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Amanda Brooks
Amanda Brooks
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Precor TRM 223 Review

Amanda Brooks | Last Updated - Aug 27, 2021
Editor's Rating: 8.3 /10

Precor, a leader in commercial grade fitness equipment, designed the TRM 223 as the mid-range model in the Energy™ Series line of treadmills with a concentrated focus on distinct comfort features and innovative personalization options.

One of the top features of the Energy™ Series treadmills is the special shock absorption system specific to Precor that uses Energy Stride ™ Technology. This technology uses a deck mounting system to provide underfoot cushioning tailored specifically to your stride by reducing stress on areas of impact where you need it the most. The machine is also engineered with an integrated, SmartGrip tablet holder.

One big upside to this model is its maintenance-free design requires no maintenance on the belt or the track. The unit also comes with a water bottle and accessory pockets. Customers do need to keep in mind that this treadmill does not fold and isn’t easy to move around a house once assembled as it has no transport wheels. With a unit weight of 238 lbs, its a mid-sized model and would probably require a couple friends to move.

Beyond this smart comfort technology of the deck, other personalized features are available to adapt your workouts to your goals for optimal results. The TRM 223 includes two personalized user IDs, which is ideal if you have multiple users of the same treadmill or if you just want to use and store personal workout data and preferences. In addition, the console offers specific workout feedback metrics like your working heart rate from the SmartRate® Zone program that categorizes your heart rate into specific zones so you know if you are achieving your desired results and can adjust your workouts as needed.

What We Like:

  • Advanced Shock Absorption: The TRM 223 is designed with a special advanced shock absorption system called Energy Stride™ Technology that allows the deck to conform to your personal stride, delivering optimal support to areas of the deck with the most impact. This feature supports the joints while running or walking and changes based on your points of impact.
  • Motor and Rollers: The continuous duty 3.0 HP motor is a durable, high performance motor that provides a smooth and natural feel. This motor is also exceptionally quiet, and paired with the 2.36 inch steel crowned rollers to keep the belt centered and running smoothly, it is ideal for in-home use.
  • Workout Programs: This model is designed with 9 preset workouts and two personalized user IDs so that users can easily store data and workout preferences for a more tailored workout and easier goal tracking overall. Workout programs include, 1-1 Interval, 1-2 Interval, Weight Loss, Aerobic, Basic HRC, Hill Climb, Cross Country, Random, and Manual. One downside is there are no custom workouts, just pre-built.
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: The 223 model comes with both touch sensors and capabilities for a telemetry strap for wireless heart rate monitoring (however, the strap is sold separately). This treadmill also includes the SmartRate® Zone monitoring program, displaying your heart rate and personal data in easy to read categories to help you work out in the proper zone for your desired results.
  • Deck: With a shorter deck at 57 inches long and 20 inches wide, this model is more compact and easier to use in small spaces. The belt is made with multi-ply polyester, coated with dry silicone lubrication and a PVC non-slip surface for increased safety and no required maintenance.
  • Warranty: The Precor 223 offers an impressive lifetime warranty on the frame, five years for motor and parts, three years on the console, and one year for labor.

Precor TRM 223 Treadmill - Key Specs:

Star Rating:4.15-stars
Motor:3.0 HP
Incline:0 to 15%
Running Area:20" x 57"
Folding:No
Top Speed:12 MPH
Weight Capacity:300 LBS
Dimensions:81" L x 33" W x 59" H
Built-In Programs:9
What We Don’t Like:

  • Console: The TRM 223 features a high contrast blue and white LCD screen, but this model is compatible with devices for volume control only. And while the console area is a fairly good size, the screen is smaller at only 5 inches.
  • Frame: The powder coated steel frame is attractive, but not built with a solid steel design. The handlebars are shorter than other treadmills at this price point, which can be a problem for taller people or users who like to use the handlebars while walking or doing incline intervals.
  • Deck: The average treadmill deck length is around 60 inches, so this running area is slightly shorter than average at 57 inches, which can be a problem for taller people.
  • Few Bells and Whistles: The unit has no fan, no USB port, no Bluetooth connection, nor speakers, just an audio jack.

See Our Video Review of the Precor TRM 223 Treadmill

Our Verdict:

The Precor TRM 223 treadmill is the best compromise between the entry level TRM 211 model and the top of the line TRM 243 model in the Energy™ Series of treadmills. At $2,999, the price is reasonable for the amount of features offered, and Precor is known for both durability and stability on all of their fitness equipment.

The 223 is ideal for goal tracking and training with its preset programs and heart rate monitoring capabilities and the personalized user IDs make it easy to personalize workouts for multiple users of the same machine. While this model lacks advanced entertainment choices or an impressive sound system, it makes up for it with the extra attention to comfort features.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the Precor TRM 223 treadmill last?

The life expectancy of any treadmill is largely contingent upon the usage and care. That said, with a lifetime warranty on the frame and five years on the motor, this treadmill can be reasonably expected to last a solid eight to 10 years under normal usage.

How heavy is the Precor TRM 223 treadmill?

The treadmill weighs 238 lbs.

Does the Precor TRM 223 treadmill have wheels for easy transportation?

No, this treadmill does not have transport wheels, nor does it fold up. Keep this in mind when placing it in the house.

Is the Precor TRM 223 treadmill hard to assemble? How long does it take to assemble?

No, the instructions are quite clear and there are numerous videos online. Assembly really shouldn't take more than 40 minutes.

Is the Precor TRM 223 treadmill quiet?

Yes, the Precor TRM 223 is a relatively quiet treadmill. Engineered with 2.36" precision-machined, steel crowned rollers, the belt remains centered and quiet.

What are the main differences in the Precor Energy Series 200 line models? (TRM 211, 223, and 243)

The biggest differences really come down to the number of built-in programs and feedback metrics. The TRM 211 features six programs and nine feedback metrics. The TRM 223 offers nine programs and 14 metrics. The TRM 243 offers 39 programs and 27 metrics.