In our opinion, the Healthrider H550i treadmill is a much better deal than Healthrider's R65 model. You get the same spacious treadbelt but this one is powered by a 2.5 CHP motor that comes with a 12-year warranty. The 1-year parts and labor warranty on the H550i treadmill is still very short compared to industry standards, but much better than ICON's standard 90-day warranty.
The Healthrider H550i treadmill is packed with enough features to appeal to the serious runner. The 2.5 CHP motor has sufficient power to drive the large 20" x 60" treadbelt. Ten motivating workout programs adjust the treadmill incline and speed automatically and the SpaceSaver® design permits easy storage when not in use. Here's what you get for your money:
UPDATE: The R65 model is no longer available. You can check out all of the new treadmills for sale at the Healthrider online store for special deals.
The reviewers at the Treadmill Doctor say that ICON has "cut quality to get the price down". On the other hand, fitness pros concede that the Healthrider H550i treadmill is probably the best choice if they had to choose from ICON's current five models marketed under the Healthrider name. The main reason for their choice is the large running surface and the decent motor warranty.
Consumers are attracted by the Healthrider name and the incredibly low price for a treadmill with these features. (You can often find the H550i on sale for $750.) They like the aerobic, weight loss and performance workout programs and the machine's iFIT® compatibility, which is another feature that's hard to find on a treadmill at this price level.
The H550i folding treadmill is ICON's top model sold under the Healthrider name. If you must buy a Healthrider treadmill then this is the one we recommend based on the 12-year motor warranty.
If spending more money is not a concern, we suggest you compare this model to the Smooth 5.25 from Smooth Fitness. For an additional $250 you get a quality treadmill with a lifetime warranty on the motor and frame.
If you must go with Healthrider then take your chances with this one. The Healthrider H550i treadmill is as good as it gets.