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Buyers Guide & Information

True Treadmill Brand Review

We have thoroughly reviewed the True Fitness top treadmill models including the famous M, PS & ES ranges!

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The treadmill is arguably the most well-known piece of cardio equipment ever, and it endures for a reason! Regular treadmill workouts can keep the pounds off, tone the muscles, and raise your cardiovascular fitness.

What's more, it can be achieved from the comfort of home. We have reviewed the range of treadmills from True Fitness to figure out the pros, cons, and benefits of each model. Keep reading for everything you need to know about True Fitness Treadmills for home or gym use!

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Model

Max Speed

Incline

Workout Programs

Check Price

True Fitness Performance 300 Treadmill

True Performance PS300

12 Mph

15% Range

9

True Fitness Performance 100 Treadmill

True Performance PS100

12 Mph

15% Range

9

True Fitness M50 Treadmill

True M50

12 Mph

15% Range

7

True Fitness M30 Treadmill

True Fitness M30

12 Mph

15% Range

7

True Excel 900 Treadmill with Envision 9...

True ES900

12 Mph

Range -3% to 15%

34

Why Choose True Fitness?

  • Diverse Workout Programs Options:
    True Fitness treadmills offer multiple workout programs so you can keep your body guessing with different routes and challenges. You can ramp the incline manually, or select a fat-loss or speed-training workout. You can even select a 5K or half marathon workout program for targeted training.
  • Ergonomic Design:
    True Fitness treadmills have been designed for a smooth experience with minimal impact on the knees and key joints. Some models (PS300) have an orthopedic belt, while most have the True Soft System which delivers a soft landing and a firm push-off for safe and effective running
  • Great Console Screens:
    The higher-range treadmills offer crisp, clear, colored screens so you can easily track your stats and select options as you jog. There are various console options for different models, (for example, the PS900 offers  a 7-inch or 16-inch LCD screen)
  • Console Extras:
    True Fitness treadmills come with some great little extras on and around the console. Depending on the model, you'll find water bottle holders, tablet holders, and USB ports.
  • Heart Rate Tools:
    Most True Fitness treadmills feature the HRC Cruise Control, which makes sure you maintain your desired heart rate by automatically changing the speed and incline. Great for weight loss and reaching cardio goals!
  • Track & Deck Choices:
    True Fitness treadmills generally have a large deck, (the surface you run on), compared to other brands. Even their compact models (the M range) has a generous deck size of 58” x 20”.
  • Power Incline and Decline:
    Most True Fitness treadmills have a maximum incline of at last 12% (some have 15%), and some have a 3% decline. This is great for toning muscles, increasing the heart rate, and getting a sweat up even when walking.
  • Strong Motors:
    True Fitness treadmills are known for having strong and durable motors, with 3HP. This is ideal for longevity, regular usage, and vigorous training sessions. If you have family members or roommates who will be using your treadmill, the motor (and construction) will certainly hold up to the task.
  • High Capacity:
    True Fitness treadmills offer high user weight capacities. For example, the E900 has an impressive maximum user weight of 429 pounds. Simpler models (PS100 and 300) have a maximum weight of up to 308 pounds, which is still excellent.
  • Warranties:
    True Fitness offers fantastic warranties on their at-home and facility treadmills. Most models come with a lifetime warranty for the frame, a 5-10 year warranty for parts, and 30 years for the motor.

5 Best True Fitness Treadmills Reviewed

1. True Performance PS300

Best Treadmill for Knees and Joints

Speed Range/ Incline %

12 Mph/ 15% Range

Weight Capacity

350 Lbs.

Motor Size

3 HP

Workout Programs

9

Dimensions

79” L x 32.9” W x 57” H

Warranty

Frame - lifetime, motor - 30 years, parts - 7 years, labor - 1 year

First up, the PS300, a treadmill designed for at-home usage. This is a reasonably expensive treadmill intended for multiple users, as you can create up to 4 profiles and save your stats and self-created programs. There are some excellent programs such as 5k training, 10k training, half marathon, and walk/run intervals.

However, there are only 9 programs, so if you're looking for screeds of options, look for something like the ES900. For a more comprehensive workout routine, you can sign up for Zwift for virtual routes and programs. You'll find a very generous 60 x 21" running surface, 12MPH max speed, and 15% incline.

The 8.5” LCD console is easy to use, well laid out, and "quick keys" for fast and straightforward operations. One of the standout features of the PS300 is the True Soft System and Orthopedic Belt, which has been created for minimal impact on the knees and joints. The True Soft System is designed for a smooth, non-jarring stride which is soft on impact, but firm for push-off for a seamless running experience. The Orthopedic Belt steps it up another notch and offers even more support for the joints.

