By Simon Gould
The Precor TRM 425 is part of the Precision series of treadmills by Precor. It’s a commercial quality machine that’s built for the home. In this review I’ll look at the features and the drawbacks to help you decide if this treadmill is right for you. It has a 3.0 CHP motor like all the Precor treadmills and this will be enough for walkers, joggers and runners.
For those who enjoy power walking or you do sprint intervals there are full length handlebars to help you keep control and stability. The rollers which can be found at either end of the deck are steel and crowned. Metal components as opposed to plastic may be a small difference in size but make a big difference on how long the TRM 425 will last.
The console is similar to the lower model treadmill by Precor and I would have liked to have seen it upgraded. It is slightly smaller and isn’t full color. This shouldn’t detract from the important parts of the TRM 425 like the deck and belt. You still have plenty of workout programs to help you achieve your fitness goals. A large and sturdy treadmill will help you do that.
The frame is fully welded to help it maintain it’s strength and has a lifetime warranty for the frame and weldments. The labor has 1 year warranty and for the price I would have preferred 2. This is a small drawback because these treadmills should last far exceeding the 1 year warranty of labor. A good treadmill can last up to 12 years and a Precor one especially.
Features of the Precor TRM 425 Treadmill
+ -2% decline – You always see an incline on high end treadmills but you rarely see decline. Well you have it here on the TRM 425 but it only goes to 2%. This is not such a bad thing as you shouldn’t run on decline for too long as it’s stressful on the joints. It’s great to give you variety for your running routines and train for races.
+ 22″ Wide Running Surface – Like the decline you don’t often see a deck wider than 20″ like this one is. The bigger the running surface the more it allows you to exercise confidently knowing you won’t fall off. You can keep your eyes on the horizon in front of you instead of being concerned that you’re still on the deck.
+ Reversible Deck – What better way to make a treadmill last longer than by having a reversible deck. You instantly double the life of the part of the treadmill you use the most. Reversing the deck isn’t difficult and I’m sure Precor can guide you through it should you need any help. It’s yet another reason why the TRM 425 will last.
+ 10 Year Parts & Wear Warranty – I think this part of the warranty is a bit special. That is very long and it includes wear. You usually only see 5 years even on high end treadmills, I’ve never seen 10 before. It shows the confidence Precor have in the TRM 425 and reviews across the web show that these treadmill can stand the test of time.
+ Included Heart Rate Chest Strap – When you pay a lot of money for a treadmill I think this is something that should always be included. The treadmill can read the chest strap and will show your heart rate on the console. Running at a percentage of your maximum heart rate is a very effective way of improving your cardiovascular fitness.
Drawbacks of the Precor TRM 425 Treadmill
– Heavy Treadmill – The unit weighs a massive 358 lbs. I always recommend you pay for assembly and this weight is one of the reasons why. You don’t want to have to move it at all during it’s life. You would need 2 to 3 people to help otherwise. So get it taken to the right room and assembled by a professional while you sit back and wait.
– 9 Workout Programs – This I think is a drawback for beginners. I would like to have seen more programs as they really help introduce you to what the TRM 425 can do. The manual program is included in the 9 and you don’t get any custom programs. It’s the console really as it’s not as good as the one on some other Precor treadmills.
Precor TRM 425 Treadmill Specifications
|Model||Precor TRM 425|
|Running Surface||22″ x 56″|
|Display||High Contrast Blue & White LCD|
|Dimensions||L 79″ x W 34″ x H 59″|
|Max User Weight||350 lbs|
|Speed||0.5 to 12 mph|
|Incline||-2% to 15%|
|Warranty||Lifetime: Frame & Weldments|
10 Years: Parts & Wear
3 Years: Console
1 Year: Labor
Precor TRM 425 Treadmill Review Summary
On the contrary to the drawbacks in this review I do like this treadmill. If I had the choice of a Precor treadmill I would choose this one or the TRM 445. I always say buy the best machine you can afford and these 2 are the best of the Precor line up. This one is a real mix between the home and commercial treadmill features and that’s a good thing.
I think the warranty is what does it for me. To have 10 years on parts and wear is something no other treadmill has. The cost is quite high for the home but then it’s made to last. You’re making an investment in your health and well being and you want a treadmill that can back that up. If you go for the TRM 425, choose the no hassle assembly option and you won’t regret it.
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