The Life Fitness T3 Treadmill – Great Model, But Overpriced

The redesigned Life Fitness T3 treadmill is from the company that places more fitness equipment in health clubs worldwide than any other company. As such, Life Fitness treadmills cost more but the home user has the benefit of enjoying some of the best fitness training programs ever put on a treadmill.

The Machine

You can custom order the Life Fitness T3 treadmill direct from the manufacturer and choose between the basic console option, or get the Advanced Workout Console. With the basic console, you get 5 workouts and heart rate readouts. The Advanced Console has 10 treadmill workouts, 2 user profiles, and wireless heart rate control. Its programs include Classic Workouts (Manual, Hills), Sports Training, Heart Rate (Fat Burn, Cardio), Goal, and Custom.

The features and specs on the Life Fitness T3 include:

Life Fitness T3 Treadmill

  • 3.0 HP Continuous Duty Motor
  • 0.5-12 mph
  • 0-15% Incline
  • 20" x 60" treadbelt
  • 5-10 Workouts
  • Heart Sync HR Controlled Workouts
  • Contact HR hand sensors
  • Polar® Wireless Heart Rate Chest Strap (Advanced Console)
  • 350 lbs. max. user weight
  • Lifetime Warranty on Frame and shock absorbers, 10 yrs motor, 5 yrs electrical/parts and 1 year of in-home service

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Life Fitness T3 Console

The Buzz

This Life Fitness T3 Treadmill comes with a 1" medium density fiberboard deck, multi-ply and pre-lubricated belt, 2.6” precision crowned front rollers, and a decent warranty. Life Fitness’s patented FlexDeck® Shock Absorption System reduces impact to joints by nearly 30% and the array of programs is some of the best you’ll find on any machine. The T3 treadmill is a sturdy unit too, despite being light at 243 lbs when compared to a treadmill like the Smooth 9.45ST which weighs over 300 lbs.

If you like to just get on and run, and have no need of advanced programming, the Life Fitness T3 gives you the option of ordering it with the Basic Workouts Console. You can save $300 yet still get all the quality components of a Life Fitness treadmill. Many users note in treadmill reviews that the T3 feels solid and well-built, and that they did opt to get the unique advanced training programs. (Really, Life Fitness excels in this area.)

What We Say

Priced at a MSRP of $2,799, the Life Fitness T3 is a very good treadmill but it is still overpriced. Once you start comparing it head-to-head against market leaders, it begins to show its weaknesses: the 3.0 motor is less than the Sole F85’s 3.5 hp, it isn’t as quiet as we’d expect it to be, and the new console design is nothing interesting. By comparison, you can get a NordicTrack with a 60” deck, extra cushioning, and 3.0 hp motor for less than $1400. However, if you are a serious runner looking for “almost commercial” quality machines in the $2400 - $3,000 range, and want a 3.5 motor and a to-die-for suspension system, we recommend you compare the Life Fitness T3 treadmill with brands that have dominated this price range for several years – the Sole and Free Motion treadmills.

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