Reebok T4.5 Folding Treadmill Review

The Reebok T4.5 folding treadmill is part of the Reebok’s performance series of fitness equipment and is a high specification, high quality treadmill.

At the heart of this treadmill, there is a 2.25 (continuous duty) horsepower motor which drives the belt to a top speed of over 11 miles per hour. We can confirm that the treadmill is quiet in operation and we were nicely surprised by the low noise levels from the motor at the mid-speed levels which we tested the treadmill on. In addition to the normal speed increase and descrease buttons on the console, the speed can be controlled using 8 direct speed keys on the console.

This treadmill offers a maximum incline of 12% (electronic incline) and the level can be controlled through the eight direct incline keys on the console (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12%), in addition to the standard up and down buttons for incline.

The running deck has a very nice feel to it – it’s well cushioned without being too soft and is a decent size at 50cm wide and 140cm long. This deck size makes the machine suitable for runners of pretty much any height.

The folding mechanism is quite different to pretty much all non-Reebok treadmills. When you fold up the running deck, a third leg comes out with a rotating castor wheel. This enables the treadmill to be maneuvered much more easily in comparison with other treadmills that weigh similar levels. Additionally, the almost fully vertical folding position means that this treadmill only takes up floor space of 86cm by 86cm when folded which is the smallest space utilisation of a folded treadmill that has a full sized running deck!

As one of the more premium models within the Reebok performance series, this treadmill does away with the typical monochrome LCD display and features 5 clear LED windows. Three of these are numeric windows which provide exercise feedback. The first displays speed, or calorie consumption; the second one displays exercise time, or distance covered and the third displays either your heard rate or the incline level. There is a simple button labelled mode on the console to switch between the two sets of information. In addition, there are two larger LED matrix displays which show the speed and incline profiles of programmes being run. Also, the console features a pair of stereo speakers and an audio jack input enabling any portable music player (such as an iPod / iPhone) to be connected.

Like many Reebok products, the T4.5 treadmill has 9 user profiles. Within each of these profiles, you can enter your weight, height, age and gender and this information is used when calculating calorie consumption figures in order to make them less theoretical than is normally the case with fitness machines.

In terms of programmes, this treadmill really shines. The programmes are logically organised as follows: target time, time distance, target calories, incline interval (12 levels), speed interval (12 levels), weight loss (12 levels), 5k/3 mile, heart rate control and 3 user customisable programmes. With this many programmes onboard, you can be certain that boredom is unlikely to set in! We are particularly pleased to see a heart rate controlled programme on the treadmill, which requires the use of optional chest strap and uses the information from the user profile to work out the target heart rate (though specific targets can still be entered).

Finally, the treadmill has a built in fitness test which uses the principals of heart rate recovery test to establish your fitness levels. Whilst not the most scientifically accurate way of establishing fitness levels, this feature does provide long term motivation by seeing your fitness rating improving with regular use of the treadmill to exercise.

The experience of treadmill ownership normally begins with spending an hour or so with assembling the treadmill and ensuring that it’s all done correctly. We’re pleased to report that the Reebok T4.5 requires little assembley as the machine is mostly assembled in the box. Completing the assembley is only a matter of bolting in the uprights, positioning the console into place and securing it and then just screwing on various items of trim! It comes with the tools needed and the entire process takes less than 20 minutes.

The Reebok T4.5 treadmill comes with a lifetime frame, 10 year motor and 2 years on-site parts and labour warranty

Best Price

The Reebok T4.5 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

The Reebok T4.5 treadmill is a really rather special machine at under £800. Full sized running deck, powerful motor, high top speed and incline, LED display, masses of programmes including heart rate control in a stylish design with an extremely efficient folding mechanism. We recommend this treadmill with no hesitation.

Reebok T4.5 Specifications

  • 2.25 horsepower (HP) continuous duty , self cooling motor
  • 0 – 18 km/H speed range (0 – 11.2 mph) with 8 one touch keys
  • 0-12% power incline with one touch keys for 2%, 3%, 4%, 5%, 6%, 8%, 10% & 12%
  • Multi window LED Display – see below
  • Manual control + 43 programmes, including heart rate control
  • 9 user profiles
  • EasyDrop folding mechanism with self locking latch
  • Cushioned deck for impact absorbtion
  • Grip heart rate monitor, Polar receiver built in and chest belt optional
  • 50 x 140 cm running surface
  • Maximum user weight 140kg (286 lbs)
  • Transformer folding mechanism
  • 184cm (L) x 86cm (W) x 140cm (H) cm – in use
  • 87cm (L) x 86cm (W) x 184cm (H) folded – folded

Reebok T4.5 Folding - Console / Display Unit

Reebok T4.5 Folding - User Reviews

The Pros

  • The features most users liked about this treadmill were:-
  • Very effective impact absorbtion
  • Clarity of LED console
  • Multiple user profiles and lots of programmes
  • The feel of the machine when running
  • Heart rate control
  • Very good warranty

The Cons

  • No handlebar controls
Reebok T4.5 Folding Reviewer Ratings

Power - 8
Appearance - 9
Running Area - 9.5
Comfort - 9
Reliability - 9
Noise - 9
Ease Of Use - 9
Controls - 8.5
Warranty - 9
Value for Money - 8
Best Price

The Reebok T4.5 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

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