If you're looking in the sub-$1000 range, an Xterra treadmill could be just what you are looking for. Although not as popular as brands like NordicTrack and ProForm, the company does give you some nice features and capabilities in their new line-up.
Xterra is the lower end brand of international corporation Dyaco, a company based in Taiwan which also manufacturers Spirit, Club Fit and the popular Sole line of treadmills. With a focus on providing high quality at an affordable price, Xterra offers elliptical machines, bikes, rowers and accessories in addition to their entry-level treadmills.
Xterra introduced a brand new lineup for the 2018 model year, hoping to compete directly with some of the lower priced models from NordicTrack, ProForm and Horizon.
Three are three different models to choose from, all with the XTRA Soft cushioned deck, heavy duty steel frame and easy folding capability.
The TRX2500 is the base model with a 2.25 HP motor, a 20" x 55" deck, 10% incline, 24 built in workouts, a 5.5" LCD display and 300 lb. max weight capacity.
The mid-range model is the TRX3500, which gives you a more powerful 3.0HP motor, larger 20" x 60" deck, 12% incline, 30 workouts, 6.5" LCD display and a 350 lb. max weight capacity.
The top-end TRX4500 has the strongest motor (3.25HP), same deck size as the TRX3500, 15% incline, 30 workouts, 7.5" LCD display and also a 350 lb. max weight capacity.
You also get Bluetooth wireless access to the Xterra Fitness App on the two higher end models.
Our Xterra reviews showed a lot of things to like about this new lineup. For starters, the price is right. The base TRX2500 costs around $799 on sale; the TRX3500 is $899 and the TRX4500 is $999. So all of the treadmills are under $1000, which makes them very affordable.
You also get a lot of nice features, in spite of the price. All models come with decent motors, incline capability for ramping up your workouts, a large amount of built in programs and very solid warranties, a company hallmark.
You also get easy speed and incline controls right on the handlebars, the unique Xtra Soft Cushioning system, and easy folding capability.
So Xterra treadmills really pack it in, and typically you'd have to be at $1500 or more to get all of these features.
There's not too much to not like here. However, they do have some very stiff competition in the category. For example, if you compare the $799 TRX2500 with the similarly priced NordicTrack C700, you can quickly see how the latter model might be the better choice.
The C700 comes with a more powerful motor, a much more elaborate display and iFit Coach capability.
Moving up in the lineup, especially at the $999 level, models from NordicTrack and ProForm have touch screens with internet access, a big step up from the LCD displays on all of the Xterra treadmills.
Still, they do compare favorably in some categories and are certainly worth considering.
Xterra TRX3500 - the most popular of the three models with a powerful motor, large deck, 30 built in workouts and easy folding capability.