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Buyers Guide & Information

6 Best Precor Treadmills Reviewed

We have thoroughly reviewed the Precor treadmill range. Find out if this treadmill brand is best for your requirements.

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Buyers Guide & Information

6 Best Precor Treadmills Reviewed

We have thoroughly reviewed the Precor treadmill range. Find out if this treadmill brand is best for your requirements.

by PITeam

by PITeam

Treadmills are one of the best home workout machines for people who want to get in shape, lose weight, or increase their cardiac fitness level. They require little maintenance once installed and are easy to use. They also offer easy workouts (walking) and more strenuous workouts (jogging, running, and sprinting).

Simply adjusting the incline increment can take a workout to a new level of difficulty. Precor makes affordable, durable, and convenient treadmill models that allow you to work out from the comfort of your own home.

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Model 

Weight Capacity

Workout Programs

Check Price

Precor TRM 243 Energy Series Treadmill

Precor TRM 243

300 Lbs.

39 workout programs

Precor TRM 425 Precision Series Treadmill

Precor TRM 425

300 Lbs.

9 preset workout programs

Precor TRM 445 Precision Series Treadmill

Precor TRM 445 Precision

300 Lbs.

23 pre-programmed workouts

Precor TRM 211 Energy Series Treadmill

Precor TRM 211

300 Lbs.

6 pre-programmed workouts

Precor TRM 835 Commercial Series Treadmill with...

Precor TRM 835 Commercial

400 Lbs.

25 pre-programmed workouts

Precor TRM 932i Commercial Series Treadmill

Precor TRM 932i

350 Lbs.

7 pre-programmed workouts

Why Choose Precor?

  • Integrated Footplant Technology
    Integrated Footplant Technology is available on most Precor treadmills. This technology adjusts to create a natural stride as you workout by changing the belt to fit your foot stride at different speed levels.
  • Ground Effects Technology
    Ground Effects Technology adds additional padding and shock absorption in the front of the treadmill where the foot hits the belt and then adds a stronger, more firm feel to the back of the treadmill. This mimics running outdoors.
  • Touch Screen Consoles
    A touch screen console allows users to touch the screen directly rather than using buttons. It is easier to use and offers a higher-tech screen version.
  • Advanced Cushioning System
    Advanced cushioning systems are designed to protect your body from impact while working out on the treadmill. Precor has an advanced system that was developed to provide more cushioning for a soft run.
  • Energy Stride Shock Absorption
    Energy Stride shock absorption protects your body throughout your entire stride while running. This technology is designed for runners who need protection while running with their full stride. The shock absorption lessens the impact placed on joints when using the treadmill.
  • No Belt Maintenance Needed
    With Precor treadmills, the belt has already been cared for and treated with materials that protect it indefinitely. You will not need to perform belt maintenance throughout your treadmill’s life.
  • Strong Motors
    The motor used on your treadmill propels your machine forward. Choosing a durable 3.0 to 4.0 CHP motor will give you the greatest overall workout potential.
  • Variety of Workout Programs
    When you choose a Precor treadmill, you will find a variety of workout programs pre-planned. You can select one of these workout programs when working out to jumpstart your workout.
  • Incline Capability 
    Precor treadmills offer incline capability to 10, 12, or 15%. The level you need depends on your ideal workout and how often you like to incorporate steep inclines into your workout routines.
  • Track Cushioning
    Strong track cushioning is vital for anyone who plans to run on their Precor treadmill. This cushioning protects joints long-term by lessening the impact when runners hit the tread.
  • Warranties
    Most Precor treadmills have a lifetime warranty on the frame and a 10-year or 5-year warranty on parts as well as a 1-year warranty on labor. These warranty lengths are great for the industry.

Precor Treadmill Types & Series

Precision Series

The Precision Series of Precor treadmills features a Ground Effects Control System as well as the Energy Stride shock absorption system. These treadmills also offer additional features when it comes to shock absorption, cushioning, support, deck mounting, and deck centering.

Energy Series

A step down from the Precision Series of Precor treadmills, these treadmills do include the Energy Stride shock absorption system but do not have the Ground Effects Control System. Premium users will prefer the Precision Series, but users who want to save money will prefer the Energy Series for its affordable practicality.


