The Echelon Stride Treadmill has a few positives, but it’s not recommended for people who weigh 200 pounds or more
Our Big Guy Treadmill Review team was really curious to take a close look at the Echelon Stride Treadmill in our ratings project. We included this treadmill despite its low price of $1,299 because it has a maximum user weight capacity of 300 pounds.
We liked the lower price point and that it can fold down flat and store vertically. It’s simple to fold down and move around. For just $1,299, it’s nice treadmill for a small person in a small room.
Unfortunately, there was a lot that we didn’t like about the Echelon Stride:
The treadmill’s stability and power are subpar due to its small 1.75 motor and 1-year parts warranty, raising doubts about its longevity and capacity to endure use from individuals weighing over 200 pounds. Despite being reasonably priced at $1,299, these issues are alarming drawbacks.
The Echelon Stride Treadmill has some components that feel inexpensive and possibly less powerful. If you can spend more money and weigh over 200 pounds, upgrading may be a better option.
And, what about the claim that treadmill at this price point really hold a 300-pound person?
We had another significant question – what should be the appropriate difficulty level for grading this treadmill?
To assess the value of the Echelon treadmill, we compared it to other treadmills in a similar price range of $1,299. We also factored in the higher cost of the 3G Cardio Elite Runner during our evaluation.
Ultimately, we factored in price when giving our overall rating. Without factoring in price, the Echelon would have received a lower score.
This treadmill is suitable for individuals who need to move it around to different rooms. However, it is not designed for people who weigh over 300. It can be folded down easily and can be stood upright with a reasonable amount of effort (for someone stronger).
We appreciated how easy it was to move the item in its upright position with the built-in wheels.
Please note that if you have children or pets, it is important to use extreme caution when standing the treadmill upright and leaving it in that position as it could be a potentially hazardous situation if it were to fall over. Be sure to properly secure and support the treadmill in the upright position. Fortunately, the Echelon Stride comes equipped with a safety strap that can be used to secure it to a wall.
In general, we did not find the Echelon Stride belt and suspension to be comfortable. However, it’s important to note that the testers were all over 200 pounds, so the experience may differ for someone weighing 120 pounds.
The treadmill feels hard and shakes a lot when used by someone who is heavier. We do not recommend this treadmill for people who weigh in the mid to high 200-pound weight range.
The Echelon Stride Treadmill did not inspire confidence among heavier users. Although one person weighing in the mid 100s had positive feedback on the machine, this review is focused on the experiences of larger individuals.
The treadmill’s upper electronics display is conveniently located for users of any size, and it can be rolled around effortlessly while upright. However, the speed loss was noticeable during the 6 mph test, which is a drawback of this $1300 treadmill.