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AFG Sport 5.5AT Treadmill Review

Quick Summary

The AFG Sport 5.5AT treadmill is one of the company’s lowest priced entry-level machines, designed specifically for at-home use. Priced just under $1,000, the AFG Sport 5.5 AT competes well with the cheapest treadmills in our fitness reviews. AFG is known for its quality construction, and this treadmill is no exception – in fact, it’s backed by a lifetime warranty. Perks, such as power incline and a shock absorbing deck, make this treadmill a great bang for your buck. Still, this is an entry-level treadmill in many ways, and it’s best suited for beginner to intermediate users.

Specifications

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Model AFG Sport 5.5 AT
Rating

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89.5%
List Price

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

$999.99
Best Price

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$999.99
Speed

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

0 - 10 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 - 10%
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.

2.5 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).

20" x 55"
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.

Standard Elastomers
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.

9
Max. Weight

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

300 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 grip
Dimensions

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

71” x 34” x 57”
Display

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

LCD screen
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 and motor: Lifetime
Parts: 1 year
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 89.5%

Our Rating

Rating: 89.5/100. The AFG Sport 5.5 AT treadmill (priced just under $1,000) is an entry-level treadmill with a 2.5 CHP motor that offers just enough of a challenge for walkers or joggers who want a quality treadmill with a budget-friendly price tag. Made by a well-known company, this treadmill features heavy-duty construction and an excellent lifetime warranty for added peace of mind.

How intensely can you train with this treadmill? This AFG Sport treadmill lets you crank up your speeds to 10 mph, but its relatively short track length makes it better for walkers or joggers rather than serious runners. Plus, beginners and intermediate users can torch more calories and tone their lower bodies by using the power incline. The AFG Sport 5.5 AT offers the perfect amount of performance for an entry-level treadmill.

Next are lists of pros and cons about this treadmill.

Pros:

  • Budget-friendly
  • Easy to assemble
  • Nine pre-programmed workouts and multiple user profiles
  • Power incline to a maximum of 10 percent
  • Cushioned running deck for shock absorption
  • Has contact heart rate sensors
  • Accessory and tablet trays
  • Two built-in speakers with headphone plug-in
  • Excellent warranty
  • Heavy-duty frame accommodates users up to 300 pounds

Cons:

  • Basic console with no online connectivity
  • Short deck length (55”) may be restrictive for tall trainees or serious runners
  • No USB port to charge your devices

Introduction

The AFG Sport 5.5AT is an attractive treadmill for beginner to intermediate fitness enthusiasts looking for a great at-home workout. While it doesn’t offer all the bells and whistles, it does include some awesome features for a budget-friendly treadmill, including power incline, a comfy running surface, and a lifetime warranty. Add in its smooth, quiet operation, and the AFT Sport 5.5 AT is a great value treadmill for use in your home.

Workout Programs

The AFG Sport 5.5AT includes four basic pre-programmed workouts: Manual, Intervals, Weight Loss, and Target Profiles. However, each program offers multiple levels – such as different intensities and goals depending on your focus. For example, the Target Profiles program includes two different programs: Distance Target and Calories Target. With this added customization, you actually get nine different ways to spice up your workouts and keep things interesting.

You can also adjust this treadmill’s performance settings manually. With maximum speeds of up to 10 mph and incline settings ranging up to 10 degrees, you can target your lower body in an infinite variety of ways. Whether you’re focusing on cardio endurance or calorie burn, this treadmill can help you reach your goals.

AFG Sport 5.5 AT Features

The AFG Sport 5.5AT has a 2.5 CHP belt motor. It supports belt speeds up to 10 mph.

Power incline settings range from zero to 10 percent slope. Programs can automate the speed and incline, or you can opt for manual control.

An LCD display tracks your workout statistics. You can use this to rotate the following readouts: distance, time, calories, heart rate, speed, and incline.

Heart rate can be read with grip sensors. The grip method involves touching sensors on a handlebar; a reading shows after about 15 seconds of constant contact.

With three total trays, you can keep your accessories and smartphone or tablet all within easy reach. There’s an accessory tray on each side of the console and a tablet tray right in the middle, above the display.

The integrated sound system on the AFG Sport 5.5 AT features two speakers that offer a better sound than your smartphone or tablet. Rock out loud or use the headphone plug-ins if your neighbors or family don’t appreciate your great taste in music.

The exercise surface measures 20” wide and 55” long. If you’re an advanced runner or a tall user with long strides, this could be an issue.

On the other hand, this AFG treadmill’s deck surface is super comfortable. It features variable response cushioning for a more natural feel and excellent shock absorption, making it easier on your body and joints.

The AFT Sport 5.5 AT also has a foldable, space saving design that frees up floor space after workouts. With its EZ fold assist hydraulic lift system, this treadmill is easy to fold and store away, making it ideal for use anywhere in your home.

Warranty & Guarantee

The AFG Sport 5.5 AT treadmill warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Motor: Lifetime

– Parts: 1 year

– Labor: 1 year

Conclusion

The AFG Sport 5.5 AT is an impressive for a treadmill under $1,000, making it one of AFG’s most budget-friendly treadmill models. While it doesn’t offer the wide range of features that some other models offer (such as the AFG SPORT 5.9 AT), it does boast heavy-duty construction and enough performance for most daily cardio routines. And with a lifetime warranty, we expect this machine to serve any beginner to intermediate fitness fanatic for many years, even with everyday use.

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