Matrix TF30 Treadmill Review – 2024

January 31, 2024
  • Sydney Kaiser
    Product Reviewer, Content Writer, Certified Personal Trainer

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The Matrix TF30 treadmill is all about options! From watching Netflix, to taking a class on iFit, to browsing the internet, the content you can consume is pretty much endless.

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Star Rating: 4.2
MSRP: $3,799
Overall Rating: 67
Workout Experience 6
Specs / Features 8
Dimensions / Storability 9
On-Board Workouts & Apps 9
Build Quality 7

Matrix TF30 Treadmill Review: Bottom Line

We love all of the entertainment and workout options on the Matrix TF30 treadmill. You can choose which console you want when you buy the TF30 depending on your budget and what features you prefer. We have the XIR console and we aren’t disappointed with all of the possibilities it gives us.

Although I have a little trouble reaching the touchscreen to type, this is still one of my favorite consoles to use. iFit users, Netflix lovers, and internet enthusiasts will certainly enjoy the XIR console as well.

The TF30 folds up to almost 90 degrees to be pretty compact when you’re not using it. We also consider this to be a compact treadmill while in use as well because it has a shorter deck. While this is fine for most users, if you have a long stride, running might not be best for you on the TF30.

The quiet, workhorse motor and low foot noise are impressive and I like how it doesn’t disrupt my show. The front-facing speakers are loud and clear too.

If you’re looking for a treadmill with almost infinite entertainment capabilities that also doesn’t require a subscription to use, look no further than the TF30 treadmill from Matrix.

Editor’s Note, 1/31/2024: The latest edition of our Matrix TF30 Treadmill Review has been updated with a new handy comparison chart.
What We Like
  • There are tons of entertainment options, including preloaded apps like Netflix and Facebook, and also web browsing.
  • It is iFit enabled, but the subscription isn’t required to use the treadmill. There are other workout features like Sprint 8 and Virtual Active as well.
  • When purchasing, you can pick what console you want between 3 choices.
  • It is a quiet, solid treadmill that is easy to use and has lots of integrated workouts and entertainment apps.
  • It folds up to almost 90 degrees to give more space when it’s not in use.
Areas for Improvement
  • When fully inclined the belt slips and doesn’t maintain the input speed, especially for heavier users.
  • The shorter running surface isn’t ideal for users with longer strides who want to run.
  • The screen is a little far away to type on while walking for some users and it doesn’t adjust.

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Our team knows the ins and outs of treadmills. We know what you should look for when buying one, and what features are cool yet useful. We’re also experienced fitness professionals who are passionate about being active and enjoy encouraging others to move their bodies as well. When we review a treadmill, we focus on giving you our most in-depth analysis possible.

This Matrix TF30 treadmill review is no exception. We put time on the TF30 and compared it to other models of similar quality. We compared and contrasted it to treadmills like the NordicTrack Commercial 1750, the NordicTrack Commercial 2450, the Life Fitness Run CX, the Bowflex Treadmill 22, and the Sole F85 treadmill. This way we could get to know this machine and be able to bring you this comprehensive review.

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Matrix TF30 vs Similar Treadmills

The Matrix TF30 is a high-end, folding treadmill for the home. We picked the top competing treadmills in this same category to compare to the TF30.

Treadmill Matrix TF30 NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Sole F85 Horizon 7.8 AT Bowflex Treadmill 22
Price (MSRP) $3,799+

