What every best Treadmills has:
- A large treadmill belt.
- A powerful motor.
- Incline and decline settings to simulate real-world terrain.
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 inclines. 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. $4,750 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. Testing at ConsumerReports.org that simulated usage over a half year period found only minor signs of wear and they ultimately gave the L7 an Excellent for construction. 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.
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. They also offer detailed test results and a few customers weigh in with reviews as well.
Fred Waters, a former executive at Smooth Fitness, gives the Landice L7 with the Pro Sports console a thorough hands-on review and a perfect 5-star rating. He concludes the treadmill is "about as good as it gets in the $3,000-plus price range."
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.
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.