DKN EcoRun Folding Treadmill Review

Having tested many ‘DKN Technology’ products in past reviews, we can speak from experience when we say that DKN like to push the envelope in terms of innovation.

Typically, DKN machines are slightly higher priced than their peers, but feature premium components. The EcoRun marks DKN’s entry into the highly competitive budget treadmill market and we were eager to learn whether they’ve compromised the premium approach.

The EcoRun comes virtually pre-assembled, requiring you to complete a couple of quick and easy steps that should be a doddle for even the most inept DIY’ers! You simply lift the console support frame to upright, tighten a few bolts to secure, attach the console and the EcoRun should be ready for action in the time it takes your kettle to boil and your cuppa to brew!

So how does this machine fare among the competition at this price point? If you’re making detailed comparisons of the spec sheets, you may notice that the EcoRun has a motor power output figure of 1.5 HP continuous duty, which isn’t the highest we’ve seen among budget treadmills. Therefore, it’s worth highlighting that occasionally motor power output figures of some manufacturers are somewhat ‘optimistic’! However, in this instance, having had the motor cover off and inspected more closely, we can confirm that the EcoRun easily has the largest (ie. most powerful) motor of any budget treadmill we’ve come across to date! The sheer power of the motor becomes apparent when the machine is running: it’s very quiet relative to similarly priced (and much higher priced) treadmills 🙂

Considering the price, we were delighted to discover the presence of user-defined profiles which allow up to 2 users to set and store their gender, age, height and weight to ensure more accurate calorie consumption feedback.

The EcoRun is compact form factor treadmill. Typically, the running area of these types of treadmills are 40 cm by 120 cm. DKN have broken away from this and have made the running area approximately 5% larger in both width and length, which makes a noticeable difference when running, rather than jogging.

So, what’s the EcoRun like to use?

You can be assured of a comfortable feeling underfoot thanks to an orthopaedic, 2mm thick belt running over a 20 mm thick running deck and cleverly engineered cushioning system. As with the motor, the shock absorption can really only be fully appreciated when seen in use. On paper, it is simply said to feature 6 shock absorbing supports, however when you start to jog or run, the frame supporting the deck is also cleverly engineered to ‘give’ with a slight movement to enhance the cushioning effect of every stride. Plus there are wheels mounted at the rear of the deck to allow this action to occur smoothly without rubbing the floor covering where the machine is sited.

The well thought-out design extends to the convenient controls and intuitive console. The large, slimline console gives an added touch of class to this budget machine. The controls are as well-laid out as are the dedicated feedback areas on the screen, plus being white digits over a bright blue backlit LCD display, means that everything is crystal clear. There is also a handy menu beneath the screen showing the course profiles on offer to assist you in making your selection.

To keep you within easy reach of speed and incline adjustments there are handlebar thumb controls on either handrail or you have quick key controls up at the console allowing you to make one-touch adjustments (great for interval training!).

As well as having pulse sensors on the handlebars, the console has an Polar compatible wireless heart rate receiver, which when used with a compatible chest-belt transmitter provides ECG accurate heart rate feedback on the console.

The EcoRun has a good array of programs including Manual (based around a 400 m race track) as well as 12 pre-set programs (the duration of which can be set by the user). In addition there is the option of creating a custom workout for added variety. Surprisingly, for a budget treadmill, the selection of standard programmes includes heart rate control! We’re big fans of HRC training as it enables very efficient, goal orientated workout sessions.

All these options will undoubtedly make the EcoRun stand prominent among the strong competition in the sub-£500 category, but what must surely give it the ‘leg-up’ to stand head and shoulders over most of it’s rivals is tablet compatibility. If you’ve got an iPad Mini, iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and Android tablets (3.1 or higher and 1280 x 800 resolution for Android) then please sit up and pay attention – we think you’re going to like this bit!! Central to the bottom row of control buttons on the console is a button with a blue tooth symbol…Press that and connect your tablet device with the EcoRun to witness one of the most innovative and revolutionary developments in fitness technology that we have seen in recent years – It’s called the ‘DKN Run’ app!