The joint-saving features plus the wide choice of exercise levels make this the perfect treadmill for the whole family. Older family members with troubled joints can exercise safely, beginners can walk or be guided to a 5K goal, and steady runners can train for their first half marathon. To track your stats, you can use the GymTrackr App, which is compatible with True Fitness machines. The lifetime warranty and super sturdy construction mean the PS300 can stand up to all of these vigorous actions.

Pros

  • Gentle on knees and joints
  • Excellent warranty
  • Very durable

Cons

  • Max speed not high enough for fast sprinters
  • Only 9 preset workouts

2. True Performance PS100

Value for Money Option

Speed Range/ Incline %

12 Mph/ 15% Range

Weight Capacity

350 Lbs.

Motor Size

3 HP

Workout Programs

9

Dimensions

79” L x 32.6” W x 57” H

Warranty

Frame - lifetime, motor - 30 years, parts - 5 years, labor - 1 year

The PS100 is very similar to the PS300, with precisely the same dimensions, running surface size, and footprint. There is a slight difference in machine weight (the PS100 is lighter), and the parts have a 5-year warranty as opposed to 7 years.

What’s more, while it does have the True Soft System, it doesn'thave the orthopedic belt which the PS300 has. As a result, the PS100 is slightly cheaper (without taking sales or discounts into account), making it the best value for the money treadmill.

Like the PS300, the PS100 can accommodate 4 user profiles, is compatible with Zwift, and has the same 9 preset programs. It has the same 8.5-inch console, the same speed and incline levels (12MPH and 15%), and the HRC Cruise Control heart rate system, which features on all True Fitness treadmills. There are some nice little extras such as drink bottle holders and a dedicated area for your phone. The PS100 would be ideal for you if you need something a little more affordable than the M and ES ranges and need a handful of workout options to keep things varied.

Pros

  • Great warranty
  • Large deck/running surface (60x21 inches)
  • Sturdy construction
  • Clear and simple console

Cons

  • Only 9 preset workouts
  • Doesn’t have an orthopedic belt

3. True M50

Best Compact True Fitness Treadmill

Speed Range/ Incline %

12 Mph/ 15% Range

Weight Capacity

300 Lbs.

Motor Size

3 HP

Workout Programs

7

Dimensions

74” L x 29.5” W x 54” H

Warranty

Frame - lifetime, motor - 30 years, parts - 5 years, labor - 1 year

At number three, we have the M50 treadmill by True Fitness. The M range is the most compact treadmill range by True Fitness, with a smaller footprint than the PS and ES ranges. Note that the smaller frame means that the maximum user weight is 50 pounds less than the PS ranges, at 300 pounds.

The console is simple, with a small screen, and quick-touch buttons. Nothing fancy, just the basic stats (calories, the time elapsed, distance, heart rate), program selection, and manual speed and incline buttons. The M50 has a small handful of preset workouts, including "glute buster" and "leg shaper." You can also simply use the manual controls to adjust your speed and incline for a customized workout as you go, or program up to 2 self-made exercises. 

The M50 doesn't feature the True Soft System that the PS and ES ranges have, but it does have the orthopedic belt for reduced impact on the joints. It also has the HRC Cruise Control feature, which adjusts the speed and incline to keep your heart rate at your chosen level. This would be a good choice for you if you have limited space at home, you’re happy with a few preset programs but don’t require many, and you require a sturdy treadmill with a great warranty.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Soft on the knees
  • Compact

Cons

  • Only 7 preset programs
  • No True Soft System

4. True Fitness M30

Best Affordable Treadmill for Home

Speed Range/ Incline %

12 Mph/ 15% Range

Weight Capacity

300 Lbs.

Motor Size

3 HP

Workout Programs

7

Dimensions

74” L x 29.5” W x 54” H

Warranty

Frame - Lifetime Motor - 30 years Parts - 5 years Labor - 1 year

The True Fitness M30 is very similar to the M50, with the exact same footprint, incline, speed, max. User weight, warranty, and the same 7 preset programs. The console has simple, clearly-labeled buttons for adjusting speed, incline, program, HRC mode, start, and stop. The small LCD monitor shows you the time elapsed, calories burned, heart rate, and distance. 

