Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill Review

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The Weslo Cadence R 5.2 treadmill is similar to most of the treadmill offerings from Weslo that we have reviewed here at Treadmill Reviews. It has a 2.5 CHP motor, 6 exercise programs, and a treadmill belt which measures 16” wide and 50” long. The R 5.2 is also lightweight with a limited and short warranty.

Overall, unless you just want a walking treadmill which may not last beyond a year or two, you probably should not buy the R 5.2.   


The Weslo Cadence R 5.2 costs $399.

The Cadence R 5.2 Is Built For Users who:

  • Need only a few programs - There are only 6 workout programs on the R 5.2, plus the manual feature. Users who don’t care about workout programs will be fine with the minimal number available on the R 5.2 treadmill.
  • Want a quiet treadmill - The small, 2.5 CHP motor in the R 5.2 runs quietly as you use it, which is useful to those who don’t want to disturb others with their treadmill workouts.
  • Weigh less than 250 lbs - The max user capacity on the R 5.2 is 250 lbs, so users are recommended not to weigh over that amount.

Why The Cadence R 5.2 earned 2 out of 5 stars

The R 5.2 treadmill has some merits but overall, it isn’t a treadmill we would recommend to most potential treadmill owners.

  • Very limited warranty period - The warranty period only covers 90 days post-purchase, and only applies to parts and labor. There is no warranty coverage for the motor, electronics or the frame.  
  • Can be helpful for fixed incomes - For those who rely on a fixed income stream but still want a treadmill to walk on, then the R 5.2 can be a decent treadmill choice.
  • Not substantially built - From the short, spring-loaded pin that secures the treadmill deck to the narrow treadmill belt, the R 5.2 is built on cramped proportions. Also, molded plastic makes up much of the construction of the R 5.2, which may be more vulnerable to cracking.

Depending on your circumstances, these reasons may be less of an issue for you. If you do fall into the target audience, then the R 5.2 may be the right treadmill for you.

Main Specs - 4/10

Specs “Quick Review”:
  • Motor Size: 2.5 CHP
  • Walking Area: 16-inch x 50-inch
  • Weight Capacity: 250 lbs
  • Folding: Yes
  • Footprint In Use (W, L, H): 28.25-inch x 54.5-inch x 64.75-inch
  • Incline Range: 2 adjustable positions
  • Max Speed: 10 MPH
  • Treadmill Best For: Walkers
  • Electrical Requirements: 120 volts

Motor Size - A decent sized, 2.5 CHP motor power the R 5.2 which runs easily and quietly. Even at the higher speeds, the motor is fairly quiet.

Walking Area - The walking area of the R 5.2 is narrow, measuring 16-inch wide by 50-inch in length. You will need to pay attention to your footing if you use the R 5.2

Weight Capacity - Unlike most other Weslo treadmills, the R 5.2 cannot hold a user who weighs up to 275 lbs. Instead, this treadmill can only hold a user who weighs up to 250 lbs or less.

Folding  - Like many older style treadmills, the R 5.2 uses a metal pin attached to one of the treadmill’s uprights to lock the deck into place when this treadmill is folded.  

Space / Footprint - Slim even compared to other compact budget treadmills, the R 5.2 measures 28.25 inches wide, 54.5 inches long, and 64.75 inches high. It can fit into tight living circumstances and can be moved by a single person, as it weighs under 120 lbs.

Max Speed - You can reach a top speed of 10 MPH when using the R 5.2 treadmill.

Incline - There is really only one incline position on the R 5.2. The neutral position is the default position on this treadmill and you can fold in the back feet of the treadmill to adjust to the incline position.  

Features - 4/10

Features “Quick Review”
  • Display: LCD window
  • PreInstalled Workout Apps: 6
  • Speakers: No
  • Fans: No
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: Thumb pulse sensor
  • USB port: No
  • Audio Jack: No
  • Water bottle cubbies: Yes
  • Device holder: Yes

Workout Apps - The 6 workout apps on the R 5.2 focus on improving your distance, speed, and time results while working out.

Display - You can see the immediate results of your workout and track you continued exertion on the LCD window on the R 5.2 console. It displays distance, time, speed, and calories burned.

Speakers - No speakers are on the R 5.2 treadmill.

Fans - Bring your own fan when using the R 5.2 because it has no built-in fans.

Heart Rate Monitoring - A tiny heart-shaped heart rate monitor can take your pulse by placing your thumb over the heart.

Other Tech Features
  • Tablet shelf

Build Quality - 4/10

R 5.2 Review: Build Quality

  • Warranties - 90-day labor & parts
  • Belt - pre-lubricated
  • Roller Size - 1.5”
  • Cushioning - Comfort Cell™ Cushioning
  • Customer Support - Email, chat, phone
  • Return Policy - 30-day return

You can return your R 5.2 treadmill for a full refund during the trial 30-day period. If there is something wrong with it, whether defective or damaged, you will not have to pay a restocking fee. If you just want to return it, you will be required to pay a 10% restocking fee.

Unlike other Weslo treadmills, there is no warranty even on the treadmill motor. Instead, the R 5.2 only has a 90-day labor & parts warranty.

Bottom Line Review Of The Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill

The majority of the Weslo Cadence line are incredibly similar with only a few variations to mark a difference between them. It does make our bottom line on most of the Weslo treadmill line very similar — the R 5.2 like other Weslo treadmills, is only worthwhile if you want a walking treadmill and are on a fixed budget.  

Best Place To Buy The Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill

Buying directly from the online Weslo store is the best route to ensure you receive your R 5.2 in a timely manner. There is also the added bonus of an easier customer service process if you run into trouble and the guarantee that your R 5.2 treadmill will not be a refurbished model, which is a risk you run when buying the treadmill elsewhere online.

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