The Peloton Tread+ Review
Peloton’s debut treadmill, the Peloton Tread+, boasts a unique design similar to the Woodway treadmill. The reinforced platform features rubber slats that run horizontally, providing shock absorption while in use. Unlike other treadmills, it does not have cushioning and cannot be folded. Instead, it flaunts a massive 32” touchscreen that showcases Peloton’s extensive collection of classes and trainers.
Although the Tread+ is innovative and impressive, it comes with a hefty price tag of $4295. It may not be affordable compared to other high-quality treadmills and home fitness equipment. Still, there are a lot of benefits that come with using this treadmill. And, we’ve scrutinized both the hardware and software of the Tread+ to determine if it justifies its expensive cost. Here, we’ll highlight its features, specifications, pros, cons, and a final verdict for those who are considering buying this treadmill.
Slat Best – 67” L x20” W
The tread deck of Peloton Tread+ consists of horizontal rubber slats that move along with the belt. These slats offer a stable footing and smooth toe-off. It’s important to note that the deck doesn’t have any cushioning besides the rubber slats.
Motor – 2 HP AC
The Peloton Tread+ features a 2 HP AC motor. It’s slightly less powerful than comparable models that use DC systems commonly found in most treadmills. However, the AC motor ensures smooth and prompt adjustment of speed and incline, making it powerful and efficient.
HD Touchscreen – 32” 1080p HD Touchscreen
While the Peloton Tread+ touchscreen is certainly impressive, it’s not without its flaws. Users have reported some wobbling and rocking of the screen, especially when running at high speeds. This is likely because the screen is not embedded in a console, but rather hovers above the Tread+. However, this doesn’t detract from the vibrant display, which makes it easy to navigate the collection of classes and content. Overall, the touchscreen is a standout feature of the Tread+, even with its minor issues.
Incline and Speed knobs with Jump Buttons
The handlebars of the Peloton Tread+ have a speed knob on the right and an incline knob on the left. These knobs are conveniently located and have a comfortable grip. To increase the speed, spin the knob forward and to decrease, pull it back. The jump button in the center of each knob will take you up to the next even number. However, this method is less precise compared to preset buttons, which can make finding the right level a bit difficult. Unfortunately, there’s no quick Jump button to decrease speed or incline. Plus, the program also lacks automation, so you need to manually adjust all settings.
The Peloton Tread+ allows for seamless syncing with Bluetooth headphones. This enables users to listen to their favorite tunes or follow the instructor’s cues without any distractions.
0-12.5mph Speed and 0-15% Incline Level
The available speed range is quite satisfactory and is capable of providing ample velocity for the majority of runners. The incline feature of the Tread+ provides a solid and stable experience. Together with the motor, they allow the deck to move up and down seamlessly. It’s worth noting, however, that the lack of decline functionality is a downside.
The control bar of the Tread+ features a free mode button, allowing you to disengage the belt from the motor. This gives you the option to manually push the belt using your feet. This exercise can be quite challenging and can quickly elevate your heart rate. Additionally, it engages your upper body strength, providing an excellent full-body workout experience.
The Tread+ lacks pre-installed content and is optimized for use with the Peloton app. If you do not intend to subscribe to Peloton, this may not be the ideal equipment for you. There are more affordable and superior alternatives available if you are not a Peloton enthusiast.
- Footprint: 72.5” L x 36.5” W x 72” H
- Step-up height: 11.5”
- Slat Belt: 67” L x 20” W
- Tread+: 430 lb
- Motor: 2 HP AC
- Total Weight: 455 lb
- Screen: 25 lb
- Slat-belt: 59 aluminum slats with rubber over-mold, on ball bearing rail system
- Carbon steel and cast aluminum with soft-touch coating handrail
- Power Requirements: 120V, 60Hz, 15A dedicated circuit (U.S. only) (avoid GFCI outlets)
- 32” 1080p HD touchscreen
- Speed and Incline knobs with jump buttons
- One-touch wake/stop/sleep button
- Front-facing Volume up/down buttons
- 20 W soundbar with 70Hz to 20KHz frequency response
- One-touch Free Mode button
- 3.5 mm jack for wired headphones
- 2 water bottle holders
- USB charging for wireless headphones
- 5-megapixel front-facing camera
- Bluetooth audio-ready for external devices
- 0-15% Incline
- 0-12.5mph Speed
- Free Mode
- Requires Peloton subscription ($39/month)
- Screen Adjustment: 0-30 degrees vertical tilt
- Frame: Five Years
- Touchscreen: 12 Months
- Labor: 12 Months
- Tread+ Components: 12 Months
The Tread+ is a sturdy and versatile machine. It has speed and incline options, a minimalistic console with Bluetooth connectivity for headphones, and a deck for running. Peloton’s engaging content keeps users motivated, and the large touchscreen makes them feel like they’re part of the class. The metrics are extensive and precise. It provides a full readout of the average pace, wattage, total kilojoules, and distance. It also has additional metrics available on the home screen after the workout. Closed captioning is available in certain classes as well.
The cost of Peloton’s monthly subscription plan has increased to $44 per month in the United States and Canada. The increase is effective this June 1, 2023. The Tread+ is priced at $4295, and there is an additional $40/month subscription fee required to use the device. The Tread+ lacks a console with buttons, instead using knobs to control speed and incline. There is a jump button to increase metrics by one level. However, there is no down jump button to quickly decrease speed or incline. The slat belts are made of rubber and the deck has no cushioning. And, there is no decline option and the Tread+ is very heavy, weighing a total of 455 lbs.
The Peloton Tread+ boasts a rugged and sporty frame, complete with a striking 32” touchscreen and sleek design. As a status symbol, Peloton positions itself not only as a fitness company but as a luxury brand. While the impressive subscription content and slat belt design are appealing, the Tread+ falls short in several areas. The clunky control knobs lack automation; so, there is no fan or decline option, and the limited warranty doesn’t justify the steep price tag. Before committing to a Peloton Tread+, we recommend exploring comparable models and conducting thorough research.