LifeSpan TR1200i Folding Treadmill

Best Treadmill for Smaller Spaces

Why People Love it

  • Easy to assemble
  • Amazing treadmill
  • Great quality


You may find it difficult to believe you can score this folding treadmill for under $1,000. We certainly are. For the most part this is a remarkable machine and the attention to detail is outstanding. Now, it’s not 100% perfect, but it was difficult not to give this the top spot in the ranking. That begins with the EZ Drop system that makes folding it away rather easy.  

For a compact treadmill, it’s got more than enough length for most runners (sorry for the super long leggers out there) and the 2-ply belt moves along wide rollers, making for a smoother run than most inexpensive options. There are also 6 independent shock absorbers and a cushioned belt for comfort. And, the super-cool Intelli-Guard safety feature pauses your workout if you step off the machine for 20 seconds.

As for other goodies, this value-for-money treadmill certainly isn’t lacking. You get the cup holders that you would expect and there is a “book rack” for watching whatever you’d like on your iPad. More than that, there are headphone and MP3 player plug-ins. The LCD display is backed by QuickSet buttons to make changing your workout super simple. And, the handles offer heart rate grips. (If you want a chest strap, you will need to sort that out separately, but this treadmill is set up for that.)

You also get a membership to the LifeSpan Club with this treadmill. The upside of that is the ability to track your progress and download new workouts. The downside is that you only get 4 months with the purchase of your machine. After that, you’ll need to pay, though a lifetime membership costs just $69.

Is there a wide workout variety? The 21 programs include 2 heart rate, 5 weight management, 7 sports training, 5 “healthy living”, and 2 customizable programs. The pre-programmed options were designed by physiologists.

How fast can you make it go? From 0.5 – 11 mph. That’s average.

How much incline can you get? Inclines from 0-15%.

Are there any safety features? It has EN957 and UL certifications. More importantly, if you step off the belt, the Intelli-Guard safety feature automatically pauses it. There’s also an easily accessible stop button.

Maximum weight? 300 pounds.

Track size? 56” L x 20” W. That’s on the smaller side of average. Mind you, it’s not bad, but it’s not huge. Though anyone with long legs will want to splurge on a treadmill for home with a longer track length.

Dimensions? Assembled dimensions: 54” H x 70” L x 33” W. When packed away: 63” H x 39” L x 33” W.

What type of motor does it have? 2.5 HP Continuous Duty DC.

Is there a warranty? There is a Lifetime warranty on the frame and motor. There is also 3 years on parts and 1 year on labor.

Will it break the bank? At $900, we think this is a serious value-for-money treadmill.

The pre-programmed workouts are all clever and offer a range of challenges, while the MP3 plug-in is a surprising bonus given the price. It folds for storage and you get a full (4-month) membership to the LifeSpan Club which helps with fitness tracking.

It’s a noisy machine – not overwhelming, but hardly quiet either. You will need to follow the 3-monthly maintenance checkups to make sure this machine continues to operate as you think it should.

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