Last updated May 11th, 2017 by Ryan Fiorenzi

LifeSpan has been known for years as a well known gym equipment manufacturer. They have since put an emphasis on workplace wellness which was recognized by Health magazine’s “America’s Healthiest Company” award. We set out to understand how their treadmill desks and bike desks stack up relative to their competition.

Key Considerations

  • Safety: Their safety features are industry leading. For example, their treadmills are programmed to stop if you walk away.
  • Price: For the light commercial category, their prices are very low relative to many competitors. 
  • Design: The treadmill and desk fit seamlessly together. (see image)
  • Assembly: Most of their products arrive assembled.
  • Customer Service: We tested their customer support and had a great experience.
  • Appearance: Some people don’t like the simplicity of the design and lack of color choices.

Table of Contents

  • Treadmill Desks – LifeSpan offers three different categories of treadmill desks. The electric and manual come with a desk. The under-desk treadmill does not come with a desk.
    • Electric-Height Adjustable – This treadmill and desk combination is the premier option allowing for quick electric height adjustments.
    • Manual-Height Adjustable – The manual desk and treadmill combinations are best for settings where frequent height adjustments aren’t necessary.
    • Under-Desk Treadmill – This is the best option if you have a standing desk already that you will be using.
  • Bike Desks – The bike desks are an alternative way to stay active while working.

Treadmill Desks

The treadmill desks are LifeSpan’s most popular workplace furniture line. Their desks are considered by most in the industry to be light commercial so they have a strong longevity. They are the highest quality treadmill desks that we have tested within the budget to medium cost category.

Electric-Height Adjustable

The electric-height desks are typically the best option for shared workplace settings where there are different height needs for proper ergonomics. We were happy with the quality of the height adjustment mechanism’s speed and sound level.

    • The platform is very sturdy in all positions.
    • Very high quality materials are used.
    • This is a great choice for a shared office setting.
    • The price may be higher than some would like.

TR5000-DT7 Treadmill Desk

Overall Rating – 4.7/5

Treadmill Dimensions: 68.5″ D x 38″ W or 68.5″ D x 48″ W
Desk Dimensions: 38″ W x 29″ D or 48″ W x 29″ D
Speed: 0.4-4.0 MPH
Suspension: 6 Independent Compression Shocks
Treadmill Weight: 119 lbs.
Desk Weight: 102 lbs.

TR1200-DT7 Treadmill Desk

Overall Rating – 4.7/5

Treadmill Dimensions: 68.5″ D x 38″ W or 68.5″ D x 48″ W
Desk Dimensions: 38″ W x 29″ D or 48″ W x 29″ D
Speed: 0.4-4.0 MPH
Suspension: 6 Independent Compression Shocks
Treadmill Weight: 114 lbs.
Desk Weight: 86 lbs.

Manual-Height Adjustable

The manual-height adjustment desks are more common in homes or businesses where height adjustments aren’t frequent. Adjusting the height isn’t too cumbersome, but some people may be frustrated by it if they had to manually adjust regularly.

    • The platform is very sturdy in all positions.
    • Very affordable compared to many competitors.
    • Durable and simple lowering and raising mechanics.
    • Some people may be frustrated with the two part lowering and raising.

TR5000-DT5 Treadmill Desk

Overall Rating – 4.7/5

Treadmill Dimensions: 68.5″ D x 38″ W or 68.5″ D x 48″ W
Desk Dimensions: 38″ W x 29″ D or 48″ W x 29″ D
Speed: 0.4-4.0 MPH
Suspension: 6 Independent Compression Shocks
Treadmill Weight: 119 lbs.
Desk Weight: 86 lbs.

TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk

Overall Rating – 4.8/5

Treadmill Dimensions: 68.5″ D x 38″ W or 68.5″ D x 48″ W
Desk Dimensions: 38″ W x 29″ D or 48″ W x 29″ D
Speed: 0.4-4.0 MPH
Suspension: 6 Independent Compression Shocks
Treadmill Weight: 119 lbs.
Desk Weight: 102 lbs.

