Our Rating: 4.5/5
In terms of price and specifications, the TR3000i falls right in the middle of LifeSpan’s lineup. While the motor on this model is .25 HP more than that of the three treadmills that come before it, this treadmill is still ideal for walkers and joggers.
In this review, we’ll breakdown everything we know about this particular model and also highlight some other contenders in its category.
The TR3000i Folding Treadmill is the first treadmill in LifeSpan’s lineup to have increased motor power. While the LifeSpan TR12000i, TR2000e and TR2000i all hold the same 2.5 HP continuous duty HP motor, the TR3000i steps it up with .25 more horsepower. Offering a more powerful 2.75 continuous duty HP motor makes this model an excellent match for those interested in picking up their pace, albeit not to a full run.
A great feature of LifeSpan’s home treadmills is their continuous duty motor, which is the highest quality motor you can get within a home treadmill. Most importantly, continuous duty motors are low-vibrational, resulting in a consistent user experience. Adding to this, the motor is steadied by the precisely built all steel frame, causing the TR3000i to be optimally quiet.
In addition to using dependable continuous duty motors, LifeSpan also creates treadmills conducive to a home environment where your loved ones live. With user safety as a priority, the LifeSpan TR3000i Folding Treadmill includes non-slip plastic side rails, meaning you have a safe place to stand while stopping or starting your exercise. Non-slip side rails are of extra benefit for those interested in interval training. Furthering the precautions on safety are the certifications LifeSpan has received on their TR3000i Folding Treadmill, as it’s ETL/ETLc, CE and FCC certified.
Body protection is also at the forefront of LifeSpan’s mind, resulting in 8 independent compression shocks being built into the deck suspension in order to safeguard your joints from strain. Crafted specifically for those looking for additional motor power, yet can’t accommodate the space sucking burden of a clunky treadmill, the TR3000i Folding Treadmill has a small footprint due to its minimal design. A reduction in average console height makes this treadmill ideal for smaller home gyms, or for those specifically interested in the ability of watching their own television without console obstruction.
The compact footprint of the TR3000i Folding Treadmill is not only due to its smaller size, but also due to the supreme space-saving ability of having an EZ Folding System, which cuts the 1” phenolic deck’s overall length from 71” L to 42” L when stored upright.
Despite being compact, this model has a 20” x 56” running surface built with a trusty 2-ply belt. Furthermore, when it comes to well-built treadmills, a larger roller size is something to look for. That being said, the 2” rear and 2.5” front rollers this model is equipped with are an asset to both the longevity of the treadmill belt and motor.
The TR3000i Folding Treadmill is all about getting you going without much preparation. The technology equipped with this treadmill, just like its build, has been crafted in an intuitive and minimalistic way.
Easy to navigate, the 7” full-color touchscreen is both vibrantly appealing and user-friendly. The touchscreen allows you three different dashboard views to choose from; whether it be track view, gauge view, or graph view, having different display types is a rare offering to find on a treadmill.
Affirming the simplification of user experience are the 5 Quickset Speed and 5 Quickset Incline buttons, which provide easy access to quickly alter your workout while in motion, without skipping a beat. Having both touchscreen technology and physical buttons for operation is another way the TR3000i Folding Treadmill’s lets you choose what you prefer.
Kick that pedometer to the curb as the Intelli-Step technology is a built-in pedometer that will track all your steps without you having to wear a clunky device. Continuing tracking accuracy are the Contact Heart Rate Sensors, which administer accurate monitoring of where your heart rate and percentage max heart rate is at as you pump up the pace.
Adding to this, LifeSpan has equipped this model with their Intelli-Guard. This protective feature works on safety’s behalf to prevent injury by automatically pausing the treadmill belt for 20-seconds once you step off of it.
As for entertainment, your smart device can be wirelessly connected to the dual premium sound speakers while you get your move on. Should podcasts, movies or documentaries be your thing, the built-in bluetooth cuts the cord, giving you an immersive experience by connecting to the built-in speakers.
Keeping you out of your head all the more so you can mindlessly fly through your workout without mental strain are 38 workout programs. By comparison, the Life Fitness T3 treadmill, which is astronomically more expensive, only provides 12 workout programs. Custom workouts are also included, meaning you can create a program that perfectly suits your workout preferences and goals.
