Is the Golds Gym 420 Treadmill Really A Good Buy?
We don’t review Golds Gym treadmills a lot – mainly because most of them end up going under the “Buyer Beware” category.
Golds Gym is an economy line from ICON – basically these treadmills look like Proform treadmills did 10 years ago.
Then again, they’re cheap. And these days, everyone wants a cheap treadmill.
One of the most popular cheap Golds Gym treadmills is the 420 treadmill coming in under $500 with free shipping here.
Is it really a good buy? Here’s a review of the pros and cons to help you decide:
Price: $462 + Free Shipping
Motor: 2.5 HP
Speed Limit: 0 – 10
Incline: 0 – 10 %
Belt Size: 18 x 50″
Warranty: 5-Year Frame & Motor Warranty and a 90-Day Parts & Labor Warranty
Golds Gym 420 Treadmill Review – The Pros:
While it’s not the highest incline out there, at this price point, it’s still pretty nice to find a treadmill with power incline. You can change the incline from your console as you walk and build in some high-intensity intervals.
16 Built in Workouts
You get 16 built-in workouts with this treadmill. Workouts are designed by a personal trainer and control the speed and incline of the treadmill for you. It gives you some nice variety and challenge to your workout.
Folds Up To Save Space
This treadmill does fold up pretty easily to save you space. This is great if you don’t have a huge workout area. It’s also pretty lightweight which makes it easy to move around (but doesn’t make it very stable).
iPod Dock With Speakers
There is a place to plug in your iPod to the console and listen to your workout mix through the built-in speakers. The sound quality however is not the best.
Golds Gym 420 Treadmill Review – The Cons:
At 18 x 50 inches, this belt is one of the smallest on the market. If you’re taller or want to run, you’ll probably feel like you’re falling off the end of the belt.
Most people buying cheap treadmills like this have no idea what kind of damage poor cushioning can do to their joints. But after about a year, they’ll be feeling it first hand – whenever they try to walk on their treadmill and their hips and knees are killing them.
90 Day Warranty
This treadmill is “covered” by a 90 day parts and labor warranty. Big red flag.
Tiny Console Window
While you can see your workout stats the console window is miniscule – not great for seeing your workout stats are you walk.
The Golds Gym 420 Treadmill certainly comes in at an attractive price. To get a motorized treadmill for under $500 is tempting.
And if it were just a case of the treadmill being simpler than more expensive models, that might be ok. But the main reason this treadmill gets a “Buyer Beware” stamp is the dangerously short warranty, the cheap plastic parts and lack of cushioning.
Would I recommend it? No.
But since I know that some people will ignore me and buy it anyway, you can at least get it with Free Shipping here.