There's no disputing that the Landice L7, which comes with four different console options, is built solid 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, reversible deck is supportive without feeling spongy.
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.
Advanced programmability. Some users complain that the Landice L7's console is overly complex, but testers with Runner's World magazine contend they find it "incredibly easy to create a workout that mixes up a wide range of speeds, elevations and time intervals."
All versions of the Landice L7 offer the same basic machinery; only console features vary. Standard features on the Pro Sports console include five customizable programs, five preset programs and wireless heart-rate monitoring. All console options also include a 30-pin iPod connector, personal cooling fan, stereo speakers, reading rack and water bottle holder.
Solid and stable. TreadmillDoctor.com criticizes Landice for raising prices on its units while competitors lower theirs. However, editors acknowledge that "Landice makes one of the most solid treadmills on the market," giving it scores of 8.4 and 8.2 (out of 10) for reliability and quality, respectively. The L7's construction is praised by other sources, too, including Fred Waters of Treadmill-Ratings-Reviews.com, who describes it as "solid as a boulder." Reviewers with Runner's World report the frame is stable, even at maximum incline and high speeds. "Rock solid ... built to be used by real athletes and runners," agrees one user at Epinions.com.
Lifetime warranty? The Landice L7 Pro Sports Trainer comes with a bumper-to-bumper warranty on all parts, including wear parts, but an older user review posted at Epinions.com suggests that according to the fine print, the warranty is void if you don't purchase the treadmill from the closest dealer or if you live farther than 50 miles away.
This review is too old to bear much weight but, considering the major investment this treadmill represents, it's worth double-checking the fine print on the warranty before you buy. On the upside, the L7's warranty can be passed on to a new owner -- almost unheard of in the fitness equipment industry.
The Landice L7 Cardio Trainer is one of nearly 50 treadmills evaluated by ConsumerReports.org in its latest round of ratings. All are assigned comparative rankings and rated individually in categories including ease of use and ergonomics.
Review: Treadmills, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of November 2013
2. Runner's World
Runner's World praises the Landice L7 Pro Sports Trainer for its "super-stable ride, even while running up a steep incline at top speed." Testers call the L7's programmability, including heart-rate monitoring programs, its standout feature.
Review: Rise of the Machines, Lisa Jhung and Sean Downey, Jan. 12, 2010
3. Treadmill-Ratings- Reviews.com
Fred Waters, a former executive at Smooth Fitness, gives the Landice L7 Pro Sports Trainer a thorough hands-on review. He concludes the treadmill is "about as good as it gets in the $3,000-plus price range." He notes Landice can sell its treadmills based on its solid reputation alone.
Review: Landice L770 Pro Sports Trainer, Fred Waters, As of November 2013
TreadmillDoctor.com editors give the Landice L7 Pro Sports Trainer 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 from other manufacturers. They also point out that all versions of the L7 are basically the same; the only real difference is which console they come with.
Review: Landice L7 Pro Sports Trainer Treadmill Review, Editors of TreadmillDoctor.com, As of November 2013
About 20 owners post comments on the Landice L7, giving it an average ranking of 4 stars out of 5. It isn't always clear which console option they're talking about, but all L7 treadmills come with the exact same frame, motor and body components. Unfortunately, the most recent review is at least six years old.
Review: Landice L7, Contributors to Epinions.com, As of November 2013