Xterra TRX3500 Treadmill Review
Last Updated: August 14, 2021
The Xterra TRX3500 is an improved version of the former TRX2500, a treadmill model meant for light home use. This series is made for non-athletes, with features advancing with each successive model until the TRX4500. If you’re looking for a quality treadmill to support light jogs and the occasional sprint, the TRX3500 could be a great choice.
- Backlit 6.5” LCD
A blue backlit 6.5” LCD shows your workout stats right on the console. However, some customers have found the calories burned, speed, and heart rate readings inaccurate.
- 3.0 HP Motor
The 2.25 HP motor on the previous TRX2500 fell short in performance when you needed to speed up a bit. Compared to that, 3.0 HP is a good jump. While it’s made to support speeding up, we still recommend not to overdo it. It’s better to consider a treadmill with more than 3.0 HP if you’re planning on speeding too often.
- 12 Incline Levels and 18 km/h Top Speed
Incline workouts are generally lighter on your joints and heavier on your muscles and excess fat. This means you can avoid post-workout knee aches while giving your muscles some strength and definition and multiplying calorie shedding.
Staying true to being the middle option between the TRX2500 and TRX4500, this treadmill offers a 12% max incline instead of the 10% and 15% incline limits of its siblings, respectively.
The 18km/h top speed further enables you to walk, jog, or run as you please.
- Xterra Fitness App Compatibility + 30 Preset Programmes
Before you get too excited, we should warn you that the app has a 1.3-star rating, so you shouldn’t count on it to contribute to your workout. The treadmill also has some preset workout programs for specific fitness goals.
- Spacious Running Deck with XtraSoft Cushioning
The running deck on this treadmill is 51 x 152.5 cm long and wide enough for our team’s tallest and broadest. We also like how the XtraSoft cushioning feature reduces painful impact forces to the joints.
- Heart Rate Monitoring
Again, we ask you not to expect too much from this feature. The pulse sensors in the handlebars of the TRX3500 are dodgy, so you should look for other options if tracking your heartbeat is essential to you.
The TRX3500, like its siblings, features a Lift Assist frame design, allowing you to fold up the running deck easily once you’re done for the day. The safe drop feature also provides safety and prevents any alarming thuds while unfolding.
- Other Features
Also included are cup holders, quick speed and incline buttons, handlebar controls, and a small ledge on the console for your tablet or smartphone. While the treadmill has an audio jack to play your mp3 music through its speakers, the speakers are a big disappointment. It also has a cooling fan, but that’s too weak to cool you down.
- Sturdy treadmill with 150 kg weight capacity
- 3.25 HP motor
- 15% max incline
- 19.3 kmh top speed
- Long and wide running deck
- Integrated cushioning for shock absorption
- 30 preset programs
- Easy folding system with Safe Drop feature for unfolding
- 7.5” backlit LCD
- Pulse sensors plus chest strap compatibility for heart rate monitoring
- Accessory holders included
- Quick speed/incline keys and handlebar controls
- Good customer service
- Lacks high-tech programming and workout options
- Weak fan
- Bad speakers
- The speed, calorie, and heart rate tracking may not always be accurate
The Xterra TRX3500 comes with:
- 10-year motor warranty
- 2-year parts and labour warranty
Admittedly, the TRX3500 lacks the bells and whistles of modern treadmills, like luxurious full-colour displays and compatibility with popular fitness apps. Even the accessory features aren’t perfect. However, if you aren’t a tech enthusiast and need an affordable, sturdy, straightforward piece of cardio equipment, this one could be ideal.
|Decline / Incline||0 / 12%|
|Running surface||51 x 152.5 cm|
|Heart rate monitor|
|Dimensions||196 x 90 x 142.5 cm|
|Max user weight||150kg|
|Warranty|| Motor: 10 years
Parts and Labour: 2 years