The Reebok VISTA treadmill is one of those TV treadmills that rely on impulse purchases. You see the brand name and immediately think of a company that knows more about running and fitness than you do.
Well, buyers beware: the Reebok VISTA is not made by the maker of Reebok shoes and apparel. Icon Fitness purchased the license to mass produce home treadmills and ellipticals and put the Reebok name on them. Icon makes many good products, but that doesn’t mean they are the best buy in the price range, even if the name is Reebok.
The Reebok VISTA treadmill sells for around $1599 MSRP. It is an attractive machine but the features are standard with nothing particularly outstanding:
UPDATE: The Reebok VISTA has been discontinued. It has been replaced by newer models. You can get some really great discounts on all of them here:
Experts weigh the pros and cons of the Reebok VISTA taking note of the big walking area, weak warranty, big cushioning, average treadmill motor, bright readout display, and nice profile.
The biggest problem is potentially the TV monitor in case it ever needs to be repaired, and the limited warranty is a red flag. That’s too bad because otherwise the pros slightly outweigh the cons and the Reebok VISTA treadmill looks at first glance to be a good little machine.
Consumers are immediately attracted to the TV screen built into the console but that should not be the determining factor when buying a $1600 product.
It should make you wonder how much the Reebok VISTA would cost if they had left off the TV. Is this a $1200 treadmill with a $400 TV? Where’s the value here? A flat screen TV isn’t essential equipment on any treadmill and only adds to the price.
Excuse us for being fitness purists, but we like our treadmills to be treadmills and our TVs to be TVs - that is, mounted flat on the wall, big screen, and high definition.
The money you’d spend on a Reebok VISTA can be better spent on the top competitors in the field at this price range such as those made by Sole or Smooth.
One of the best treadmills in the price range (sans TV) you should take a look at is the Sole F83, but if your heart is still set on a TV treadmill check out the Reebok 9500 ES treadmill. It’s a better unit than the Reebok VISTA treadmill and if you can get it at a sale price, it’s a better buy.