Expert comments about the True Fitness PS300 treadmill are almost uniformly positive. The 21-by-60-inch treadbelt is an inch wider than is typical in the $2,000 and up price range, and one expert reviewer said this treadmill's performance is "rock solid" and "commercial quality." Although the handgrip heart rate monitors are reportedly slow to respond, the PS300 also offers wireless heart rate monitoring and a "cruise control" setting, so the treadmill automatically adjusts to keep you in your target heart rate range.
Its motor (3 continuous duty horsepower) is good, but substantially weaker than the motor on our Best Reviewed treadmill for serious runners, the Landice L7 Pro Sports Trainer (Est. $3,500). However, for several hundred dollars less the PS300 is an excellent alternative. Its lifetime frame warranty and seven years of parts coverage are encouraging, and the 30-year motor warranty is very good, although many treadmills in this price range come with a lifetime motor warranty.
We were only able to track down a single user review for this treadmill. Unfortunately, without additional user reviews to provide a well-rounded perspective, we can't be sure if this single 5-star review represents a true owner consensus. However, the PS300 has received a number of extremely positive expert reviews from sources such as ConsumerReports.org, TreadmillDoctor.com and the Los Angeles Times.
Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org tests nearly 50 treadmills, including the True Fitness PS300. Editors assign ratings to each using a number of criteria, including ergonomics, construction and ease of use. The treadmills are also subjected to mechanical testing designed to simulate a year of use.
Review: Treadmill Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of October 2012
2. Los Angeles Times
Review Credibility: Good An endurance runner evaluates four treadmills in this older review, offering brief comments about what he likes and dislikes about each. He praises the True PS300 for offering "commercial quality" and likes its heart-rate cruise control, but says the handgrip heart-rate monitors are slow to respond.
Review: Four That Go the Distance, Roy M. Wallack, Nov. 17, 2008
Review Credibility: Good This expert review says True Fitness "does the best job with orthopedic belts," due in large part to a patented deck system. The PS300 gets excellent marks for walking area, cushioning and value, along with a Best Buy award in its price range.
Review: True PS300 Treadmill Review, Editors of TreadmillDoctor.com, As of October 2012
Review Credibility: Good Amazon.com features a lot of user reviews on lower-end treadmills, but the commentary tapers off as price points increase. Although just two owners post comments about the True PS300, this is still the best source for user feedback on this unit. Here it gets a score of 4 stars out of 5.
Review: True Fitness PS300 Treadmill, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2012