York Fitness T101 Heritage Treadmill Review

The York Fitness T101 Heritage treadmill is the entry model to their range – that’s marketing speak for the cheapest. York do make quality machines and their Diamond models have made a name for themselves, but the T101 doesn’t quite do enough to get it noticed ahead of its rivals.

The top speed of 8 mph makes it suitable only really for walkers or joggers and to be fair it will do everything that you’ll need if you fit into this category.

The belt is quite small so you really wouldn’t want to run fast on it anyway. However, it does make easy work for the very capable 1.25 HP motor which does give the impression it’s barely breaking sweat. York cover all their motors for 10 years under their warranty so they obviously have faith in them.

The T101 comes with 9 pre-set programmes to help you lose weight and build stamina but unfortunately it has only 3 manual incline settings. This means you have to get off and reset the incline level – you can choose 1.5, 4 or 7% gradient. A number of machines in this price range have powered incline which means you can set it by the touch of a button, or the programme changes it for you whilst still running.

It also has pulse monitors in the form of hand grips which is what you’d expect of a treadmill for this price so you can keep a track on your work rate.

The console is well laid out and has a large LCD screen that displays speed, distance, pulse and theoretical calorie burn.

In this price range there is some tough competition in the form of the Proform 3.6 and  the Horizon T707, both offer more features and larger running decks for just a little extra outlay.

As with all York equipment the warranty is excellent. It covers the motor for 10 years and everything else for 2 years.

Best Price

The is not currently available from any retailers we're aware of in the UK.
It may be worth looking for a used machine on ebay

Review Summary - In Brief

YorK Fitness is a tried and tested name in the exercise world and you know that you'll get a reliable machine with them. The T101, as they state in their brochure, is suitable for walkers and light joggers and not aimed at runners. If you're looking to use a treadmill for running see the Proform and Horizon models mentioned above. The T101 does come with an excellent warranty so you won't need to worry about breakdowns and faults, although York have a very good reputation for quality machines anyway. So whilst there is nothing wrong with this model it just didn't get us excited.

Specifications

 

  • 1.25 HP motor
  • 0 – 13 km/H speed range (0 – 8 mph)
  • 3 level manual incline settings up to 7%
  • LCD display
  • 9 pre-set programmes
  • Grips for heart rate monitoring
  • Large 40 x 120 cm running deck
  • Folding mechanism
  • Built-in wheels for portability
  • Maximum user weight 120kg (264 lbs)

- Console / Display Unit

- User Reviews

The Pros

  • Its light and easy to move around.
  • The display is well designed and laid out.
  • The motor is quiet and manages the deck with ease.
  • The warrant is easily better than other machines in this price bracket.
  • It feels stable at its top speed of 8 mph.

The Cons

  • The running deck is small.
  • The manual incline as you have to get off to change it during your programme.
  • The programmes on offer look a bit limited compared to its rivals.
Reviewer Ratings

Power - 7.5
Appearance - 7.5
Running Area - 6
Comfort - 7.5
Reliability - 8
Noise - 7.5
Ease Of Use - 7.5
Controls - 8
Warranty - 8.5
Value for Money - 7
Best Price

The is not currently available from any retailers we're aware of in the UK.
It may be worth looking for a used machine on ebay

Also see our Treadmill Comparison Table

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