After reviewing the finding from TreadmillDoctor.com, Runner's World, Treadmill-Ratings- Reviews.com, SmartMoney.com and users on Amazon.com, the researchers at ConsumerSearch concluded: “At about $5,000, the Precor 9.35 represents a significant investment -- but serious runners and expert reviewers say it stands up to the pressure. High points include a responsive 3-horsepower continuous-duty motor, solid construction, and the ability to adjust from a 15-percent incline to a 2-percent decline.”
Precor 9.35 Treadmill Features
Ground Effects Impact Control — The deck is designed so that when you plant your feet you get the proper shock absorption, and when you push-off towards the back of the deck you get a solid launch. Now most treadmills offer a similar benefit, however, the Precor 9.35 is designed in a way that it offers similar shock absorption for individuals of different weight. They incorporate triangular-shaped shock absorbers at the front of the deck that bows based on your weight. According to the company, "This unique feature progressively absorbs impact based on your height and weight." It also adjusts based on whether you are training for a marathon or are using the treadmill for walking.
The problem with the shock absorption on most treadmills is that they are geared for a certain weight range. Lighter individuals will not get adequate absorption, while heavier individuals will get too much absorption.
Integrated Footplant Technology (IFT)
— This feature was explained to me by the Chief Innovation Officer, and it is a perfect example of why Precor treadmills are exceptional. Your footstep has a unique pattern of accelerating and decelerating. Through the IFT the treadmill registers your speed, "checking the motor speed up to 710 times per second". Based on your speed the treadmill adjusts the speed of the belt to match your natural movement. This results in a reduction of discomfort to your joints. This feature is exclusively found on the Precor 9.3 series and their commercial models.
— The console and display is similar to ones found on their commercial models. It includes a number of windows to get feedback on various stats simultaneously, in addition there is a ticker tape window that provides instructions. Features include...
In conjunction with the heart rate control, you can input your weight and the Precor 9.35 will calculate your heart range for different fitness goals like fat burning and cardio training.
Personal Best Record Tracking
— The Precor 9.35 will record your personal best record for 1 and 2 miles, and 5k and 10K distances.
— Alerts you if you are keeping up with your personal best. You can also define how fast you want to run a mile. For example, you say you want to run a seven minute mile, it will alert you if you are maintaining the proper pace to achieve that goal.
3.0 Continuous Duty HP Motor
— This motor will run effortlessly even at higher speed. Although it does not come with a lifetime motor like many other treadmill brands, it is one of the better motors found on a residential treadmill.
22" x 56" Treadbelt
— Typically treadmills come with a 20" belt width. The extra 2" feels less confining.
2.5” Precision-machined, steel crowned rollers
- keep belt centered and running smoothly to reduce noise and wear.
2% Decline to 15% Incline
— With the ability to decline the deck you can simulate running up and down hills.
23 Exercise Programs
— You get a variety of exercise challenges, allowing you to regularly change up your routine and break up the monotony.
4 User IDs
— You can store the profiles of four separate users, in addition to storing your personal best stats.
335 lb. Unit Weight
— This is commercial grade heavy. No matter how fast you are running you will maintain a solid and stable feel.
— Lifetime frame and welds, 10-years parts and wear items, 1-year labor. Obviously they are confident their parts are not going to wear out.
Precor 9.35 Treadmill Performance
Spacious and versatile. The Precor 9.35's 22-by-56-inch belt leaves plenty of room for all but the longest-legged of runners, and its 12-mph maximum speed will challenge almost anybody. In an older article for SmartMoney.com, Olympic decathlete Bryan Clay find the 9.35's ability to shift from a 15-percent incline all the way down to a 2-percent decline well worth the extra cost.
Both experts and owners agree the Precor 9.35's 3-horsepower continuous-duty motor is quiet and responds quickly to changes. We also found praise for its shock-absorption feature, which can accommodate users of all weights -- with no apparent maximum.
Ease of use
Programs and performance. The Precor 9.35 comes with 11 preset programs (plus two custom options), four interval and five heart rate control programs. It has a handgrip heart-rate monitor that brings the typical reliability and accuracy complaints and is compatible with wireless syncing from chest straps and other transmitters.
Several owners praise the treadmill's ability to store personal best performances on various courses; a pacer option shows how you're doing against that recorded best. The Precor also offers a workout log feature and four user IDs, so up to four people can track their results.
Precor 9.35 Treadmill Durability
Marathoner tested. "I've maxed out how fast I can run, maxed out the incline, and it just keeps humming along without skipping a beat," reports a marathoner who's logged more than 3,000 miles on a Precor 9.35i, posting to the Runner's World forums. (This post is no longer available online.) He mentions hearing the occasional squeak and feeling a little drag on the belt after about 1,800 miles, which was remedied with a quick repair call.
It's no surprise, then, that the Precor 9.35 draws much expert praise for its durability. "You are getting a treadmill designed to take abuse," writes Fred Waters of Treadmill-Ratings-Reviews.com, who also points out this model incorporates many of the components you'll find in Precor's light-commercial-use treadmills.
Precor Customer Service
No complaints here. We found a couple of complaints about local third-party companies that customers called to work on their Precor treadmills, but zero criticism about Precor's customer service. In fact, one Amazon.com customer says they footed the bill for a service call after he went looking for a second opinion; and Precor's customer service proactively reaches out to Amazon.com customers who post complaints. Users praise the 9.35's bombproof construction and its more than solid warranty: lifetime coverage on the frame, 10 years for mechanical and electronic parts and one year for labor.
Precor 9.35 Premium Series Treadmill
The 9.35 Premium Series treadmill from Precor brings the latest design and technical innovations to your home. Whether running or walking, the 9.35 treadmill provides an exceptionally smooth and fluid feel...
- Professional-quality treadmill for the home with innovative design that adjusts belt speed to foot speed
- Up to 12 MPH speed, 15 percent incline, -2 percent decline
- 23 preset programs including 1- and 2-mile, 5k/10k courses, 5 heart rate, 2 custom, 1 manual, 1 walk, 1 weight loss
- Handheld heart rate monitoring with compatibility for wireless monitors
- Lifetime warranty on frame, 10 year on parts, 1 year on labor