The key difference between the M30 and M50 is the running belt. The M30 does not feature the orthopedic belt, (the M50 does). As a result, the M30 is slightly cheaper than the M50, so it’s the best affordable treadmill for home. Just like every other model on the list, the M30 features True HRC Cruise Control, which adjusts the speed and incline to keep your heart rate at a chosen level. 

The M30 would be ideal for people who are set on getting a True Fitness treadmill for home use but want the cheapest option available. It's great for walkers, joggers, runners, and people with minimal space at home. If you want something with all the bells and whistles, try the ES900, or for a larger deck space, try something from the PS range.

Pros

  • Compact
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Great warranty

Cons

  • Does not have orthopedic belt
  • Only 7 running programs
  • No fan

5. True ES900

Best Commercial-Grade Treadmill

Speed Range/ Incline %

12 Mph/ Range -3 to 15%

Weight Capacity

400 Lbs.

Motor Size

4 HP

Workout Programs

34

Dimensions

82 L x 34 W x 60.37 H

Warranty

Frame - lifetime motor - lifetime labor - 2 years

 9-inch console - 3 years

16-inch console - 10 years

Last but not least, the ES900, a vastly more expensive commercial-grade model. Not only does it take a significant leap in price (almost triple the cost of the M range), but it takes a jump in features. It also has a higher horsepower (4), a larger construction, larger running surface (60” x 22”), and higher weight capacity (400lbs).

The ES900 comes with a choice of two consoles, a 9-inch, and a 16-inch, both with touchscreen and Bluetooth capabilities. The 16-inch console has 43 preset programs, and the 9-inch has 28. The consoles can be connected to fitness apps such as Wahoo, Zwift, or GymTrakr. The 16-inch console offers the whole package, allowing you to watch media, and “travel” well-known running tracks and locations around the world with the Outside Interactive and RunSocial apps.

The ES900 has the True Soft System for a reduced-shock landing, but it also has the True Soft Select. This means that you can actually adjust and customize the running track firmness. As well as the usual 15% incline, this model offers a 3% decline. Like all True Fitness treadmills, the ES900 has a durable construction and a lifetime warranty for the frame and motor, so you’re covered should there be any issues.

The ES900 is ideal for someone with a very large budget, but a life-long dedication to at-home training. It would suit someone who uses the treadmill as their primary exercise apparatus and would benefit from the luxury features such as virtual running tracks and adjustable track firmness.

Pros

  • Sophisticated console options
  • Adjustable track firmness
  • Strong, quiet motor
  • Large running track

Cons

  • No fan
  • Expensive

True Fitness Treadmill Types & Series

M Series:

The most affordable True Fitness treadmill range, with two models (M30 and M50). The M50 is designed for troubled knees and joints, with an orthopedic belt. They both have 12 preset workout plans, 15% max. Incline, and 12mph max. Speed. An excellent choice for homes with limited space, and runners who want the basics plus a little extra.

PS Series:

Their most popular series. Each model features a max 15% incline, 5-12mph speed, sturdy frame, and wide running surface. The PS100 is the most simple True Fitness treadmill for home, with only speed, incline, distance, and heart rate (great for beginners, walkers, or light joggers). The PS300 has a different belt, designed for troubled knees. The PS825 is the most comprehensive, with 40 preset workouts, and a TV & smartphone compatible console (and a much higher price tag, suitable for serious runners).

Z Series:

The two models in the Z series are the Z5.0 and Z5.4, both with higher price tags than the M and PS series. They are compact enough for home use, with a 7-inch LCD screen, 12 preset workouts, and a 12% max. Incline

ES Series:

The ES series has one model, the ES900. This is the most expensive home treadmill from True Fitness, with 2 console options (9 inches or 16 inches), soft deck, Bluetooth compatibility, lifetime warranty, quiet operation, and at least 22 preset workouts. This is ideal for very serious runners who need a full indoor training apparatus for comprehensive training.


Comparisons to Other Treadmill Brands

  • ProForm:
    Offers slightly more affordable home treadmills with larger consoles and more built-in workout programs; they also provide fans. However, the warranty isn't as good.
  • Sole:
    Sole treadmills have foldable options for compact home storage, as well as generous, 60" decks. The Sole TT8 is similar to the ES900, but is cheaper and has a 6% decline.
  • Bowflex:
    Bowflex treadmills are cheaper than True Fitness, and offer fans, a foldable frame, and 11 workout programs. However, the consoles are lacking.

