HealthRider is an ICON Fitness brand, so don't be surprised to see a lot of similarities between their machines and those from FreeMotion, ProForm or NordicTrack, all owned by ICON.
They sell treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and riders, which you will always find at reasonable prices and always for home use only.
There are a few reasons why one would choose this brand. The folding system is easy to use with all models. The motors are quiet so you don't hassle downstairs neighbors when you exercise. The extra warranty options are fair and cover all the possible risks when buying budgeting treadmills.
FreeMotion supports the iFIT system, exercises that are quite useful if you have your mind set on a fitness goal. Although they cost extra money, having access to the iFit cards or the IFIT LIVE Module is like as having a personal trainer (which would cost much more).
In 2011, ICON Fitness launched new and competitive features for NordicTrack, ProForm and FreeMotion. We noticed that HealthRider treadmills were not upgraded at all. We hope this is only temporary, and they will surprise us with some happy news soon. The alternatives that are available for this price range starting with 2012 make HealthRider treadmills obsolete.
We must warn you that these machines have not been built to last too many years. The models we tested can support light workouts (10 hours a week) without problems. If you are an advanced runner or more than one person were to use the treadmill, you may have a hard time with replacement parts after one year.
We would recommend a HealthRider treadmill to a person interested in staying in shape, has a small budget and needs to workout in the comfort of his or her home. We would not recommend it to professionals.