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I've read so many 'user reviews' on treadmill websites that are clearly NOT written by a normal treadmill buyer.
The lingo smacks of a treadmill salesperson. And while I'm not making any accusations here, when a treadmill buyer writes something like:
"Let's look at features of ABC treadmill and see what they mean to you..."
"The XYZ treadmill offers an Optical Speed Sensor used in combination with PWM motor controller to produce smoothest speed changes. The optical eye actually counts revolutions of motor directly at axle..."
I get just a little bit suspicious.
If review sounds a little too much like a treadmill brochure, take it with a grain of salt.
(That doesn't mean that quality of treadmill is bad or good, mind you. Just make sure you don't base your decision on those reviews alone.)
#3) Consider this: Flukes DO happen.
Even BEST treadmill manufacturers sometimes make a dud. Nobody has a 100% customer satisfaction rate ALL time.
And unfortunately, it's usually those people that have had BAD experiences that leave nasty reviews of their treadmills.
They have every right to do this of course. Hopefully treadmill manufacturers read these reviews and do something about them.
But keep in mind that one bad review doesn't prove it's a low quality brand just as one stellar review doesn't prove it's a high quality brand.
The Bottom Line:
Trust your own decision.
If you've taken time to research treadmills, chances are you know what makes a quality treadmill.
Don't let one person's opinion ruin fun of getting in shape with YOUR choice of home treadmill. Good luck and have fun!
Kathryn O'Neill is chief editor for Treadmill Review.
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