The Matrix TF30 is one of two folding treadmills in the company's new home line, along with the TF50. With advanced cushioning, solid steel construction and a smooth, powerful motor, it's a great option for those who can afford a high-end machine.
The TF30 has an easy-fold design with transport wheels, a black and dark gray frame and a choice of three different consoles so you can choose the one that most appeals to you.
Let's look at some of the other specs on this treadmill....
The Matrix TF30 is the most affordable treadmill out of the four new residential models first introduced in 2016. At around $2499 with the base XR console it is on par with Life Fitness' F1 folding treadmill, but a better option in our opinion.
Early reviews have been quite favorable, with many users noting the similarity between the commercial units they've been using at the gym and the new residential ones. The company has made it a priority to keep the consistent feel and design, which is a very good sign.
The TF30 has a lot of great features, including Johnson Health's Ultimate Deck cushioning system that minimizes impact and the Johnson Drive system motor which is powerful, yet very smooth and quiet.
You get up to a 15% incline and 12.5 mph speed, and the easily folded treadmill can be moved to another location or into a closet with the included transport wheels.
The running area is only 20" x 55", so if you are more of a runner or there will be multiple users, or you're on the taller side, you might want to consider one of the other two models such as the TF50 or non-folding T50 which feature a longer 20" x 60" deck.
The Matrix TF30 treadmill comes with three different console options: XR, XER and XIR. The XR is a basic LCD display; the XER and XIR are touch screen displays.
Additional options will depend on which console you select. The base XR comes with ViaFit tracking, Sprint 8 intervals, Passport (watch HD videos on your own TV) and 10 built-in workout programs.
The XER, with its 10" touchscreen, has all of the features of the XR plus Virtual Active (videos on the unit itself), Bluetooth, speakers, internet connectivity with app integration, smartphone syncing and a USB port.
The XIR has all of the same features as the XER, except it is a 16" HD touch screen rather than 10".
You can expect to pay about $500 more for the XER and another $500 for the XIR, so it's a matter of figuring out if you need/want the enhanced displays. In our opinion they are well worth the additional money.
Other features include heart rate grips, a water bottle holder and water bottle pockets.
We have been working out on Matrix treadmills at the gym for many years, and they never disappoint. And you really can't tell the difference between the commercial and residential lines, which is pretty amazing.
The TF30 gives you everything you could want in a home treadmill...folding, good cushioning, solid construction, incline, lots of workouts, tracking capability and console options.
Again, if you are a runner or are taller or heavier, the deck may be a bit small for you. If that is the case check out the other models in the series. They have longer/wider decks and higher max user capacities.
All of the new Matrix treadmills are as good as it gets in the home treadmill market, and the TF30 is one of our three Best Buys for this year