The L7 Series Treadmill is its most popular home treadmill. It comes in three models; the Pro Sports Trainer, Cardio Trainer and Executive Trainer. When you review each of the Landice L7 Series treadmills there is one model that is clearly the best buy out of the three.
Landice makes the L7, L8 and L9 Series of treadmills. Although the L7 is the cheapest it’s still an expensive piece of exercise equipment. The 3 home edition models of the L7 Series range from $3,600 to $4,700.
All of the units use the same motor, frame, treadbelt and so on, with the only real difference being in the treadmill’s console. You get the same ultra solid steel frame that supports a maximum user weight of 400 pounds. The motor is probably the best in the industry; an American made beast that is 3 hp continuous duty. The steel rollers are 14-pounds and are 2-1/2″ in diameter. You get a 4-ply treadbelt that is 20″ x 58″ with 15% electric grade elevation. You also get a speed range of 0.5 to 12 mph even when carrying the maximum weight of 400 lbs.
But which of these models represent value for money?
The Landice L7 Series Cardio Trainer Treadmill
The selling point of the Cardio Trainer is that it comes with a contact heart rate crossbar and transmitter strap, which is used in conjunction with any of the 4 Heart Rate Control (HRC) programs provided. The first two standard heart rate control programs maximize workout time by instructing the treadmill to automatically change speed and inclination in order to maintain the targeted heart rate for the duration of the program. There are also two user HRC programs that allow you to create separate custom HRC programs. Each HRC program is broken down into 20 programmable segments for more variety in your heart rate controlled workouts.
While monitoring your rate in conjunction with a treadmills speed might be nice for some, the price of the Cardio Trainer is $400 more than the ProSports Trainer. You have to ask whether the extra 400 bucks is worth it. Probably not, and besides, other treadmills that offer this system, like the Smooth 9.25 treadmill, are cheaper and offer better value for money.
The Landice L7 Series Executive Trainer Treadmill
The control panel of the Executive Trainer is quite awesome. You get numerous alternative displays. You can select the Virtual Situation Indicator (VSI), the Road Display, the Training Calendar, the Track Display and – well, the list goes on. The Executive Trainer is the most expensive of the 3 models, so you’ll be paying around $4,700, which is more than $1,100 more than the ProSport model.
But you have to seriously ask if getting a very fancy console is worth the extra money. Quite frankly, you’re paying a lot of money for what amounts to ‘execute toys’.
The Landice L7 Series ProSport Trainer Treadmill
All this brings us to the cheapest model. You don’t get the fancy cardio-system or the fancy console but what you do get is a great piece of kit that can satisfy the most demanding of athletes. This model is the best in the range and is good value for money. Very few other brands of treadmills can match it in terms of build quality, performance and price. If you’re going to buy a L7 this is the one to go for.
The L7 is an excellent machine with very few equals in the industry. Many reviews of the Landice L7 treadmill, on the web and in trade magazines, back this up. By all means buy the model which suits you best, but of the three, the ProSport 7 Series treadmill epitomizes what makes a great treadmill.