The Weslo Cadence R 5.2 is a very popular entry-level treadmill from a company known for making affordable exercise equipment for light usage. Although not for the fitness buff, it's a perfectly acceptable machine for those looking for basic walking workouts to lose weight.
The R 5.2 features a large LCD display giving you workout stats such as distance, time, speed and calories burned.
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Although not the most exciting treadmill on the market, the Weslo Cadence R 5.2 has received very positive reviews from most customers. Perhaps that is due to low expectations, given the price.
Users note the easy set up, the fact that you can easily store it away due to the SpaceSaver design, and the ability to just get on and go.
The R 5.2, along with its sister the Cadence G 5.9, are the two most popular Weslo treadmills, with thousands of them sold each month, so they must be doing something right.
Again, these are very basic machines so if you are a serious runner, or even someone who likes to work out regularly, the R 5.2 is probably not for you. You get a very basic motor, a relatively small running surface (16" x 50" as opposed to 20" x 60" on a more substantial machine), only two different incline positions, and a very basic display.
Still, if you are just looking to lose a little weight or get into shape, and you want to spend less than $500, this machine is perfectly fine.
One thing you definitely need to keep in mind. Because the machine is so cheap, the warranty that comes with the Cadence R 5.2 is not great. There is only a 90 day warranty on everything. So if you do choose to buy this treadmill, make sure you opt for the extended warranty to cover yourself.
You can typically get a 2 year protection program for under $40...trust us, it's well worth it for peace of mind.
The most popular Weslo treadmill is the definitely the G 5.9, but the R 5.2 is a close second, and the two machines are very similar in terms of price, features and capabilities.
Although there used to be some higher end models in the series, those have been discontinued in favor of the cheaper, entry level models, which will cost you anywhere from $259 to $399 depending on the sales that are going on.
Currently there is a Cadence and a CrossWalk Series, with 5 treadmills altogether.
The Cadence Series consists of the R 5.2, G 5.9, G 5.9i and G 7.0. The R 5.2 and G 5.9 are nearly identical, except the R 5.2 has a different type of motor, a slightly lower max weight capacity and a shorter warranty.
In that regard, the Weslo G 5.9 is probably your better bet, as they are both usually available at the same price. The G 5.9i model simply adds a tablet rack to the machine.
At the top of the line is the G 7.0, although it may no longer be available as we could not find it for sale. It's no loss though because it lists for a whopping $1,999 and only gives you power incline and 2 more workouts for a total of 8. Certainly not worth that price by any stretch of the imagination.
There's only one Weslo treadmill in the CrossWalk series, another model that may have been discontinued. It's called the CrossWalk 5.2t, and it's probably the least advanced of all of the models. It has a much shorter deck, 16" x 47", and only 4 built in workouts, along with the same meager specs as the Weslo Cadence R 5.2 and other machines.
Basically you're looking at the R 5.2 or G 5.9 if you're interested in buying a Weslo treadmill. The other models may be phasing out, as it's difficult to find them for sale anywhere.
It's very difficult to confidently recommend any treadmill under $400. You're just not going to get a great machine at that price level. But not everyone is looking for a high-end treadmill that will last for years.
As such, if you just want to walk and get into shape, the Weslo Cadence R 5.2 is not a bad choice. It gives you the basics, and the reviews from customers are overall quite positive. There are some negatives, but that is definitely to be expected with an entry level machine.
Also look at the more popular Weslo Cadence G 5.9 treadmill, which gives you a little bit more in terms of maximum weight capacity and warranty. But regardless of which Weslo treadmill you choose, definitely opt for the extended warranty if it is available. This will give you peace of mind knowing you are covered if anything happens to the machine down the road.
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