Audit of www.TreadmillReviews.com

Website: http://www.treadmillreviews.com
Rating: A-
Brands Reviewed: AFG, BH, Bodycraft, Bodyguard, Bowflex, Bremshey, CardioZone, Cateye, Cybex, Endurance, Epic, Esprit, EVO, Fitness Gear, Fitnex, FreeMotion, Fuel, Gold’s Gym, HealthRider, Horizon, Image, Ironman, Keys, Landice, Lifecore, Lifefitness, Lifespan, Livestrong, Nautilus, New Balance, NordicTrack, Pacemaster, Precor, ProForm, Reebok, Schwinn, Smooth, Sole, Spirit, Sportcraft, St Fitness, Star Trac, Steelflex, True, Tunturi, Vision, Weslo, Woodway, Yowza

Audit Results

TreadmillReviews.com is an affiliate site but not in the classic sense. They review roughly 45 brands of treadmills which is way more than just about everyone else except Treadmill Doctor I would say. The truth is, only about 15 treadmill brands actually use affiliate marketing, so they aren’t your traditional affiliate site because well over half the brands they review contain no affiliate links.

Of course, the brands that do have affiliate links tend to have a lot more of their machines reviewed. And if they are reviewing a treadmill that does have an affiliate link, there is an affiliate link included every time. This becomes painfully obvious when you look at bad machines like Gold’s Gym for example. Their ratings even reflect how bad certain machines are, but the review extols its every virtue and tells why it is a great deal.

I’m sorry, but not every treadmill is a great deal. If you are looking in the $600 range you are crazy to consider Gold’s Gym, not when there are great alternatives from NordicTrack, Horizon, ProForm and others. So reading the reviews here can get to be a little much.

The good news is that at least the ratings tend to be pretty accurate. Even though the review of a bad machine might say it is great, it still got terrible ratings. It’s almost like one person wrote the reviews and another gave the ratings or something.

And here’s something you won’t see every day. On their reviews of machines with no affiliate links, they still give high ratings and praise! This is very rare, as most review sites will tell you to stay away from the machines that they don’t have affiliate links for. Granted, all of their “Best Buy” picks have affiliate links, but that is to be expected.

By and large this site is good for the average person because of the variety of reviews you can find. I would pay more attention to the ratings given than the reviews though. One thing to keep in mind as you browse these reviews. On their about page, they don’t say who they are. This is usually a bad sign. Many top reviewers out there will tell you exactly who they are so you know their qualifications. Not at TreadmillReviews.com. That calls some credibility questions into play.

One more thing to keep in mind. Lots of reviews of the higher end treadmills that cost a lot suggest you don’t buy them. I understand perfectly why a treadmill review website would say don’t buy a $4,000 treadmill. That’s pretty darn expensive. But you have to understand something about all of that.

Nine out of ten people will barely use the treadmill they buy. At the max they might run on it a couple of times per week. They typically don’t use the preset programs and just set a speed and incline and go. Only one in ten might be a serious runner who uses their machine every day and runs on it a lot. For the serious runners, you probably don’t want to pay much attention to any treadmill under $2,000. None of them will stand up to the abuse you will dish out.

But for the vast majority of people who are not serious runners, don’t pay attention to any machine over $2,000. There’s really no point. The types of treadmills recommended by this site are decent machines in a decent price range. They will stand up to the kind of wear you will put on them. They will do just fine with the occasional use. So when they say don’t buy such an expensive treadmill, they are talking to the 90% of people who don’t need it. That’s not to say those treadmills are bad; they just aren’t recommended for the average person.

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