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Last Updated: August 5, 2021
The new Botorro R5 is a sleek and quiet folding treadmill with a slim, collapsible console that folds flat against the deck. This chic treadmill is a good option for users with limited space who need something compact, quiet, and functional. The R5 is a good option for college students, those who share a room, or anyone in a small apartment or other compact space.
The Botorro R5 is ideal for walking. The belt measures 49.2” long by 18.5” wide, and is gently textured to ensure a stable foot strike. The console shelf has touch buttons that light up to display your speed and steps. It does not have a screen. Instead, a sturdy shelf will hold your phone or tablet while you walk. When finished, simply fold down the console shelf and the uprights, and the Botorro R5 collapses flat. The Botorro R5 has a 2.5hp motor, so it will support walking and a bit of jogging but may not be ideal for running. The 1-year warranty is a bit limited, but if you are in the market for something compact, chic, and unique, the Botorro R5 may be a good option.
Who It’s For: Petite walkers who want something compact, folding, and quiet
The ProFormBotorro R5 is best for users who:
- Need something compact that folds flat when you are done walking
- Are okay with a modified console that doesn’t have a screen but lights up to display a few workout metrics and provides a shelf for your personal tablet
- Users who may live in an apartment, condo, or shared room
- Plan to mostly walk or jog with a 9mph max speed
- The 18.5” wide by 49.2” long belt may not be sufficient for larger users
Our Video Review
- Collapsible Uprights and Console
- The Botorro R5 has a fully collapsible console and uprights that will fold down directly against the frame. This allows you to lift the console and lock it into place when it is in use, but then fold it up when you’re done.
- 265lb Weight Capacity
- The Botorro R5 only weighs 125 pounds, but it can support 250 pounds. This makes it work for larger users who need a folding treadmill.
- 50” Long by 18.5” Wide Running Surface
- The deck provides enough room for a comfortable walking Botorro R5. Petite users may have enough room to run, but the deck is a bit small for larger users.
- Composite Frame
- The Botorro R5 has a lightweight frame with added cushioning underfoot. While this isn’t the most cushioned treadmill, it does offer respectable support for something this compact.
- Clean, Simple Backlit Screen
- The simple console provides basic buttons and an easy-to-read display.
- Open Dimensions: 31” Wide x 62.2” Long x 47” Tall
- Folded Dimensions: 31” Wide x 62.2” Long x 8” Tall
- DualFloat 14 shock absorption system
- Anti-slip tread belt
- Running Surface: 49.2″ L × 18.5″ W
- 9mph Max Speed
- 2.5 Horsepower, Energy Efficient Motor
- Treadmill weight: 115lbs
- Maximum weight capacity: 265lbs
- Backlit screen displays running metrics
- Folds flat when not in use
- Console shelf holds your tablet or personal device
- Speed: 9 mph
- Easy Folding
- No Incline
- Great for walking
- 12 Month Warranty
In-depth Review of Botorro R5 Treadmill
Based on its size and simple console, the Botorro R5 is best for walking, jogging or some light running. It works especially well for petite users or those who live in small spaces.
The Botorro R5 belt moves smoothly across the deck and even when running fast it isn’t overly noisy. We had several users test this machine extensively and we were all impressed with how quiet it was for such a compact treadmill. Usually, smaller treadmills work fine at low speeds but often there is more foot noise the faster you run. On the Botorro R5, the deck absorbs both foot impact and noise more than expected.
Moving / Folding
There are two locking levers on the side of the uprights that allow you to lift and lock, or unlock and lower the console. These are easy to see and use. The console is not heavy so folding it is not difficult.
In addition, the Botorro R5 has a unique feature that allows you to lock the console into place at whatever height you prefer. It does not have to be raised all the way. For especially petite users, this means you can set the console lower, closer to the deck for better visibility. Because the console folds down vertically, it does limit your walking space just a bit if you don’t raise it all the way, but it provides an interesting option for shorter users.
Botorro R5 Construction Review
Since the Botorro R5 has a unique folding frame, the overall structure is different than you’ll find on other treadmills. The deck is sturdy and feels stable.
There is a bit of shock absorption which helps mitigate impact forces you find when running or walking outdoors.
The Botorro R5 has a 2.5 horsepower motor. This is not the most powerful motor, but for walking or jogging you don’t really notice. Longevity could be an issue – especially if you have multiple users. However, the motor seems to keep up fine and is nice and quiet.
Botorro R5 Console/Controls
- Innovative engineering went into the design of this console. While it doesn’t have a screen, the digital numbers are large and bright. The tablet shelf is set above the console so when you set a book, tablet or phone up there it won’t block the screen.
- Start/Stop Buttons begin and end a workout
- – / + Speed Buttons increase and decrease your speed by 0.1mph
- 2mph, 4mph, 6mph, 8mph Speed Buttons automatically jump you to that speed
- Volume Buttons adjust the speaker volume if your phone is connected and playing music.
- There is not a fan on the Botorro R5 console. But there are two convenient water bottle pockets on either side of the console. These are silicone-lined so if you set a bottle inside it doesn’t rattle around.