The Reebok 9500 ES treadmill has instant name recognition going for it – everyone knows about Reebok shoes and athletic supplies. But what’s interesting to point out is while Reebok is on the label, Reebok treadmills are actually manufactured by the fitness equipment giant ICON Fitness.
The Reebok 9500 ES treadmill retails for $2500, although we have seen it on sale for as low as $1500. This model is loaded with a lot of fancy features that include a flat screen TV and an easy lift foldaway design that makes storing the treadmill a cinch. Features of the Reebok 9500 ES include:
Icon’s 20-year warranty on the treadmill motor is a big improvement from the 2-5 year motor coverage available previously. Icon’s standard parts and labor warranty is only 90 days but you can purchase extended coverage on the Reebok 9500 ES for up to 3 years.
UPDATE: The Reebok 9500 ES has been discontinued. It has been replaced by the 710 and 1910 models. You can get great deals on both of them here:
Experts point out that the overall design of the Reebok 9500 ES is heavy on features while Icon has compromised on some of the treadmill components. Trainers like the 35 workout programs that make this model a fun piece of fitness equipment that will get a lot of use.
However, experts couldn’t decide if the flat screen TV was necessary at all. The screen is so small that it’s hard to see the picture and it also seems distracting rather than entertaining. For a significant price drop, you can find just as nice a treadmill without the TV.
The Reebok 9500 ES is a great piece of fitness equipment overall. We like the smooth running surface, the folding design, the 3.5 CHP commercial treadmill motor and its warranty, but do you really need the TV?
If you like the distraction of entertainment during your workouts, the Reebok 9500 ES is certainly worth looking into, but only if you can find it on sale. Compare the price, features, specs and warranty coverage to the Sole F83 before you decide on purchasing the Reebok 9500 ES treadmill for your home gym.