The Gold's Gym Maxx CrossWalk 650 gets better-than-average user reviews compared to other budget treadmills, but expectations in this price range are modest at best. Durability complaints are common; one owner says first the incline motor failed, then the treadmill belt wouldn't roll. Another describes the Maxx 650 as "an average treadmill to have just to get the job done." This model also has movable handlebars for an upper-body workout, but they seem to have been largely ignored by reviewers. The 650 has more features than other comparable bargain treadmills, and owners and one expert seem to appreciate this variety even though both say the features don't always work as expected. The expert reviewer recommends placing the unit where you won't have to move it frequently, as it's surprisingly heavy and wide.
More than 200 user reviews on Walmart.com are our best source of information for this model. It also receives a thorough review from TreadmillTalk.com, although it's not clear whether any actual testing was conducted. This evaluation mostly echoes the sentiments from owner reviews: Buyers are impressed with the treadmill's features, but not always with its performance.
The Gold's Gym Maxx CrossWalk 650 gets a 4.5-star ranking out of 5 from more than 230 user reviews on Walmart.com. Reviewers seem happy with how many features it has, even if they don't always work perfectly; low speaker volume and poor aim from the cooling fan are two common complaints. Overall, owners declare this "an average treadmill to have just to get the job done," and seem content that it more or less works as advertised.
Review: Gold's Gym Maxx CrossWalk 650 Treadmill, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of Dec. 2011
It's unclear whether any actual testing took place, but this otherwise thorough review identifies the Maxx 650's high points -- lots of features at a low price -- and low points, including nagging doubts about how some of the features perform, a weak warranty and movable handles that don't add much to the workout. The 650 is identified as a candidate for "Best Buy" kudos largely because of the features it includes for the price, but not without some reservations about its overall performance.
Review: The Gold's Gym Maxx CrossWalk 650 Treadmill – a Candidate for Best Buy Kudos, Editors of TreadmillTalk.com, Oct. 2011