Currently available for £479.99 from Argos
Reebok ZR9 Treadmill Review
The Reebok name is one of the most recognised in the world. Leaders in the sports and fitness world it’s a name that you can trust. Aside from sports clothing and fitness accessories Reebok also make fitness equipment and over the years have given us some really outstanding machines. The Z series has been around for quite a while now with a long list of models to choose from. We took at look at the ZR9, here’s what it looks like up close.
Assembly of the ZR9 is just about as easy as it’s possible to get. It’s pre-assembled but folded in the box so it’s a case of unfolding it and locking it into position with a few bolts. After that, it’s just a case of attaching a few aesthetic plastic covers, placing the safety key on the safety tab and you’re ready to go.
This is a medium-size treadmill with a footprint of 168cm x 85cm (66.1” x 33.4”) and a running area of 130cm x 43cm (52” x 17”) which makes it more suited to higher speed running than quite a few other compact models out there. Unless you happen to be over 6ft 2inch it’s likely that you’ll find the deck large enough to get a decent workout on, though it does still feel a little tight compared with a full-size running machine.
The 2.0 horsepower continuous-duty drive motor does an admirable job of powering the running belt, although despite it’s generous size, it does develop a bit of a whine when you push it up to the max 10mph (16kph) top speed. Still, it’ not too loud and is only even noticeable when you’re standing to the side listening for it. Otherwise, the motor is responsive and smooth and even when pushed by the testing team running on the maximum incline level, it didn’t struggle, which is usually a good sign that it’s got the power it needs to keep going in the long run.
There are 12 levels of incline to choose from, which is plenty of range though this is by no means the steepest incline we’ve come across so if you’re already fit and are considering this model to replace your current one, you may want to shop around a bit first. If however, you’re just starting out, then the incline levels on the ZR9 should offer you enough of a challenge to keep you entertained.
Cushioning on the ZR9 is provided by Reebok’s Zig technology that was first used in their running shoes and has now been transferred into the cushions on some of their treadmill models. Providing enough impact absorption to soak up the worst of the shock on landings, it also provides a solid surface to launch from. It’s not bad at all and unless you have a specific requirement for ultra-soft, or road-like deck characteristics then this system will do a decent job.
The console features a 7″ blue backlit LCD screen that delivers all your training feedback. It has characters larger enough to be able to easily read while running and in terms of programs, there are 19 training options. 12 are Pre-Set runs and then there are options to set up runs with a target time, target distance, target calorie burn. The programs are divided into fat-burning, incline interval and speed Interval as well as a randomised option. There are fast access keys for speed and incline that allow you to choose your setting with a single button press which is handy if you like performing manual runs and everything is nicely displayed and easy to track. It’s disappointing to see that there’s no wireless heart rate receiver though as grip sensors aren’t very accurate and are certainly nigh-impossible to keep a hold of throughout an entire run.
Other features include stereo speakers with audio input, and there are two water bottle/accessory holders built into the console itself. The Reebok ZR9 is also covered by Reebok’s 2-year on-site parts and labour warranty.
The ZR9 not quite a compact treadmill, and it's not full size either, placing is squarely in between a lot of treadmill models out there. It's an unusual size and while it delivers a reasonably good run, rather than just a jog, it doesn't come close to matching what a full-sized model can offer. With this in mind, we'd recommend considering the Proform 505 CST instead. For a relatively small increase in budget you'll will get our current pick of the month in this category thanks to another offer. The 505 CST has a larger motor, a much wider and longer running area, a higher top speed and a steeper incline delivering a far more satisfying all-round experience, making it well worth the bit extra.
Reebok ZR9 Specifications
- 2 CHP Motor
- Running deck: 43 x 130cm (17″ x 51.2″) with rubber cushion deck
- 7″ LCD Console
- Feedback: Speed, Time, Distance, Calories Burnt
- 16 Programs: 12 Pre-Set, HRC and 3 targets
- Pulse measurement via grip sensors
- Speed range: 1 – 16km/h (0.6 – 10mph)
- Incline: 12 levels
- Conveniences: mp3/iPod audio jack, Auto stop safety system, Instant Speed keys and Instant Incline keys on handrails, soft drop folding mechanism, transportation wheels
- Weight: 79kg (174 lbs)
- Max. User Weight: 120kg (264.5 lbs)
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 168cm (66.1”) x 85cm (33.5”) x 133cm (52.3”)
- Folded dimensions (L x W x H): 104cm (41”) x 85cm (33.5”) x 148cm (58.3”)
- Warranty: 2 years parts and labour, 10 years motor
Reebok ZR9 Treadmill - Console / Display Unit
Currently available for £479.99 from Argos
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