The Precor TRM 445 treadmill is the top-of-the-line model in the residential series, giving you everything you've come to expect from a gym machine in the comfort of your home. With incline and decline, 40 workouts (built in and custom), full touch display and a powerful/quiet motor, this one can't be beat.
Part of the Precision Series, you get a 7-inch touch display with an acrylic LCD faceplate offering 27 different workout metrics including speed, heart rate, incline, distance remaining, calories and pace, among others.
The TRM 445 is made of fully welded, powder-coated steel which makes it both durable and attractive. It features two patented Precor features: Ground Effects Impact Control, offering cushioning in front and rigidity in back for the ideal stride, and Integrated Footplant Technology, which automatically adjusts the belt to match your natural movement.
Here are the relevant specs on this model...
Precor equipment is always well received, and the TRM 445 is no exception. Reviews on these machines are always positive, with the one exception being complaints about the price.
This one is about $5,300 or so on sale, which is expensive for a home treadmill. But those who can afford it will appreciate the quality and attention to detail.
Precor invented cushioning systems for treadmills, so the ergonomics are unmatched in the industry. You have their patented shock absorption and stride support that we mentioned above, providing more support where you need it and less where you don't.
This machine, like its little sister the 425, offers both incline and declien capability, which is great to vary your workouts. Some comparably priced machines do not offer decline capability...so that's a nice feature.
The deck is virtually maintenance free, and it can actually be reversed to double its life span. You have a strong 3.0 HP motor and speeds up to 12mph, which should accommodate all runners.
One complaint that has come up a few times is that the deck, although it is 22" wide, better than the typical 20" you find on other models, it is only 56" long. You usually find at least 60" in length, especially on the higher priced treadmills. So this might be a hindrance for taller runners who have longer strides.
The 445 is our favorite Precor treadmill in the company's residential lineup, as it packs in just about everything you could possibly want in a workout machine. Some of the other models lack important features that they should have given the hefty price tag.
There is an Energy Series and a Precision Series, with five models altogether, including the TRM211, TRM 223, TRM 243, TRM 425 and TRM 445.
Let's take a closer look at all of the models so you can compare them to each other...
This is the more affordable of the two series, with three different models to choose from.
The base Precor treadmill is the TRM 211, with a 20" x 57" deck, a 3.0 CHP motor, up to 12 mph speed, Energy Stride cushioning, up to 15% incline capability, grip heart rate and 6 built in workout programs.
Moving up you have the TRM 223, which gives you wireless heart rate monitoring, three more programs, and an additional user ID, on top of all of the features of the 211.
The top model in the series is the TRM 243, a big step up with a 7" touch screen display, 23 workout programs, 4 user IDs and integrated Preva workout tracking for keeping tabs on your progress.
This is the more advanced Precor treadmill series, closer to the machines you find at your health club. There are two different models to choose from.
The base TRM 425 gives you an improved cushioning system called Integrated Footplant Technology and Ground Effects Impact Control, which is an upgrade from the Energy Stride technology found on the Energy Series treadmills. You also get decline capability up to 2%, a free wireless heart rate monitor and 9 total workout programs.
The up-level TRM 445, as you read about above, gives you all of the features of the TRM 425 as well as a touch screen, 23 programs, 4 user IDs and Preva tracking, just like the top end Energy Series TRM 243 offers.
You're on the right page, because as we mentioned the Precor TRM 445 is a Treadmill Talk top pick. With incline, decline, touch screen, workout tracking, superior cushioning and a large variety of programming, there's just nothing lacking here.
So if you can swing the price tag, currently a little over $5000, this one is a great choice for you. However, if you want to save a little money, we would look at the TRM 243. This one gives you all of the important features of the the 445, but it'll cost $2000 less.
You still get the large array of workouts, 4 user profiles, touch screen display and Preva workout tracking...you're just not getting the ability to decline the machine and a lesser grade of cushioning, which is still perfectly fine for home use.
So to sum up, if you have the budget for it, the Precor TRM 445 is the best choice...if you need to save some money, the TRM 243 is your second best choice.
We like the Precor TRM 445 as it really brings the gym experience home more so than the other models, although any of them is more than you can ask for in a commercial-grade home machine.
The 445 offers 23 preset workouts plus the ability to add 16 customized workouts, with 4 different user profiles. Plus with Preva integration (also available on the TRM 243) you can automatically keep track of your results to monitor your progress.
You get great cushioning and shock absorption to minimize stress on the knees and joints, incline and decline, and a wireless chest transmitter for accurate heart rate measurements. You can also listen to your music via your iPod or iPhone and there's a tablet holder for you attached right to the machine.
We do wish that the console was web-enabled, as it definitely should be at this price. Besides listening to music, your entertainment options are pretty limited.
But if you are looking for a gym-quality machine that will provide years of maintenance-free use no matter how often you and your family use it, you really can't go wrong with the Precor TRM 445.
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