Reebok Treadmills Have Brand Name Appeal
Reebok Treadmill Reviews
You’d never know when you went to try out Reebok treadmills that they had nothing to do with the huge shoe and apparel manufacturer beyond the label. Once again ICON Fitness pulled a feat of marketing genius by purchasing the rights to manufacture the residential treadmills carrying the Reebok label. There are commercial Reebok treadmills, but they are made by a completely different company, so using your experience with them to guide your decision to purchase a residential one would be like comparing apples to oranges.
Reebok Provides a Comfort Factor
ICON sells a ton of Reebok treadmills every year, and a lot of this is due to brand name recognition. Many people who have never heard of Precor, Smooth or Landice instantly recognize the name Reebok and think of quality. They are also designed, in the company’s own words, with “a touch of class and a sleek appearance,” which definitely appeals to purchasers who like something they can show off as well as work out on.
Reebok models also sell well because they are readily available. You can find these treadmills at most retail sports outlets and in many department store chains. For many people, if it’s easy to find, they will buy it without looking much further. Consumers like something they know.
Name vs. Value
Do ICON’s Reebok brand treadmills warrant the automatic assumption of quality they sometimes get? Yes and no. If you like features, the Reebok treadmills are packed with some genuinely good features that consumers love. Many are iFit compatible and can fold away for easy storage.
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Design values are very good when it comes to the treadmill frame and deck, which are extremely stable and durable, and the decks are large enough to accommodate all but the tallest of runners. The down side is that Reebok machines have motors that aren’t really large enough for the oversized belts in some cases. You may get a motor burn-out sooner rather than later.
However, ICON still doesn’t back up their products with a worthy warranty. They’ve recently increased the coverage on most treadmill motors to 2-5 years, but that’s still only fair. Parts coverage is still paltry compared to other brands in the same price range.
Reebok treadmills are good performers in the economy to mid-range market, but there are others that do just as well. If you are partial to this brand name and like the looks of them, you’ll do alright if you are looking for a light duty treadmill.
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