Life Fitness T5 Treadmill Review 2018

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We've reviewed the Life Fitness T5 and liked what we saw; though, for the money you'll be spending on this treadmill, we think there are better options for you to choose from. Check out our list of "Best Buys" to see our favorite treadmills on the market.

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Features

8/10

Tech Specs

7/10

Build Quailty

8/10

Treadmill Review

The Life Fitness T5 treadmill is a heavy and durable treadmill which is also much more expensive than your average home treadmill. While we like the adjustable deck flexibility and the ability to customize the T5, it is missing features we consider standard for treadmills in its price range.

Price

The cost of the T5 will depend on which console and warranty you choose, with the price ranging from $3,999 - $5,248.

Go Console: $3,999 (base warranty)

Track Connect Console: $4,449 (base warranty)


The T5 Is Built For Users who:

  • Want adjustable deck flexibility - The T5 comes with the ability to change the flexibility of the treadmill deck, with 3 different settings available. That way, all the users of the T5 can pick their favorite flexibility setting.
  • Need a high weight capacity treadmill - Able to hold an impressive 400 lbs, the T5 is a great machine for those who need something sturdy to workout on.
  • Have dedicated space - As the T5 does not fold, it will require its users to have a dedicated space set aside for it.


Why The T5 earned 3.6 stars

  • Well-constructed with strong frame - The T5 has a thick and heavy frame, which can stand up to high usage from multiple users.
  • Small motor for a heavy-duty treadmill - Most higher priced treadmills have significantly larger motors than the T5.
  • Very costly for a home treadmill - Paying anywhere from $3,999 - $5,248 for a treadmill is a high price for many who are looking for a home gym treadmill, especially when the warranty options are fairly short.


Main Specs - 8/10

Specs “Quick Review”:

  • Motor Size: 3.0 CHP
  • Running Area: 22” x 60”
  • Weight Capacity: 400 lbs
  • Folding: No
  • Footprint In Use (W, L, H): 32” x 79.5” x 61”
  • Incline Range: 0% to 15%
  • Max Speed: 12 MPH
  • Treadmill Best For: Walkers, Joggers, Runners
  • Electrical Requirements: 120v


Motor Size - The motor in this treadmill is 3.0 CHP. It can reach 6.0 HP at top performance but cannot maintain that level of performance.

Running Area - The running area of the T5 measures 22” by 60, giving users plenty of room as they workout.

Weight Capacity - With a weight capacity of 400 lbs, the T5 is easily on par with SOLE for high weight accommodation.

Folding  - The T5 is not able to fold.

Space / Footprint -  Somewhat on the slender side for such a heavy-duty treadmill, the T5 measures 32” wide, 79.5” long, and 61” high. It is helpful that the T5 is slim as it does not fold

Max Speed - The treadmill’s max speed is 12 MPH

Incline - This treadmill has an incline range of 0% to 15%. While this is a decent range, we would have liked to see a greater range for the cost of the T5.

Features - 7/10

Features “Quick Review”

  • Display: 2 display options - Go and Track Connect
  • Pre-Installed Workout Apps: 12 (Go console), 16 (Track Connect console)
  • Speakers: No
  • Fans: No
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: EKG handlebar grips, chest strap included
  • USB port: Yes (Track Connect only)
  • Audio Jack: No
  • Water bottle cubbies: Yes
  • Device holder: Yes


Workout Apps - There are two consoles to choose from when it comes to the T5. Depending on the selected console, different workout programs are available to the user.  

The Go console has 12 workout programs and the ability to hold 2 custom workouts. It will save 2 user profiles.  

The Track Connect has 16 workout programs and can contain 12 custom workout programs. It will save 4 user profiles.

Display - The display of the T5 is also dependent on which console is chosen. They do have some similarities such as an energy saver button to help cut down on the treadmill’s energy drain when not in use.

The Go console is the basic console display option. It has an LCD backlit, blue display with white lettering. There are plastic buttons to help you navigate the treadmill functions.

The Track Connect console display can do quite a bit more than the Go console. It has a black, backlit display with white lettering and the navigation controls are all of one piece with the console. This console is Bluetooth-enabled and can sync with devices like Jawbone, RunSocial, and FitBit. There is a USB port on this console if you do not have a Bluetooth-enabled device so you can download your custom workout programs onto a USB drive and plug it directly into the console.

Speakers - There are no speakers for either console on the T5.

Fans - There are no fans on the T5, which can be a problem as this treadmill would otherwise be great for runners and joggers.

Heart Rate Monitoring - There are two handlebar contact points where you can place your hands to check your heart rate. They are not very accurate but we haven’t found any EKG handlebar grips on treadmills to be accurate. However, the T5 also comes with a wireless heart rate monitoring chest strap. The strap is adjustable, so it can fit users of various sizes.

Other Tech Features
  • LFConnect app
  • Dishwasher-safe, removable water bottle holders
  • Integrated tablet holder


Build Quality - 8/10

T5 Review: Build Quality

  • Warranties - 3 warranty options
  • Belt - 2-ply
  • Cushioning - Adjustable FlexDeck
  • Customer Support - Phone, email
  • Return Policy - 30-day money-back guarantee


The T5 has an interesting feature which is normally only seen in NordicTrack treadmills, which is the ability to adjust the flexibility of the treadmill deck. There are three options, shifting from very flexible to road-like firmness. All with the benefit of removing 30% of the stress of outside running.

There are 3 warranty options available for the T5. They all have a lifetime warranty on the frame and the LifeSpring shock absorbers, as well as a 10-year warranty on the motor. From the base warranty, the warranties vary:

  • Standard (no extra cost) - 5-year parts, 3-year console, and 1-year warranty
  • 3 Year Premium Extended Protection ($299) - 5-year parts, 3-year console, and 3-year warranty
  • 5 Year Premium Extended Protection ($799) - 5-year parts, 5-year console, and 5-year warranty   


There is a heavy restocking fee on T5 treadmill returns. Life Fitness requires a 25% restocking fee, or $500 maximum, if you return the T5 within the 30-day trial period. Should you receive a defective treadmill, Life Fitness will repair the machine at no cost to you.

Bottom Line Review Of The Life Fitness T5

We like the strong frame and adjustable deck flexibility, but find the T5 to be lacking in many ways, such as no fans, speakers, limited workout programs, restricted incline range and more. Considering how expensive even the base model of the T5 is, we don’t feel comfortable recommending the T5 to consumers when they can purchase a features-packed treadmill for a lower price.

Best Place To Buy The Life Fitness T5

Should you still be considering buying the Life Fitness T5, then we recommend buying directly from the Life Fitness website. That way you can be sure to receive the correct console and the latest treadmill model, which can’t be assured when working with a third-party treadmill vendor.

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