Are Weslo Treadmills Worth Your Money?
If you’re looking for a treadmill and you want to save money (and who doesn’t?), you may be tempted to look at a Weslo Treadmill.
Weslo is a brand known for making very, very “affordable” – a.k.a. “cheap” treadmills – with most coming in under $500.
While I don’t like to slag any treadmill brand (I believe all of them must have at least a few redeeming qualities), I have to admit, I’m not fond of Weslo.
Having been reviewing and rating treadmills for the past 10 years, I’ve heard too many nightmare stories of Weslo buyers to ever consider buying one myself.
But let’s be fair here – there has to be some good and bad points, right?
With that in mind let’s go over both the good and the bad to find out if you really want to buy a Weslo treadmill:
Affordable – With most treadmills coming in under $500, these treadmills are perfect for the buyer on a budget. It’s also great to get a deal and sometimes, when it comes to Weslo, there are plenty of deals to be had.
Easily Transportable – Many Weslo treadmills are light. So they may even be able to go home with you in your car – thus you save on shipping costs and get your treadmill right away.
If you can’t carry it with you, you can always buy it from here and have it shipped for free and to your home within 1 – 2 days.
Simple – Some people don’t want all the bells and whistles on their treadmill – so why pay for them? Weslo offers some pared-down simple options – which may be fine for some buyers.
Some Goodies Included – You do get some goodies included with these units like built-in workout programs and heart rate sensors. These can help you fight exercise boredom and stay on your treadmill longer.
Starter treadmills – This is a nice way of saying that the construction on these units is not great. You get plastic parts, extra-small walking belts and low motor powers (which will cause a huge strain on your treadmill if you try and run on it).
Short Warranties – Depending on which model you buy the warranties on these machine are notoriously short – which should tell you something.
Not Recommended For Running – Runners need a really good cushioning system (ie shocks) to protect their joints – and these treadmills just don’t have that. Plus, with the short belts, you may feel like you’re falling off your treadmill.
Weslo does offer a great price point – and a few nice features along the way. Another surprise is that user reviews online tend to be on the positive side.
However most of these reviews were written as soon as the person got their treadmill – not 3 months, 6 months or 1 year after they’d been using it. So they don’t really give you an accurate picture of long term durability of these treadmills.
Again however, I am a bit biased because I’ve heard so many unfortunate buyer experiences.
If you do decide to go with a Weslo, you may want to buy extra warranty coverage just to protect your investment. Also, please don’t run on these treadmills, you could end up hurting yourself over the long run because the cushioning protection is just not there.
If you want an affordable, simple treadmill, there are other brands and models to consider – you can review all treadmills under $800 here to get started.
Whatever you decide – good luck!