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Matrix T70 Review

Quick Summary

The luxurious T70 leads the new home treadmill series from Matrix Fitness.

This high-end model features a club-quality motor and maintenance-free track, and it’s topped with a choice of three attractive consoles.

A 60″ x 22″ training area makes it one of the roomiest treadmills on the market.

Sale prices start at $3,599 including a seven-year parts warranty.

Below is our complete T70 treadmill review.

Specifications

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Model Matrix T70
Rating

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93.1%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$2,599
Best Price

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$3,599
Speed

Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

0.5 - 12.5 mph
Incline

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

0 - 15%
Motor

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

3.0 CHP
Deck

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

22" x 60"
Belt

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

2-ply, 2.2mm
Folding?

Some treadmills are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Programs

Treadmill Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

5-11
Max. Weight

Treadmill Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

400 lbs
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Contact Grips
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this treadmill will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

79.1" x 36" x 60.2"
Display

Treadmill Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

XR, XER or XIR
Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

Some treadmills include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame: Lifetime
Motor: Lifetime
Cushioning: Lifetime
Parts: 7 Years
Labor: 2 Years

Rating: 93.1%

Our Rating

Rating: 93.1/100. The Matrix T70 is a top-of-the-line home treadmill that combines commercial strength with luxury. It’s powered by a commercial motor, and like health club treadmills this model has a maintenance-free track. Three impressive consoles are designed for the T70 too. The most advanced console has a 10” touch screen, 11 classic workouts, three Virtual Active video workouts, an app for high intensity interval training, a web browser, speakers and much more. All Matrix home treadmill consoles have wireless heart rate receivers, the ViaFit app for mobile fitness tracking, and compatibility with Passport Media Players for scenic treadmill training.

Performance specs for the T70 include a 60” x 22” workout area, incline settings up to 15 percent, and a max speed of 12.5 mph. The commercial motor is under warranty for life, as are the deck and frame. Long warranties on parts and electronics help make the T70 a worry-free buy.

Here are pros and cons to consider.

Pros:

  • Commercial Motor
  • Maintenance-Free Tread Belt
  • Seven-Year Parts Warranty
  • Power Incline (Maximum 15 Percent)
  • High Speed
  • Extra-Wide Track
  • Preset Workouts
  • Optional Integrated Virtual Active Video
  • Optional Speakers
  • Optional Apps & Web Browser
  • Wireless Heart Rate Monitoring
  • Wireless Data Tracking
  • Passport Ready
  • Reading Rack
  • High Capacity (400 pounds)

Cons:

  • Extra Cost for Passport Media Player (Sends Video to TV)
  • Machine Weight (Difficult to Move)

Introduction

The T70 leads a new series of high-end home treadmills from Matrix Fitness, a brand that first specialized in treadmills for health clubs. Highlights include a spacious running area, a maintenance-free track, a commercial motor and a choice of three appealing consoles.

Workout Programs

Matrix Fitness consoles for home cardio trainers are named XR, XER and XIR. The XR console, which is the simplest, has five standard workout programs that control the T70’s speed and incline. The XER has ten such programs and the XIR has 11. On the XR these programs are shown on a monochromatic LED. The XER has a full-color 6” touch screen and the XIR has a 10” touch screen.

Also on the XER and XIR consoles is the Sprint8 app for high intensity interval training. This science-based workout app has been proven to cut body fat, promote lean muscle mass and improve cholesterol in just eight weeks. These benefits can be achieved with just 20-minute treadmill workouts every other day.

All three consoles can work with Virtual Active videos. These unique videos simulate outdoor training by adjusting to the viewer’s pace. The Matrix XER and XIR consoles are Virtual Active integrated; three scenic video tours are built-in and viewable on the treadmill touch screen. With all three consoles, Virtual Active videos can be used with a Passport Media Player. A Passport Player sends Virtual Active to a home TV for immersive workouts with a big screen.

Matrix T70 Features

The T70 is the only Matrix home treadmill with a maintenance-free track. Other treadmill tracks need to be waxed every so often, but the T70’s belt can serve for thousands of miles without needing any maintenance besides dusting.

For comfort the Matrix T70 has an extra-wide track; the track is 22 inches wide rather than the standard 20.

The track’s power incline has settings from zero to 15 percent. These can be controlled with buttons on the machine frame and console, as well as by training programs.

This unit supports heart rate monitoring with touch sensors and wireless telemetry. A chest strap is included with each XER and XIR console and is sold separately from the XR.

Each T70 treadmill console can work with ViaFit, a mobile app for fitness management. ViaFit can automatically log treadmill workout stats such as pulse, calories burned and distance traveled. It can connect with cardio trainers, health devices such as FitBit, and other mobile apps.

More than a dozen mobile apps are built into the XER and XIR consoles. Examples are Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, YouTube and MyFitnessPal.

Additionally the XIR console has a web browser.

High quality speakers and iPod/iPhone-compatible ports are built into the XER and XIR consoles.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Matrix T70 treadmill home warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Motor: Lifetime
– Deck: Lifetime
– Parts: 7 Years
– Console: 5 Years
– Labor: 2 Years

Matrix Fitness provides a 30 day trial on its treadmills.

Conclusion

The Matrix T70 is built for shoppers willing to pay for the convenience of maintenance-free machinery. With its wax-free belt and commercial motor, this treadmill can handle the toughest workouts. For many shoppers looking to spend less however, the T50 is a close-enough second.  

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