The Vision Fitness T10, previously the T9200 Simple, is built for those who want a high-performing treadmill with absolutely no frills. It has no preprogrammed workouts, but expert reviewers say it feels great to run on.
Function where it counts. Runner's World calls the Vision T9200 Simple -- now the Vision T10 -- a "first-rate running surface for a bargain price." Testers praise its "firm, yet comfortable deck," and say the belt feels great for running. Fred Waters, author of Treadmill-Ratings-Reviews.com and former executive of Smooth Fitness, says heavier users don't have to worry about the 1-inch-thick deck cracking. The T10 has a maximum user weight of 325 pounds.
The T10's treadbelt measures 20-by-54-inches, which Waters calls "the minimal acceptable size for a treadmill." He warns that tall users or those planning to run will want a longer deck. On the other hand, the T10 gets a "very good" score from a leading consumer research organization for its ability to accommodate users of different sizes.
Waters praises Vision for using quality components, including the T10's 2.5 continuous horsepower motor, which he says is "adequate for walking and jogging." It has a maximum speed of 10 mph, which may disappoint dedicated runners looking to do high-speed intervals, but the incline adjusts as high as 12 percent.
The T10 does not fold. The Vision T10 draws average ratings from one expert source for its ease of use. Testers at Runner's World complain that the console displays just one metric such as speed, time or distance at a time, and say the readout's "big blue numbers are unrelenting in their bigness and blueness."
Owners are mum. Although consumer reviews don't tend to discuss the Vision T10's build quality, one expert source awards it a "very good" rating for construction. The former T9200 model also receives a score of 7.2 out of 10 from TreadmillDoctor.com, which describes it as "a home run."
Above-average parts coverage. Waters of Treadmill-Ratings-Reviews.com praises the Vision T9200/T10 for its above-average five-year warranty coverage on parts; it also comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, and one year labor. The T10 earns 8 points out of 10 from TreadmillDoctor.com for its warranty coverage.
Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org tests almost 50 treadmills in its most recent round of ratings. Each model, including the Vision Fitness T9200 -- now renamed the T10 -- is evaluated on criteria such as ease of use, ergonomics and construction. Full details are available to subscribers.
Review: Treadmills, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of October 2012
2. Treadmill-Ratings- Reviews.com
Review Credibility: Very Good Waters, a former executive with Smooth Fitness, describes the T9200/T10 as Vision's most popular model. He expands briefly on a few of this treadmill's specs and features.
Review: Vision Fitness T9200 Treadmill Review, Fred Waters, As of October 2012
3. Runner's World
Review Credibility: Very Good The Vision T9200/T10 is one of nine treadmills included in this roundup. They aren't rated or ranked, but each gets a few comments from testers. The T10's running surface is said to be comfortable and firm, but the "Simple" version includes no programs; you'll have to upgrade to a pricier model to find those. Reviewers gripe that the console, although large and easy to read, displays only one metric at a time.
Review: Rise of the Machines, Lisa Jhung and Sean Downey, Jan. 12, 2010
Review Credibility: Good Editors don't have much to say about the Vision T9200/T10 other than to call it a "home run." However, it doesn't get a Best Buy rating in its price category.
Review: Vision T9200 Simple Treadmill Review, Editors of TreadmillDoctor.com, As of October 2012