The Lifespan TR1000 folding treadmill was given the Consumer Guide award in 2007 for Best Home Treadmill. Despite a slight price increase since then, it continues to prove itself to be a solid and reliable cardio fitness machine for around $1000.
The Lifespan TR1000 folding treadmill has a blue backlit LCD display showing readouts for time, distance, calories, speed, incline level, and heart rate, plus a matrix that shows workout progress. There are 14 pre-set programs including 5 speed and 6 incline programs (each with 3 different intensity levels), 2 Custom users, and MyZone Heart Rate Control (chest strap not included).
The features and specs are:
UPDATE: The TR1000 model has been discontinued. Check out the Lifespan TR1200i for a comparable model, a Best Buy winner several years in a row.
The Lifespan TR1000 folding treadmill features a 2-ply anti-static weave belt, a ¾" thick deck, and the 8 Variable density elastomers on the deck suspension provide cushioning for the landing foot as well as a firm push-off for the rear foot. There are speed/incline toggle buttons on the handlebars, and a safety fold system that provides assistance in both lowering the deck and raising it. Under the hood of the TR1000 is a smooth running 2 hp continuous duty motor, and good size rollers — a 2.4" steel tapered front roller and 2" rear roller. This is a nice combination in that the larger front roller slows down the revolutions per minute and reduces wear on the bearings.
The reviews on this folding treadmill have been good for a couple of years now. Users like that it comes 95% assembled and the tools to finish the job are included in the box. The Lifespan TR1000 is a very solid treadmill with no vibration or shake on the console when fast walking or running, and is considered to be remarkably quieter than competitor models.
The Lifespan TR1000 has a lot of above average features that should be noted including the cushioning, low noise level, heavy frame, HRC programs, warranty, and the folding system. We would prefer to see some front handgrips right under the console since the only other place to grip is right on top of the toggle switches on the arms, but that’s our only criticism. It packs a lot of value for such a reasonable price. The Lifespan TR1000 folding treadmill sells for just $1,045 at Amazon.com with free shipping.