Phoenix Health & Fitness are well known as a brand that manufactures exercise equipment and then sells them at wholesale price. The Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Treadmill is their least expensive entry-level treadmill to date that attempts to lure in customers looking to start exercising. With a meager price tag, it is Phoenix’s most affordable machine and pretty much one of the least expensive treadmills being sold on Amazon right now. It is usually suggested that users stunt their expectations a little when it comes to buying a very budget friendly treadmill because that machine is bound to be lacking in features and options owing to its simplistic price tag. Nonetheless Phoenix Health & Fitness have come up with a model which (although costing a fraction compared to higher end treadmills) still manages to hold up to expectations.
The machine comes with assembly dimensions of 46 inches length, 21 inches width, and 50 inches of height. It is compact and is composed of a space-saving design which ensures that the treadmill will not take too much space in your room. It is also capable of being folded and can measure up to 22 x 21 x 50 inches when in that state. Built in wheels at the base will help you transport the treadmill from one place to the other in order to save storage space. The running belt has dimensions ranging 41.5 inches x 13.5 inches which can be a little narrow for those with larger running action.
The treadmill weighs a mere 44 pounds and is so light that you can even move it while it is assembled. In total, the Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Treadmill can support up to weights of 250 pounds which is a highlight because many other treadmills in the same price range do not accommodate weights above 220 pounds.
A very basic but multi-function display allows you to track readings of elapsed time, distance covered, total speed, and estimated number of burned calories. Note that the display can show only one reading at a time so by pushing the red button beneath the display, you will be able to keep track of your workout progress.
As was expected from its minuscule price tag, the Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Treadmill does not come with adjustable incline settings of any sort. It does however have a natural incline of 12.5% which is fixed and cannot be changed. This may provide the much needed intensity you need to achieve your fitness goals but do note that there will be days where you won’t feel like working out in the same intensity but the immovable incline will leave you no choice but to keep doing so. We can compare this machine with the ProGear 190 Space-Saver Manual Treadmill which exists in the same price range but at least comes with two adjustable incline options. The Phoenix also does not come with any incremental speed settings owing to the fact that it has no motor operating the running belt over the rollers. The treadmill is powered by the user alone and the momentum of your strides will determine how fast you want the conveyer belt to move.
The Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Treadmill is comprised of a heavy duty steel frame and weighs 44 pounds. It appears to be pretty durable for use and has a weight capacity of 250 pounds which is pretty good for such a low cost treadmill. It is also customized with a heavy duty flywheel which will provide a smooth and consistent running operation suited to your fitness needs. Since there is no motor, the speed of the belt relies entirely on you and how fast you want your training to be. The lack of motor also signifies no noise and you can thus continue your exercise in relative comfort while listening to your music and not worrying about discussing your house members.
With all these things addressed, let us now weigh the pros and cons of the machine
The Phoenix 98516 Easy-Up Treadmill is one heck of an exercise equipment. It does not have any fancy features that stand out particularly but that’s okay considering it is comes so cheap. This model of the Phoenix is nearly identical to the Phoenix 98510 Easy-Up Treadmill with the only difference being that the latter comes with a bottle holder and free water bottle. Admittedly it does have its few share of problems with the display being too basic, and most importantly the absolute fixedness of the incline. While it would’ve been nice to have an adjustable incline, it does not take away anything from the 98516 model because it still continues to be a very well rounded machine. With those things in mind, we strongly recommend you buy this one if you’re looking to start exercising on a piece of equipment that can be placed in your home. Entry level manual treadmills do not get much better than this.