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Xterra TRX2500 Review

Quick Summary

The new XTERRA TRX2500 is an economy-priced treadmill for home use. Designed especially for strolling and power walking, it has a 55” track and provides electronic incline (maximum 10 percent) to enhance your results.

Other specifications include a durable two-layer tread belt, 24 preset training programs, and a sound system for your exercise music.

This durable discount model is sold with a money-back guarantee. Learn more from our full XTERRA TRX2500 treadmill review below.

Specifications

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Model XTERRA
Rating

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86.6%
List Price

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

$1,299
Best Price

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$799
Speed

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

0.5-10 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.

2.75 HP
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.

XTRA Soft cushioned shock
absorption deck
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.

24
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 Sensors and Wireless Chest Strap Compatible
Dimensions

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

72.23" x 35.5" x 56.1”
Display

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

5.5” Backlit Blue LCD
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
Deck: 1 year
Electronics/Parts: 1 year
Labor: 1 year (In-home)

Rating: 86.6%

Our Rating

Rating: 86.6/100. The new XTERRA TRX2500 ($799 on sale) is a space-conscious treadmill that’s meant for exercise at lower intensities. It provides enough room for comfortable walking, and it supports incline training for quick results. This low budget model also boasts a few features that we wouldn’t take for granted at the price, including a relatively thick workout belt (good for quiet operation) and the option to wirelessly measure your heart rate.

Main specifications include: a folding frame; a two-ply 55” x 20” workout surface; a 2.25 HP drive with lifetime warranty; power incline to 10 percent; and a 24-item workout program menu. The preset programs include a customizable routine that’s controlled by heart rate feedback.

In our review the $799 discount price is a good deal, though other new XTERRA treadmills are better values for long-term use. For this entry-level model the engineers have trimmed costs while leaving the machine reasonably durable for the typical home.

Pros:

  • Straightforward assembly instructions
  • Foldable frame
  • 20” x 55” belt surface for comfortable walking
  • Power incline up to 10 percent
  • Power and speed buttons on handlebars
  • Thick tread belt helps minimize noise
  • Drive is quiet and under lifetime guarantee
  • Compatible with a wireless heart rate monitor (sold separately)
  • 24 workout programs, including one with heart rate control, plus manual mode
  • MP3 player port and speakers
  • On/off deck cushioning
  • Safety tether (automatic stop)
  • 300-pound capacity
  • In-home labor warranty included with sale price

Cons:

  • Not robust enough for everyday jogging/running
  • Lacks data export, unlike other new XTERRA treadmills for 2018
  • Light maintenance required, such as lubricating the belt every 180 miles and using an Allen wrench to tighten the track
  • Free parts/labor warranty is only valid for one year

Introduction

For an $800 treadmill budget the XTERRA TRX2500 is among your better buys in 2018. This new model has an especially good quality workout belt for its price, plus it has other perks normally reserved for treadmills $1,000 and up. Below are details about the workout programs, features, warranty and guarantee.

Workout Programs

The XTERRA TRX2500 Treadmill arrives with 22 preset programs that control the speed and incline. The default workout program length is 30 minutes. You can customize program length to have workouts from five minutes to 99 minutes long.

One preset program uses heart rate control. It has a default of helping you train at 116 bpm. You can adjust the heart rate control setting to meet personalized recommendations from your physician or professional fitness trainer.

Additionally you can create and save two new treadmill workout routines.

XTERRA TRX2500 Features

The XTERRA TRX2500 console has a 5.5” data window. The window has blue backlighting for easy reading in any light. It shows multiple data fields at once. Alongside the window are quick controls for speed and incline.

To give you extra challenge the track can incline by up to 10 percent with power control.

A 2.25 HP drive powers the exercise belt. It is light duty for a treadmill but has a lifetime warranty for home use. The norm on all-purpose home treadmills (those meant for running as well as walking) is 3.0 continuous horsepower. Top speed for this machine’s workout belt is 10 mph.

The TRX2500 has a 20″ wide x 55″ long tread track, which gives the typical adult enough area to walk with a bit of extra room. For comparison the TRX3500 and TRX4500 have 20” x 60” tracks sized for longer strides.

The workout belt material is two-ply, which helps the machine operate quietly. Keeping the belt in good condition requires an application of lubricant every 180 miles.

Suspension for the deck has two settings. You can adjust the firmness with a slider. However, cushioning on low-end treadmills is rather light.

Stainless steel pulse sensors are built into the treadmill’s crossbar. The machine is also compatible with a chest strap (not included) for wireless heart rate monitoring and wireless heart rate control.

A safety tether can automatically stop the tread belt if you slip. The belt will stop within one or two steps’ worth of movement.

XTERRA home treadmills have easy-to-fold frames. LiftAssist, a hydraulic feature, automates the folding.

Warranty & Guarantee

The XTERRA TRX2500 Treadmill warranty package includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Motor: Lifetime

– Deck: 1 year

– Parts & Electronics: 1 year

– Labor: 1 year (In-home)

A 60-day money-back guarantee also applies to all new XTERRA treadmills.

Conclusion

The XTERRA TRX2500 Treadmill provides an affordable way to get aerobic exercise at home. It isn’t this brand’s best value, but it’s among your better options for the price.

Unlike most treadmills under $800, the TRX2500 lets you get especially advanced cardio training by using a wireless chest strap (sold separately) and pulse-controlled workout program. Other appealing features include power incline and a varied program of preset exercise routines.

A main drawback is the lighter duty set of components. The short track and 2.25 HP motor, for example, make this a treadmill more for walkers, not runners… but a 55” track is the norm for treadmills under $800, and you might not need much drive power. The short warranty on machine parts is also a potential disadvantage, although just one year of free parts replacement is typical for the price class.

XTERRA’s advanced treadmills offer much better value in the long run. For comparison see the top-of-the-line TRX4500 for 2018. It has a five-year parts warranty and sometimes sells for just $999.

Other XTERRA Treadmills