Today’s Treadmill Contestants are the Yowza Keewadin and the Gold’s Gym Trainer 1190.

This will be short. Seriously. Comparing a Yowza to a Gold’s Gym shouldn’t take long at all. The Treadmills are both priced at $1,299, which will make this even easier. To start: Yowza Treadmills are awesome. They have some of the best ratings from all sorts of different review sites. The Keewadin is right in the middle of what they offer as far as quality, size, and price go. The sale price fluctuates a lot, so it’s hard to tack down an exact price. It may be a different price when you’re reading this, but when I included it in the competition it was $1,299. The Gold’s Gym Trainer 1190 is Gold’s Gym’s most high-end and expensive treadmill in their line. Compared to their other treadmills, it’s the best, but how does it compare up to a Yowza? Well, let’s see…

We’ll start with the Motor. The First thing you notice is 2.5 CHP vs. 3.0 CHP. A 2.5 Horsepower motor is pretty lame for a $1,299 dollar treadmill. It’s easy to find bigger motors at that price. Take the Yowza for example. It’s got a 3 Horsepower motor. Now, Yowza’s motors aren’t just any old motors. They’re made with the best design and quality you’ll find of any of these home treadmill brands. The Keewadin motor is very quiet and smooth. Even if the Yowza motor was the same size as the Gold’s Gym motor, It would still be a no brainer between the two. The fact that it’s .5 HP larger makes it an even easier no brainer. The Yowza motor is exceptionally better than the Gold’s Gym motor in pretty much every way.

The Gold’s Gym Trainer 1190 has a 325 lb weight limit, and a full 20″ x 60″ treadbelt. Not bad. Yowza has a 350 lb weight capacity with a full treadbelt as well. Yowza treadmills are built with welded frames, which make them much stronger and more solid. You can feel the difference when you run on it. The frame is as grounded as a rock. The Gold’s Gym treadmill isn’t bad either when it comes to solidness. It isn’t welded, and it has a lot of plastic which makes it a less appealing than the Yowza, but it’s about average for this price range. It’s that they both have a 20″ x 60″ belt. Once you get up into this price range, a full sized belt should be expected. So I commend them both on that. The Gold’s gym has a standard comforting system. The Keewadin has Yowza’s unique and effective swing arm cushioning system, as well rubber cushion rings under the deck.

That’s the basics. Let’s get to the extra features. Both have grip pulse heart monitors. The Yowza has a chest strap as well. As far as screens go, both have small LED screens. The Yowza has a little intensity display as well. The Yowza has quick incline and decline control that will let you choose your speed with one touch. This is actually a very convenient feature if you’ve ever tried it. Both are fold up treadmills. Both have music ports and speakers.

Here’s a little comparison table:
Weaker specs are shaded out.

Yowza Keewadin

  • 3.0 CHP motor
  • 20″ x 60″ treadbelt
  • 350 lb weight capacity
  • 11MPH max speed
  • 12% Incline
  • Small LED display
  • 9 memory slots, and 15 programs
  • Fold Up design
  • 2 workout Fans
  • Ipod/Mp3 port with speakers
  • Swing Arm Cushioning
  • Lifetime Frame and Motor
  • 5 year parts, 2 year labor
Gold’s Gym Trainer 1190

  • 2.5 CHP motor
  • 20″ x 60″ treadbelt
  • 325 lb weight capacity
  • 12MPH max speed
  • 12% Incline
  • Small LED display
  • Ifit workout cards, 4 workouts
  • Fold Up design
  • 4″ workout fan
  • Ipod/Mp3 port with speakers
  • Airstride Cushioning
  • Lifetime Frame and Motor
  • 1 year parts and labor
  • Well, if all that wasn’t enough, the warranty will top it off. Gold’s Gym offers a 1 year warranty on parts and labor, while Yowza offers a full 5 years on parts, and 2 years on labor. That says a lot about what they expect of their treadmills. With all of the extra quality and strength, as well as the awesome warranty, the Yowza easily wins the round today.

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