Life Fitness T5 Treadmill Review with Go Console

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Life Fitness T5 Treadmill Review with Go Console

$5,249

The Life Fitness T5 is a nice treadmill, no doubt about it.  It is also an expensive treadmill.  So, is it worth the money?  Here are our thoughts:

Most people recognize the brand name Life Fitness based on their use in health clubs nationwide. 

The T5 is their top-of-the-line residential treadmill and is built with the same quality in mind as their commercial models.  The Life Fitness T5 is very well built, quiet and overall feels great.  This treadmill can easily handle 300 lbs. and is built for users of all sizes, up to a 400lbs max user weight rating.  It did not feel like it was shaking or vibrating like some of the cheaper brands.  It felt like it could easily handle 300lbs and then some.  In our testing, the T5 had one of the more consistent speed ratings under load (% slowed down when Big Mike was on the belt) and that was a huge deal to us in our overall rating.

The adjustable Flex Deck Shock Absorption system also gets a big thumbs up from us!  It makes a huge difference in feel and can be adjusted between a Standard, Firm and Hard suspension.  Why does this matter?  Lets say there are 2 users in a home, one weighs 300lbs and the other 120lbs.  A 300lbs person is going to land with a much heavier step and will probably need a firmer suspension whereas a 120lb may not be able to activate the suspension as easily so they would need a softer cushioning. Having the option of adjusting the cushioning is great and we wish more treadmills would offer this feature.

The big 22” x 60” running surface will not limit any user during their workout.  The removable dishwasher safe cup holders are also a nice touch, making it easy to clean and keep looking nice.

In some respects, the T5 actually has a nicer overall feel than the full-blown commercial Life Fitness treadmills.

Overall, we scored the Life Fitness T5 (with Go Console) at a 94.  This treadmill could have earned our overall top spot, but we had a hard time with the high MSRP.  But… this treadmill also has possibly the nicest overall “fit and finish” of any treadmill we tested.  Yes, it is expensive, but you will also have a treadmill that will possibly be the last one you ever have to purchase.

PROs: One of the best overall feeling treadmills we tested.  Great suspension and very strong feeling motor underfoot.  Also, the T5 has a great look and attention to detail.  Nothing appears cheaply made.  Another nice option is being able to choose your electronics (Go or Track console).

CONs:  Expensive.  There are other treadmills that offer more features for a bit less money.  We were not in love with the position of the front handlebar stem as it could interfere with runners.  There are also better warranties on other, less expensive units.

Life Fitness T5 Treadmill Review with Go Console

$5,249

The Life Fitness T5 is a nice treadmill, no doubt about it.  It is also an expensive treadmill.  So, is it worth the money?  Here are our thoughts:

Most people recognize the brand name Life Fitness based on their use in health clubs nationwide. 

The T5 is their top-of-the-line residential treadmill and is built with the same quality in mind as their commercial models.  The Life Fitness T5 is very well built, quiet and overall feels great.  This treadmill can easily handle 300 lbs. and is built for users of all sizes, up to a 400lbs max user weight rating.  It did not feel like it was shaking or vibrating like some of the cheaper brands.  It felt like it could easily handle 300lbs and then some.  In our testing, the T5 had one of the more consistent speed ratings under load (% slowed down when Big Mike was on the belt) and that was a huge deal to us in our overall rating.

The adjustable Flex Deck Shock Absorption system also gets a big thumbs up from us!  It makes a huge difference in feel and can be adjusted between a Standard, Firm and Hard suspension.  Why does this matter?  Lets say there are 2 users in a home, one weighs 300lbs and the other 120lbs.  A 300lbs person is going to land with a much heavier step and will probably need a firmer suspension whereas a 120lb may not be able to activate the suspension as easily so they would need a softer cushioning. Having the option of adjusting the cushioning is great and we wish more treadmills would offer this feature.

The big 22” x 60” running surface will not limit any user during their workout.  The removable dishwasher safe cup holders are also a nice touch, making it easy to clean and keep looking nice.

In some respects, the T5 actually has a nicer overall feel than the full-blown commercial Life Fitness treadmills.

Overall, we scored the Life Fitness T5 (with Go Console) at a 94.  This treadmill could have earned our overall top spot, but we had a hard time with the high MSRP.  But… this treadmill also has possibly the nicest overall “fit and finish” of any treadmill we tested.  Yes, it is expensive, but you will also have a treadmill that will possibly be the last one you ever have to purchase.

PROs: One of the best overall feeling treadmills we tested.  Great suspension and very strong feeling motor underfoot.  Also, the T5 has a great look and attention to detail.  Nothing appears cheaply made.  Another nice option is being able to choose your electronics (Go or Track console).

CONs:  Expensive.  There are other treadmills that offer more features for a bit less money.  We were not in love with the position of the front handlebar stem as it could interfere with runners.  There are also better warranties on other, less expensive units.

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