6 Best Precor Treadmills Reviewed

1. Precor TRM 243

Our Top Pick!

Speed Range/ Incline %

0-12 Mph/ 0-15 Range %

Weight Capacity

300 Lbs.

Motor Size

3.0 CHP

Workout Programs

39 workout programs

Dimensions

81” L x 33” W x 59” H

Warranty

Yes, lifetime frame, 5-year parts, 3-year console, 1-year labor

The Precor TRM 243 treadmill model is the best basic treadmill model on our list. It has everything you need to get started working out but is missing a few extra features. The Precor TRM 243 model has a powder coat steel frame, for example, rather than a solid steel frame.

The treadmill also has a weight limit of 300 lbs. and a shorter running deck at 57 inches. This model, however, has both heart rate monitor touch sensors and telemetry heart rate monitoring options. It has a strong 3.0 CHP motor with speeds up to 12mph and inclines up to 15% possible.

This treadmill also has a grand total of 39 workout programs pre-built into the model with 23 preset workout programs and 16 custom workout programs. A 7" LCD color touchscreen is easy to use and shows all of your workout data in real-time.

Strong shock absorption on the treadmill deck and belt protect your joints while working out. This shock absorption system also adds to the longevity of the treadmill unit. This treadmill is a great workout machine for users who want a basic machine with high-quality build parts. However, if you are a taller runner, we recommend purchasing a treadmill with a longer deck.

Pros

  • 23 preset workout programs & 16 custom workout programs
  • 7” LCD color touchscreen
  • Strong shock absorption

Cons

  • Shorter deck at 57 inches long
  • Limit at 300lbs. weight capacity
  • Powder-coated steel frame

2. Precor TRM 425

Top Ergonomic model 

Speed Range/ Incline %

0-12 Mph/ -2-15 Range %

Weight Capacity

300 Lbs.

Motor Size

3.0 CHP

Workout Programs

9 preset workout programs

Dimensions

79” L x 34” W x 59.5” H

Warranty

Yes, lifetime warranty on frame and 10 years on parts

The Precor TRM 425 treadmill model is the best ergonomic design treadmill on our list. Though the frame is powder-coated steel, the console and handlebars are built with the best in mind. Each handlebar is long and wide, which makes it comfortable to hold onto whether walking or running. Two bottle holders and an accessories tray let you stay hydrated and keep your electronics close while working out.

The 5” LCD screen console is easy-to-read and provides accurate workout information. A heart rate monitoring system lets you monitor challenging workouts. A strong 3.0 CHP motor and a -2% to 15% decline/incline system provides users with multiple workout options. However, this treadmill model only comes with 9 preset workout programs.

The deck is reversible on this treadmill model and helps extend the belt life. This deck also does not require maintenance. A more spacious width at 22" provides freedom and an open feeling while working out. A great shock absorption system provides a firm but smooth run. The frame, however, is a powder-coated steel frame rather than a solid steel frame. This treadmill model also does not come with a fan.

If you want a well-built treadmill and don’t mind the lack of built-in entertainment options, then we recommend this model.

Pros

  • Ergonomic console design
  • Strong 3.0 CHP motor
  • 5” LCD screen

Cons

  • Powder-coated steel frame
  • Only 9 preset workout programs

3. Precor TRM 445 Precision

Best Commercial Option 

Speed Range/ Incline %

0-12 Mph/ -2-15 Range %

Weight Capacity

300 Lbs.

Motor Size

3.0 CHP

Workout Programs

23 pre-programmed workouts

Dimensions

79” L x 34” W x 59.5” H

Warranty

Yes, 10-year parts, 1-year labor, lifetime frame

The Precor TRM 445 Precision treadmill model is a high-quality commercial treadmill model with several customizable options. Each user can have their own ID (four are available) and can monitor, track, and record their individual workouts. Users can also connect to their smartphones with the machine. A large 7" LCD touch screen makes it easy to navigate, and the sturdy ergonomic deck is strong, cushioned, and does not require maintenance.

This treadmill model has 23 pre-programmed workouts, which is more than other Precor treadmill models. It does not, however, have a quick start feature. The quick-start feature is helpful because it allows you to jumpstart your workout and get moving.

