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Monday, July 20, 2009
Treadmill Rating: 3 stars out of 5 for being just about average at everything
This time I’ll be talking about the Reebok 8700 ES Treadmill. Reebok Fitness Equipment is manufactured by Icon Fitness, the parent company of Treadmill and Elliptical trainer brands like Proform Fitness Equipment and Image Fitness Equipment. Some of Icon Fitness’ equipment is poor at best, but the Reebok Treadmill line seems to be much better in general than other treadmills and elliptical trainers manufactured under the care of Icon Fitness. Let’s examine how the Reebok 8700 ES Treadmill stacks up to other treadmills in the $800 price range.
The Reebok 8700 ES Treadmill is equipped with a 2.5 Continuous Duty HP motor. This is going to pretty much going to set the tone for this treadmill review, but a 2.5 HP motor for a treadmill that costs $800 is very average. In fact, I can’t think of any treadmill in this price range with more or less horsepower.
One thing I will note is the considerable amount of fitness programs. The Reebok 8700 ES Treadmill comes with 14 programs! That’s actually far above average and I would like to congratulate Reebok Fitness Equipment for being willing to put in that extra effort to deliver an excellent treadmill. Fitness programs are essential to effective cardio routines! Another category this Reebok Treadmill excels at is speed. If you plan on doing some running you’ll be able to sprint by at up to 12 MPH. Most treadmills in this price range have a top speed of 10 MPH, so once again Reebok, going the extra mile is much appreciated!
Overall, this is a decent treadmill by a treadmill manufacturer that more often than not gets it wrong. Icon Fitness is full of treadmills and treadmill brands that consistently underperform. The Reebok Fitness Equipment brand seems to defy this general rule of thumb. Even though this is a decent treadmill, I still wouldn’t buy it because there are a lot better treadmills out there, more often than not for much less than the Reebok 8700 ES Treadmill.