FreeMotion is a leading workout machine manufacturer and they excel when it comes to treadmills. The 890 treadmill is one of their top machines. We’ll be reviewing the 890 treadmill in this post so that you can have an idea of how the machine is and if it is reliable enough.
The Freemotion 890 Treadmill is a mid-range running machine designed to give you the optimal cardio workout. It has all the usual bells-and-and-whistles with a few extras such as a HD screen, the iFit app compatibility, MP3 player compatibility and a CoolAire workout fan plus a few more. let’s take a closer look at what this machine has to offer and where it falls short.
This treadmill comes with a large frame and running deck offering plenty of room even for the tallest of users.
When fully assembled, the treadmill will measure 72″ by 22″ by 57″. It offers a large running surface of 60″.
A great feature if this treadmill is that it’s foldable. being able to fold such a large machine is a great space saving option. It means you don’t need a huge area set aside just for your treadmill.
It is very easy to fold and requires no real effort.
It looks and feels strong, and most users didn’t experience the common squeaking that is common with other Freemotion treadmills.
Besides the strong construction of this treadmill, it also comes with a powerful 4.25 CHP commercial Promotor. This motor is strong and adjustable enough to let you walk, jog, or run as you wish.
The motor then moves the 20″ by-60″ running belt at a maximum speed of 12 mph.
In other words, you can adjust the speed from 0 mph to a high of 12 mph.
There is a console that features a 10″ full-color touchscreen.
The screen runs on an Android OS, making the operation very intuitive and easy to use. You can view your workout progress easily on the screen.
The console offers 40 different workout apps for plenty of exercise options.
A neat feature is the ability to switch various terrains on the screen to match your specific workout – have the 890 on an incline then swap to an uphill run on the screen. You can also run routes around a number of cities.
Via the high definition screen you view the monitor that shows the calories burned, the distance you have covered, the current speed, inclination, as well as the amount of time you have been exercising.
The decline level is adjustable between -3% and 0% So you can simulate running downhill.
You may also choose the incline level at 0% to 15%, which is similar to the regular walking and running on flat and very steep surfaces outdoors.
First off, there is no complex assembly with this unit. It is very easy to assemble, and you can simply follow the user manual for further help but it is very easy to set-up.
It weighs 284 lbs, so this is not a unit for a single person to move. You might need help from friends or family for the initial set-up.
The treadmill is strong enough to support up to 400 lbs.
The comprehensive console enhances your workout experience and can also keep you entertained while you exercise.
The Freemotion 890 treadmill comes with a 15″ HDTV monitor that is akin to a standard desktop computer monitor or small television set.
The company claims that the screen is a HDTV, giving the impression that it is a high-definition television set. However, this is just a clever play on words and marketing ploy as it is really just a high definition screen – albeit a good one.
You can turn the screen into a TV by connecting it to mobile devices or a tablet to stream content via screen-sharing though and it displays well. With the aid of some good sports earphones you can watch movies or TV programs with as much clarity and enjoyment as you would from a similar sized television set.
There are other connection options such as HDMI, RCI and coaxial so you have a variety of different connection options.
This means that you can watch your favorite TV show/movie or fitness program as you do your thing on the treadmill.
The unit can also be connected to an MP3 device to keep you entertained.
10″ Secondary Monitor Screen
The secondary 10″ Android-powered monitor (located below the 15″ HDTV screen) is also compatible with Google Maps.
Here, you can choose the location of your choice and have a virtual workout in that area and even time yourself on the route if you wish.
A dual-grip heart rate monitor that comes with the polar wireless chest strap is also included. Your heart beat and other monitor values are displayed on the 10″ screen without interrupting your overall viewing on the 15″ HDTV screen.
The comfort level is great.
The running belt features a Surface Response Suspension 2-ply cushioning for a very comfortable run that has minimum impact on your muscles and joints.
Exercising on this treadmill is a very comfortable experience.
The cushioned running surface greatly reduces the risk of injuries and shock that you’d commonly experience on your joints and muscles while running on hard surfaces such as roads.
Another feature that enhances the workout experience is the CoolAire workout fan which helps keep you cool as you work up a sweat.
Everyone wants to know if the equipment they are considering investing is sturdy and durable. One way of being sure of this to look at how confident the company is in their own product. This is reflected in the length of the warranty offered.
The warranty basically assures you that the unit will last for the specified time. Even if it doesn’t, the company would cover the product for you by either replacing it or repairing it for free.
The FreeMotion 890 is backed by a lifetime warranty on the sturdy frame and the motor as well. Although offering a lifetime warranty of a sturdy steel frame is industry standard it is quite impressive adding the motor to a lifetime warranty.
In addition to that, you will enjoy five years on the parts, along with two years on labor.
With such a lengthy warranty you can see that this unit has been designed to last a long time.
- It has a sturdy design that is meant to last
- The running deck is large even for a tall user
- Surface Response Suspension 2-ply cushioning
- Very comfortable to use
- This unit has a 15″ HD screen
- Compatible with smart devices and tablets etc.
- You can stream television shows via your smart device
- It’s also iFit compatible
- MP3 compatible
- It is easy to set up
- It comes with plenty of free extras including a free chest strap for monitoring heart rate, calories burned etc.
- It has a weight limit of 400 lbs
- 40 workout programs built-in
- Yours an incline level
- Incline level is adjustable
- The machine is backed by a lengthy warranty
- Good enough for commercial use
The Not So Good
- The customer support of FreeMotion is very poor regardless of what product you (sort it out FreeMotion!)
- The running belt might slip in some incidences, especially for the heavyweight users.
- It is super heavy and it may need more than two people to move it if you want to relocate the unit
So, does the FreeMotion 890 Treadmill make the cut?
I think it does, especially due to its construction and workout experience.
There’s virtually no learning curve with this treadmill as the operation is very intuitive having an Android operating system similar to smart phones.
The wide range of workout programs available ensures you don’t get bored.
Although the 890 comes with a very good warranty if it does develop a problem you may be disappointed by the FreeMotion customer support. This is something that FreeMotion really need to address and fast as other manufacturers start to catch up with them in machine development!
The price is also on the high side, but luckily, the lengthy warranty and overall work-out delivery make it worth every penny.