Are Weslo Treadmills any good – walking vs running

by Jack on March 20, 2016

We were asked the question, “Are Weslo Treadmills any good?”. This certainly is not one of the top brands or recommended for running. However, when we think of, “top” we are thinking of the high quality treadmills we have used at gyms. Machines costing thousands of dollars. Admittedly, this is an unfair comparison.

On the other hand, if you visit Amazon, looking at the star ratings and reading customers reviews, most Weslo Treadmills score and are talked about in a positive way by customers. So, while they are not super high quality or built for running, they do provide some value and also certain advantages.

The main advantages

The first advantage, these are inexpensive economy-priced treadmills. Many of their models are priced around $300 making these one of the most affordable brands of treadmills available.

A second advantage, they are space-saving. These models small and compact and they also fold-up. Good for people who don’t have a lot of space.

Main disadvantages of Weslo Treadmills

As we mentioned above, this is not a brand of treadmills to buy if your intentions are to run. The size of the motors installed, simply do not provide the proper amount of horsepower needed to support this activity.

Furthermore, even if the motors were of sufficient horsepower we still would not recommend these to runners. These reason why is the dimensions of the tread belts are not large enough to support this activity.

When reading the specifications or product description of these models you might come across the motors can produce a top speed of 10 miles per hour. While it is true that they can, these are not high torque motors. In order to produce this top speed the motors run on high revolutions per minute (RPM’s) and this is not good for the lifetime of the motor.

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Another disadvantage is found in the very limited warranties provided. We might be mistaken but we see no examples of warranties on the Weslo treadmill models providing protection on motors and frames.

Yes, we say this is a disadvantage.  But at the same time, these are inexpensive machines so take it with a “grain of salt” while also considering the low prices. Having no warranty on the motor or frame would be much bigger issue if you were paying $1000 or more.

Another “semi-disadvantage” of this brand is the incline settings. What can you expect? You do get incline with these models but the settings need to be manually adjusted and there is only one incline setting. Not like the models you may have used at the gym which gave you controls at your finger tips and could be raised through 10-15 different grade settings.

The video below, using the Weslo Crosswalk 5.2T Treadmill shows more clearly how the incline works.

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The model pictured above and also featured in the video review above is the Crosswalk 5.2T which can provide a brisk walking speed and also has resistance bars attach which can be used for upper body resistance as you walk. The model has received good overall reviews from customers at Amazon.

Two more popular models

By far the most popular model sold by this company is the Weslo Cadence 5.9 G Treadmill. Taking a look at the umber of reviews on this model at Amazon this may be the most commonly bought treadmill in the world. It has been out for more than a few years now and as far as we can judge it the has stood the test of time receiving good customer ratings.

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Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill

The incline work in the same way shown in the video above. If you didn’t happen to watch the video. See the red arrows in the image above pointing to little legs located on the rear of the deck? When these legs are in the up position as they are in the image this provides more of a flat walking surface. When you want more of an incline these legs collapse inward allowing the back of the deck to sit down which creates the incline.

The Weslo Cadence G 5.9 comes with a 2.25 horsepower motor and a smaller tread belt. So again, we would only recommend this model to a person who plans to exercise by walking.

Third option for walkers

This option is the Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill. It looks almost identical in build as the G 5.9 model mentioned directly above. Basically the only difference is the R 5.2 comes with a slightly larger motor which provides 2.5 horsepower.

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Can you run on it?

The Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill does have a slightly larger and more powerful motor compared to the previous two models mentioned on this page. This will provide a higher level of torque making it more durable and capable of running it at higher speeds. However, the tread belt dimensions are 16 x 50 inches (width x length) which is somewhat small for the purpose of running. Compared to the other two models mentioned above, we definitely see this model as something better to buy if you want to do a little more up tempo jogging.

We can’t confidently recommend the Cadence R 5.2 for running. We definitely would say absolutely NO if you are a taller larger person. Your strides and will be to long to comfortably run on it. However, if you are a shorter person this could possibly work for you. All we can say is read what other customer say in their reviews and also look at the Q&A on this model. A good place to learn more is at Amazon, both a ton of reviews and questions have been asked here.

Are Weslo Treadmills any good

The better question to ask, “do they hold any value?”. Yes, for certain people. If you are a person who wants a small, compact and inexpensive ( under the $300 price range) machine then what this company makes could possibly be a good fit for you.

Notice we do say possibly. In order to be a good fit, another requirement is the person must be interested in exercising by walking (maybe light jogging) as we don’t recommend these models for running.

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