Bodyguard T-30 Treadmill Review

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Features

5/10

Tech Specs

5/10

Build Quailty

7/10

Treadmill Review

The Bodyguard T-30 treadmill is a highly durable treadmill but lacks the features to justify its price tag of $2,999. It has under 10 exercise programs, does not come with a wireless heart rate monitor, or other extra features we have come to expect from the more expensive treadmills.

If you are looking to spend around the asking price of the T-30, you should look over the best treadmills under $2,500 before committing to the T-30.

Price

The price of the T-30 treadmill is $2,999.

The T-30 Is Built For Users who:

  • Like basic consoles - There are only 8 different navigation keys on the T-30. This makes the basic console simple to use but you will need to scroll by the increase/decrease buttons to change your speed and incline.
  • Need a durable treadmill - With its heavy steel frame and a weight capacity of 400 lbs, the T-30 is great for those who need a durable machine.
  • Are committed - There is no trial period with the T-30, so buyers have to commit to the purchase of the T-30 as there is no return policy.


Why The T-30 earned 2.7 stars

If this treadmill was priced more affordably, our testers and researchers at Treadmill Reviews would have been able to score it more generously. But the T-30 is priced beyond its features.  

  • Few workout features - There are no speakers, fans, heart rate chest strap, and very few exercise programs on the T-30. This is far more restrictive than we normally expect from a treadmill of this price.
  • Underpowered motor - For a higher-end treadmill, it is surprising that the T-30 only has a 3.0 HP motor.
  • Decent warranty length - While the length of the T-30 warranty is decent, we are concerned that it will not be enough, especially as there is no return policy.


  

Main Specs - 5/10



Specs “Quick Review”:

  • Motor Size: 3 HP
  • Running Area: 56” L x 22” W
  • Weight Capacity: 400 lbs
  • Folding: No
  • Footprint In Use (W, L, H): 30” x 74” x 54”
  • Incline Range: 0-15%
  • Max Speed: 12 MPH
  • Treadmill Best For: Walkers, Joggers
  • Electrical Requirements: 120V


Motor Size - The motor in this treadmill is 3 HP. A horsepower measurement only shows the top power the motor can put out, not the continuous power, which is why HP measurements are considered less powerful than CHP measurements.

Running Area - With the length of the treadmill belt measuring 56”, it may be hard for users who are taller than 6’2” to comfortably use this treadmill at an incline. The 22” width is more standard for treadmills in this price range.

Weight Capacity - Able to hold a user who weighs up to 400 lbs, this treadmill is also suited to those who have the habit of landing heavily on their feet as they workout.

Folding  - There is no folding capacity on this treadmill.

Space / Footprint - Measuring 30” wide, 74” long, and 54” tall, the T-30 is fairly compact for an expensive, durable, and non-folding treadmill.

Max Speed - The treadmill’s max speed is 12 miles per hour. It will automatically start at 0.5, allowing you to increase from there.

Incline - This treadmill has an incline range of 0% up to 15%. It would have been nice to see some decline range like other higher-end treadmills but there is none.

Features - 5/10



Features “Quick Review”

    • Display: 5 LED windows
    • PreInstalled Workout Apps: 7
    • Speakers: No
    • Fans: No
    • Heart Rate Monitoring: Contact pulse handlebars, chest strap compatible
    • USB port: No
    • Audio Jack: No
    • Water bottle cubbies: Yes
    • Device holder: Yes


Workout Apps - Limited to only 7 exercise programs, you can use the manual, heart rate control, JustGo, random, interval, cardiovascular, or hill climb programs. You can scroll through these programs to choose which you would prefer to use, and the chosen program will have a light near its name when selected.

Display - There are 5 LED screens to show the workout feedback on the T-30. You can see your calories burned, distance covered, your projected calories burned per hour, elapsed time, incline you are at, and your heart rate.  

Speakers - No speakers are on the T-30.

Fans - You do not have a fan on the T-30.

Heart Rate Monitoring - While Bodyguard recommends a Polar wireless chest strap with the T-30, it does not come with this treadmill. Instead, you have two curved contact handlebars for heart rate measuring purposes. These bars are not very accurate.

Other Tech Features
  • Power-saver mode
  • Device on shelf may block some or all displays


Build Quality - 7/10



T-30 Review: Build Quality

  • Warranties - 3-year labor, lifetime frame & motor, 10-year parts
  • Belt - Commercial ortho
  • Roller Size - 2.5” crowned
  • Cushioning - Bodyguard Dissipation System
  • Customer Support - Email, phone
  • Return Policy - No return policy


We were surprised by the lack of a return policy or trial period when it comes to Bodyguard products. The process recommended by their sales team is to refuse the delivery of any Bodyguard product that arrives in a heavily damaged box. If there is light damage, note it on the delivery paperwork and take photos of damage to send to Bodyguard so they can send replacement parts. If something does not work once assembled, Bodyguard will honor the warranty but will not accept any returns.  

As for the build quality of the T-30, it is sturdy, as you might expect from a non-folding treadmill. The handlebar arms are awkwardly placed thanks to the curving contact heart rate handlebar arms. However, there is also the option to customize the treadmill arms so they extend and attach to the base of the T-30 frame for greater stability for the user.

Bottom Line Review Of The Bodyguard T-30 Treadmill

While the Bodyguard T-30 is a decent treadmill on its own merits, it is underpowered for its asking price, especially with so many other residential treadmills to compete with on the market. For example, costing less than the T-30, the below treadmills have better features:

  • NordicTrack Commercial 2950 has a 22” HD smart touchscreen console and 40 exercise programs. The T-30 has 5 small LED screens and 7 exercise programs.
  • Matrix TF30 has 3 console options and high-quality speakers. The T-30 has only one console, no options, and has no speakers.
  • SOLE TT8 has a 4.0 CHP motor and an incline range of -6% to 15%. The T-30 has a 3.0 HP motor and an incline range of 0% to 15%.   


Best Place To Buy The Bodyguard T-30 Treadmill

It would be best to buy the T-30 treadmill through Bodyguard directly. Their sales team is responsive to inquiries and by working directly with Bodyguard, you can be sure any customizations are properly carried out. Also, by purchasing directly from Bodyguard, you can be sure they will honor their warranty.
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