Treadmills in the less-than-$500 range usually don't get very good user reviews, but the Gold's Gym 480 earns higher ratings than most. Owners acknowledge that this isn't the most powerful or durable treadmill -- it comes with a 1.5-horsepower motor -- but casual exercisers and walkers say it's a good value. The automated incline is a rare feature in this price range, and many users like the preprogrammed workouts. Assembly can be challenging, so owners recommend setting aside a few hours to put the treadmill together. We also saw a few complaints that the non-backlit display can be hard to read. Overall, the 480 is called a decent choice for those who can't spend much, but it's not recommended for runners. The unit comes with a five-year motor warranty, but parts and labor are covered for only 90 days. If you can afford to spend more, reviewers recommend the Horizon Fitness T101 (*Est. $600) . While the 480 used to be sold in Walmart stores, it's now available only online, so shoppers can no longer try it before buying it.
TreadmillDoctor.com and Bestcovery.com both publish brief reviews of the Gold's Gym 480, but give no details about their testing process. User reviews are often the best source of information for inexpensive treadmills like this; more than 750 owners review this model on Walmart.com.
More than 750 owners review the Gold's Gym 480 at Walmart.com. Most comments are positive, and nearly 90 percent of owners would recommend this treadmill to a friend. Serious runners are largely disappointed in this machine, but reviewers who use the Gold's Gym 480 for walking or light jogging are pleased.
Review: Gold's Gym GG480 Treadmill, Contributors to Walmart. com, As of Dec. 2011
TreadmillDoctor.com gives the Gold's Gym 480 a high rating for value, but editors score it lower for power, reliability and quality. "Not a bad effort for $500," they write. However, they recommend this treadmill only for walkers.
Review: Gold's Gym 480 Treadmill Review, Editors of TreadmillDoctor.com, Not Dated
Bestcovery.com contributor Jeff Wilson says the Gold's Gym 480 is the "best treadmill under $500." He likes the relatively spacious belt and 300-pound weight limit, but there's no mention of any actual testing being conducted.
Review: Gold's Gym 480 Treadmill, Jeff Wilson, Not Dated