When it comes to the home treadmill market, Weslo may not be a name that comes readily to mind. While not as prominent as the big-name players, this company offers some good entry-level treadmills that could be a great addition to your home gym. They may not come with all the latest features of the higher-end models but, if you’re on a budget, they might just offer what you’re looking for.
Weslo is a brand name under the Icon Health and Fitness company umbrella. Icon is based in Logan, Utah in the US. Other brands under the Icon banner include ProForm, Weider, Gold’s Gym and NordicTrack. Weslo represents a budget brand offering.
Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill Series
The Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill is a popular budget treadmill that has recently been updated with the addition of Bluetooth functionality. It is fitted with a 2.25 CHP motor, which is pretty standard in the budget price range. It allows for a maximum speed of 10 miles per hour. That’s the top speed you’ll find on any treadmill that is priced as ‘budget.’
The frame of the Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Folding Treadmill is quite solid. It allows for a max user weight of 275 pounds and remains stable at the maximum speed. The console equips you with 6 workout programs and allows you to get a running display of your vital training feedback data points. There is also an accessory tray and a thumbprint pulse monitor. An emergency key located on the bottom of the console allows you to bail out if you get into trouble.
The Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill comes with a two-position manual incline. You can set the incline to 3 and 5 degrees but will have to get off the treadmill to do so. This treadmill is also compatible with the iFit app which provides you with the opportunity to fully analyze your workout and access further training programs.
This treadmill is foldable for ease of storage. A special locking system keeps the unit secure when in storage while transportation wheels make it a breeze to move it around your living space.
The running belt on the Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill measures in at 16 x 50 inches. While not ideal for taller people, this is pretty generous for this price range. It will allow people under six feet tall to get a decent stride length. Taller people will end up getting frustrated – or hurt – on this machine, however!
Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill
The Weslo Cadence R 5.2 is a slightly more powerful version than the G 5.9. That is largely due to the motor, which is 2.5 HP compared to 2.25 HP on the G 5.9. It also has a manual incline that gives you two settings. You get six built-in workout programs, each providing you with a different range of speeds and inclines. The LCD console displays your progress through the workout. You also get a running display of such training data as your speed, time, distance and calories.
Even though it gives you a bit more power through the motor, the Weslo Cadence R 5.2 is not a fast running treadmill. It has a max speed of 10 miles per hour, but at that speed, the treadmill gets pretty shaky. The running deck is limiting at 50 x 16 inches. This deck does not have very effective cushioning in comparison to other treadmills in the budget category. This may be a problem for people with pre-existing ankle and knee complaints.
The warranty on the Weslo Cadence R 5.2 treadmill comes with is very limited, which is standard with the entire Weslo range. The specifics of the warranty will vary from seller to seller but will usually not exceed more than a couple of years in the frame and just 90-days on parts and labor.
Weslo Cadence G 5.9i Cadence Folding Treadmill
The Weslo Cadence G 5.9i is a very similar unit to the G5.9. in fact, it is identical, apart from two features. It provides you with a tablet holder, which you do not get with the G 5.9 and more importantly integrated Bluetooth which allows you to connect to iFIT. This allows you to watch your favorite movie through your tablet while working out and access the iFIT fitness app to track your workouts.
The Weslo Cadence G 5.9i is a decent walking treadmill. Like the other two units in the Weslo Cadence range, it is not fast enough, or solid enough, to allow you to run. You get six exercise programs to provide some variety. The console controls are also large and easy to operate.
What Others are Saying
There are many online reviews for the Weslo Cadence treadmills online. Buyers know what they are getting with these budget treadmills and so do not expect a machine that they can run on or that will be as solid as more expensive models. Still, some reviewers mentioned the low- end build quality of the Weslo Cadence range.
The Weslo Cadence range of treadmills are low budget offerings that are suitable for people looking for a walking or light jogging treadmill. You don’t get any frills here apart from the integrated Bluetooth and tablet holder on the G 5.9i. The build quality is not going to last forever. But if you’re after a cheap walking treadmill that will do the job, the Weslo line is a good choice at a great price.