Treadmill Reviews

Fuel FT94 Treadmill: A Review

The Fuel FT94 costs just $599 but packs in good features coupled with an impressive warranty. It's a good buy for those with low budgets.

This is a new entry in the market from a company that manufactures only two brands - FT94 and FT96. What separates the FT94 from competitors in the budget range is the warranty. The motor and the frame have a lifetime warranty, and wear parts and labor are covered for 1 year; far better than some of the others.

The frame is pretty solid for a budget product and the deck can hold 270 pounds of user weight. It doesn't shake but this treadmill is recommended only for walking or light jogging. Serious joggers should look for high end models.

The running zone is a long and wide 20" x 55". That should take care of tall users. The deck does a fair job of cushioning the strides.

You can have an enjoyable workout listening to music from an MP3 or iPod player through the built-in speakers. There are 5 pre-set workout programs you can follow or make your own customized programs - 2 of them.

You can get a speed of up to 10 mph and inclines up to 10%, both of which are good at this price range. The incline is powered by a separate motor. The main motor is a decent 2.25 HP Continuous Duty.

The console is basic, with a plastic cover over membrane buttons. But it's really simple to use; you can change the speed and incline with one touch of a button.

There is a heart rate monitor too. Your pulse rate is read through club style hand grip pulse monitors. All you have to do is grip the handles for a few seconds.

This is a one finger folding treadmill, so you can tuck it away and save floor space when you're not using it.

This treadmill is not very silent but that is pretty much expected of a product coming for six hundred bucks. You need to spend a few hundred more for the silent ones.

If you need a longer deck and heavier motor, look for the FT96 which comes for a couple of hundred extra.

Summary:

* Cost: $599
* Motor: 2.25 HP Continuous Duty
* Speed: up to 10 mph
* Incline: 0 - 10%
* Built-in programs: 7
* Heart rate: Yes
* Treadbelt: 20" x 55"
* User weight: 270 lb
* Folding: Yes
* iFIT compatibility: No
* Warranty: Lifetime on motor and frame, 1 year on parts and labor