This model also has a short running belt. Taller individuals may find it challenging to run on this model and prefer a more standard belt length. If you want a treadmill that has customized user options and additional preset workouts, then we recommend this treadmill model.

However, if you want a longer belt length or rely on the quick start feature, then we recommend choosing another Precor treadmill model.

Pros

  • Large 7” LCD touchscreen
  • Sturdy ergonomic deck
  • workouts

Cons

  • No Quick Start Feature
  • Short Running Belt

4. Precor TRM 211

Affordable Model 

Speed Range/ Incline %

0-12 Mph/ 0-15 Range %

Weight Capacity

300 Lbs.

Motor Size

3.0 CHP

Workout Programs

6 pre-programmed workouts

Dimensions

81” L x 32” W x 54” H

Warranty

Yes, lifetime frame, 5-year parts, 1-year labor

The Precor TRM 211 treadmill model is one of the most affordable Precor models and a great entry-level treadmill for home users. The affordable price comes with an ergonomically built deck that has ample cushioning and shock absorption technology.

This treadmill model also has a strong 3.0 CHP motor that is both durable and strong. This treadmill can handle intense workouts. Many affordable treadmill options come with inclines that cap out at 10% or 12%, but the Precor TRM 211 goes up to 15% incline for intense hill workouts.

The problems with this treadmill model are for those users who want a treadmill with premium features. Sacrificing these features is what allows Precor to sell the treadmill in an affordable range. This model comes with a blue and white simple screen rather than an LCD screen. It contains only 6 pre-programmed workouts and does not have any handlebars.

For users who want premium tech features or who need more stability with handlebar options, this is not the best choice. However, if you want an affordable model that comes with a durable and strong motor as well as 15% incline capabilities, then this is a great model to purchase.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Strong 3.0 CHP motor
  • Up to 15% Incline

Cons

  • Blue and white simple screen
  • Only 6 pre-programmed workouts
  • No handlebars

5. Precor TRM 835 Commercial

Top of the range 

Speed Range/ Incline %

0-16 Mph/ -3-15 Range %

Weight Capacity

400 Lbs.

Motor Size

4.0 CHP

Workout Programs

25 pre-programmed workouts

Dimensions

83” L x 35” W x 62” H

Warranty

Yes, 1-year labor, 7-year frame, 2-year parts

The Precor TRM 835 Commercial treadmill model is a premium treadmill model. It comes with Ground Effects Impact Control System technology to create a luxurious running experience. These features work to center the deck and belt system while creating a cushioned stride experience.

The console is large and has a QuickStart key that helps users begin working out immediately. The console gives users access to 25 pre-programmed workouts, and the powerful 4.0 CHP motor is durable, practical, and strong. The extra-long running deck is perfect for larger and taller individuals, while the weight capacity is up to 400 lbs.

This treadmill also goes up to 16mph for sprinters and other fast runners who need more than the standard 12mph speed. An additional maintenance feature is the Active Status Light, which shows users when the machine needs to be cleaned and can be helpful for the longevity of your machine.

The primary concern with this treadmill model is its price. For homeowners on a budget, this treadmill is one to avoid. The other potential downfall for homeowners is the lack of smartphone capability.

If you want to sync your workouts, this won't be possible, and you will need to manually log workouts into your smartphone if you want to track them there. However, if you want a high-quality treadmill with premium build materials and can afford to pay for it, then this treadmill is an excellent purchase.

Pros

  • Powerful 4.0 CHP motor
  • Ground Effects Impact Control System technology
  • Up to 16 mph
  • High weight capacity at 400 Lbs

Cons

  • Not compatible with smartphones
  • Expensive

6. Precor TRM 932i

Value For Money 

Speed Range/ Incline %

1-12 Mph/ 0-15 Range %

Weight Capacity

350 Lbs.

Motor Size

4.0 CHP

Workout Programs

7 pre-programmed workouts

Dimensions

79” L x 34” W x 59” H

Warranty

Yes, lifetime frame, 10-year parts

The Precor TRM 932i treadmill model is a premium treadmill model and part of Precor’s commercial series. A powerful 4.0 CHP motor keeps this model running regardless of what intense workout you put it through. The running deck is built with a 1-inch thick belt that cushions and protects your joints from significant impact. The belt is also reversible for added durability. This treadmill is perfect for homeowners or commercial gym owners.

