The Schwinn 830 Treadmill is a great piece of home workout equipment. It might be a bit of a stretch to suggest that the technology is space-age, but it’s certainly top-notch and you definitely get value for money with this machine. Personally, I consider myself a bit of a tech junkie, so when I find a machine like this with all the bells and whistles I get goosebumps. If you’re looking to get a great workout and keep yourself entertained in the process you probably won’t be at all disappointed with this machine.
As with most top quality treadmills this machine will cost you a fair bit of money. At regular price you can expect to pay well over $1000 plus tax – but prices for treadmills vary over time so you might get lucky and find it on sale.
One of my biggest complaints about a lot of the inexpensive treadmills out there is that the size of the tread itself is usually too small. That’s not a problem with this machine. The belt on the Schwinn 830 is 20 inches wide by 55 inches long – for most people that’s more than adequate. Perhaps, if you’re 6’8” you may still have problems falling off the edge of this machine, but for 90% of the population that’s probably not a concern.
Even better, the SoftTrak™ Cushioning System is very effective in absorbing shock when running or walking. Schwinn gives very few details on how this cushioning system works, but many customers confirm that it really gives a comfortable and smooth run. I know my knees will thank me.
There are quite a few things to consider when you think about working out safely. The obvious thing is that you have a big enough surface which we discussed above – the workout surface of this treadmill is more than adequate. What may not be quite so obvious is that it’s important to keep your body functioning at the right temperature. This machine has a built in integrated cooling fan that will keep you working out at a comfortable level and will reduce the amount of sweat you produce. We all know that a car can overheat, but the same applies to your body, so you should certainly keep this in mind while you work out.
The other great safety feature of this treadmill is that it has nice large handles, evenly-spaced to make them comfortable to use as you work out. They also have a nice textured surface that prevents your hands from slipping. These may seem like little details, but they’re actually important factors in ensuring that you have a safe and comfortable workout.
If there is a home treadmill for the same price that has more features than this Schwinn model I’d be very surprised. This treadmill has a large LCD screen that tracks all of your vital information and allows you to choose from several different built-in workout options. It also has a built-in, quality sound system that you can plug your smart phone or MP3 player into using the auxiliary port to keep you entertained while you workout.
If that’s not enough, it also has a built-in USB port for charging your smart phone while you workout, and it has ergonomically-placed heart rate sensors to make it easy to track your heart rate while you workout as well. There are large storage compartments on either side of the LCD screen as well, which can be used for storing your water bottle, your smart phone, or just about anything you like to have with you while you work out.
If you’re not satisfied with all of the built-in workout options we’ve mentioned so far, you can also adjust the incline automatically to increase the difficulty of your workout. The buttons to do this are located next to the LCD screen as well, and you can vary the inclination angle from 0 to 12%. All of these options make it easy to vary your workout and keep things interesting.
While the quality of this treadmill is probably not in doubt for the most part, there have been a couple of complaints leveled against it. One or two customers have said they had a machine that didn’t work properly out of the box, but while this is something that does happen from time to time it wasn’t my biggest concern. On more than one occasion consumers that ran into this issue also had difficulty with Schwinn’s customer service. Some reported having a difficulty getting a hold of someone that would help them properly, or when they did get a hold of someone it took more than a week or two for someone to come to their home to fix the problem. When you pay this much for a product it’s a little disturbing to find out that you might not get the best customer service.
While the customer service issues a couple of people ran into after buying this machine does concern me, overall it seems to be a pretty good product. It’s got all of the bells and whistles I’m looking for, along with a lot of great workout options. It’s capable of handling a maximum weight of up to 300 pounds, which means I can use the machine without worry about breaking it, and it has some great safety features. It might be a little outside of the price I want to pay, but if I can find it on sale I think I just might take the plunge.