Audit of www.TreadmillReview.net

Website: http://www.treadmillreview.net
Rating: C
Brands Reviewed: Bladez, Best, Bowflex, Compact, Endurance, Epic, Evo, Fitnex, Freemotion, Golds Gym, Healthrider, Horizon, Icon, Image, Incline, Ironman, Johnson, Keys, Landice, Lifespan, Livestrong, Merit, NordicTrack, Portable, Precor, Proform, Quantum, Reebok, Schwinn, Smooth, Sole, Spirit, SportsArt, Star Trac, Trupace, Tunturi

Audit Results

TreadmillReview.net is a difficult site to audit because while it has a lot of information and half-decent reviews, it is difficult to navigate and quite frankly, looks like garbage. If I were looking for a review of the newest treadmill on the market, I would take one look at TreadmillReview.net and quickly click the back button because it looks like it hasn’t been updated in years.

To my surprise, however, they do offer reviews of some of the newer treadmills. Looking at the site I would expect to only find treadmills that are 10+ years old but it seems someone is continuously updating this site with new reviews.

On a good note, TreadmillReview.net does a good job providing thorough reviews of both brands and their treadmills. It’s nice to see a full review of a brand as a whole so you can get the nitty gritty on things like customer service, quality, etc. When a treadmill review site only has reviews of individual treadmills, you don’t get quite as much information. You don’t get the whole picture.

As far as the individual treadmill reviews are concerned, most are heavily biased (due to the obvious affiliation with Amazon.com) but there are a few decent reviews with unbiased ratings.

They review a lot of brands which is a definite plus but the way they present those brands is a bit odd. Instead of just having a products page, you have to filter through sections that are titled like, “I want to burn calories”. This seems like a silly waste of space.

What this site needs is some good old fashioned hierarchy. You can go from the brands, to the products, to the reviews. Instead of a simple and straightforward navigation, you have a few brands on the side and then you have to click to see all the brands reviewed. While this isn’t terrible, it makes me work for the reviews. I should be seeing reviews in a few, quick, obvious, clicks.

This site would be worthy of a B+ if it were easier to understand. It has little to know styling or division of sections. Each page is just a huge block of text with links thrown in all over the place. Thank goodness the links are a different color otherwise I wouldn’t know where to find anything.
Overall: Decent site if you have the patience to figure it out.

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