Peloton Treadmill Review is Live!

Subscription fee, lack of cushioning and suspension are drawbacks

You’re going to like the way you look after exercising consistently on a Peloton Tread 3500.

You’re also going to like looking at the huge upper treadmill display monitor.

The Peloton Tread was praised for “Great technology and a huge upper display” by the seven-person Big Guy Treadmill Reviews team, who gave it their “Best Tech Award.”

Out of 11 treadmills reviewed, the Peloton Tread 3500 received the second best “Bug Guy Rating” with an outstanding 92 out of 100 score.

It was a mixed bag, though, with the above-mentioned great features outweighing some surprising negatives.

“We were very excited to get the Peloton Treadmill in here, even though it took a while to get it,” said “Big” Mike Sullivan, alluding to waiting two months from the time of purchase to delivery. “As far as the aesthetics of it, it’s cool looking.

“It has a very nice console. There is a big display and the technology is outstanding. Overall, I’d probably recommend this treadmill if someone was really dying for the Peloton online content and wants to use the app.”

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“Overall, it’s a sleek looking treadmill,” Sullivan added. “We know that there’s some pretty good quality behind it for $2,500 bucks.”

Having to pay for a $40 monthly subscription to access many of the treadmill’s features is one of the drawbacks.

The Big Guy team was also surprised – in a bad way – how little cushioning the treadmill offered.

“It has some cool, futuristic features in its console and design, but it’s a lot of pay, pay, pay,” Sullivan said. “That’s what Pelton is. They’re known for their classes, their app.

“We were surprised that the Peloton Tread 3500 has an extremely hard deck with little to no suspension.”

Big Guy Treadmill Reviews are unique in the fitness industry.

Our reviews are just what the name states, a bunch of big guys (200 pounds or more) with lots of experience in the fitness industry testing treadmills. Sullivan, a 6-foot-4, 298-pounder, leads the team.

After putting in countless hours running and walking on many of the leading treadmill brands and then logging the information, the 2022 Big Guy Treadmill Awards and scores were tabulated.

Big Guy Treadmill Review tested leading brands such as Life Fitness, 3G Cardio, Peloton, Bowflex, NordicTrack, OMA and more.

Most review sites don’t take into account how a treadmill will hold up when used by a big person. Not all of us weigh under two bills, aka 200 pounds.

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Big Guy Treadmill Review did the rankings the right way. We spent about $20,000 on paying seven independent researchers, products, lighting, equipment, etc., to do a truly legitimate review of the leading brands.

If a treadmill can pass Big Mike and his team’s tests for quality, value and, of course, durability then it should be good enough for most everyone else, too. And last a long time.

The Peloton Tread 3500 92 overall rating trailed only the 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill (95) and edged out the 3G Cardio Pro Runner (91) and Life Fitness Club 95T (88).

Some of the grades from the Big Guy Treadmill Review team that stand out for the Peloton Tread 3500 are overall comfort and design (B), cushioning and feel (C-), handlebar placement (A) and treadmill stability (A).

The Peloton Tread 3500 received a C for Overall Buying Experience, and an A- for Customer Service. Its 3.0 HP motor trailed the 4.0 motors of the 3G Cardio Elite Runner, LifeFitness Club 95T and Bowflex T10.

Our Big Guy team concluded, “Our initial impressions were that it is a solid treadmill, ample running room but minimal space required. We immediately liked the overall look and sturdiness of the machine. Obviously the huge upper treadmill display monitor was something that we were impressed by. Overall the Peloton Treadmill tested well in most categories.  Very little speed loss both with a heavy user and without a heavy user and a very accurate ‘true speed’ percentage at 6mph belt speed. 

“One category however the Peloton Tread did not test well surprisingly was ‘Cushioning and Feel.’  The Peloton Treadmill was extremely hard, almost like there was no cushioning at all.  This was a big turn off for our testers and really about the only negative that led us to not award a ‘best buy’ rating.  Kind of a big deal.  We also were surprised to see how challenging it would be to lubricate the belt.  Lubing the belt for the first time will be a learning curve for most people.”