Precor 9.33 Premium Series Treadmill Review

 

The Precor 9.33 Premium Series Treadmill is a high-end, premium treadmill boasting exceptional quality and professional grade features.

Just some of the features boasted by the machine are; Integrated Foot Plant Technology, Ground Effects Impact Control System, Integrated fan, Bio-Feedback centre, Phenolic Laminate Deck and a fully powder coated frame.

For well over $4000 dollars the Precor 9.33 Premium series needs to have a lot going for it to justify the premium price. Are all of the scientific boastings useful in real life? Does it feel like a professional level machine? Is it worth so much money?

 

Dimensions & Technical Specifications

  • 79 x 34 x 56 inches (204 x 86 x 142 cm)
  • 335 pounds (152 kg) assembled weight
  • 360 pounds (163 kg) shipping weight ( + 40 lbs / 18 kg for shipping pallet)

 

Key Features

  • Durable design for home use: Precor quality has been time tested in health facilities worldwide, providing solid construction that translates into long-lasting performance, quiet operation, and trouble-free operation in your home.
  • Integrated Foot plant Technology: Innovative design adjusts belt speed to foot speed, fully complementing and supporting your natural running stride.
  • Ground Effects Impact Control System: Unique suspension system cushions impact and stabilizes lateral movement, reducing impact on joints, increasing comfort, and minimizing fatigue.
  • Easy-to-read, intuitive console: Access QuickStart, Programs, and User IDs with one touch of a button. Tap Control keypad is user-friendly with “quick key” functions. The 9.33 offers a unique workout log and a personal best tracker to keep you motivated during your workout.
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: A combination of easy-to-use handgrip sensors and wireless heart rate telemetry allow you to monitor your heart rate during workouts. SmartRate displays your heart rate to keep you in your target zone for improved cardio-training and weight-loss results.
  • Options menu offers greater choice: The options button allows you to customize your workouts by viewing additional metrics, entering weight and age, or selecting the goal you want to work toward.
  • Safety features: For added assurance, the magnetic safety key and stop button will immediately turn off power when activated. Password protection ensures that the machine can be locked and unlocked at your discretion.
  • 0 hp continuous-duty motor runs cool and quiet, providing substantial power and torque at all speeds.
  • Steel crowned drive and take up roller keep belt centered to reduce maintenance and eliminate noise.
  • Integrated fan on the flywheel aids cooling
  • Multi-ply belt made of polyester satin weave with a non-slip PVC surface
  • Phenolic laminate deck bonded to 1-inch medium density fiberboard; can be flipped to double life.
  • Bio-feedback center with SmartRate provides dedicated feedback on heart rate and calories.
  • Full-length arms
  • Heart rate monitoring and compatibility with heart rate telemetry reading using an optional chest strap
  • Diagnostics: Set weight, age, workout stats, interval speeds, and inclines for each user
  • Accessory holder for water bottle, portable music, reading material and more
  • Powder-coating process adds cosmetic topcoat and durability to frame
  • QuickStart lets you begin workout with the push of a single button

 

Comfort

At this price you have every right to expect an incredibly comfortable treadmill experience with no glitches or problems at all. You certainly get a lot more than you pay for with the comfort features on this machine.

The comfort and cushioning on the belt is astounding, if you found you where restricted a little before, this cushioning could be everything you need to get you taking your workouts up a notch. The Ground Effects Shock Absorption is fantastic and combined with the Ground Effects Impact Control you’ll feel like the machine is completely in sync with your stride. You’ll have never realised a machine could be so intuitive before you experienced the Precor 9.33.

The machine itself is extremely heavy and once set up you’ll feel as though it could take an earthquake before it comes down. It is well designed to last a long time and take a lot of pounding before any of its components give in. You’ll feel more than confident gliding along on this machine and pushing yourself to new limits. You will most definitely never have felt treadbelt comfort to this level unless you have used a treadmill in a top gym before.

 

Performance

Using this machine to workout is the mechanical equivalent to having a personal trainer, except a personal trainer can’t make you feel as comfortable as this machine does.

Performance highlights are; 16 preset programs, 10 feedback options, telemetry capabilities, 15% incline and a unique workout log.

If you do find yourself getting bored of the customization options on this treadmill or just feel like you need the machine to do the guesswork for you, you have 16 preset programs to enjoy. The programs include; weight loss, random, manual, interval, heart rate, 5 k, 10 k,1 mile, 3 different walks, 3 different runs and 2 different custom workout options. The programs are all great and enjoyable to do, but the really exceptional depth behind these programs is the ability to track your progress throughout them in so much detail. Not only can you observe 10 different pieces of information from your workout including your heart rate which can be tracked using the chest strap or handlebar sensors, you can also use the unique workout log which is an amazing facility to see in detail exactly how you’ve been progressing during your use of this treadmill.

With such an amazing base and design at your feet, you’ve every reason to excel with your fitness on this machine.

 

Ease Of Use & Convenience

The console is incredibly easy to use and the layout is incredibly convenient. You’ve plenty of room for water bottles and keys in the troughs either side of the screen and the screen is easily readable and well laid out. The most inconvenient part of the machine is the fact that it is extremely heavy, and you’ll more than likely need a few people to get it into place. The quick start button is particularly convenient as you can jump on and enjoy your workout straight away.

One particularly innovative design feature is the phenolic laminate deck which can be flipped for double life; how many other manufacturers make their equipment so good you can use it twice?

This machine is premium and is designed to be the most user friendly, intuitive treadmill possible and it certainly ticks all boxes in the ease of use category.

 

Entertainment

With lower priced treadmills you tend to get badly working extras in the way of below par speakers and incompatible apps that really take away from the overall quality of the treadmill. With the Precor 9.33 Premium series, you really feel like the manufacturer has put every single ounce of design bumf into the treadmill and it’s exercise capabilities. You can see where the money has been spent on this machine and it’s obviously not on entertainment, but you don’t mind as much when the comfort levels and programming is so high spec.

 

Warranty

  • Lifetime Warranty on the Frame and Welds
  • 10 year or 5 year Warranty on Parts and Wear Items
  • 1 year Warranty on Labor

 

The Final Verdict

At around $4500 dollars the Precor 9.33 Premium Series Treadmill is worth every dollar. They do say ‘you get what you pay for’ and in this instance it certainly rings true.

It doesn’t have all the badly working extras of a mid-range treadmill, it has all the premium, luxury features of a high-end, well designed treadmill. This treadmill is fantastic for anyone who can afford it, particularly those recovering from injury who need the highest level cushioning available.

 

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