Fun but pricey, with big caveats
The Tread is an impressive, fun-to-use machine, and Peloton’s fitness programming is solid. But the machine’s high price and not-great warranty make it a questionable investment for most people.
Like the same company’s cultishly popular bike, the Peloton Tread treadmill is a sleek piece of equipment featuring a 32-inch touchscreen tablet that immerses the user in live and on-demand workouts, which include running, walking, and off-the-treadmill strength training, cardio, and more. If you add a set of free weights, resistance bands, and a mat (many of the classes require these), it could replace your gym membership. But the Tread is expensive, even for people who might currently or otherwise be spending $200 a month on gym fees or classes, and Peloton’s warranty is very limited. Plus, we have concerns about data collection and the potential for overtraining. Does this mean a hard pass on the Tread? Not necessarily, but you should weigh the costs and benefits carefully before making the investment. As with any piece of equipment, it’s not going to magically turn most people from couch potato to marathoner—and $4,000-plus is a lot to drop to learn that lesson.
Source: NY Times – Wirecutter