The BladeZ ION 2007T Treadmill Review — A great TV treadmill under $1500
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After 20+ years in the fitness industry, the Treadmill Sensei has found that there are a few companies who consistantly produce well-design, top rated equipment. Those companies include SportsArt, Sole, Smooth, Star Trac, Bodyguard and BladeZ. From year to year, these companies put out some of the best treadmills and ellipticals on the market and probably will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Having gotten in another BladeZ unit here at the DOJO this past week, I thought I’d talk a bit about their Ion 2007T TV treadmill.
As I mentioned in my review of the Bladez 7.9 Elliptical, BladeZ is owned by DK City in Taiwan. DK is one of the largest fitness manufacturers in the world coming in at nearly $300 million. DK is also one of the oldest manufacturers at over 30 years. And, finally, BladeZ was the first company to put TV consoles on their treadmills and ellipticals. When you add all of that up, you’ve got a company with a great record of producing some of the finest equipment around…and that doesn’t even take in to account that DK produces equipment for True Fitness.
The BladeZ Ion 2007T treadmill which came in to the DOJO is no exception. Assembly took about 10 minutes and should be very easy for even someone who has less than average mechanical ability. I’d guess it should take 20-30 minutes for most people with little to no swearing involved.
For most treadmills I tend to focus on the frame and the motor because they are the foundation of good equipment. For the Ion2007t, Bladez has built a very solid, welded frame, and in that frame they place a large, cool running 2.5 horsepower motor. Stepping up on the deck you can just feel the sturdiness in this 280 pound monster. This is a runner’s treadmill and will hold up to just about any intense workout. In the few days we’ve had it I’ve run four 5-mile workouts and have seen no issues at all.
This is easily one of the best TV treadmills that I’ve come across in the past 5 years…heck, it’s a solid treadmill all around, TV or no TV. When you factor in the under $1500 price point, you’ve got an excellent buy.
There are a couple of downsides that keep this from being a 5 buddah unit. Nothing too major, but I do wish the deck were a bit bigger to make it a killer runner’s training treadmill. I’d like to see a few more programs – 10 would be perfect. And I really wish it had wireless heart rate monitoring and control. Again, the BladeZ Ionn 2007t treadmill is a great unit…these little changes would make it the best for the money, especially when you factor in that it is a TV treadmill.
For being another great offering from BladeZ, the Treadmill Sensei gives the BladeZ 2007T-Me Treadmill 4.5 out of 5 golden buddahs.
A very solid 4.5 gold buddahs out of 5 for the Ion 2007T treadmill by BladeZ.
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BladeZ ION 2007T Treadmill Specifications
Motor: 2.5 HP
Max User Weight: 350 lbs
Max Speed: 10 MPH
Max Incline: 12%
Heart Rate Monitor: Pulse Grip
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Display: 7″ LCD, DVD and cable TV-ready
Readouts: Time, Distance, Speed, Elevation, Pulse, Calories
Treadmill Weight: 280 lbs
Deck Thickness: 1″
Belt: 2 ply
Running Area: 20″ X 55″
-The Treadmill Sensei