A subsidiary brand of the Utah-based manufacturer Icon Health & Fitness, Weslo are known for offering home treadmill solutions at affordable prices.
One model that has happily slotted into our chart of the best treadmills under $300 is their Cadence G 5.9i, which crushes some of its competitors with surprisingly good features for such an affordable price.
By including some of these advanced features, does it mean Weslo have cut any corners? Today we are going to take a closer look to find out.
When buying a cheaper treadmill, the design and aesthetics are not usually the most important things to consider. Still, it’s worth mentioning that the Cadence G 5.9i features a SpaceSaver design. This means it conveniently folds up, making it ideal for small home gyms and living rooms.
This system doesn’t feature any fancy hydraulics, but stowing and releasing is a relatively hassle-free procedure and that is something we can appreciate.
The build of this treadmill is quite robust, although when using it you can still tell it’s a more affordable solution – mainly thanks to the basic control console and simple aesthetics. Regardless, the overall experience is not too confined or wobbly.
This is partly down to the 16” x 50” belt, which is quite generous in length for this price range, even if the width is a bit narrow. This belt is pretty good, featuring Comfort Cell cushioning technology, supposedly resulting in less stress on the joints.
Under the hood, the specs are pretty impressive for this budget range. This machine features a powerful 2.25 HP motor, which can reach a top speed of 10mph and accommodate users of up to 275lbs.
While motorized incline is something reserved for treadmills with a higher price tag, the Cadence G 5.9i does offer two settings of manual incline. This comprised a pair of foldable feet that drop to give you a bit more of a challenge. Of course, you have to get off the treadmill to access this feature, but it works. So far, so good.
Up top, you’ll find the main console with a rather sleek and stylish control panel. The small backlit display screen delivers your vital workout information, including time, speed and distance run.
Nearby, a button offers you the option to scroll through six different preset workouts. There are three targeting weight loss and three high-intensity programs, which is an adequate selection to get started.
In terms of storage, this treadmill has two sufficient grooves for storing a smartphone or drink, while there’s also a handy tablet holder in the center for easy watching of movies or workout videos.
There are no heartrate monitors built into the handles, although a thumb sensor on the main console gives you some feedback. If you are really interested in heartrate stats, a smartwatch and/or chest strap would be your better option.
A feature that many people will welcome is the addition of Bluetooth connectivity. This is not for speakers or taking calls, but for allowing the Cadence G 5.9i to hook up with the iFit system.
This service allows you to run along to thousands and thousands of online workouts, displaying real locations around the world (broadcast via your tablet or smartphone) as well as other workout-enhancing features. You can read more on iFit at their website.
Without any of the extra features, the Cadence G 5.9i is a solid performer and deserves high praise in the budget range.
As mentioned, the motor delivers 10mph of speed, which will satisfy walkers, joggers and runners alike. Considering the majority of models in the sub-$300 range tend to come in at top speeds of 6 to 7mph, this is very commendable.
It’s a comfortable experience, but definitely geared more towards shorter users – if you are 6ft tall or over you may find the 50” belt length is a little restrictive when it comes to your longer stride. Some users may also struggle with the 16” width, although it’s pretty common in this entry-level segment, so, unless you want to spend a little more, you will have to make do.
The secondary features are the icing on the cake and help enhance both comfort and workout efficiency.
The iFit compatibility is a handy addition for users who enjoy this kind of service. However, one negative is that this treadmill makes it difficult to start without an iFit subscription, which is where most of the criticism lies.
There is a way to bypass iFit, but it’s not the most convenient. A quick Google search will offer you all you need to sidestep this feature if that’s what you prefer to do.