Never really had any issues previously with Weslo products and with the Cadence series I wasn’t expecting any either. This time around I got the Cadence R 5.2 treadmill and it wasn’t because a client of mine requested it. No, I got this for myself because my 15-year-old Precor ‘gym quality’ treadmill finally gave up.
Now, Weslo has always been a reliable fitness equipment however they have traditionally overpriced their entry level products. The Cadence R 5.2 thankfully isn’t. Yes, it lacks quite a lot of features compared with my previous Precor treadmill but the basics are all there and that’s what matters for a home user.
The only reason I had the Precor previously is because I got it from a closed down fitness center. 2.5 HP Max Motor provides sufficient power to drive the belt through several speed increments and never once feels underwhelming. This together with the 16” by 50” tread belt offers a good space for any height. While the incline options are limited with just two settings, one of which being the zero incline, the 6 workout options are all configured perfectly. Anyone other than marathon runners will find the Weslo Cadence R 5.2 treadmill to be a decent investment.
My Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill Review
- Assembly - 9/109/10
- Features - 7/107/10
- Ease of Use - 9/109/10
- Build Quality - 8/108/10
- Portable - 8/108/10
Affordable, easy to use and reliable too.
Weslo spends a lot of time pre-assembling their treadmills and it shows from the moment you remove all the packaging. Because of its pre-assembled nature, you will need a helping hand moving it to its final resting spot. My treadmill sits right next to my bed since I love having the opportunity to work out any time of the day.
The first time I started up this treadmill, I noticed that the motor had a sort of wobbly motion that tends to jerk the belt into action. This is definitely a design oversight from the folks at Weslo as you have to be careful not to step on the deck as it starts up. The jerks are a bit violent and this is probably the only negative I could find with the Weslo Cadence R 5.2 worth deducting points for. One more thing, the motor is kind of loud once you pass the 5mph marker. Not an issue for me but I can imagine it being a problem for folks who tend to run early in the morning when the rest of the world is asleep.
The best way to start working on this treadmill is to stay on the sides of the deck, wait for the movements to even out before stepping on the deck. Once it begins though, speed changes are fluent with no more jerks or unnecessary motion. Workouts are well planned and they take into account difficulty levels, time inputs from the user to decide the duration of each section. Unfortunately, weight does not come into play and hence the calorie readings are more of a generalized output rather than specific to each user.
Calorie readings along with distance covered, speed maintained and pulse rate are all clearly displayed on the large LCD display, which is reminiscent of higher Weslo treadmill models. It is bright and clear through the day but at night under really low lighting conditions, it might be a pain trying to gauge your progress. Not necessarily a bad thing though, especially if you don’t want the light from the LCD console waking up your partner.
As for the belt itself, it doesn’t have the same cushioning as seen on Precor and other treadmills but is sufficient not to give you a sore feeling afterwards. Speaking of the deck, it is wide and long enough so taller folks should not feel constricted. The speed choices plus the ample motor power offers a decent amount of speed settings with quick increment buttons but I tend to stick with the up and down buttons to change the routine up.
If you do not like manually controlling your workout sessions but want the treadmill to do this for you, the six pre-configured profiles will feel just right. However, the lack of weight input does make things a little too generic for my liking as the calorie count on any of the profiles isn’t accurate enough. Nevertheless, it does give you a proper workout.
Coming to the ergonomics of the treadmill, there is a lot going for the Weslo Cadence R 5.2 treadmill. I was pleasantly surprised to see couple of pockets for water bottles but more so for a tablet. Yup, this treadmill can hold a tablet in place as you work out. Great if you tend to watch your favorite shows or movies online.
As for storage, this treadmill folds up or down when not in use and the manner in which it locks makes it easy to store it upright against the wall or in a cabinet. Two wheels at the back help transport it in and out of my closet.
Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill Gallery
Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill Pros & Cons
Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill Best Features
- High Power Motor – Ample amount of power on this treadmill helps maintain speed with ease. Never feels underpowered though the motor could have been streamlined for less jerks and wobbles.
- Large Display – The LCD display clearly shows the selected profile, distance covered, average speed, calorie count and pulse rate among other things. Isn’t too bright either for night time use.
- Cushioned Deck – The deck is cushioned but unlike other treadmills doesn’t feel too soft. It is just ideal to reduce pressure on joints and yet give a sturdy platform to run on.
- Pre-assembled – Nothing much to assemble as it comes pre-built. Just lubricate the deck and start using.
- Affordable – Great design and performance that doesn’t cost much. It is what you want in your home treadmill.
- Ample Space That Folds – The treadmill deck is longer and wider than most home usage treadmills. And because it folds up, storage should not be an issue.
Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill Conclusion
The Weslo Cadence R 5.2 is a home treadmill that does not burn a hole in your pocket when you consider its sturdiness. This treadmill is designed for performance and longevity. The motor is powerful though it could do with a little finer tuning. Just remember not to step onto the deck before it starts moving.
Good LCD display with sufficient workout profiles, decent speed options and a wide cushioned deck – all point towards this treadmill being a reliable equipment. Best of all, the treadmill comes pre-built so you won’t have to spend time getting it together.