Pros / This treadmill incorporates technology from Precor’s commercial series, and it requires no maintenance.
Cons / It doesn’t have a workout fan, and its frame doesn’t fold.
Verdict / The Precor TRM 223 is a durable home-series treadmill with several commercial-series upgrades. Its screen is small and its console lacks connectivity, but the machine gives you an excellent workout.
The Precor TRM 223 is a no-nonsense treadmill with workout-centered features. It emphasizes exercise above entertainment and brings commercial-series engineering to your home. Unlike the other nine machines in our top 10, the TRM 223 doesn’t fold. In terms of connectivity, it’s the most limited treadmill we reviewed.
If you’re looking for a treadmill with all the bells and whistles, we chose the Bowflex BXT216 as the machine with the best features. If a big HD touchscreen is your priority, the NordicTrack Commercial 2950’s 22-inch display walks all over this machine’s 5-inch blue-white LCD. If a focused workout is what you’re after, the TRM 223 is a solid choice.
The TRM 223 has a 3.0 continuous-duty horsepower motor and a multi-ply polyester and satin-weave belt. The belt has a nonslip PVC surface and is maintenance-free. This treadmill has a 20-inch by 57-inch running surface, which is smaller than the standard 22 inches by 60 inches on other machines we reviewed. Its deck is an inch thick, and its 2-inch steel rollers have guides to keep the belt centered.
This machine has a maximum speed of 12 mph and has an incline of up to 15 percent, which are both typical of consumer-grade treadmills. Its incline and speed controls borrow from Precor’s commercial series, as does its deck mounting system. Its patented Energy Stride shock absorption technology provides balanced cushioning and rigidity. This reduces impact on your joints and helps you maintain a comfortable stride.
The TRM 223 weighs 238 pounds, with a maximum user weight of 300 pounds. Its dimensions are 81 x 33 x 59 inches (length, width, height). The hand rails are pretty short, which is typical for a home treadmill, and its frame is made of fully welded, powder-coated steel.
In terms of integrated accessories, this treadmill has a tablet holder, a water bottle holder and accessory pockets, but it doesn’t have a workout fan. If you’re a serious runner, this may be a significant drawback. While its console gives you volume control for iPod, iPhone and Android devices, its sound system is otherwise lacking.
This treadmill is not Bluetooth compatible or Wi-Fi enabled. However, it does give you two user IDs and offers Precor’s SmartRate targeted heart monitoring. This includes both touch and telemetry monitoring, but you must purchase a polar chest strap separately.
The Precor TRM 223 has nine preset workouts onboard with options such as interval training, weight loss and hill climbing. Workout summary data includes elapsed time, calories, distance and speed. You can also track pace and percentage complete, with 13 categories of data available.
Precor backs this machine with a lifetime warranty on its frame and weldments, five years on parts and wear, three years on its console and one year for labor. Customer service is available by phone, chat and email. The chat service, however, isn’t live. A message at the beginning of a session tells you how long you may expect to wait.