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Precor TRM 243 Review

Quick Summary

The TRM 243 is the premier luxury treadmill in Precor’s Energy Series.

It’s adapted from Precor’s world famous health club treadmills and costs $2,999 on sale ($3,799 MSRP).

Like club treadmills it has a spacious maintenance-free track, a quiet yet powerful motor, and wireless heart rate monitoring.

Special features include a power incline, a tablet holder, four user profiles, 23 preset works, custom workouts and more.

Get details from our Precor TRM 243 review below.

Specifications

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Model Precor TRM 243
Rating

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91.7%
List Price

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

$3,799
Best Price

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$2,999
Speed

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

0.5 - 12 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 57"
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.

Multi-ply polyester satin weave with a PVC non-slip surface
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.

27
Max. Weight

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

n/a
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.

Pulse 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).

81" x 33" x 59"
Display

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

7-inch 16:9 color display with backlit capacitive touch buttons. Acrylic LCD faceplate.
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
Parts and Wear: 5 Years
Console: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 91.7%

Our Rating

Rating: 91.7/100. The TRM 243 is the top treadmill in Precor’s Energy Series, a collection of commercial-inspired treadmills for home use. It builds upon the series’ high quality basics with advanced electronics such as extensive workout programming and advanced smartphone integration. Key points are a thick maintenance-free tread track with strong motor, a power incline of zero to 15 percent, four user profiles, 23 preset training programs, room for 16 customized programs per user profile, and wireless heart rate monitoring. The exercise surface measures 57″ x 20″ to allow room for long strides. Extras include wireless fitness tracking with the Preva app, a SmartGrip™ holder for your tablet computer, and advanced controls for your smartphone or iPod. Read on for the benefits and a few potential drawbacks about the Precor TRM 243.

Pros:

  • 23 preset workouts
  • Four user profiles
  • 16 customized programs per user
  • Fitness tracking with Preva app
  • Wireless heart rate monitoring
  • Tablet computer holder
  • Advanced controls for mobile devices
  • Incline 0% to 15%
  • Maintenance-free track
  • Multi-ply tread track (Thick, durable and quiet)
  • 57″ x 20″ workout surface
  • Welded steel frame, powder coated
  • 3.0 CHP commercial motor
  • Top speed 12 mph
  • Long handrails

Cons:

  • High price
  • Large size (Footprint is 81″ x 33″, treadmill weighs 238 pounds)

Introduction

The Precor TRM 243 luxury treadmill is built to deliver many years of trouble-free home use. A big benefit of ownership is this treadmill’s virtually no-maintenance design; the machine doesn’t squeak, doesn’t require track lubrication, and is unlikely to require service calls. Enjoy your own personal health club! The TRM 243 can save four user profiles to provide accurate data and let you automatically track your fitness progress online. It has 23 preset workout programs and also lets each profile save 16 customized routines. Additionally the TRM 243 offers wireless and touch heart rate monitoring, compatibility with smartphones and iPods, and a SmartGrip™ tablet computer holder. The online sale price includes a five-year parts warranty, a three-year console warranty and other buyer protections.

Workout Programs

The Precor TRM 243 has 23 workout programs to help you train efficiently. Most are categorized as Be Fit, Lose Weight, Push Performance, Get Toned, or Go the Distance. One program is a fitness test and another is manual mode.

As for exercise feedback there are 27 data fields such as Calories, Calories per Minute, Target Heart Rate, Time in Heart Rate Zone, Speed, and Distance. After each workout a summary with 12 session statistics is shown. Metric and US Standard formats are available.

Four user profiles are supported. Advantages of using a profile are the ability to save 16 customized programs and getting more accurate data about calorie burn and heart rate zone.

Precor TRM 243 Features

The TRM 243 data display is a crisp 7″ 16:9 color screen. For advanced data tracking it has wifi compatibility with the Preva fitness app. Data from each session can upload to Preva automatically and you’ll have access to weekly summaries.

Heart rate monitoring is supported with touch sensors and a Polar-compatible receiver.

Speed and incline can be conveniently controlled with levers.

For extra motivation during workouts you can dock your tablet computer above the workout screen, still seeing all your exercise data. The console also has controls for your smartphone or iPod.

The TRM 243 treadmill has a high quality 57″ x 20″ track. The track is long enough for almost any runner and is multilayered to promote quiet operation and overall machine longevity.

The treadmill deck has a low step-on height (7.5″) and provides a comfortable combination of cushioning and support with Precor’s Energy Stride design.

For added calorie burn and muscle toning, Precor Energy Series treadmills have power inclines with 0% to 15% range. The incline motor on the TRM 243 has up to 700 pounds of thrust.

Long handrails are included for support.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Precor TRM 243’s competitive warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Parts & Wear Items: 5 years

– Console: 3 years

– Labor: 1 year

Conclusion

The Precor TRM 243 is a favorite in its price class. It has the same excellent basics as health club cardio trainers, plus it’s loaded with features for extra engagement and motivation. Like all Precor home treadmills, this unit is long-lasting and backed by high quality customer service. Look for an online sale price of $2,999.