Matrix TF50 Treadmill Review

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This is a gym quality treadmill, with a similar price tag. The Matrix TF50 has a great console and a slim, sleek frame. Read our full review to get the details.

Features

8/10

Tech Specs

8/10

Build Quailty

8/10

Treadmill Review

The Matrix TF50 is a gym-quality treadmill, highly durable and able to withstand heavy usage. It has decent specs such as a 3.25 CHP motor, weight capacity of 400 lbs, and an incline range of 0% to 15%. Also, unlike other Matrix treadmills, this one can fold up nearly vertically when not in use. However, it is outclassed in specs by similarly priced treadmills, such as the NordicTrack Commercial 2950 and the SOLE TT8.

Price

The price of the TF50 will change depending on which console is paired with the TF50.

XR Simple: $2,799


XER Intuitive: $3,299


XIR Ultimate: $3,799


The TF50 Is Built For Users who:

  • Need a sturdy treadmill - Most people want a treadmill will last long but not all treadmills can accommodate high weights. The TF50 can accommodate 400 lbs.
  • Have limited space in their home - While the TF50 is 81.3” long, it deck folds up nearly vertically so there is little obstruction when the treadmill is not in use.
  • Want options when choosing treadmill features - The ability to choose between 3 different console options which gives access to different features is a good feature on the TF50.


Why The TF30 earned 4 stars

While the TF50 is clearly a good treadmill, it did not earn 5 stars from us for a few reasons.

  • Limited incline range - While the TF50 has a decent incline range, many competing treadmills around this price range have the ability to incline and decline, which the TF50 cannot decline.
  • Decent belt size but slightly outclassed - Most treadmills in this price range measure 22” by 60” but the TF50 measure 20” by 60”.
  • Motor could be more powerful - The TF50 has a 3.25 CHP motor, which is a bit small considering that many other treadmills in this price range are 4.0 CHP motors or larger.


As you can see, though the TF50 is a good treadmill, it does not quite match up to other treadmills in its price range.

Main Specs - 8/10



Specs “Quick Review”:
  • Motor Size: 3.25 CHP
  • Running Area: 20” x 60”  
  • Weight Capacity: 400 lbs
  • Folding: Yes
  • Footprint In Use (W, L, H): 35.8” x 81.3” x 62”
  • Footprint Folded (W, L, H): 35.8” x 41.1” x 76.6”
  • Incline Range: 0% to 15%
  • Max Speed: 12.5 MPH
  • Treadmill Best For: Walkers, Joggers, Runners
  • Electrical Requirements: 120V


Motor Size - The TF50 has a decent sized 3.25 CHP motor. Other competitor treadmills similar in price like the Commercial 2950 have 4.25 CHP motors.

Running Area - This treadmill’s belt area measures 20” wide and 60” long.

Weight Capacity - One of the more impressive features on this compact treadmill is its ability to accommodate a user who weighs up to 400 lbs.

Folding  - The TF50 is one of the few Matrix treadmills which can fold. Unlike other treadmills, the deck of the folding Matrix treadmills goes almost vertical and does not slant out.

Space / Footprint - While a long treadmill, the TF50 is still a fairly compact treadmill. It measures 35.8” wide, 81.3” long, and 62” high when in use. When folded up, the treadmill measures 35.8” wide, 41.1” long, and 76.6” high. However, we don’t recommend trying to move this treadmill much as it is very heavy.

Max Speed - You can go a bit faster on the TF50 than other treadmills as it has a top speed of 12.5 MPH.

Incline - The TF50 has a good incline range of 0% to 15%. However, competing treadmills like the TT8 has an incline range of -6% to 15%.

 

Features - 8/10



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


Workout Apps - The TF50 will have a different variety of workout programs built into it depending on which of the 3 consoles you choose for your treadmill.

  • 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 - There are three console display options available for your consideration when looking to buy the TF50.

  • 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 - Depending on which console you have, you will have speakers. The XER and XIR have good quality speakers which deliver clear, crisp sound. There isn’t much bass to the speakers but they don’t become tinny unless at the highest volume levels.

Fans - There are no fans on any console model of the TF50.

Heart Rate Monitoring - Oddly, there is no wireless chest strap included with the TF50. Pricey treadmills generally include them but the TF50 only has handlebar heart rate sensors.

Other Tech Features
  • Can sync with ViaFit app
  • Passport Ready
  • Virtual Active enabled


Build Quality - 8/10



TF30 Review: Build Quality
  • Warranties - Lifetime cushioning, motor and frame, 7-year parts, 5-year console, 2-year labor.
  • Belt - 2-ply
  • Roller Size - 2.4” back and front
  • Cushioning - Variable Response Cushioning
  • Customer Support - Email, phone
  • Return Policy - 2 return policies


Like other Matrix treadmills, the TF50 is a sturdy treadmill. While it has many plastic parts, they are dense and molded around a thick metal frame.

The cushioning on the TF50 is not the most responsive. Like many Johnson Fitness treadmills, the TF50 has Variable Response Cushioning. Some of our testers have found the cushioning lacking as they ran on the treadmill. So if you need extra cushion, this isn’t the best cushioning treadmill.

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 TF50 Treadmill

The TF50 has many good points to consider when you are considering purchasing this treadmill. Some of them are:

  • Decent incline range of 0% to 15%
  • 400 lbs weight capacity
  • Generous warranty
But while the TF50 is a good, sturdy treadmill, it is fairly expensive. You can find other competitors treadmills with similar, if not better, specifications for a cheaper price.

Best Place To Buy The Matrix TF50 Treadmill

It is tricky to make sure you receive the correct console for your TF50, you will want to purchase directly from the Johnson Fitness website.  

If Still Looking For A Treadmill, Check Out Our Favorite Treadmills:

NordicTrack Commercial 1750
ProForm Pro 2000
NordicTrack Commercial 2450
Sole F80
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