Reebok FR20 Floatride Treadmill Review

Reebok is the sort of brand that never stops innovating. Known across the world for producing high-quality sports equipment, it’s well known for bringing to market premium products that are available at an affordable price and in this respect its cardio equipment range is no different to the rest of the items they manufacture. To see what this means when it comes to how much bang you get for your buck, we took a look at its Reebok FR20 Floatride treadmill.

Getting the FR20 assembled is both straightforward and easy. The user manual has clear diagrams, there aren’t many pieces to put together and while the manual does state you should have two people involved in every step, we found that this really isn’t necessary as all of the components are easily manageable and there are no particularly heavy or bulky parts, apart from the main frame and deck but neither of those needs lifting into position to complete the build. So, while two persons are advised, we found it was easy for one person to complete the build safely.

Unlike many treadmills out there Reebok has opted for a design that’s got a bit of fun in it and added metallic bright blue uprights to the FR20 which goes about as much against traditional treadmill design as we’ve seen out there. The design is simple with clean lines and that metallic blue element along with the super-slick console screen give this treadmill an uber-modern look and feel. With a footprint of 177cm x 69cm (70” x 27”) the FR20 is larger than a typical compact model but smaller than a full-sized machine, though the slimline design makes it look smaller than it is. This makes it suitable for a very wide range of settings including a typical box room. As such there’s no need to worry about space here, the FR20 will sit nicely just about anywhere. Though, it’s worth noting that this is a fixed-position non-folding treadmill which is very unusual on a home-use machine. Why would Reebok do this? Simple – more stability. This is a slimline machine but thanks to the non-folding design the frame is far more rigid than you’ll find on a similar sized folding model. The result is that the FR20 feels surprisingly solid for its size. In fact, it feels just as solid as quite a few other much larger, more expensive models that we’ve tested. It feels impressive and thanks to the relatively compact overall size of this treadmill the fact it doesn’t fold shouldn’t be a problem in most settings and the benefits will outweigh the negatives in most circumstances.

A 2.25 HP motor has been fitted to the FR20 which is more than enough for all but the most demanding of home environments. If you’ve got a family of 5 with 3 teenagers and you all run for an hour a day, 7 days a week, this is probably not the right machine for you and you should be looking at a more heavy-duty model. Otherwise, the 2.25 horsepower motor used here is more than capable of handling pretty much anything you can throw at it. With a top speed of 18kph (11mph) it’s more than capable of delivering a smooth quiet run and even when set to top speed and maximum incline it doesn’t seem at all fussed about the work that’s being demanded of it.

At 46cm x 140cm (18” x 55”) the running area is a good size that provides plenty of room for a proper run. Even taller runners in excess of 6ft will find the length of the deck accommodates a full stride at high speed which makes the FR20 suitable for anyone wanting to do more than just walk or jog. There are 15 levels of incline with the maximum level being challenging enough to bring on a serious, lung-busting, sweat. There’s plenty enough on offer here anyone is likely to need in most typical domestic environments. The transition between incline levels is easy to control with the option of using the quick access keys to get to a particular level at the single push of a button which makes life easier when on a manually controlled run especially given the compact design of the console. The cushioning system fitted to the FR20 is Reebok’s Floatride+ setup which sees 8 shock absorbers placed in zones along the deck help to reduce impact strain on joints while still providing a solid surface to push off from. It works well, not only making for a comfortable run but a relatively quiet one too (helped by the fixed frame) which in turn adds to the impression that this is a very well built running machine.

Real-time training data including speed, time, distance, calories, incline and heart rate is displayed on the touch-sensitive LED display in a clear and logical way and it’s bright enough to see easily even in a bright environment. The display is divided into 4 separate windows for the data plus there are a number of touch-sensitive ‘buttons’ for controlling speed, incline through both increments and one-touch settings, start, stop, Blueooth controls and so on. Keeping bits of information separate makes for a clear and easy-to-read panel making it simple to instantly see what you’re looking for. In addition, the FR20 has Bluetooth capability so there’s a built-in tablet holder if you want to connect a smart device.