Under-Desk Treadmills

The under-desk treadmill is a great option for people that already have a desk that they want to use. Just make sure that your desk is high enough. The treadmill itself will add roughly six inches in height to your desk height needs. All three treadmills are rated at a much higher usage and weight thresholds than others in the industry.

    • One of the highest quality standalone treadmills on the market today.
    • Great safety features at a low price
    • They can be used with almost any standing desk.
    • A few of our readers have mentioned that these treadmills are a little louder than they would like it to be.

TR5000-DT3 Under Desk Treadmill

Overall Rating – 4.7/5

Treadmill Dimensions: 63″ L x 28.5″ W x 7.25″ H
Console: 12.5” W x 3” D x 2” H
Speed: 0.4-4.0 MPH
Suspension: 6 Independent Compression Shocks
Treadmill Weight: 119 lbs.
Console Weight: 3 lbs.

TR1200-DT3 Under Desk Treadmill

Overall Rating – 4.5/5

Treadmill Dimensions: 63″ L x 28.5″ W x 7.25″ H
Console: 12.5” W x 3” D x 2” H
Speed: 0.4-4.0 MPH
Suspension: 6 Independent Compression Shocks
Treadmill Weight: 131 lbs.
Console Weight: 3 lbs.

TR800-DT3 Under Desk Treadmill

Overall Rating – 4.3/5

Treadmill Dimensions: 66″ L x 25″ W x 9.5″ H
Console: 12.5” W x 3” D x 2” H
Speed: 0.4-4.0 MPH
Suspension: 6 Independent Compression Shocks
Treadmill Weight: 120 lbs.
Console Weight: 3 lbs.

Bike Desks

The bike desks are a less popular option than standing or walking while working, but many people like the fact that bike desks keep you active, have no impact and exercise different muscles. It is also possible to burn a tremendous amount of calories while on a bike compared to other options. The lifespan bike has the quality you would expect out of a reputable exercise equipment brand.

    • Great option for people looking for no impact.
    • Very easy to burn a large amount of calories
    • Great materials at a low price.
    • Some people have more trouble concentrating on a bike than standing or on a treadmill.

C3-DT3

Overall Rating – 4.7/5
Price – $730

Bike Dimensions: 27″ L x 21″ W x 36″ to 46.5″ H
Console: 12.5” W x 3.25” D x 2” H
Flywheel: 18 lbs.
Seet Adjustment: 19 Positions
Resistance: Magnetic – Eddy Current

C3-DT5

Overall Rating – 4.5/5
Price – $1,100

Bike Dimensions: 27″ L x 21″ W x 36″ to 46.5″ H
Desktop: 38″ W x 29″ D
Flywheel: 18 lbs.
Seet Adjustment: 19 Positions
Resistance: Magnetic – Eddy Current

C3-DT7

Overall Rating – 4.6/5
Price – $2,500

Bike Dimensions: 27″ L x 21″ W x 36″ to 46.5″ H
Desktop: 38″ W x 29″ D
Flywheel: 18 lbs.
Seet Adjustment: 19 Positions
Resistance: Magnetic – Eddy Current

LifeSpan Feedback

We hope this review of the LifeSpan Workplace product line was helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know below. Also, if you have any personal experience with any of the LifeSpan Treadmill Desks or Bike Desks whether it was positive or negative, let us know. Your feedback means a lot to us and our readers.

Comments

  1. Author

    Are they really worth the cost? I’m skeptical about the quality.

    1. Author

      Hey Lester, thank you for the question!

      I completely understand where you’re coming from. I was skeptical at first too when I first bought the tr1200-dt3. Luckily it’s been 3 years without any issue. We tested lifespan’s customer service as part of the review and between their responsiveness and the standard warranty, I think you should feel better about considering their products. They haven’t given us a reason to question their integrity yet.

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