Review of the Ironman Treadmill from Keys Fitness
The Ironman treadmill has enjoyed a good reputation in some circles with a few positive ratings in independent treadmill consumer reports, however we are not so sure about these well-featured, great looking treadmills.
The Company Behind the Ironman Treadmill Brand
The Ironman brand is owned and manufactured by Keys Fitness based in Garland, Texas.
The company have been producing dumbbells and strength training products for many years but started manufacturing treadmills only in 1997.
Treadmill components are produced overseas to reduce costs and then assembled at Keys factories in the US. Unfortunately, this means there have been some problems with the quality of some treadmills particularly with the electronic elements.
The company own other brands too such as HealthTrainer and they manufacture treadmills on behalf of other companies.
Ironman treadmills are mid-priced machines ranging from just under $1000 to as high as $2,000.
Many of the current Ironman treadmills are folding treadmills - a great space saver if you don't have a lot of room. Fold up the treadmill after your workout to claim back your floor space! Normally the presence of a folding mechanism adds several hundred dollars to a treadmill's price but it does not seem to be the case with the Ironman treadmills.
Although there have been a few quality issues (probably due to using imported parts) Keys Fitness would appear to have enough confidence in all their Iron man treadmills today to offer a 10 year motor warranty. They also offer a lifetime warranty on frames and 2 years for other parts, with 1 year labor warranty. This is not the best warranty but it is above many other manufacturers at the cheaper end of the market. Unfortunately the question is whether that warranty is worth anything. (See "Any Problems" Section below)
Ironman treadmills do not have the best reputation for finish quality but they are still appear to be a great choice in terms of features especially at the lower price range.
However Amazon user reviews show over and over again that customer service is unreliable when things go wrong. My guess is that people are more likely to add comments if they are unhappy than if they have had no problems. But there are just too many similar cases for comfort. Be aware that you may have to be very persistent with customer service if you need them.
M Range Ironman treadmills (Now Discontinued - see note below)
- Ironman M2 Treadmill – one of the best featured treadmills around for under $800 – see a detailed review of the M2 Ironman Treadmill
- Ironman M3 Treadmill – a solid sturdy treadmill and one of the best list of features for a treadmill under $1000. More information on the M3 Ironman Treadmill
- Ironman M4 Treamill – you'll find this for sale around $1400 – it rarely gets discounted. For details see this information page on the M4 Ironman Treadmill
- Ironman M5 Treadmill – another great spec for around $1500 – your biggest decision might be choosing between the various options in the Ironman range – see this review page for the M5 Ironman Treadmill for more information on that model
- Ironman M6 Treadmill – the most expensive Ironman M Range treadmill at around $2000 – of course if you have this budget to work with you also have a number of other choices. Read reviews of the M6 Ironman Treadmill
NOTE (Updated 11/07): The M Range of Ironman Treadmills has been replaced on the company website which now lists treadmills with the names Ironman Envision, Ironman Edge, Ironman Legacy and Ironman Inspire. The Ironman 150T, 220T and 320T (Ironman Triad) described below ARE still for sale.
Ironman is one of those brands which often changes model numbers and names without any real change in the spec of the machines. This makes it difficult to do comparisons - you sometimes have to look at all the features to compare models at different stores. Sometimes I suspect that the changes in model name and number by some manufacturers may also be in order to bury poor reviews accumulated against a particular name.
T Range Ironman treadmills – the latest modern design
- Ironman 150T Treadmill – this Ironman model can be found for just over $1000 – it has a 2HP continuous duty motor and a decent running surface and speed and not a bad list of features at all. Read a full review of the 150T Ironman treadmill.
- Ironman 220T Treadmill – at just a little more in terms of recommended price (yet less in terms of available price around $900) this has a slightly more powerful motor. See this 220T Ironman treadmill review page for more details.
- Ironman 320T Treadmill – (also known as the Ironman Triad treadmill) has plenty of features in a sports treadmill for around $1000 and is probably the best home treadmill in the Ironman low budget range. This 320T Ironman Treadmill review page has all the details
Ironman Treadmill Rating -2.5 out of 5 - Quality (service) problems prevent us giving a higher rating to the Ironman treadmills which would otherwise be a good option for a medium budget.
Where To Buy Ironman Exercise Equipment
You can buy Ironman treadmills and other Ironman equipment from Amazon.com where at least you will have the reassurance of buying from a big, well-known company should you have major problems. (There is also an Ironman elliptical trainer and Ironman exercise bike there for those looking for other items of fitness equipment.)