Ground Effects Impact Control System technology creates a shock absorption system that alters itself based on the user’s stride. This technology is exclusive to Precor and makes running more natural for users while also adding cushioned protection. The console is standard but easy to understand and includes a lot of data points to review while working out. It has Quick Start capabilities, motion controls, and basic exercise data.

If you want a premium treadmill model that has a higher mph (this model caps at 12mph) and offers a higher weight capacity (350lbs), then you may want to choose the Precor TRM 835 instead. However, this is a more affordable commercial treadmill choice for homeowners.

Pros

  • Powerful 4.0 CHP motor
  • 1-inch thick reversible belt
  • Ground Effects Impact Control System technology

Cons

  • Up to 350 lbs, not 400 lbs
  • Mph caps at 12mph

Comparison to Other Brands

The Precor treadmill brand is a premium treadmill brand and similar to Life Fitness, ProForm, Sole, and Nordictrack in quality. When it comes to Precor and Life Fitness treadmill models, both brands offer great treadmill options.

However, Life Fitness offers more models as well as more premium model options. Both are safe choices, but users who want additional premium model options should look at Life Fitness treadmill offerings. Those who want an affordable option or do not need specific features should look at Precor treadmill offerings.


How to Setup & Use a Precor Treadmill

Once you have set up your Precor treadmill (connect the pieces, plug in the wires, and review all instruction manual instructions!), it's time to use your treadmill. We recommend first identifying the safety features on your treadmill.

Most Precor treadmills will have a safety key clip that you can attach to your body while you work out. This is important because if you fall off the treadmill or injure yourself, the clip will automatically shut the treadmill off and prevent additional injuries.

We also recommend reviewing where the start and stop buttons are located on your treadmill. When you begin your workout, always start the treadmill first at a low level before hopping on. When you finish your workout, turn the treadmill off before exiting.


Care & Maintenance of Precor Treadmills

We recommend weekly and monthly cleaning sessions to keep your treadmill in great form and working well. Weekly, we recommend taking a dry cloth and running the cloth over the console and handles. You also may want to use a gentle disinfectant on the handlebars to keep family germs away as well as protect from sweat.

Then, monthly, we recommend moving the treadmill and vacuuming underneath the treadmill. We also recommend lightly running the vacuum over the bottom of the treadmill along the belt. This keeps dust and dirt away and aids in the longevity of your machine.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the history of the Precor brand?

The Precor brand began in 1980 and with a focus on creating rowing machines for the U.S. Ski Team. They used these machines to train for the World Cup. Precor added treadmills to the brand's product line in 1983. In 1985, cycling machines were also added. Precor has a history of being a strong, reputable brand with affordable treadmill models. 

Where is the best place to buy Precor treadmills & parts?

The best place to buy Precor treadmills and Precor treadmill parts is Amazon.com. Amazon has a variety of treadmills that are available for purchase at affordable prices. Amazon also offers expert assembly options.

What is the best Precor Treadmill workout routine exercise instructions/steps that are easy to follow?

The best Precor treadmill workout routine varies. We recommend beginning with a simple workout. One of the most basic exercises to follow is a standard jog. Warm-up with a half-mile walk, jog for twenty minutes and end with a quarter-mile cooldown.

How much do Precor treadmills cost?

Precor treadmill cost varies by treadmill model, but most models range between $2,000 and $5,000. You can review specific prices for each treadmill under our individual product reviews.

How do I contact Precor customer service in case of machine failure and repairs?

The best way to contact Precor customer service is to call the customer support line at 877-966-4895. The customer service agents on this line will troubleshoot any problems that you experience with your equipment and provide you with solutions.

Where can one get a decent Precor treadmill manual? Can I have it downloaded online?

When you purchase your Precor treadmill, you will receive a Precor treadmill manual. If you want to download an additional copy, you can visit the Precor owner manual section of the company’s website.


Conclusion

Purchasing a Precor treadmill will help you achieve your fitness, health, and overall body goals. The Precor TRM 835 treadmill model is best for users who want a commercial quality treadmill with premium build components and accessories. We recommend the Precor TRM 243 treadmill model for those users who want the most affordable home workout option.

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