In terms of training options, there’s a manual mode, 3 target modes for distance, time and calorie burn, 3 user-defined workouts, and 24 preset workouts that cover all the usual types of workout that runners typically look for including cardio and weight loss. All the preset workouts are scalable for difficulty so if you like a particular workout, you can keep the same format while increasing the difficulty to match your fitness levels. The workouts themselves haven’t just been thrown together randomly either and they’re well designed. It’s also possible to change the units of measurements from miles to kilometres and there are hand pulse sensors to get a heart rate reading though we’d have liked to have seen a wireless receiver and it’s disappointing that there isn’t one, though it’s not a deal-breaker. There’s also a body fat test mode which is carried out by holding the pulse sensors in body fat mode. In addition to the onboard workouts, the FR20 also has a Bluetooth module to enable you to connect a smart device such as a tablet to the treadmill. It’s possible to then use the Reebok i-console app which lets you tailor, track and break down your workouts to monitor your progress which can be a useful tool to keep motivated. The FR20 is also compatible with the Kinomap app which lets you run real-world routes race against friends and analyse your workouts as well as giving you access to a host of videos including personal trainer-led sessions, so there’s no shortage of training options here.

Other features include Bluetooth music connectivity and built-in speakers as well as an accessories tray. The Reebok FR20 Floatride also comes with a 2 year on-site parts and labour warranty.

Best Price

Currently available for £799.00 from Sweatband.com

Review Summary - In Brief

The thing that sets the Reebok FR20 Floatride apart from just about every currently available treadmill out there in this category is the fact that it doesn't fold. While some may view this as a negative we can't help but see it as a big positive. With the overall size of this machine being relatively compact, it's unlikely that most owners would ever bother folding it anyway, and the upside of the fixed frame is hard to overstate. That solid non-folding frame makes this relatively compact treadmill feel far more solid than it otherwise would and the result is a small treadmill that feels like a much bigger one. There's no shortage of training options with plenty of onboard workouts as well as the ability to connect to Kinomap for a silly amount of workout videos. The design is sleek and modern and we have to say that Reebok has done a really good job here. We really like the design and function of this running machine and the way it's put together making it a model that we're happy to recommend.

Reebok FR20 Floatride Specifications

  • 2.25 HP eco-Kinetic motor
  • 1-18kph (0.6-11mph) speed range with direct speed keys
  • 15 levels of power incline with direct incline keys
  • 46cm (18”) x 140cm (55”) running area
  • Cushioning: Floatride+
  • Touch responsive LED display with pivot adjustment and illuminated bezel
  • Feedback: Speed, time, distance, calories, incline, pulse, heart rate and bodyfat
  • Programmes: 32 (manual mode, 24 pre-set, 3 user-defined, target time/distance/calories, FAT)
  • Compatible Applications: Kinomap
  • Heart Rate Measurement via hand pulse sensors
  • Extras: Item storage behind the console, floor level adjustment, transportation wheels
  • Audio: Built-in speaker system with Bluetooth connectivity
  • Dimensions in use (L x W x H): 177cm (70”) x 69cm (27”) x 115cm (45”)
  • Max. user weight: 120kg (264.5lbs)
  • Product weight: 72kg (159lbs)
  • Power supply: mains
  • Warranty: 2 years

Reebok FR20 Floatride Treadmill - Console / Display Unit

Reebok FR20 Floatride Treadmill - User Reviews

The Pros

  • Solid construction thanks to a non-folding design
  • Lots and lots of training options
  • Bluetooth compatibility for KinoMap and music
  • Delivers a comfortable but challenging run
  • Steep incline

The Cons

  • No wireless heart rate receiver
Reebok FR20 Floatride Treadmill Reviewer Ratings

Power - 8
Appearance - 9
Running Area - 8.5
Comfort - 8.5
Reliability - 8.5
Noise - 8.5
Ease Of Use - 9
Controls - 8.5
Warranty - 8.5
Value for Money - 8.5
Best Price

Currently available for £799.00 from Sweatband.com

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