Guide to Comparing LifeSpan Treadmills

August 11, 2016

Considering a LifeSpan treadmill but aren’t sure what treadmill to buy? Fret no more, we are here to help! Reference the questions and answers and treadmill comparison chart for our recommended treadmills list. And as always, if you have questions about buying treadmills or would like additional assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us by phone, email or live chat.

Treadmill Comparison Chart:



Max Speed

Belt Size





TR1200i 2.5 HP 11 MPH 20" x 56" ¾" 15 Levels NA 6 Shocks
TR2000e 2.5 HP 11 MPH 20" x 56" ¾" 15 Levels NA 8 Shocks
TR3000e 2.75 HP 12 MPH 20" x 56" 1" 15 Levels NA 8 Shocks
TR3000i 2.75 HP 12 MPH 20" x 56" 1" 15 Levels NA 8 Shocks
TR4000i 3.25 HP 12 MPH 20" x 60" 1" 15 Levels NA 8 Shocks
TR5000i 3.0 HP AC 11 MPH 20" x 60" 1" 15 Levels NA 8 Shocks
TR6000i 3.5 HP AC 13.5 MPH 20" x 60" 1" 13 Levels 3 Levels 8 Shocks
TR7000i 3.5 HP AC 12 MPH 22" x 62" 1" 15% NA 4 Shocks
TR8000i 5.0 HP AC 12 MPH 22" x 62" 1" 12% 3% 4 Shocks



Max User Weight


Recommended Weekly Use


TR1200i Manual 300 LBS Jogging 10 Hours Residential
TR2000e Electric 300 LBS Jogging 11 Hours Residential
TR3000e Electric 350 LBS Running 14 Hours Residential
TR3000i Manual 350 LBS Running 14 Hours Residential
TR4000i Manual 350 LBS Running 17 Hours Residential
TR5000i Non-Folding 350 LBS Running 20 Hours Commercial
TR6000i Non-Folding 350 LBS Dedicated 20 Hours Commercial
TR7000i Non-Folding 400 LBS Dedicated 40 Hours Commercial
TR8000i Non-Folding 500 LBS Rehabilitation 60 Hours Commercial

*Activity Levels:

  • Jogging: Recommended for first time treadmill owners or for those that casually use the treadmill at the gym.
  • Running: Recommended for more fitness minded treadmill enthusiasts. Also ideal for a household of casual users.
  • Dedicated: Recommended for those whose life revolves around running. These treadmills are meant to get used… a lot.
  • Rehabilitation: Recommended for physical rehabilitation centers and other commercial use.

**Recommended Weekly Use:

The weekly use rating is to be used as a guideline only. Consistently going over the weekly rating will not cause the machine to fail, however, you may have to replace wear and tear parts sooner than anticipated. These ratings are posted to give you an understanding of how each treadmill is positioned within the line in regards to long-term durability and does not affect the manufacturer’s warranty.

How much do you plan on spending?

Establishing a budget is a great starting point but understand that in order to buy the right treadmill for you and your family you might need to be flexible. While the majority of first time treadmill buyers will make use out of an entry-level treadmill such as the TR1200i folding treadmill, a long-time treadmill owner might be better suited by a more robust model. Quality treadmills are expensive and it’s easy to be drawn in by the lowest price- keep your options open and don’t short-change yourself. No one wants to invest in a new treadmill only to have to replace it two years later because they used it more frequently than anticipated.

How heavy is the heaviest user?

As a general rule of thumb, if you want to compare treadmills, it’s a good idea to choose a treadmill with a maximum user weight of 50 lbs. greater than the heaviest user. This will help you get the most out of your purchase.

How many hours per week do you plan on using the treadmill?

When calculating the total hours per week, add up the total minutes of each family member’s projected use. For example, if family member #1 plans on using the treadmill for 60 minutes per workout/ 4 workouts per week and family member #2 plans on using the treadmill 20 minutes per workout/ 3 workouts per week, you’d calculate a total of 5 hours of use per week. Of course, it might be a good idea to add an hour or two to your total to allow for personal improvements.

What kind of activity are you planning on?

Walking, jogging, and running are basic types of exercise that can be performed on a treadmill, however, not every treadmill can handle each type of exercise. What does that mean exactly? Some treadmills are purposed for a specific task. Walking treadmills, like you might find under a desk, have high torque at low speeds and shorter, more compact decks. Treadmills built to handle running use motors geared for high speeds and usually have longer decks to accommodate long strides. Our treadmill comparison table above lists the intended design for each LifeSpan treadmill.

How much space do you have for a treadmill

Do you have a dedicated area for the treadmill (home gym) or is it going to be taking up valuable space in your living room or bedroom? If your workout area is limited, a folding treadmill can free up some space when not in use. The TR1200i and TR3000i are folding treadmills to consider here. Each is compact in comparison to competitor treadmills. If you’re in the market for a folding treadmill and you’d rather the treadmill do all the lifting, the TR2000e and TR3000e are LifeSpan’s electric folding options. If you have a dedicated workout area, the TR4000i and TR5000i, with their longer running decks, are worth considering as well.

Do you want to track your exercise results?

LifeSpan offers two methods for tracking exercise results: USB flashdrive and smartphone apps. The USB method saves data in the cloud via a free LifeSpan Club account. Simply sync a USB drive to your online account, plug it into the console before workout, then download your workout info to your computer to be stored in the cloud to access anywhere.

LifeSpan also connects via Bluetooth (optional) to Active Trac, our Android and iPhone app. This method is faster and easier than the USB method and allows you to sync the moment your workout is complete.

What do I get when I spend more money on a better model?

As you move up in price, you get a better quality machine. The more we can spend in manufacturing, the better the components we can use and the longer it will last. It can handle more use with less wear and tear. At LifeSpan, our primary focus is on the quality of the machine. Whatever money we have left over after picking quality parts and electronics go into extra features such as fans, larger console screens, and more program buttons. We will never put touch screen monitors on our consoles if that cost takes away from the quality of the parts. That’s our promise to you.

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