Adidas T-16 Treadmill Review

Adidas is one of the world’s most famous brands. With a reputation for premium-quality products that are used by the world’s best athletes, the famous 3 stripes are generally a stamp of quality on any product. We’ve been surprised to see fitness equipment carrying the brand and when we got our chance to test and put their running machine through its paces, we jumped at it!

Assembly of the T-16 is similar to many other treadmills and we’d recommend having two people doing it to make it easier. You can tell a good deal about the manufacturing quality of a machine during assembly. For example, do the bolt holes line up and the components fit together comfortably without having to use excessive force? The T-16 passes this test with flying colours. Once assembled, we could see that this is a serious looking running machine, with quite a classic, retro look about it. It certainly wears the famous 3 stripes well.

Now for the real test: we get to put the T-16 through its paces as a running machine! The deck provides plenty of space so that you don’t have to stress about your position on the deck, even when sprinting at the machine’s respectable top speed of 18 kph. The combination of the belt and the deck make for a really good running surface: it absorbs impact well without but is not all that soft and is ideal for those wishing to train for road running events. The motor, albeit smaller than some other treadmills at this price, has plenty of power and is fairly quiet. The frame of this heavy-duty treadmill is very stable and there’s minimal rattling when running. All in all it’s not the quietest model we’ve tested but then again it’s certainly not the loudest either.

The powered incline function is a pleasant surprise. It provides 15% real incline and that’s something that’s rare on treadmills below a £1000. The high incline will really appeal for those focusing on weight loss, rather than training for a marathon as jogging on a high incline is a very efficient way to burn those calories!

The console has a somewhat minimalist, retro, look to it and is laid out in a very clear way. Without picking up the console manual, it all makes sense. Big green GO button, big red STOP button, up/down keys for speed and incline and fast access keys for both. A key for the fan, a key to scroll through the programs and one to select them. It really couldn’t be much easier.

Feedback for your workout is delivered via a 5” blue backlit LCD display. It’s a bright, clear display that provides feedback on speed, time, distance, calories, pulse rate and incline, with the speed set up to take centre stage which seems to encourage you to want to go a little faster! There’s also a most welcome option to be able to change the units of measurement from KM to MPH which is sure to appeal to many users.

There’s a selection of 30 different workouts to choose from. 24 of them are pre-set and their profiles are printed on the console itself. There are also target modes for time, distance and calorie burn as well as a straightforward manual quick start mode. Finally, there are two heart rate controlled programs and this is something we were pleasantly surprised to see. We’re fans of heart rate control training as this maximises efficiency and ensures different users can hit their goals quicker. To make use of this functionality, you’d need to use a compatible wireless chest belt transmitter (any uncoded 5kz one like a Polar T31 uncoded will do).

The folding system is pretty good and as you’d expect from a quality treadmill, there is a soft drop feature. Also included on the T-16 are 3.5mm jack music input port and two speakers that do a pretty good job, tablet holder, water bottle holders and cooling fans.

Overall, this is a solid offering from Adidas. They’ve paid attention to the most important parts of a treadmill and the focus here is clearly on usability. A good, solid machine that doesn’t pull up any trees, is probably the best description here.

T-16 Treadmill Promotional Video

Best Price

Currently available for £899.99 from Argos

Review Summary - In Brief

This really is a decent offering from Adidas. Not because it makes a statement of quality through state of the art high tech. Not because there's some amazing feature that nobody else has thought of. Not because you'll brag about it to your friends. But because in a very understated way it does what it should and does it well. However, if you like the T-16 it's worth considering the DKN Roadruner i, which is a serious running machine, is definitely a step up from the T-16 and right now is available for more or less the same money.

Adidas T-16 Specifications

  • 2.75 HP robust motor
  • 0-11.2 mph (0-18 kph) speed range
  • 0-15% incline range
  • Running area: 20’’ (51cm) x 60’’ (152cm)
  • Console feedback: Speed, distance, time, calories, pulse, incline, programme selected
  • 24 pre-set workout programmes + 1 manual
  • Heart rate measurement via grip sensors
  • Folds for storage
  • Assembled dimensions (L x W x H): 187cm (74’’) x 84cm (33’’) x 135m (53’’)
  • Folded dimensions (L x W x H): 159cm (62.5’’) x 84cm (33’’) x 121cm (47.5’’)
  • Maximum user weight: 130kg (286lbs)
  • Conveniences:  Mp3 connectivity with built in speakers, auto stop safety system, transportation wheels
  • Warranty: 2 years (10 years for motor)

Adidas T-16 Treadmill - Console / Display Unit

Adidas T-16 Treadmill - User Reviews

The Pros

  • Large running deck
  • Simple to use

The Cons

  • Deck might be a bit stiff for some
Adidas T-16 Treadmill Reviewer Ratings

Power - 8
Appearance - 7
Running Area - 8.5
Comfort - 8
Reliability - 8
Noise - 7.5
Ease Of Use - 8
Controls - 7.5
Warranty - 8.5
Value for Money - 7
Best Price

Currently available for £899.99 from Argos

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