Matrix T50 Treadmill Review

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The Matrix T50 and the Matrix TF50 are basically the same machine with a $100 difference - one folds, and one does not. If you're looking for a treadmill with a slew of console options and don't need it to save space with a folding option, read the rest of this review!

Features

8/10

Tech Specs

8/10

Build Quailty

8/10

Treadmill Review

The Matrix T50 is essentially the same treadmill as the Matrix TF50 except for $100 more, the TF50 will fold while the T50 cannot fold. So, like the TF50, the T50 is a good, health club-quality treadmill with a max weight capacity of 400 lbs, a 3.25 CHP motor, and treadmill belt measuring 20” by 60”. However, it is outclassed by our picks for best treadmills under $2,500 especially considering the T50 costs more than $2,500 for the least expensive console model.

So, if you are looking for a good treadmill in this price range, check out our choices for best treadmills under $2,500 rather than the T50.

Price

The price of the T50 will depend on which console you select to go along with the base treadmill. There are three console options to choose from.

XR Simple - $2,699


XER Intuitive - $3,199


XIR Ultimate - $3,699


The T50 Is Built For Users who:

  • Want to only pay for features they’ll use - Between the 3 console options, there are different features available. Since there is a price differential between the consoles, you can choose which best suits your needs.
  • Need a high weight capacity treadmill - The T50 can accommodate up to 400 lbs, which is comparable to the best gym-quality treadmills.  
  • Have space for a non-folding treadmill - While the T50 is a fairly compact treadmill, it does not fold up, which may be a problem for those who need the space a folding treadmill provides.


Why The T50 earned 4 out of 5 stars

The T50 is a good, quality treadmill but is lacking in a few areas.

  • Pricey compared to competitors - For its high price, the T50 doesn’t quite hold up to the features available on competitor treadmills in its price range.  
  • One of the three consoles is fairly skimpy - The XER and XIR consoles are packed full of features but the XR console is lacking in features. It’s almost like being penalized for not choosing a more expensive option.
  • Compact and sturdy may make up for non-folding - While the T50 can’t fold, it is compact enough to make this less of a problem. It is also a fairly sturdy treadmill for its smaller size.


Main Specs - 8/10



Specs “Quick Review”:
  • Motor Size: 3.25 CHP
  • Running Area: 20” by 60”
  • Weight Capacity: 400 lbs
  • Folding: No
  • Footprint In Use (W, L, H): 36" x 77.4" x 60.6"
  • Incline Range: 0% to 15%
  • Max Speed: 12.5 MPH
  • Treadmill Best For: Walkers, Joggers, Runners
  • Electrical Requirements: 120V


Motor Size - The motor on the T50 is a bit on the small side for a treadmill in this price range, being only a 3.25 CHP motor.

Running Area - An average running area of 20” wide and 60” long comes with the T50 treadmill.

Weight Capacity - Users weighing up to 400 lbs can use this treadmill safely.

Folding  - There is no way to fold up the T50 treadmill.

Space / Footprint - While the T50 cannot fold up, it is still a pretty compact treadmill. It measures 36" wide, 77.4" long, and 60.6" high.

Max Speed - The T50 has a speed range of 0.5 to 12.5 MPH. Most treadmills can reach only 12 MPH, so it’s nice that you can squeeze an extra 0.5 MPH of speed out of the T50.

Incline - An adequate incline range of 0% to 15% comes with the T50 treadmill. For the price this treadmill commands, we normally expect a greater incline range.

Features - 8/10



Features “Quick Review”
  • Display: 3 options
  • PreInstalled Workout Apps: Console-dependent
  • Speakers: Console-dependent
  • Fans: No
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: Chest strap, contact handlebars
  • USB port: Console-dependent
  • Audio Jack: Console-dependent
  • Water bottle cubbies: Yes
  • Device holder: Yes


Workout Apps - Depending on the console you choose to purchase with the T50, you will have a different amount of workout programs available.

  • XR Simple: Manual, calories, rolling hills, intervals, target heart rate, Sprint 8


  • XER Intuitive: Manual, calories, rolling hills, intervals (incline and resistance), fat burn, distance, calorie goal, distance goal, speed, time, target heart rate, Sprint 8


  • XIR Ultimate: Manual, calories, rolling hills, intervals (incline and resistance), fat burn, distance, calorie goal, distance goal, speed, time, target heart rate, Sprint 8


Display - The display on the T50 will be affected by your console purchase. There is a wide variation of display features between the consoles.

  • XR Simple: 8.5” blue LCD, Passport Ready, ViaFit sync enabled, workout tracking, Sprint 8, workout feedback on calories, heart rate, speed, incline, pace, distance, time elapsed and remaining.


  • XER Intuitive: 10” touchscreen, Facebook, MyFitnessPal, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Twitter, YouTube, Weather, Passport Ready, ViaFit sync enabled, workout tracking, Sprint 8, workout feedback on calories, heart rate, peak heart rate, speed, previous speed, incline, previous incline, METs, pace, distance, time elapsed and remaining.


  • XIR Ultimate: 16” touchscreen, Facebook, MyFitnessPal, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Twitter, YouTube, Weather, Web browser, Passport Ready, ViaFit sync enabled, workout tracking, Sprint 8, workout feedback on calories, heart rate, peak heart rate, speed, previous speed, incline, previous incline, METs, pace, distance, time elapsed and remaining.


Speakers - The XR console for the T50 treadmill has no speakers, while the XER and XIR have speakers. You can use the audio jack or the Bluetooth syncing to connect your entertainment. The speakers on the two consoles are of solid quality and can become quite loud so your workout won’t drown out your workout.

Fans - There are no fans no matter what console option you choose for the T50.

Heart Rate Monitoring - A free Polar chest strap comes with the T50 so you can accurately track your heart rate. There are also contact handlebar grips where you can check your heart rate, though they are only moderately accurate.

Other Tech Features
  • USB port on XER and XIR consoles
  • Virtual Active Integrated on XER and XIR consoles
  • ViaFit app


Build Quality - 8/10



T50 Review: Build Quality
  • Warranties - Lifetime cushioning, frame and motor, 7-year on parts, 5-year on console, 2-year labor
  • Belt - 2-ply
  • Roller Size - 2.4”
  • Cushioning - Ultimate Deck™ System
  • Customer Support - Live website chat, email, phone
  • Return Policy - 2 return policies


Equipped with Ultimate Deck™ System for cushioning on the T50, the treadmill deck is comfortable and firm. The warranty will protect the cushioning for the lifetime of your treadmill. Beyond the cushioning, the rest of the T50 treadmill’s warranty is better than the average.

The T50 is a heavy treadmill, built along sturdy lines. You will need two people to safely move this treadmill from one place to another, even with the wheels the T50 comes with.  

The return policy for the TF50 is a little tricky. You can receive a full refund within the 15-day period, minus the shipping and installation fees if applicable. If it is after 15 days but still under 30 days, you can still receive a full refund, minus a 20% restocking fee and the costs of shipping and installation.

Bottom Line Review Of The Matrix T50 Treadmill

While we found there are good aspects to the T50 such as its weight capacity, console options, free heart rate monitoring chest strap, and long warranty, they can’t outweigh the areas where the T50 is lacking. For the price the T50 commands, you are better off checking out other treadmills in this price range.

Best Place To Buy The Matrix T50 Treadmill

It is best to work with Johnson Fitness directly if you want to ensure that you receive the T50 treadmill and console type you want. This will also ensure that your warranty is honored.

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