Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill Review

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The Weslo Cadence R 5.2 is a low-budget folding treadmill which is one of the cheapest ones in the market. The brand Weslo is primordially most famous for their line of G 5.9 Treadmills which to date occupies the pinnacle position of Amazon’s bestselling treadmills. While the Weslo Cadence R 5.2 is an inferior model to its more popular counterpart, it nonetheless has enough features to be affordable to all as well as provide a reliable fitness experience suited to your needs. With six workout programs, a 2.5 HP motor, and two incline modes, the Cadence R 5.2 brings all it can to the table for its miniscule price tag. Do note however that the line of R 5.2 treadmills are best suited for walking exercises. While running on the treadmill is possible, the short running track and the tendency of the treadmill to shake at high speeds makes the task more difficult. With this article, we hope to clarify to you the features of the machine so you can make up your own mind if you wish to adorn your home gym with this special machine or not. [no_toc]

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The Weslo Cadence R 5.2 is a light machine and is pretty easy to set up. While the instruction manual states that assembling the treadmill is a two man job, most users who have reviewed the product have affirmed that it can easily be assembled by one person as well. When assembled, its dimensions are 10 x 31 x 68 inches. Based on a Space Saver Folding design, the treadmill occupies as little space as possible and can be folded for later use. This ensures that if your house has less space to spare, the Weslo Cadence R 5.2 will not prove to be a problem. It is also portable and can be transported from one room to another easily.

The running track is admittedly short, coming up to 50 x 16 inches which is okay for walking but definitely not suited for running exercises. Also note that if you’re a tall person then this machine will not be comfortable for your relatively long legs.

Console and Features

The treadmill has a simple and stylish LCD display that tracks basic readings such as total speed, distance covered, elapsed time, and number of calories burned. Six preset training programs adjust the speed and incline of the treadmill to give you diverse work out options. Incremental speed controls on the control panel allow you to change speeds for up to 10 mph. The Weslo Cadence R 5.2 also allows you to manually adjust between two incline options that can be tilted roughly up to 15%. All of this is well and good for a budget treadmill that costs so little.

Construction and Motor

Weighing a meager 119 pounds, the Weslo Cadence R 5.2 treadmill can support maximum weights of up to 250 pounds. There is however a tendency for the treadmill to start shaking and becoming unsteady at very high speeds. Also it would be preferable that users weighing under 220 pounds use this treadmill as no stout guarantees can be made about the treadmill’s durability when accommodating heavier users. A 2.5 HP Impulse Max motor powers the treadmill for interval, speed, and endurance training. The motor will also adjust its own power to cool the internal components. A tad disadvantage of the motor here is that owing to the thin material with which the belt of the Cadence R 5.2 is made, the motor’s operation will be noisy, especially when the treadmill is being operated on higher speeds.

The surface of the treadmill is based on the Comfort Cell cushioning system. As compared to the average treadmill, the cushioning system appears to be weak and not as much of high quality. This disadvantage can be redeemed if you keep in mind the low cost of the Cadence R 5.2.


  • The low price is an instant plus.
  • Portable and easy to assemble
  • Compact design occupies much less space
  • The six workout programs provide necessary diversity in options


  • Since the treadmill comes so cheap, most of its parts are low quality
  • The running track of 55 x 16 is too constrained for users with bigger strides
  • Manually adjusting the incline can prove to be a chore at times
  • The motor is noisy at high speeds
  • The treadmill becomes unstable at high speeds
  • Weslo offers a 90 day warranty for parts and labor, and one year for motor. Standard treadmills offer much more.


The Weslo Cadence R 5.2 was always going to be a flawed treadmill owing to its low-budget price. If you think about it however, the six workout programs and incline modes are pretty decent in providing you an abundance in options for your exercise needs. Obviously, the major limitation of the treadmill is that it is built purposefully for walking but if you have a house with not enough room to withhold a large treadmill, the Cadence R 5.2 will alleviate that problem owing to its portability and compact design. It also serves as a good starting point for new exercisers. Sure it isn’t as brilliant as the Cadence G 5.9 but it still manages to be a pretty good treadmill that has our respect.


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Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill Review

Accessibility - 7.4
Build Quality - 6.9
Comfort - 7.1
Design - 6.3


There is nothing overly flashy with this model of the Weslo Cadence as it has operation and features that are simple and decent enough to have you exercising daily.

User Rating: 5 ( 1 votes)
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Christian R. Berndt

I am a highly competent and enthusiastic Personal Trainer with the ability to help people achieve their fitness goals and ambitions. I have been training for the past five years myself and have gained knowledge and experience within the fitness sector which also included me learning to a high extent about nutrition and supplementation. I learnt this from being practical and additional research in my own time. I am able to apply the knowledge I have to help anyone and work around their needs and goals. I have been around physical activity for all of my teenage and adult life. My career as fitness guide through various Gyms has given me immense knowledge in recommending a variety of fitness equipments.

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