LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill Review

by Jack on August 18, 2015

In 2015, we have read many online “experts” recommending the LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill (Price: $999) as the best buy in the $1000 and under price range.

When it’s appropriate, we love to disagree, however, after reviewing the current options available, we can only agree the LifeSpan 1200i  is the best you can buy for under a grand.

This model has a large platform and is good for anything from walking to jogging and even running. It has a powerful built-in 2.5 horsepower (hp) electric motor with a top speed of 11 mph (how fast can you run?), and also provides 15 levels of incline in case you want an uphill workout.

Overall, this machine is a great choice for improving cardiovascular health, weight loss and toning workouts. See additional features below.

Second place pick in this price range, ProForm Power 995i ($849).

LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill reviewWhat owners think about it

Looking to the customer reviews shown in the image at the right, we can see out of 351 customers this treadmill has earned a 90-percent approval rating (3-5-stars), an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, the vast majority being 5 and 4-star ratings.

In this review, we will address both the positives, as well as the complaints or weaknesses given by 1 and 2 star rating customers. Furthermore, if you are looking for cheaper home fitness treadmill solutionsvisit our homepage to see these different options.


LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill review

What makes the LifeSpan TR 1200i the best choice?

The features making it the best

We will tell you right now, in 2015 to get something noticeably better than the LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill, you will need to spend over $500 more probably closer to $1000.

LifeSpan TR 1200i best rated for under a 1000

Control Console

  • Control speed, incline, set your training program from the easy to read, color LCD console. The console also displays time, calories, heart rate, distance steps and speed.

Also found on the center control console: Two speaker, USB port, headphone, iPad, smartphone jack and water bottle holders on the left and right.

  • Large running, jogging, walking surface. The platform measures 20 by 56 inches.

The platform is built with a bio-mechanical suspension; very durable, supports up to 300 pounds.

  • Best folding treadmill under 1000

    Folds to save space

    The TR1200i folds up easily.

The unfolded dimensions (in inches), 70 long x 33 wide x 54 tall. But when you are not using it, to save space it folds up easily to 39 x 33 x 66 inches.

  • 2.5-horsepower electric motor.

This motor can created an 11 mph pace. The speed is increased by the touch of a button in 0.5 increments.

  • 15 different incline settings.

The incline adjustments allows the user to keep the running platform flat or increase it to a maximum of a 15 percent grade. Easy console button controls allows the users to increase or decrease the grade by 1% each time the button is pushed.

  • Built-in training programs

In case you need a little help getting started there are several different training programs accessible at the center console controls.  Depending on your goals, these different programs include: Weight Loss, General Health, Sports Training, MyZone for heart rate, Custom User and Quickstart.

  • Four warranties

The frame and motor both have a lifetime warranty included. Other parts are under warranty for 3 years. And there is a 1 year warranty for labor.

Anything to watch out for

LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill reviewOverall the reviews and ratings of the LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill are very good. It has won a couple adwards:

  • Treadmill Doctor’s “Best Buy” Award for best new treadmill.
  • Fitness Professor’s “Head of the Class” Award for best treadmill under $1000.

We have read through most of the negative customer reviews on this model and do question the authenticity of many. Not saying all, but many don’t make a lot of sense.

We don’t want to call every customer a liar who wrote a review to express their compliments. We will say this, assembly of the LifeSpan TR 1200i seems to be the biggest source of frustration.

Obviously this treadmill will need to be assembled correctly for it to work properly.

If you know you’re not good at assembling equipment, for a fee, you can include assembly with your purchase. However, I don’t not believe these are “expert technicians” who are sent to assemble the treadmill for you.

If you have a mechanically inclined friend, neighbor or relative, you may be better off asking someone like this to help you. Offer them a few bucks for their help. And since you know them, they will probably take better care. Some of these company outsourced assembly men are probably more concerned with getting the job done as fast as possible.

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