Weslo Cadence G 5.9i Treadmill Review

Weslo Cadence G 5.9i Treadmill is an entry-level foldable and rather affordable treadmill for home use, equipped with quite a few features. Having very small footprint, Weslo Cadence G 5.9i Treadmill can fit anywhere, even in a small home.

Weslo Cadence G 5.9i Treadmill has won many Best Buy awards for the home treadmill in its price range.

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Specifications of Weslo Cadence G 5.9i Treadmill

- Dimensions: 64.5” L x 29” W x 55.5” H

- Motor: 2.25 HP

- Running area: 16” x 50”

- Top speed: 10 MPH

- Weight capacity: 275 lbs.

- Built-in workout programs: 6

- Electrical requirements: 120 volts

Features of Weslo Cadence G 5.9i Treadmill

Assembly

Assembly of Cadence G5.9i is fairly easy with the running surface and uprights coming pre-assembled. However, it can be useful to have another helper for lifting the machine onto a side. But it’s not essential.

For connecting the base supports, display console and hand rails, users may need a very little additional assembly. The user manual has well-written assembly instructions as well as clear diagrams. Total assembly takes around 30 minutes after unboxing.
Motor

Weslo Cadence G 5.9i Treadmill is powered by a 2.25 HP ImpulseTM Motor (which means that the motor starts quickly and has a cooling fan), which is quite powerful for such a cheap price.

Note: Weslo Cadence G 5.9i Treadmill is simple to assemble, use and maintain, but when it arrives, be sure to read the manual thoroughly.

LED Console

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Cadence G5.9i is equipped with a blue-tinted LED console where users can track their workout progress, including distance covered, elapsed time, speed, calories burned and heart rate. However, the display doesn’t have a backlit and thus it’s a problem to see the data in low-light environment.

Easy Pulse TM Heart Rate Monitor

G5.9i also has a heart rate monitor. All users have to do is to put their thumb on the sensor and the machine will show their heart rate on the display. However, it’s not available as feedback while users are walking or running, or as a continuous stream. Instead they will have to stand on the foot rails and press their thumb down on the heart rate monitor for many seconds.

This is not actually an effective way for tracking heart rate during an exercise. So, users are recommended to invest in a heart rate chest strap.

Workout Programs

Cadence G5.9i has six pre-installed workout programs - 3 for fat burning and 3 higher intensity workouts. These workouts are designed by a certified personal trainer and take guesswork out of workout time to help users make the most of each workout session.

iFit Membership via Bluetooth

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Users of Cadence G5.9i can anytime connect to iFit Coach on their smartphone or tablet via the 30-day free membership through Bluetooth and get access to thousands of workouts around the world or in a virtual studio.

Users can either follow video workouts or connect with Google maps to change streets and scenery to various places in the world and track all their stats. Their settings will be personalized by expert trainers. Thus users can use it as a virtual training assistant guiding them through their workout sessions.

Running Surface

The running surface of Cadence G5.9i is 50” long and 16” wide which is relatively small. Even if users are not very tall, Cadence G5.9i is likely to restrict their stride when running fast. However, some tall users mention that they don’t find this deck problematic. But, for walking and light jogging, running deck is large enough.

Speeds

Cadence G5.9i offers a good speed range from 0 to 10 mph and the machine allows users to control the speeds and interval with large, labeled buttons.

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Cadence G5.9i has a 2-point incline, viz. 1.5% and 6% with which the treadmill offers a more challenging workout experience.

However, the incline should be set manually, requiring the user to either set the inline before the exercise or to stop the exercise, change the incline and then to continue with the exercise.

Compact Size

Weslo Cadence G5.9i is just 64.5” long and 29” wide. Plus, it can be folded between workouts and can be placed in a vertical position to take up even less space. This is great for users with small flats and apartments.

Comfort Cell Cushioning

The running surface of G5.9i comes with a comfort cell cushioning that reduces shocks and thus is kind on users’ joints.

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Noise Level

Cadence G5.9i is quieter than a dishwasher - it is not 'whisper' quiet, but it will not wake up the neighbors :)

Build Quality

The overall build quality of Cadence G5.9i is good with a strong metal frame, though other parts are made of plastic.

Extras

Cadence G5.9i comes with a water bottle holder and tablet holder.

Warranty

Cadence G5.9i comes with an relatively short warranty. Its motor has 1 year warranty, whereas parts and labor has a 90-day warranty.

It should be noted that the warranty is applicable only to the first user. Thus if buyers buy a second-hand machine even within the warranty period, they won’t get the warranty.

Return Policy

Cadence G5.9i offers a 30-day return policy. But unless there is a damage or defect, returning the machine will incur a 10% restocking fee. But if it’s due to defect or damage, no fee will be charged.

Pros of Weslo Cadence G5.9i Treadmill

- Low price

- Compact size

- Foldable design

- Quick assembly

- Six pre-defined workout programs

- iFit Bluetooth enabled – one month iFit membership free

- Heart rate monitor

- Comfort Cell Cushioning that makes the machine easy on joints

Cons of Weslo Cadence G5.9i Treadmill

- Small running surface

- Manual incline and not electronic

- After one month, users have to buy the iFit subscription

- Short warranty

Note: Weslo Cadence G 5.9i Treadmill comes with transport wheels, allowing the user to move the unit around, when and if required.

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However, it is highly recommended to place the treadmill on the permanent location and to protect both floor and treadmill using high-quality treadmill mat.


Bottom Line

Cadence G5.9i is very good for someone who is on budget and is looking for starting exercise and thereby building health at home. This is an extremely low-priced machine with loads of features.

It’s compact size, easily movable, offers a speed up to 10mph, 2 manual inclines, LCD display that shows time, distance, speed, calories burned and pulse, and thumb heart rate sensor.

Although it comes with a rather short warranty, it can be considered to get a feel of the workout regime at the comfort of one’s home before one considers buying a pricey machine with a lifetime warranty or join a gym once s/he becomes a hardcore exercise enthusiast. But, many users are happy with this machine even with a fairly heavy use.

Weslo Cadence G 5.9i vs. Weslo Cadence G 5.9

weslo cadence g 5 9 treadmill 1Both Weslo Cadence G 5.9i and Weslo Cadence G 5.9 are fairly similar machines, with just a few differences. Both have their low price as a unique selling point. Plus, they have the same dimensions, same 6 built-in workouts, same LED display, same 1-year warranty on motor and 90-day warranty on parts and labor, same 16” x 50” running deck, same thumb pulse rate heart monitor, same two manual inclines and same Comfort Cell Cushioning. But there are some differences. Here they are:

- The main difference between these two machines is that Weslo Cadence G 5.9i comes with Bluetooth enabled iFit membership, while Weslo Cadence G 5.9 isn’t iFit enabled. Due to the Bluetooth enabled iFit Coach membership, the user of Weslo Cadence G 5.9i can enjoy thousands of workout options, either in a virtual gym or on various streets around the world with beautiful scenery and diverse terrains. But the machine comes with only 1-month free membership. After that, users have to purchase the iFit membership.

- Weslo Cadence G 5.9i has a 2.25 HP motor, while Weslo Cadence G 5.9 has 2.5 HP motor.

- Weslo Cadence G 5.9i has a water bottle holder and tablet holder, while Weslo Cadence G 5.9 doesn’t come with these extras.

Price comparison:

 

Considering these similarities and differences, users need to think over what they want and what is not useful for them and choose between these two affordable machines.

For more reviews and recommendations, check Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill and Weslo Cadence G 5.9i Treadmill with Bluetooth Amazon links (links open in the new window).