How to Setup & Use a True Fitness Treadmill

from unboxing to the first session
  1. 1
    Find a flat, stable surface for your treadmill, next to a power outlet so you can plug it in easily. Make sure there’s enough room around the sides and back of the treadmill for easy and safe mounting and dismounting.
  2. 2
    Follow the instructions in the provided manual for your chosen treadmill to connect the console
Safety tips for using your TrueFitness treadmill
  1. 1
    Make sure the safety key is in place
  2. 2
    Use the handles when mounting the treadmill.
  3. 3
    Make sure the treadmill belt is completely still before disembarking the treadmill.
  4. 4
    Use the instant off button at any point if you feel faint, dizzy, or as though you're losing your footing.
  5. 5
    Warm-up and cool down to avoid muscle strain
  6. 6
    Unplug the treadmill before cleaning or maintaining
  7. 7
    Always dry off the belt if water is spilled (or you’ve had a particularly sweaty workout), to avoid slipping.
  8. 8
    If you're too tired to use the proper form without slouching or dragging your feet, slow down to a walk or complete the workout.

Care & Maintenance of True Fitness Treadmills

One of the best ways to maintain your treadmill is to lubricate regularly. Use the True Fitness TRUE Lube every 3-6 months. Here's how to do it:

  1. 1
    Find the adjustment bolts at the end of the treadmill, and loosen them
  2. 2
    Lift up the belt and reach the lubricant into the center of the deck
  3. 3
    Lay the belt down again and make sure it is centered and properly aligned
  4. 4
    Tighten the bolts
  5. 5
    Walk on the treadmill for a minute or two, as this will disperse the lubricant

To maintain your at-home treadmill for durability and excellent operation, you need these essential items:

  • Lubricant kit:
    A lubricant kit is crucial for treadmill maintenance
  • Mat:
    A mat under your treadmill can help to protect your floors as well as absorbing sound.
  • Safety key:
    Make sure the safety key is attached at all times, and replace it in the case of faults.
  • Cover:
    If your treadmill is going to be out of use for long periods, cover it to protect it from dust or moisture.
  • Tools:
    You’ll need basic tools such as screwdrivers and Allen wrenches for assembling, disassembling, and maintaining your treadmill.
  • Microfibre Cloth & Cleaning Agent:
    For removing dust from the external parts.

Common Treadmill Issues & How To Deal With Them

  • The belt isn't smooth or consistent (skips or catches): check the lubrication and alignment, and adjust when required.
  • Loud noise when the treadmill is in use: lubricate the belt and make sure it is properly aligned.
  • Machine not turning on: check the plug and power outlet, ensure nothing is compressing or twisting the cord.
  • Burning smell or overheated belt: if the belt is too tight, loosen it a little, and add lubrication if necessary. If the burning smell continues, get the motor checked.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the history of the True Fitness brand?

True Fitness has been around since 1981(founded by Frank Trulaske) but started from the TRUE Sports company, founded in 1979 with one single treadmill. Interestingly, True Fitness is responsible for the removable safety key found on most treadmills (they created this in 1987). In the early 90s, they created their Soft System to reduce the impact on the knees and joints. The True Fitness headquarters is in the USA. (St. Louis, Missouri).

How much does a True Fitness treadmill weigh?

It depends on the model, but True Fitness treadmills range from 308 lbs/140 kgs to 428kg/194lbs in weight.

Where is the best place to buy True Fitness treadmills & replacement parts?

Check out Amazon for a wide range of True Fitness treadmills and replacement parts.

What is the best True Fitness Treadmill workout routine?

When first starting, try a walk/jog interval. Walk for 1 minute, jog for 30 seconds, and repeat. Choose a walking speed that keeps your heart pumping but can be sustained with good, strong form. Choose a jogging speed that gets your heart rate up but can be maintained for at least 10 intervals. Try increasing the incline by a few percents, as this will increase your cardio workout as well as toning the lower body muscles.

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

There is a fill-out form on the website, but it's often best to call the company to get the process rolling faster and to get information instantly if it is urgent. To order parts or discuss your warranty, call 800-883-8783. To discuss returns or replacement parts, you can email returns@truefitness.com.


Conclusion

True Fitness offers gym-quality treadmills for home use, with commercial-grade materials and excellent durability. There's a range of prices to suit varied budgets and a variety of features to suit anyone from a beginner to a pro.

True Fitness is the brand to turn to for excellent warranties and sturdy constructions, as opposed to flashy extras. In saying that, the ES900 offers the bells and whistles a dedicated at-home runner would look for, from virtual tracks to an adjustable belt firmness. For something more budget-friendly, durable, and reliable, the M range (M30 and M50) is ideal.

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