton Digital, the number of classes and workout programs
you can do on the Tread are virtually endless. The subscription is $40 per
month and gives you one user profile.
Display – The Tread has a large 32” 1080p HD touchscreen for
a display. The screen tilts up and down to accommodate users of varying heights
but does not pivot side to side (which would be nice for the floor exercises).
However, you can screencast to an Apple TV, Roku, or Chrome cast. This display
does not pair with Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, or other television streaming
There is also a camera in the middle of the touchscreen,
which is there so when you workout with a friend, you can see each other. As
there was no one we could test this with, it’s hard for us to say how effective
this feature is on the Tread.
Cleaning the screen mid-workout is sometimes necessary.
Streaming tv shows cannot be done on this display.
Speakers – The Tread has good speakers built-in under the
touchscreen. They are generally good enough to hear the instructor and enjoy
the music with the workout. I prefer pairing my Bose headphones (a unique feature
to the Tread) via Bluetooth.
Fans – The Tread doesn’t have fans. This is a feature I wish
it had and one more reason I choose to stick with my NordicTrack 2950.
Heart Rate Monitoring – One purchase option for the tread
comes with a chest strap heart rate monitor. Otherwise, heart rate monitoring
is an additional purchase. So many treadmills (NordicTrack, Sole, Proform, etc)
come with a chest strap for heart rate monitoring so this is another small disadvantage
to the Peloton Tread.
Other Tech Features
Peloton app compatible
USB for charging headphones
Bluetooth Headphone Connectivity
Connect to the internet via wi-fi or ethernet
Extras available with pricier packages
Build Quality – 8/10
Warranties – 1-year limited warranty coverage
Belt – Slat belt
Cushioning – N/A
Customer Support – Phone, live chat, email
Return Policy – 30-day return window
Warranties – The Tread warranty is shorter than most
high-end treadmill warranties.
12 months of coverage on the HD touchscreen
5 years protecting the Frame
12 months of labor coverage
The motor (2 HP, remember?) only has a 12-month warranty
Belt – The slat belt is interesting to run on! It seems that
there aren’t any downsides to this form of tread and this factor will come down
Cushioning – There is no cushioning on the Peloton Tread. The
Peloton Tread website says multiple times that their tread belt is
“shock-absorbing” and we want to be clear that there are much better options
out there if you need a treadmill that actually cushions your run. We know this
is important for injury recovery and certain body types.
The Peloton Tread is a fun new product from an innovative
company. While it’s sturdy and reliable, its price point is extremely high.
From companies that are more established like NordicTrack, ProForm, and Sole,
you can get a treadmill will comparable features at a lower price point.
The Peloton Tread is still going to be an intriguing option for users who love the Peloton bike or Peloton’s design style. The Tread is visually appealing and could be a glimpse of how treadmills are designed in the near future.
What is it? In shocking news, it is indeed a mirror! At
least that’s what it is when the device is turned off. When employed, the
Mirror becomes a screen that allows you to see yourself, while also watching a
trainer who’s leading a class and tracking various workout stats such as
Approximate cost for three years: $3,269.
Price breakdown: The Mirror itself is $1,495. Installation and delivery is $250. Class subscriptions are $39 a month. The starter bundle with fitness packs and a heart rate monitor is $100, while Mirror care cleaning cap with privacy lens for the camera costs $19.95.
It’s not a clunky piece of equipment, but a sleek mirror that just clicks away from offering thousands of workout classes and delivering plenty of exercise stats if you connect it with a heart rate monitor. There are options to join classes live and have personal trainer sessions via the camera built into the mirror.
Though fans have no problem watching themselves on a screen
that is also showing an instructor, more sensitive users (guilty) find seeing
their reflection juxtaposed on top of a trainer quite jarring.
What is it? You know about the Peloton bike. Well, now the
brand that pioneered the interactive at-home class also has a beautiful
treadmill that’s nice on your knees. It also lets you give virtual workout
buddies a “high five” during a rigorous speed or yoga class.
Approximate cost for three years: $5,928.
Price breakdown: $4,524 for the treadmill, setup, resistance
bands and two pairs of free weights. $39 a month for membership.
Peloton instructors are top-notch and the treadmill is smooth enough to make you forget you had hip pain earlier in the day. Competitive? Peloton encourages that side of you with live class rankings and instructor shoutouts. For runners, the Tread can become a healthy addition quite easily.
Cons: It’s a fancy treadmill, for a very shmancy price. And
it needs space: At 455 pounds, you can’t move this device out of the way, but
at least you can stream its video onto another screen if you’re doing a
stretching or weight-focused class.
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