Branx Fitness ‘Elite Runner Pro’ Treadmill Review

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    Branx Fitness is one of the top treadmills manufacturers in the industry, producing models for all budgets. Their Elite Runner Pro treadmill is in the upper price bracket and a (nearly) ​gym quality treadmill. But is it worth the price? 

    Key Features of the Elite Runner Pro

    This model comes with many commercial grade level features that will be important to most treadmill users, including:

    • High top speed of 23 km/h
    • Large running deck area: 140 (L) x 48 (W) cm
    • 22 level/ degree Electronic Power Incline
    • 3.5CHP Continuous/ 6.5HP Peak Motor
    • Large 5.5″ LCD screen ​- Speed, Distance, Time, Calories, Pulse, Incline
    • Foldable frame with a Dual Shock 10-Point ​Suspension System
    • MP3 player input with good quality built-in speakers
    • Maximum runner weight of 160 kg
    • 2-year labour and parts and 5-year frame/ motor warranty

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    Detailed Review of Elite Runner Pro

    Functions and Performance

    As highlighted above the Elite Runner Pro comes with many premium and commercial grade features. The top speed of 23 km/hr covers every ability for serious sprinting.

    Combined with the 22-degree automatic incline function the Elite Runner Pro gives you the option of also adding high-intensity hill sprint intervals to your workouts if you want to mix things up.

    The many preset and manual programs give you all the variety ​you will need along with the ability to track you workouts - including - time, distance, calories, and even heart rate.

    This running machine does have a cooling fan but don't expect too much from it. Other than that the only thing missing is a pause button to allow you to stop temporarily and come back to your program. This is not a deal-breaker in ​my opinion, but something to note in case this feature is important to you.

    Noise Levels

    Low noise is an area where more expensive treadmills like this one shine. We found the Elite Runner Pro impressively quiet. Only the ​sound of your footsteps as you run is noticeable, and even those aren't too loud due to the cushioning of the suspension system.

    You can easily watch TV or listen to music while running, and it certainly won't annoy people in adjoining rooms or other floors of your house/ building.

    Size and Weight

    Branx Elite Runner Pro - dimensions

    The Branx Fitness Elite Runner Pro Treadmill has the following weight and dimensions: 

    • Assembled Dimensions: (L x W x H) 1900 x 800 x 1320mm
    • Folded Dimensions: (L x W x H) 820 x 800 x 1500mm
    • Boxed Dimensions: (L x W x H) 1850 x 820 x 380mm
    • Running Deck Area (L x W): 1400 x 480mm
    • Boxed Weight: 100 Kg

    There is a significant difference between the folded dimensions and boxed dimension, which means you easily store it mostly out of the way if you use to in the bedroom, lounge or other shared space. 

    Assembly and Delivery

    When purchased within the UK, the treadmill will be delivered within 48 hours, while other Islands of the UK can expect delivery within 2-5 business days.

    Unlike many cheaper treadmills, the Elite Runner Pro comes mostly pre-assembled. You only need to attach the main components into the upright position with some screws.

    Which is good as manual is not the best (and this is a criticism of almost all treadmill manufacturers). That said, you should be able to put it together in about 20 minutes. It does help to have another person on hand to assist with the assembly to hold things in place.

    The folding mechanism is hydraulically assisted, so you don't need to hold the weight of the running desk when unfolding it. It can also be easily wheeled around when folded by one person.

    Maximum User Weight

    The maximum user weight for the Branx Fitness Foldable Treadmill is 160kg (25 Stone/ 350 lb). This is much more than the typical 100kg limit on entry-level models.

    In ​my opinion if you're heavier than the 160 kg limit, and only plan on brisk walking you would still be fine given the sturdy build quality of the Elite Runner Pro. 

    Conclusion

    ​I'm impressed with the Elite Runner Pro, this model packs in a lot of commercial-grade features for the price, with only a few minor criticisms as outlined above.

    This model is also ​suited to ​runners over the usual 100 kg weight limit, or if your serious about your training and want a high-performance treadmill that can grow with you as you improve.

    Yes, it's more expensive than many other budget models out there. But if you can ​afford the investment​, I feel the features, built quality, and plain satisfaction of using such a quality machine will more than pay off over the long run.

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