True Fitness is known for producing ergonomic fitness equipment that’s hassle-free to own. The company launched in 1981 and is now a leading international supplier of treadmills, exercise bikes and other cardio trainers for residential and commercial use. It maintains headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri and has distributors in more than 70 countries.
True Fitness home treadmills are priced from about $2,000 to $6,000. Each has the feel of a club-quality cardio trainer, but some advantages of choosing the higher models are extra-long warranties, large data monitors and advanced cushioning.
The most popular moderately-priced True treadmills are the PS100 and PS300.
True Home Treadmills
True Fitness makes four series of home treadmills. From the most affordable to the most exclusive, the series are called M, PS, Z and ES. True’s minimum standards are higher than those of many other brands: Even the lowest-priced treadmill (the True M30 has a welded steel frame, a long track with automated incline, heart rate “cruise control” and five years of parts protection. Still, stepping up to the PS collection is most popular.
Below are summaries of each collection. True begin with the PS and ES lineups, which feature standard-sized treadmills. Next are the M and Z lineups, which feature compact treadmills for runners and walkers.
True Fitness PS Series
True home treadmills in the PS collection are priced from $2,899 to $4,799 and carry up to 10-year parts warranties. The four impressive choices are the PS100, PS300 and PS800 Each has a 60-inch track and a maximum 15% power incline. The models vary in terms of horsepower, cushioning and other specs.
Of all the True home treadmills, the PS100 and PS300 are the best sellers. Each is built from commercial-quality parts but carries a long warranty for home use. With 3.0 HP motors and long tracks too, they’re more than adequate for most walkers and runners. The True PS300 is distinguished by its orthopedic belt.
For the heaviest training though, the top model in this series are more appropriate. The True PS800 each feature an orthopedic belt powered by a 4.0 HP motor.
PS800 Customer protections include a ten-year parts warranty, a ten-year electronics warranty and free labor for repairs during the first two years of ownership.
True Fitness M Series
True’s “M” stands for motivation. The two treadmills in the M Series are the M30 and M50. They cost $1,999 and $2,229, respectively. These are the most affordable home treadmill from True Fitness. Both are relatively compact treadmills too (74″ long) yet have 58″ long workout surfaces to accommodate the typical user’s running gait. Each is backed by a five-year parts warranty among other buyer protections
These two compact treadmills are very similar to each other but the True M50 has orthopedic cushioning. Both the M30 and M50 have 3.0 HP motors, maximum 15% inclines and speed ranges of 0.5 to 12 mph. Each also offers HRC Cruise Control. HRC Cruise Control uses wireless heart rate data to control the treadmill’s speed and incline, helping the user exercise within a specified heart rate zone. The M Series console provides 12 preset workouts and can save two customized routines.
True Fitness Z Series
The True Fitness Z Series home treadmill for this year: the True Z5.0. They’re priced at $3,899 respectively. This luxury treadmills are compact like those in the less expensive M Series, but they’re more robust and carry 10-year parts warranties instead of five-year parts warranties.
Each treadmill in the Z Series has a 60” track with a maximum 12% power incline. The Z Series console features a 7″ LCD for 10 preloaded workout programs and two user-designed programs.
What We Like:
Program Options: True Fitness treadmills arrive with diverse selections of classic workout programs to support goals for calorie burn, performance, heart rate and more. True Fitness treadmill computers provide space to save custom-made workouts too.
Console Screens: Super easy to read console and the most user friendly
Console Extras: Some extras on True treadmill consoles for 2017 are workout fans, iPod-compatible jacks and speakers, and water bottle holders.
Heart Rate Tools: Grip heart rate sensors and wireless receivers are included on all the models. A special feature on all True Fitness home treadmills is HRC Cruise Control, which controls the treadmill’s challenge level to help the user maintain exercise within a given heart rate zone.
Track and Deck Choices: Tracks on all True treadmills this year are either 58″ or 60″ long. Cushioning is high quality on all the models, with the PS800 having variable cushioning and higher models having advanced orthopedic decks
Power Incline and Decline: All True Fitness treadmills have motorized inclines with maximum settings of either 12% or 15%.
Strong Motors: All the machines have quiet 3.0 or 4.0 HP motors.
High Capacity: True Fitness treadmills feature steel frames and have aluminum motor housings. They have user weight capacities of 300 to 400 pounds.
Warranties: A typical True Fitness home treadmill warranty package includes lifetime coverage for the frame and 30 years for the motor. Parts protection is for five, seven or ten years. Labor is covered for one or two years.
Practical for Home Use: Transport wheels are included on all True home treadmills. Treadmills in the M and Z collections are especially compact.
True Fitness manufactures ergonomic home treadmills that are built to last. The many options include compact treadmills and traditional treadmills for most shoppers with $1,999-and-up budgets.