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LifeSpan TR650 Vs. Echelon Stride Treadmill

At LifeSpan Fitness, we believe you should have all the facts at your disposal to make an informed decision when choosing a portable treadmill. That’s why we’re launching a comparison blog series. In the last blog, we compared WalkingPad to LifeSpan. In this blog, we’re taking a look at how the Echelon Stride series compares to LifeSpan’s TR650 treadmill. 


Both treadmills feature convenient portability and sturdy construction. However, due to its more affordable price point and generous warranty offerings, the TR650 is the obvious choice for any fitness enthusiast looking for a treadmill that combines practicality with performance. If you’re in the market for a foldable treadmill that can fit in your apartment or home office, continue reading. This blog contains all you need to know about how Echelon stacks up against LifeSpan. 

What Is the LifeSpan TR650 Slim Foldable Treadmill?

LifeSpan Fitness was the first treadmill company to commercialize the treadmill desk at a reasonable price range. Their wide range of treadmills is designed to respond to numerous customer demographics and the flagship TR1200-DT3 office treadmill and lower-cost TR800-DT3 were the first iterations of the company. 


But LifeSpan also specializes in everyday fitness products and their TR650 is a compact, space-saving treadmill that simplifies at-home fitness. After workout completion, you can simply fold the treadmill and store it under your bed or against the wall. With two wheels, this lightweight treadmill features easy portability and two applications worth of lube that simplify maintenance.

What Is the Echelon Stride Series?

Echelon prides itself on its patented auto-fold feature that allows for easy storage. The company highlights the treadmill’s Stride series, which consists of three treadmills, the Stride, Stride-s, and Stride 5-s, each folding to ten inches tall with a 4.5 foot running deck and integrated heart rate sensors.


The treadmills have a variety of live and on-demand running classes led by certified instructors. The workouts provided by the coaches also have scenic options that can help motivate the user on their fitness journey. The Echelon Stride series suits very specific demographics, mainly those who rarely use their treadmill, which is a limiting factor for its application.

Stability 

The Echelon Stride range features a close-packed design and an acceptable amount of sturdiness. Despite its portability, the frame is still durable and it can also be folded flat. It doesn’t have as wide a base as other foldable treadmills but the base and the belt provide a stable running surface. 


In addition to portability, LifeSpan Fitness builds its treadmills with a commitment to durability and stability. With its steel frame construction and generous warranty offerings, the TR650 gets the slight nod compared to the Stride series treadmills at Echelon. 

Durability

Because of the lubrication ports, LifeSpan’s TR650 is easy to maintain and can last even the most avid runner for years. Additionally, LifeSpan’s generous warranty program offers up to ten years of warranty on their frames, giving you peace of mind that you will be able to depend on them for the long haul. If you want your treadmill to last even longer, you should run your treadmill at three mph for ten minutes before storing it. Doing so prevents lubrication from dripping onto the floor. 


Smaller rollers, a less powerful motor, the lack of a built-in touchscreen, and a smaller running track point to Echelon Stride series compromising some of its durability in favor of more portability. Again, the Stride’s strongest selling point winds up giving LifeSpan’s TR650 the nod in this category. 

Price 

The Echelon Stride offers an affordable price at around $1200 without the app. However, the caveat with this comes from the Stride not being a suitable option for those relying on it for the bulk of their weekly workouts. 


The Echelon Stride simply is not durable enough and doesn’t come with enough features to withstand the full workload, especially at its price point. If you do decide to go with the Echelon Stride series, you should opt for the Echelon Fit app since this feature offers more variety as well as interactive sessions that keep you motivated.


LifeSpan’s TR650 is nearly half the price of the Echelon Stride series treadmill price. With more favorable warranty options and a better reputation for sturdiness and dependability, the TR650 has better price features than the Echelon Stride. 

Specs 

The Echelon Stride’s incline and speed settings are somewhat limited to casual (10% and 12mph) runners, another detrimental factor to its overall performance. They also limit those using the metric system when trying to switch because the quick change feature doesn’t work, forcing you to manually switch using up and down buttons on the handles. This can be awkward because to do so, you have to use your peripherals while running. 


Outside of its compact fold and functionality benefit, the Echelon Stride has a steep price considering the lack of specs. The narrow running deck is more compact than other competitors and runners should consider the frequency for which they plan to use their treadmill. 


The LifeSpan Fitness TR650 makes progress easy with its clear touchscreen. All of your readouts are readily available and you will be able to easily store your treadmill without worrying about compromising your viewing capabilities. The 2.5 HP motor is both durable and high-performing and with a speed range up to 11 mph and an incline level up to 15. You can rest assured that your exercise needs will be met. 

Warranties 

Echelon starts with a one year warranty on their frame, two-year warranty on their parts, and a one year warranty for labor. However, LifeSpan is renowned among their customers for their warranty offerings. They feature a ten-year warranty on their frames, two year warranty on their parts, and a one year warranty on their labor. 

Portability 


The Echelon Stride is a nice option for smaller apartments and it acts as an acceptable solution for space-saving capabilities. However, the Stride series’s space-saving capabilities compromise some other aspects. For example, the treadmill doesn’t provide any fans on the console and there isn’t much storage. 


LifeSpan Fitness’s TR650 lets you workout from anywhere at any time. Perhaps more importantly, it does this without compromising any of the other features the Echelon Stride series leaves unanswered. All in all, each treadmill features exceptional portability and the defining element that gives the TR650 the edge is its ability to accomplish portability without sacrificing durability or price. 

Workout Selection 

Echelon has found fans in the market by hiring quality trainers and delivering solid training sessions. A generous selection of workouts and live streaming options provided by trainers gives some versatility but the need to download their app is somewhat limiting and leaves something to be desired. 


With more choices for incline and speed, the LifeSpan TR650 gives a more complete package to runners and fitness enthusiasts. Again, both treadmills have favorable marks in this category. However, the TR650’s ability to cater to a full treadmill workload gives LifeSpan the nod once more. 


Company 

LifeSpan 

Echelon Stride 

Stability 

X

Durability 

X

Price 

X

Specs 

X

Warranties 

X

Portability 

X

Workout Selection

X

Conclusion- Echelon Stride Vs. TR650 Comparison

Though the Echelon Stride series is a quality treadmill with convenient portability features, it leaves a few things to be desired, mainly an affordable price for what you get. The Lifespan TR650 is proof you don’t need to overspend to buy a dependable, portable treadmill. With its durable construction, generous warranty program, and enjoyable specs, it’s the clear favorite at nearly half the price of the Echelon Stride series treadmills. 


At LifeSpan Fitness, we believe everyone deserves the ability to workout in the comfort of their home or office. That’s why our fitness products feature portability without sacrificing performance. At LifeSpan, you can become part of an elite fitness community that doesn’t require an expensive membership. 


Contact us today to learn more about the TR650 treadmill. 

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