The Weslo Cardio Stride 3.0's low price is the first thing to catch the attention of many shoppers. Those looking primarily for an inexpensive, compact manual treadmill usually come away happy, but consistent problems with the electronic readout are a concern.
Simple, no-frills operation. The Cardio Stride 3.0 has the same 17-by-41-inch belt that drew mixed reviews for the Cardio Stride 2.0. "It's definitely not for big men with a long stride, but for a small woman (probably 5 foot, 6 inches or under) it's fine," suggests one reviewer on Walmart.com. Some taller exercisers say the Cardio Stride is fine for walking.
Several users complain about noise from the Weslo Cardio Stride 3.0's belt, but it's quite possible they haven't followed the lubrication instructions in the manual, which recommend frequent application. Some choose to place boards beneath the back end of the treadmill to reduce its fixed 15-percent incline.
Manual treadmills aren't for everybody. As with other manual units, you must grasp the handrails to keep from zipping off the back when you walk or run; this takes some by surprise. The simple build makes assembly easy -- as long as the parts fit together and the holes are in the right place, which isn't always the case.
On the upside, the easy-to-read display and overall light weight draws praise. The Weslo Cardio Stride 3.0 also folds easily; you just have to remove a spring pin to lift the deck (which weighs about 25 pounds).
The usual budget treadmill issues. Like its predecessor the Weslo Cardio Stride 2.0, the Cardio Stride 3.0 receives mixed reviews for its build quality and reliability. Some of the most common complaints include a flywheel cover that rubs against the treadbelt, making an annoying, loud noise; electronics that don't work, no matter how carefully you line up the sensors; and parts that just don't fit together correctly when you try to put them together. All of these are fairly common complaints for an inexpensive manual treadmill, and those that are willing to concoct their own fixes -- like removing the flywheel cover -- usually end up fairly happy.
Flimsy warranty doesn't inspire confidence. The Weslo Cardio Stride 3.0 is backed by a 90-day parts and labor warranty. Because this model is recently introduced, we haven't found any owner commentary about customer support. User feedback on warranty service for its predecessor, the Weslo Cardio Stride 2.0, is mixed; some report receiving prompt, efficient help, while others eventually gave up waiting on hold and just returned the treadmill to the store. Given these treadmills have such a short warranty, many consumers skip the call to customer service entirely and create their own solutions.
More than three-dozen Walmart.com users review the Weslo Cardio Stride 3.0 treadmill, giving it an average rating of 3.3 stars. We found a few complaints about build quality and a loud, annoying noise from the flywheel cover -- but those who can rig solutions for these issues end up happy.
Review: Weslo CardioStride 3.0 Treadmill, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2013
Just over a dozen users review the Weslo Cardio Stride 3.0 at Kmart.com. Several complain about parts that don't fit together correctly.
Review: Weslo Cardiostride 3.0 Manual Treadmill, Contributors to Kmart.com, As of November 2013
At the time of this report, just two users have reviewed the Cardio Stride 3.0 at Sears.com, giving it a dismal 1.5-star average rating. They voice the same complaints we found at other review sites: electronics that don't work, and having to hold on to the treadmill handles as you walk or run.
Review: Weslo CardioStride 3.0 Treadmill, Contributors to Sears.com, As of November 2013