The entry level machine in their popular 9.x range, the Precor 9.23 Treadmill scales down on a couple of display console and program features, but still provides the high quality build design and running experience that have made Precor such a trusted company.
In this review we take a closer look at the design and safety features, make a quick comparison with the 9.27, and find out if the customer reviews can match up to the ratings we’ve seen on the higher priced models in the range.
Although the Precor 9.23 treadmill features the same large running area as on their commercial machines (20″ (W) x 57″ (L)), this certainly isn’t the only attractive design feature.
With a top speed of 12 mph for the running belt, and an incline range from 0% to 15%, there’s plenty of room to create some very effective workouts, regardless of your current level of fitness.
Taking a look at what’s inside the casing at the front of the running deck also reveals a powerful 3.0 HP continuous duty motor. This helps to prevent any loss of power at higher speed and incline settings, even at its full 350 lb weight capacity.
One last design feature worth a special mention is the patented running deck design, with its Ground Effects Impact Control Technology.
With frequent road running being the cause of so many knee and hip joint injuries, it’s important to make sure that any treadmill you buy is low impact.
This cushioning system helps provide a more responsive running surface, taking much of the pressure off your joints and allowing you to workout for longer.
What makes this running deck special is that the cushioning is kept where the impact is (towards the front), while there is still plenty of firm surface to push-off at the back.
Precor 9.23 Treadmill – Features Summary
- Club-quality, low-impact treadmill for your home with short handlebars
- Patented Ground Effects Impact Control Technology to cushion impact at the front, and provide a firm surface for push-off at the back
- 6 preset programs including fun run, hill climb, interval, manual, and weight loss
- Touch heart rate monitoring
- 0.5 to 12 mph speed
- 0 to 15% incline
- Maintenance-free belt
- 3.0 HP continuous duty motor
Compared to an elliptical or exercise bike, treadmills offer much more freedom of movement through the use of a running belt and running deck.
While the freedom of movement can feel like a much more natural cardio workout, it’s important to find a machine with the safety features you need to reduce the risk of injury.
In the case of the Precor 9.23, this has resulted in the addition of a magnetic safety key.
The safety key features a clip at one end for attaching to your clothing, and a magnet at the other to connect to the display console.
If you do happen to trip or move too far away from the display console, this will then disengage the safety key and trip the power switch, stopping the motion of the running belt.
The second safety feature is the use of a full width safety rail.
This can be a useful source of support before, during, and after your workout, particularly if you enjoy interval training.
Display console design
Although the Precor 9.23 display screen isn’t the largest we’ve seen, it does have some very useful features, particularly if you’re a fan of heart rate tracking.
The SmartRate display (also found on the 9.27) is a series of horizontal bars stacked on the left of the LCD screen.
An intuitive way of keeping you updated with your current heart rate level, this helps make it clearer to see when you move out of your target range.
Together with SmartRate, you still have everything you would hope for in terms of workout statistics and speed / incline adjustments.
This includes your current heart rate, calories burned, distance travelled, and workout time.
Split into different sections to ensure the information is display clearly, you also have the option of keeping updated with information shown on the lower display.
Similar to the top statistics bar, the lower display monitors 3 sets of numbers while you exercise; your average incline, average pace, and average speed.
The only real downside is the lack of ‘quick select’ incline and speed settings, which often make it much easier to adjust the intensity mid-workout.
Difference between the Precor 9.23 and 9.27
|Belt Dimensions||57" x 20"||57" x 20"|
|Weight Capacity||227 lbs||238 lbs|
|Arms||Short Length||Full Length|
|Decline/Incline||0% to 15%||0% to 15%|
|Speed||0.5 - 12 mph||0.5 - 12 mph|
What about the warranty?
- Frame and welds: Lifetime
- Parts and wear items: 5 years
- Labor: 1 year
Also includes a full user manual with details on everything from the assembly instructions to preset workout options.
Customer reviews – Pros and cons of the Precor 9.23
Despite being classed as their entry level treadmill in the 9.x range, the Precor 9.23 still looks to have all the signs of quality you would expect from one of their higher priced machines.
If you don’t have the chance to test the treadmill before you buy, it’s best to do as much research as possible, especially into any negative points.
Aside from our own review here, you can also find some useful information in the customer reviews from online shopping sites such as Amazon, who also offer a section called ‘answered questions’.
This is where people that are thinking about buying the 9.23 want to find out a bit more information from people who already own the machine.
With over 50 reviews on Amazon alone, we decided to create a quick summary of the most frequently mentioned pros and cons and add them to the lists below:
- Quick and easy to adjust the running belt alignment
- Larger running area makes it ideal for taller users with a longer stride
- Cushioned running deck
- Higher weight limit and motor power than similarly priced designs
- No need for any lubrication of the running belt to maintain a smooth movement
- Useful storage shelf on the display console for holding your tablet or phone
- Strong and stable design
- Simple to use display console options
- Quiet to run on
- Short pause time on the display (10 minutes)
- 6 preset workout programs is a little limited compared to similar machines