Matrix treadmills might not be as well known as Life Fitness, Precor, TRUE and some of the other high-end brands, but rest assured these machines are right up there with the best.
They carry a hefty price tag, but for quality, features and ergonomics, they really can't be beat.
Matrix Fitness is the high-end brand from Johnson Health & Fitness, the world's second largest exercise equipment company behind ICON Health.
The company also manufactures the Horizon and Vision brands, two very popular, more affordable names in the business that compete head to head with the major players in the industry.
Matrix makes very high quality cardio machines, including ascent trainers, ellipticals, ClimbMills, steppers, cycles and rowing machines. They also make strength equipment including stations, free weights, racks, kettle bells and more.
Innovative technology and ergonomic design are key components of of Matrix's entire lineup, and all of their machines are built with top quality components that are built to last.
One of the key features of all of the Matrix treadmills is that they are virtually maintenance free. The frames are heavy-duty and the deck is silicon lubricated, so you don't have to worry about any issues with the running surface.
The motors are all efficient, smooth and strong, and all of the components are gym quality.
The current residential lineup consists of two folding treadmills: the TF30 and TF50, and one non-folding treadmill: the T50. (The T70 was recently discontinued). They range in price from $2399 to $2699.
You have a choice of three different consoles to customize your machine: the base XR with its 8.5" LCD display, the XER with a 10" touchscreen and the XIR with a 16" HD touchscreen.
The current commercial lineup consists of 8 models: the base T1x, T1xe, T3x, T3xe, T3xh, T5x, T7xe and the top of the line T7xi treadmill. The prices range from $4,995 for the entry level model (if you can call it that given the price!) all the way up to $12,995 for the top model.
All of the treadmills feature a generously sized 60" x 20" or 22" running deck, up to a 15% incline, up to 12 mph speed and contact as well as telemetric heart rate monitoring.
Most of the Matrix treadmills have touchscreen technology, workout tracking, USB port and other enhanced features. As you move up the lineup you'll find more comfort features and capabilities.
Matrix treadmills receive great reviews from industry experts as well as those who have used the machines in gyms across the world. They ave received numerous awards over the years for design excellence for many of their treadmills, bikes and trainers.
They can be found at hundreds of gyms across the United States, including LA Fitness, Gold's Gym, Planet Fitness and at high-end clubs throughout Canada, Europe and South America.
Where can you buy a Matrix treadmill? They are sold at specialty retailers like Gym Source and Fitness Superstore, as well as on the new company online site which features the entire cardio equipment lineup.
If you have the money and want one of the best machines you can possibly buy for your home then a Matrix treadmill is a great choice. The quality and craftsmanship is unmatched, and you'll get years of maintenance-free enjoyment from it.
They're competing head to head with Precor and Life Fitness, and prices are comparable between the three companies. Matrix is certainly right up there with them, and if you can find one of these on sale it's a great choice.