What’s in a treadmill name? Some companies choose flashy but meaningless names for their cardio trainers, but Exerpeutic Fitness opts for practical names that actually introduce the products. A great example is the Exerpeutic TF1000 High Capacity Walk to Fitness Electric Treadmill, which is a folding treadmill with $499 MSRP. The long name explains that it’s a treadmill for walkers of almost any weight. Let’s break it down…
- High Capacity: The TF1000 is indeed high capacity. It can safely accommodate up to 400 pounds.
- Walk to Fitness: Walk, don’t run, to fitness with the TF1000. This treadmill has a high speed of 4 miles per hour. Trainees can adjust the speed in increments of 0.1 mph.
- Electric: From “Electric” in the title, we learn that the TF1000 (like most treadmills) is motorized instead of manually powered. It has a 1.5 HP motor.
Other key specs are a 20″ x 40″ track, 18″ handrails for safety, and handrail-based heart rate readers. The console has a simple data screen but does not have workout programs. The frame can be folded vertically for storage and has transport wheels.
Is the TF1000 your best option among budget treadmills? The following lists can help you decide.
What We Like:
- Value: Compared with other treadmills in its price class, the high capacity TF1000 can be an above-average value. Please note though, that’s assuming you buy directly from the Exerpeutic website. The sale price might be lower elsewhere (about $399 instead of $499) but the manufacturer’s extended warranty won’t apply. The extended warranty makes a significant difference to the overall value of this treadmill, mainly because it adds five years to the 90-day parts and labor warranty.
- Assembly: The Exerpeutic TF1000 arrives almost fully assembled. The owner’s main task is to attach the data monitor to the treadmill frame. Customers report that unboxing and assembly takes about 30 minutes.
- High Capacity: Exerpeutic treadmills are remarkably high capacity for their price class. The TF1000 can hold up to 400 pounds. For comparison, most treadmills under $500 can only support a maximum of 250 pounds. The Exerpeutic TF1000 is also higher capacity than the simpler model in its series, the TF100 Walk to Fitness Electric Treadmill.
- Safety Rails: Long handrails on this treadmill help trainees feel secure during exercise.
- Safety Key: The treadmill has a safety key to protect the user from a moving track if they slip. The key can connect to clothing with a cord and will stop the treadmill’s motor if it’s pulled out of place.
- Compact Frame: This treadmill is just 51″ long and 32″ wide. It has a folding frame for convenient storage, and wheels are included for portability.
- Warranty: When sold on the manufacturer’s website the TF1000 carries an excellent warranty package for its price class, including more than five years of coverage for parts and labor and 10 years for the motor and frame. When sold elsewhere though, the treadmill has less coverage in each category, most notably a mere 90-day warranty on parts and labor.
Exerpeutic TF1000 Treadmill - Key Specs:
|Running Area:||40" x 20"|
|Top Speed:||4 MPH|
|Weight Capacity:||400 LBS|
|Dimensions:||51.2" L x 32" W x 63" H|
- No Programs: This treadmill displays workout data, but it doesn’t provide workout programs.
- No Incline: Unlike many other treadmills, this unit does not have an incline.
- Track Size: The track on this treadmill is 20″ wide, which is the industry standard, but it’s only 40″ long. For comparison, treadmills featured in health clubs typically have 60″ long tracks.
- Poorly Cushioned: This treadmill lacks an impressive impact absorption system. However, cushioning isn’t as important on treadmills for walkers compared with treadmills for runners.
True to its name, the Exerpeutic TF1000 High Capacity Walk to Fitness Electric Treadmill is high capacity and can be an effective tool for “walking to fitness.” Its overall score of two stars is actually impressive for a sub-$500 treadmill; most cheap treadmills earn just one star in our reviews. The TF1000 has an edge because of its high capacity (albeit at low speeds).
But while this discount treadmill has its strong points, it has significant limitations such as a short track, a low top speed, and no programming. If you could afford to spend more than $500, check out our descriptions of favorite treadmills under $1,000. You’ll see that the best treadmills in that category can support much more engaging and comfortable workout experiences.