Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill – REVIEW

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Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill – REVIEW


With a price tag of just over $300 can the Weslo Cadence R 5.2 match up to the more premium treadmills from brands such as ProForm and Nordic Track? d be a doddle!

Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Cheapest Price

Item Country Original Price Discounted Price
Weslo Cadence R 5.2 uk-48 WAS $399.99 CLICK HERE

Delivery and setup

Ordered and delivered next day from a well-known online retailer. Not really heavy in comparison to some other brands but I would recommend that 2 people move it into place. It weighs about 45kg’s in its box.

Initial thoughts and build quality

First impressions after we finished building the treadmill were that the company behind the Weslo R 5.2 have cut back on as much as possible to keep the costs to a minimum. The frame is a grey in color with the rest of the treadmill covered in a black plastic.

Our first feelings when we stepped onto the running track were positive, it was a good size and does offer some level of shock absorption as you run. There were no unusual noises or squeaks and the motor sounded strong.

2.25 HP Motor

Packing a 2.25 HP motor the Weslo Cadence R 5.2 is really punching above its weight in this category. This is simply a great motor for the money, allowing consistent speeds and even interval sprint training for those that train in this way.

The motor is also surprisingly quiet as cheaper motors tend to be on the noisy side.


Manual 2 position adjustable incline

Welso have had to remove an incline motor to keep costs down and so replaced this with a 2 position manual system. Of course this isn’t going to be as good as one that allows variations at the touch of a button, but they have at least given you some options with the two point adjustable system.

We tested both position and did feel the difference with the new position. This will suit new runner or those who don’t require the full range of incline that premium models will give you.

Space save design

Weslo have included a space saver folding storage system as part of the package. This allows almost near vertical folding of the running track so that you can easily place it away in a corner when not in use.

LCD Panel

The LCD display on the Weslo Cadence is simple yet effective. A small display shows you the speed, distance, calories and workout intensity. It also allows you to choose one of 6 workout programmes aimed towards all types of run styles. These are also listed around the side of the LCD screen so you have an idea of the type of workout without having to look at the instruction manual.

What we do like about the setup is that you can quickly set your desired run speed by using the numbered buttons 1-10 in the middle of the unit. This allows you to very quickly get into a training routine with minimal fuss.

Negative points

With most budget treadmills there are areas that have been cut back to save your dollars. This does often result in a number of negative points making it on to the list. These are some of those that we feel could have been added to improve the score.

It’s frustrating to have ot get off the treadmill to take on water, it would have been great if Weslo had included a drinks holder, I doubt it would have costed much to add this to the current setup.

No heart rate monitor, this is a feature that is found on most modern treadmills even in the budget range. This mean that your calorie count and tracking details are much less accurate.


  • Good value for money
  • High quality motor
  • Easy to follow instructions


  • No drinks holder
  • Would have liked electronic incline
  • No heart rate monitor

Final word

If you are looking for a treadmill that gives exception value for money then the Weslo Cadence R 5.2 could be the ideal choice for you. With its simple setup and operation you will be working out in no time.

If you are new to running and don’t feel you can spend half your pay packet on a premium brand then this could be the one for you. This treadmill does lack some core features but it has a won a little place in our hearts as the performance has far exceeded our expectations.

Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Price Comparison

Item Country Original Price Discounted Price
Weslo Cadence R 5.2 uk-48 WAS $399.99 CLICK HERE


2.25 HP motor
16 x 51 inch treadmill track
Programmes include calorie count, time, speed and distance
Mains powered
Impact cushion system

Product details

Size open H65, W56, D29
Moveable on wheels
Weight 45kg’s boxed
Folds away for storage
Self-assembly required


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Danny Foxton
Danny Foxton is a personal trainer and gym tech enthusiast. He has written more than 50 reviews over the years for various gym equipment after he was in the privileged position of being tester for a large UK high street retailer.
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