If you’ve already seen (or better still, tried out) this application on other DKN products then you can already appreciate why we are so excited (and astonished!) that DKN have managed to offer this compatibility on a machine at this price. It is our opinion that with a compatible tablet, this machine, makes the option of the ‘DKN Run’app an unrivaled game changer in terms of scope for entertainment, variety of programs and progress tracking.

We welcome you to check out the app in greater detail on the internet as we can’t really do the software justice in one or two paragraphs, however we must give a mention to one of our favourite features within its extensive array of options – it’s called ‘iRoutes’. Basically, you have the choice of working your way around some of the world’s most iconic fitness hot spots. You can jog round Hyde Park in London or venture further afield to enjoy the world famous Central Park in the U.S of A – There are loads of great courses to choose from! All the while, the other functions of your tablet can be running in the background, uninterrupted so you can even update your Facebook status to tell your friends of your virtual fitness adventures!

Speaking of sharing with friends, up to 12 users can save and store their workout data from their last 10 sessions meaning that as well as allowing you to accurately track your training progress and achievements, you can also get extra motivation from generating some healthy competition among friends and family members!

As well as offering a massive array of pre-set programmes, you can also create your own. The variety and entertaining features of this software means that fitness training can remain interesting for even the most fickle and flaky of users!

Boring ‘same ol’ sessions are now a thing of the past! The EcoRun manages to combine fitness, fun and affordability. Plus, with a small footprint and easy lift folding mechanism, it’ll save you floor space as well as money 🙂

DKN have produced a video showing off the impressive EcoRun and we’ve included it below:

Best Price

Currently available for £499.00 from DKN

To get the DKN EcoRun treadmill for £499, enter voucher code TR-ER300 on the DKN-UK basket page!

Review Summary - In Brief

Compact form factor treadmills typically equate to lower quality. With the EcoRun, DKN have rewritten the rulebook, creating the first truly premium treadmill with a compact form factor. Even without the impressive tablet functionality, the EcoRun has has a lot going for it: orthopaedic running belt, user profiles for more accurate calorie estimation, nicely cushioned deck and heart rate control in addition to stylish looks! However, if the most important thing to you is saving space then taking a look at the Viavito LunaRun with its jaw-dropping folded footprint of just 25cm x 70cm (9.8” x 27.5”) is an absolute must

DKN EcoRun Specifications

  • 1.5hp continuous duty motor
  • 0.8 – 16km/h (0.5-10mph) speed range
  • 12 levels of incline
  • 42cm (16.5″) x 125cm (49.2″) running area with 20mm cushioning
  • Dimensions in use (L x W x H): 162cm (63.8”) x 71cm (28”) x 138cm (54.3”)
  • Dimensions folded (L x W x H): 94cm (37”) x 71cm (28”) x 147cm (57.9”)
  • Slim LCD console providing feedback on speed, time, distance, calories, incline, HR
  • 15 programme profiles (12 pre-set workout programmes, 1 manual, 1 custom and Heart Rate programme)
  • 2 User Profiles
  • Heart rate measurement via hand pulse sensors or a wireless receiver (chest belt has to be bought separately)
  • 100kg (220.4lbs) maximum user weight
  • 66.5kg (146.6lbs) product weight
  • Conveniences: tablet compatibility (DKN-Run app – iPad Mini, iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and Android tablets),  transportation wheels
  • 2 years warranty

DKN EcoRun Treadmill - Console / Display Unit

DKN EcoRun Treadmill - User Reviews

The Pros

  • Remarkable value for money
  • Innovative and effective shock absorption
  • Heart Rate Chest Strap compatible
  • 2 User profiles
  • A good selection of programs as standard
  • Tablet compatible - The ‘DKN Run’ app is simply fantastic!!

The Cons

  • No storage space for a water bottle
DKN EcoRun Treadmill Reviewer Ratings

Power - 8
Appearance - 8
Running Area - 8
Comfort - 8.5
Reliability - 8.5
Noise - 8
Ease Of Use - 8.5
Controls - 8
Warranty - 8.5
Value for Money - 6
Best Price

Currently available for £499.00 from DKN

To get the DKN EcoRun treadmill for £499, enter voucher code TR-ER300 on the DKN-UK basket page!

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