5 things to know about the FreeMotion 890 Treadmill reviewed

by Jack on September 4, 2016

After having the chance to use the FreeMotion 890 Treadmill over the past month we decided to add a review of this model to our site. What will you learn here? Basically, we will concentrate on rating the five most important features to first consider before buying any treadmill. These features are:

  • Motor
  • Frame
  • Tread belt
  • Cushion System
  • Warranty

We already know many people searching for information on any model are also interested in knowing about specific “extras” which may or may not be included with a certain treadmill model.

FreeMotion 890 Treadmill review

Is the FreeMotion 890 Treadmill a good choice for runners? 

But would you not agree the 5 areas listed above are the most important core features of a treadmill? It is our opinion, in order to get the most value for your money, these areas must first be consider. Then a person can narrow down their choices based on the “extras” which may or may not be included.

5 Quality rules –  FreeMotion 890 Treadmill

The good thing about what we talk about here, these 5 rules can be applied to help judge the quality of any other treadmill model you may be interested in.

Rule #1 -Looking at the motor

Can you deny the importance of the motor!?! If you spend any amount of time reading customer comments you will undoubtedly find mention of the motor, “It burned out after only three weeks!!!”. But how do you judge the quality of this important piece of the puzzle?

What type of motor and how much horsepower (hp) do you need?

First let’s address the type of motor. When reading over treadmill descriptions and/or specifications you will come across models running on different types or styles of motors. What you need to be aware of is these different motors are not equal. There is only one type we recommend buying.

Avoid buying a treadmill if it has either of the following two types of motors:

  • Treadmill Duty
  • Peak Duty

We have noticed many websites reviewing treadmills never mention the fact that these two types of motors listed above are the most inefficient and the most likely to breakdown in the short-term.

What you should buy then?

The only type of motor we recommend buying is a treadmill with a Continuous Duty Horsepower Rated (CHP) style of motor. The CHP is proven to be the most efficient and durable. This is absolutely key to buying a quality machine.

Now let us address the amount of horsepower (hp) you will need

So we already recommended buying a machine with a CHP style of motor. When looking at descriptions and specifications of different treadmill models, for example you will come across 2.25 CHP, 2.5 CHP, 3.0 CHP and more.

The number in front of CHP is the amount of horsepower the motor provides.

To answer the question on how much horsepower you need comes down to your intended use. Do you plan to exercise by running? Walking? Jogging?

If you plan to buy a machine to run on then the minimum amount of horsepower we would recommend is a 2.5 CHP. This is our minimum amount recommended for runners. More is better.

If you only plan to exercise by walking or jogging, buying a model with a 2.5 CHP would also be a good but for this type of exercise intensity you can get away with less horsepower.

What you should realize about overall price. In general, models with higher horsepower motors will be more expensive.

The FreeMotion 890 Treadmill has the right style of motor a CHP and it provides 4.25 horsepower so this is going to workout great for runners.

Rule #2 -The frame and weight capacity

This is a boring subject but nonetheless an important part of a treadmill to consider. Basically, there are two types of frames, steel or aluminum.

Steel vs. Aluminum

Which do we recommend and why?

Not many, if any websites will mention this in their reviews but there are a few reasons we would recommend buying a treadmill with a frame made from steel as opposed to aluminum.

  1. Steel frames fit together tighter and this results in a quieter treadmill.
  2. Steel provides a little bounce to your step compared to the dead and rigid feeling of aluminum.

A third reason, steel frames on average or more sturdy and therefore longer lasting and provide a higher weight capacity.

The FreeMotion 890 Treadmill is manufactured with a welded steel frame ad has a weight capacity of 400 lbs.

Rule #3 -Tread belt what to consider.

This is the belt that goes round and round that you will be exercising on. There are a fewer important considerations to think about when it comes to the tread belt.

The most important is how you intended to exercise on your treadmill?

Do you plan to run, walk or jog? As you think about these different types of movement, you surely can realize that when a person is running vs. walking the length of their stride increases. So the dimensions of the belt are going to be very important, especially, for runners.

Walkers and joggers can get away with shorter belts but we wouldn’t recommend going with anything shorter than 48-inches. On the other hand, runners needs a longer platform to exercise on. For runners, the very shortest tread belt we would recommend is 54-inches.

Not as important as dimensions but you should also be aware of tread belt thickness.

The thickness of the belt is measured in ply, you can usually find the ply of any model’s belt either in product’s description or specifications online.

  • 1-ply
  • 2-ply
  • 3-ply

The thinnest is 1-ply, the thickest is 3-ply. The thickness of 2-ply falls in between. Most model’s will come with a 2-ply belt. The thickest 3-ply belts are usually only found on the most expensive treadmills.

This FreeMotion Treadmill comes with 22 x 60 -inch (w x l), 2-ply tread belt.

Rule #4 -Cushion System.

To protect your joints you will definitely want a treadmill with a decent cushion system. For the most part, it can be hard to judge which treadmill has the highest quality or better cushion system.

We have asked people who have used different models to tell us their opinion on which cushion system was better and there never seems to be a consensus on which is best, at least when we are trying to compare similar quality treadmills.

We would attribute this to body mechanic differences and also individual preferences. Have you seen those beds which allow the firmness of opposites sides of the bed to be adjusted? Some people like to sleep on a slightly firmer surface while others like a softer surface. We would think this thought could also be applied to treadmill cushion systems. Some people like a slightly firmer deck to exercise on while others like a lot of cushion.

So, with that said we can not in no way label one system better than the other. What we will say, if you are buying a brand name machine, “FreeMotion” is a brand name, it is reasonable to expect you will be provided with a decent system. As a rule of thumb, more expensive treadmills will have the better systems

The FreeMotion 890 Treadmill is manufactured with Surface Response Suspension Cushioning.

Rule #5 -Warranty.

What does the warranty of the FreeMotion 890 treadmill include and how does it compare to the warranties of other similarly priced machines?

 

  • Motor – Lifetime
  • Frame and deck – Lifetime
  • Electrical Parts – 5 years
  • Labor – 2 years

 

Compares well to other models in the price range.

Make sure you look at a machine’s warranty before buying. If you don’t know what you should be getting, take the time to look at other name brand models which are close in price to the model you are interested in. What you will usually find is different companies offering about the same coverage.

If you find a model with a warranty that is completely at odds (offering much less) with other models this should really make you question the quality of the machine. The mst important parts of the warranty is what is being offered on the motor and frame as these will be the most expensive parts to replace.

Overall feelings on the FreeMotion 890 treadmill

In this review we have covered different aspects of what we consider to be the 5 most important features of a treadmill:

  • Motor
  • Frame
  • Tread belt
  • Cushion System
  • Warranty

If you are currently about to buy a home treadmill or a machine for a gym we highly recommend you pay attention to and narrow your choices down according to the quality of these features before worrying about any certain extras which may or may be included.

Overall, in it’s current price range the FreeMotion 890 treadmill compares well to other models. We especially like the powerful 4.0 CHP motor and the spacious 22 x 60 inch tread belt for runners. Also, the 400 pound user weight capacity is also huge.

If this model is priced in your budget it is worth keeping on your list of potential models to buy. It rates well in the areas discussed in this review and we have heard no major complaints to this date.

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