Reebok R 5.80 Treadmill

Editor's Rating: 4.5/10
Update: This model has been discontinued. To find a suitable replacement, check out our treadmill finder here.

The Reebok R 5.80 Treadmill is designed especially for weight loss. However, its 2.75 HP motor is best suited for walking and jogging; this isn’t a machine for serious runners. Our review of this relatively inexpensive home treadmill include a power incline, an iPod dock, 12 iFit workouts, and a Custom Weight Loss Center that creates tailored workouts.

What We Like

  • Workout programs: The 12 preset iFit programs are ideal for light to moderate exercisers. They help trainees target aerobic, weight loss, and performance goals by automatically altering the training speed and incline. More programs can be accessed with iFit cards, which are sold separately. Additionally, the console’s Custom Weight Loss Center can design workouts based on calorie burning goals, user weight, and how much time is available for the session.
  • iPod compatibility: A music port on the R 5.80 works with iPods and other MP3 players.
  • Display: While the display of workout data is relatively simple, it’s backlit for easy reading. Reebok also makes the console user-friendly for people of different heights.
  • Track length: The 55” track is long enough for most people, considering that this machine is intended for walking and jogging only. People who are very tall or want to run on their treadmill should choose a machine with a 58”, 60”, or 62” track instead. The 60” track is most common among treadmills with higher horsepower.
  • Power incline: While some other discount treadmills have no incline or require manual changes, the Reebok R 5.80 has a power incline. It can tilt up to 10%. Incline training significantly increases calorie burn and helps tone different muscle groups.
  • Motor: The treadmill motor is guaranteed to last for 25 years. As mentioned above, though, it doesn’t have great power. It can support up to 300 pounds but is designed for walking and jogging speeds only.
  • Stability/Capacity: Reebok treadmills are remarkably sturdy. This unit can hold users who weigh up to 300 pounds. That’s relatively high for a machine in this price class.
  • Availability: Unlike the more obscure treadmill brands, Reebok distributes its products widely and has technicians readily available when repairs are needed.

What We Don’t Like

  • Difficult set-up: Some customers have written that setting up this treadmill requires extra patience.
  • The warranty: The poor warranty helps explain why this machine is rated below average. Although Reebok includes a 25-year warranty on the R 5.80 treadmill motor, other parts are only protected for one year. The machine could still be worth purchasing, but only at a very low price. It’s also advisable to buy an extended warranty for about $100 to insure the parts for another year.

Tip: The five-year warranty isn’t worthwhile. For the warranty’s price tag of about $400, you might as well find a more expensive treadmill that includes a 5-year warranty.

Our Verdict

Reebok has been established in the fitness industry for more than a century. Even so, customers shouldn’t automatically go with a brand just because it’s well-known. When priced low enough, the R 5.80 could be the right buy for some customers — but the poor warranty makes comparison shopping worthwhile. NordicTrack and ProForm are among the brands that tend to offer better value.

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