Ohiyo!

Normally your Treadmill Sensei tries to focus just on treadmill and elliptical reviews in this blog, but this is the holiday season and I feel the need to ramble a bit before we get in to the New Balance 1400 treadmill review.

I just need to vent.

Now, I love the Christmas season as much as the next person…I love the holiday spirit and the cool crisp December air. I love giving my wife and kids presents and decorating the tree and all that stuff. What I don’t love is large numbers of relatives crammed in to my house and using up all the hot water before I can take my morning shower. I am a man of simple needs in the morning: I need my coffee. I need about 15 minutes of CNN. And I need my hot shower. Unfortunately, the demons who now infest every single room of my house are from the east coast and are still on New Jersey time. Their 9am New Jersey showers are now interfering with my 6:30 California shower…and I hate them for it.

If there happens to be a news story about a family getting killed right before Christmas it’s because I finally snapped from one too many chilly showers in the morning.

End rant.

In this year’s Ichi-Ban Awards I gave the “best treadmill from $1001-$1500” award to the New Balance 1400 treadmill. This may come as a shock to a lot of people because of my obvious love of both Horizon and Spirit/Sole equipment. The reason I rated the New Balance 1400 over a slightly superior machine in the Spirit XT10 is because of the incredible value you’re getting for the price. For $1100 you are getting more of a treadmill in the New Balance than in anything else around…sure you can get more if you pay more, but with the 1400 treadmill you don’t have to. If they can keep the price at around $1100, then this is a golden unit.

The New Balance 1400 has the now standard large 2.5 horsepower motor featured in most units over $1000, and large 2.4″ rollers to help extend the life of your belt and motor. Where the 1400 treadmill shines is in the size of the running area – a monster 20″x56″ – and in the stability of the machine. If you need a solid, sturdy treadmill for doing a good hard running workout, then the New Balance 1400 may be perfect for you.

These machines hold up to a beating. Plus, New Balance realized that most people aren’t treadmill repair techs and have problems when even minor adjustments need to be done to their equipment. They’ve put together a very low maintenance machine with their “EZ Maintenance” system which makes belt adjustments, cleaning and lubrication a snap on the New Balance 1400. They’ve made it easy enough for even my mother-in-law to do it!

When you top all of that off with their “Flex Core” suspension system – which is known for its shock absorption and impact reduction – the New Balance 1400 is a godsend for those with joint problems.

For being a great all-around buy AND the best buy between $1001 and $1500, the Treadmill Sensei gives the New Balance 1400 treadmill 4 out of 5 golden buddahs.

UPDATE: The New Balance 1400 is now at an incredible under $1000 price on Amazon! This is easily one of the best fitness deals around.


A great treadmill at a great price, the New Balance 1400 gets 4 gold buddahs out of 5.

New Balance 1400 Treadmill Specifications
Horsepower: 2.5
Max Weight Capacity: 300 lbs.
Folding: Yes
Max Speed: 10 MPH

Incline: 12%
Heart Rate Monitor: Pulse grip
Programs: 10
Features: 3 speed cooling fan, extra long 8’ cord, i-pod holder, EZ CARE™ maintenance
Grade: Residential
Weight: 230 lbs.
Roller Size: 2.4″
Deck: .75″
Running Area: 20×56

-The Treadmill Sensei
http://www.treadmillsensei.com