At around $400, the Weslo Cadence C44 treadmill by Icon Fitness is cheap – really cheap and that’s where you have to be wary. You see machines which are going to (hopefully) take a pounding from you every day (or at least three times a week) can’t afford to be cheap – they have to be sturdy and solid and that kind of quality costs a lot more than a Weslo Cadence machine.
Features of the C44
- The Weslo C44 cadence treadmill has a poor 1.3 continuous HP motor the size of a soup can (note : you need 2.0 or better yet 2.5 CHP for running). Although you will sometimes see that this treadmill advertised as having a 2.25 HP motor you need only be concerned with the continuous HP measurement. This motor will struggle particularly if you use the incline feature and if you are on the heavy side it will burn out fast.
- The C44 treadmill has a reasonable range of speed up to 10mph which is enough for most home users but it’s doubtful whether the motor will support that level for long
- The treadmill incline has only three setting – 3%, 6% or 9% and you have to set them MANUALLY by turning off the treadmill, folding it up and manually adjusting the leg height. This is useless for any kind of variable incline program you want to do.
- One of the weaknesses of these treadmills is that they have no built in programs at all – so not much variety there either
- The Weslo has a reasonable LCD display to give feedback on your workout displaying data on speed, fat burned, calories burned, speed of belt, distance traveled and time of session
- The C44 treadmill includes heart rate/pulse sensors which do not seem to be very accurate. According to one Amazon review “The thumb sensor for heart rate monitoring: it’s horrible, no two ways about it. It jumps all over the place, within a span of about 2 seconds, it will measure my heart rate at 83, 144, and 199.” To be fair, the C44 has this in common with many treadmill sensors. You are far better off with a proper heart rate monitor with chest belt.
- The treadmill walking belt measures 16″ by 47″ which is too small if you are above average height though is has some shock absorption with something called “Comfort Cell Cushioning” to help ease impact on your joints
- A folding mechanism makes this treadmill easier to store
- The unit has a safety key that is needed to operate the unit and which clips to you for emergency shut-off. This makes it easy to prevent children using the treadmill without your knowledge
- The machine has a 250lb user weight limit but don’t rely on your treadmill working well (or for long) if you are close to the maximum
- The motor has just 1 year warranty showing little confidence by the manufacturer in the machine
- Product Dimensions: 64 x 28 x 52 inches
- Product Weight: 90 pounds – this is far too light for stability – decent treadmills weigh double this amount or more
Weslo Cadence C44 reviews
It seems that there are only one or two people who are reasonably happy with their treadmill, most seem dissatisfied (and I can’t see how you can be satisfied with the sort of experience you’ll get from this $400 treadmill to be honest)
“I’ve had my C44 about 2 weeks now, and while I’m happy with it, I think I wish I’d waited until I could afford a better model.”
” If you are even considering buying one of their products, your money is better spent getting your head checked.”
Another Amazon review discussing experience with a faulty product
“Flimsy waste of money”
We don’t recommend you buy the Weslo Cadence C44 treadmill. Save your money until you have enough for a good quality treadmill – one which you will enjoy using and which will serve you well for many years to come.
Where to Buy the Weslo Cadence C44 Treadmill
You can buy the Weslo Cadence C44 Treadmill at Amazon but do you really want to…?
If you want some low cost options for getting in shape you could check out our $100 home gym page which gives you effective budget options for cardio (and strength) training. In fact, you can get a whole kit for less than $100.