The Matrix T50 is one of four new residential treadmills introduced in 2016. It is the high-end company's first jump into the home market, having dominated the commercial industry for many years. Now they go head to head with Life Fitness and Precor.
The T50 features a strong, commercial-grade motor, a durable steel frame and an advanced cushioning system similar to what you find on their health club models.
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The Matrix T50 has been very well received, and has garnered great reviews for its quality and craftsmanship. As we mentioned above, Matrix is one of the leaders in the commercial cardio equipment market, and their treadmills, ellipticals and exercise bikes can be found across the world in high end clubs, universities and rehabilitation centers.
In 2016, they decided to bring that reputation to the home market, with 4 treadmills, 4 elliptical trainers and 4 bikes, all with the same attention to detail and quality that their commercial equipment is known for.
The T50 looks and feels exactly like something you'd use in the gym. it has a strong steel frame, commercial Ultimate Deck cushioning on the belt, and the smooth and refined Johnson Drive system.
It is very similar to the up-level T70 model, the only real difference being the size of the belt. The T50 has a 20" x 60" belt, while the T70 has a 22" x 60". so it is a bit roomier.
A lot of user reviews mention the fact that the three console choices are a key bonus that made them decide to go with a Matrix treadmill. You can go with the base XR, which is an 8.5" LCD. Stepping up you have the XER, a 10" touch screen with app integration and internet. At the top you have the XIR, a 16" HD touchscreen.
You don't necessarily need the advanced consoles, but they do give you a lot more features. For example, with the base XR console you get ViaFit workout tracking, Passport TV connection, Sprint 8 interval training plus 10 other programs.
The XER and XIR both give you internet and fitness apps, plus Virtual Active HD videos onscreen, Bluetooth, smartphone compatibility, a USB port and speakers. So you will be much more entertained with the touch screen consoles, but they do add $500 and $1000 to the price tag, respectively, so you have to decide if it's something you need.
Other great features on the Matrix T50 are heart rate grips, soft touch buttons and water bottle pockets, as well as a very generous warranty.
We've been big fans of Matrix treadmills for quite some time, as our gym has a number of these cardio machines alongside the Life Fitness models. So far from what we've seen they have been able to keep the same quality in the residential models.
The T50 is a great option if you have the budget for it. It starts at about $2599 on sale with the base console. You get a strong motor, advanced cushioning, plenty of workouts and a solid frame, so you definitely get what you pay for here.
If you're a serious runner you may want to look at the T70 as well as it has a wider deck, or if space is an issue look at the TF30 and TF50 folding models.