There's no disputing that the Landice L7, which comes with four different console options, is built as solidly as a rock. The 58-inch deck may be a little short for runners taller than 6 feet, but this treadmill is otherwise perfect for the dedicated athlete.
Stable, solid and powerful. The L7's 4-horsepower continuous-duty motor is one of the most powerful on any home treadmill. "This motor is guaranteed to run effortlessly under the most strenuous workouts," writes Fred Waters of Treadmill-Ratings-Reviews.com. It's quiet, too, and reviewers say the L7's cushioned, inch-thick deck is supportive without feeling spongy. An orthopedic support system is available as an option for those who need or want an even softer running surface. The Landice L7 has a maximum speed of 12 mph, a 400-pound weight capacity, and adjusts between 0 and 15-percent incline. The 20-by-58-inch deck is long enough for most serious runners, although the manufacturer suggests that users taller than 6 feet may prefer a longer deck. The step up Landice L8 (Est. $4,500 and up) features a very long, 63-inch deck.
As simple or as complex as you desire. All versions of the Landice L7 offer the same basic mechanics; only console features vary. The base console panel, also called the Pro Trainer, includes two customizable programs, five preset programs, a dedicated speed display and statistical displays of time, distance calories and more. Step-up consoles add more programs, more sophisticated feedback (simulate scaling the Washington Monument, for instance, on the top-end Executive Control Panel), and more cost to the base L7. Runner's World found that with the second-tier Pro Sports Control console, it was "incredibly easy to create a workout that mixes up a wide range of speeds, elevations and time intervals." However, some users complain that the Landice L7's higher-end consoles can be overly complex.
Solid and stable. Landice treadmills are pricey, but reviewers say you're paying for superior build quality. One test that simulated usage over a half year period found only minor signs of wear. Fred Waters of Treadmill-Ratings-Reviews.com, describes the L7's durability as "solid as a boulder." TreadmillDoctor.com says that the L7 sits near the top in terms of build quality for home treadmills. "You're going to have to be willing to spend more money if you want a treadmill with a longer life expectancy," they say.
Lifetime warranty? The Landice L7 comes with a comprehensive warranty on all parts, including wear parts, but there's a catch. To get the lifetime warranty, the treadmill must be installed by a dealer located less than 60 driving miles from your location. A dealer locator on the Landice web site can help you see if you qualify. Even so, expert say that this is one of the best warranties offered for a home treadmill. In addition, the L7's warranty can be passed on to a new owner -- almost unheard of in the fitness equipment industry.
Landice L7 Reviews
ConsumerReports.org looks at the Landice L7 with a step-up Cardio Trainer control panel. The treadmill is tested and rated, and high points and low points are listed, but discussion is brief.
Review: Landice L7 Cardio Trainer, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
Fred Waters, a former executive at Smooth Fitness, gives the Landice L7 with the Pro Sports console a thorough hands-on review. He concludes the treadmill is "about as good as it gets in the $3,000-plus price range."
Review: Landice L770 Pro Sports Trainer, Fred Waters, Not Dated
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Michael Jackness notes that the price of the Landice 7 is high, and discounts are near impossible to find. However, your dollars are rewarded with a well-made machine with a great warranty. He does recommend being realistic in your choice of consoles to keep costs in check.
Review: Landice L7, Michael Jackness, March 29, 2013
TreadmillDoctor.com editors give the Landice high scores for walking area, power, reliability, warranty and quality. They say the L7's quality is to be admired, although you can now find better values in treadmills from other manufacturers.
Review: Landice L7 Pro Sports Trainer Treadmill Review, Editors of TreadmillDoctor.com, Not Dated