Keeping your devices charged as you charge through your exercise is a convenient USB port. With up to date touchscreen technology that is a breeze to operate regardless of how tech savvy you are, a plethora of work out programs and the ability to customize both the look of your display and your workout itself, the LifeSpan TR3000i Folding Treadmill makes getting a good work out in easily attainable.
Mid-range in the LifeSpan treadmill line-up, the TR3000i is moderately and accurately priced for the features it presents. When comparing cost to other brands, there are options available that are cheaper, such as the Horizon T202 treadmill, where you sacrifice on technology, as well as more expensive alternatives that emulate commercial gym quality, such as the Life Fitness F3 Folding treadmill.
A case for why the TR3000i Folding Treadmill is priced a bit higher than some of the others in its segment is due to its advanced safety features and certifications, as well as the steady continuous duty motor and impressive warranty coverage it presents.
Choosing a treadmill is a personal choice and it’s best to think about what type of workout you desire and how much you’re willing to spend in order to ensure your expectations are met. Seeing that the TR3000i was created to last without the stress of being high-maintenance, this mid-range option is one well worth its reasonable price tag.
Pros and Cons
The greatest caveat to brood over would be the 2.75 horsepower held by the LifeSpan TR3000i Folding Treadmill. If you’re a runner, you’ll need to size up when it comes to power, however, if you’re a walker or jogger, 2.75 HP will meet your needs. Should you be a single person household looking to dabble in running, the TR3000i Folding Treadmill might suit your purpose.
Touting itself as both the rugged yet calm treadmill, this LifeSpan treadmill marries dependability with quiet operation. The minimized console height is a huge asset that other treadmills can’t meet. Compared to other folding treadmills, the treadmill height when folded upright will take up far less vertical space than other options.
While other folding treadmills will save you floor space, they then take up vertical space, resulting in a visual eyesore. For example, when folded, the Horizon T303 treadmill’s height increases 7”, to have a standing height of 65”, while the TR3000i treadmill vertically stores at 56”. This difference matters if you do other workouts in your gym, especially if you have mirrors or a TV that your treadmill might obstruct.
Having a condensed footprint won’t have you sacrificing on belt size, as the TR3000i Folding Treadmill, despite being shorter when stored compared to the TR2000i, still holds the same 20” W x 56” L running surface. Increasing the max speed from 11 mph available on the TR2000e to 12 mph is a tangible reflection of the .25 additional horsepower granted by the TR3000i Folding Treadmill.
The added developments don’t stop there, as the 350 pound max user weight speaks directly to the added strength of the TR3000i Folding treadmill when compared to the cheaper TR1200i, which offers a meager 200 pound weight capacity. The TR3000i treadmill also provides an additional ¼” thicker phenolic deck size in contrast to LifeSpan’s cheaper treadmill models.
A great benefit to opting for this mid-range LifeSpan treadmill is the wonderful customer service put forth by the brand as they strive for fast and detailed response, leaving any questions you may have answered in a caring and complete fashion.
As your activity heats you up, keep yourself cool with the built-in cooling fan. Making the cooling fan on the TR3000i Folding Treadmill unique to competing treadmills, such as the Sole Fitness F80, is that it provides three different speeds, ensuring you keep your cool however you like.
The LifeSpan TR3000i Folding treadmill offers simple set-up, as well as low maintenance design, which takes its long-term user-friendly nature to a whole new level. All in all, if 2.75 HP fits the activity bill, this model has pros that far outweigh its cons.
LifeSpan TR3000i Folding Treadmill Specs
|Weight Capacity||350 pounds|
|Running Surface||20″ x 56″|
|Dimensions||71″ x 33″ x 56″|
|Workout Display||Yes; 7″ full-color|
Warranty and Guarantee
Making the cost of the LifeSpan TR3000i Folding treadmill priceless is the unmatched warranty put forth. A lifetime warranty on both the all-steel frame and continuous duty DC motor makes the TR3000i Folding treadmill an anomaly when it comes to coverage.
Additionally, treadmill parts are covered for 5-years and labor is provided for 1-year post purchase. You literally can’t ask for more when it comes to frame and motor coverage, which is why the warranty provided by the LifeSpan TR3000i Folding Treadmill is truly one of the best in the industry.
Summing Up This Review
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance treadmill with great warranty coverage that’s been built to last a lifetime, the LifeSpan TR3000i Folding Treadmill will meet your needs.
Keep in mind, however, if you’re looking to run on a treadmill, even periodically, we’d recommend upgrading to one with at least 3.25 to 3.5 horsepower.