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Star Rating 4.2 4.7 4.8 4.7 4.7
Bottom Line The Matrix TF30 folds almost 90 degrees for compact storage and has 4 transport wheels. A high-quality, interactive folding treadmill for most people that streams iFit and features forgiving deck cushioning. A durable folding treadmill for heavy runners that inclines, declines, and streams Netflix. Horizon’s premium model that features a quick-adjusting motor, roller dials, and Sprint 8 programming for the ultimate HIIT training treadmill. An over-built, high-inclining foldable treadmill that streams JRNY content and handles a lot of use.
Ratings Matrix TF30 NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Sole F85 Horizon 7.8 AT Bowflex Treadmill 22
Overall Rating 67 84 84 79 81
Workout Experience 6 9 8 8 9
Specs / Features 8 8 9 8 9
Dimensions / Storability 9 8 8 8 6
On-Board Workouts
& Apps
9 9 8 7 7
Build Quality 7 7 8 7 9
Paid Programming – Cost N/A iFIT – $39/month N/A N/A JRNY – $19.99/month
# of Onboard Workouts 10 2 17 10 10
Netflix / 3rd Party Apps Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, MyFitnessPal, Weather, Web Browser, Kindle, Flipboard, Press Reader, Solitaire N/A YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, Max, Peacock, Hulu, Spotify, ESPN, CNN, Audible, Kinomap N/A Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Disney+, Max
Display 16″ HD touchscreen, 10″ HD touchscreen, or 8.5″ LCD 14″ HD touchscreen 15.6″ touchscreen 9.3″ TFT LCD screen, 16-digit LED 22″ HD touchscreen
Dimensions (In Use) 77” L x 35” W x 62” H 78.5” L x 35.6” W x 64.7” H 82.5″L x 38″W x 66″H 76″ L x 37″ W x 64″ H 85″ L x 39.6″ W x 70″ H
Dimensions (Folded) 42” L x 35” W x 71” H Coming Soon! 44″L x 38″W x 71.5″H 42″ L x 37″ W x 71″ H 44.5″ L x 39.6″ W x 70″ H
Treadmill Type Folding Folding Folding Folding Folding
Treadmill Weight 294 lbs 293 lbs (in box) 319 lbs 330 lbs 336 lbs
Weight Capacity 350 lbs 300 lbs 375 lbs 375 lbs 400 lbs
Running Surface 20″ x 55″ 20″ x 60″ 22″ x 60″ 22″ x 60″ 22″ x 60″
Deck Height (Step Up) 7″ Coming Soon! 8″ 8.75″ Coming Soon!
Deck Height At Highest Incline Coming Soon! Coming Soon! Coming Soon! Coming Soon! Coming Soon!
Ceiling Height Required(6’ Tall Runner) Coming Soon! Coming Soon! Coming Soon! Coming Soon! Coming Soon!
Motor Size 3.25 CHP 3.5 CHP 4.0 CHP 4.0 CHP 4.0 CHP
Incline/Decline 0 to 15% -3% to 12% 15 incline levels, 6 decline levels 0 to 15% -5% to 20%
Min / Max Speed 0 to 12.5 mph 0 to 12 mph 0 to 12 mph 0 to 12 mph 0 to 12 mph
Frame steel steel steel steel steel
Roller Size Coming Soon! 1.9″ 2.75″ 60mm/46mm tapered
Warranty Lifetime frame, motor and cushioning, 5 years parts, 2 years labor 10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year labor lifetime frame, lifetime motor, 3-year deck, 3-year parts, 3-year wear items, 1-year labor, 90-day cosmetic items lifetime frame, lifetime motor, 5-year parts, 2-year labor 15-year frame, 5-year mechanical parts, 1-year electronics & HD touchscreen, 2-year labor
Connectivity WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI Bluetooth, WiFi Bluetooth, WiFi, Sole+ app, Garmin Bluetooth, third-party apps (Peloton, Nike, Zwift, etc) Bluetooth, WiFi (required)
Heart Rate Sensors heart rate strap included, EKG pulse grips, Bluetooth compatible with Bluetooth HR monitors EKG pulse grips, compatible with Bluetooth HR monitors compatible with Bluetooth HR monitors, EKG pulse grips EKG pulse grips, Bluetooth HR armband included
Additional Features 90-degree folding, Ultimate Deck cushioning system, iFIT enabled, Sprint 8, water bottle pockets, device rack, heart rate grips, 4-wheel transport system, speakers, USB charging, aux in and out AutoAdjust, AutoBreeze fan, dual speakers, ActivePulse, SpaceSaver Easy Lift Assist, OneTouch controls, Google Maps Workout Technology, integrated cup holders, soft cushioning release lever, wireless charging pad, Bluetooth speakers, device rack, reading rack, fan, cup holders, speed/incline switches device racks, audio jack, Bluetooth speakers, interval keys, energy saver mode, fan, media controls, storage tray, QuickDial controls, USB charging, cup holders, 3-zone cushioning SoftDrop folding system, ComfortTech deck cushioning, cooling fan, JRNY radio, incline handles, textured device shelf

In-depth Matrix TF30 Treadmill Review: Testing & Analysis


Workout Experience

So this is just a look at how a workout on the Matrix TF30 might run from start to finish. There are a lot of different workout options, so be sure to check out more of the options that I will go over later.

Before starting any of the workouts, or using any of the apps, you’ll be asked to input your weight, workout time, and starting speed and incline. In order for your weight to be saved, you must create your own profile for the treadmill.

The preset workouts in these modes will adjust the treadmill for you as you walk or run, and you can also change the speed and incline levels yourself. The custom mode lets you create fully customized workouts that are broken into segments. Within the segments, you can pick the duration, incline level, and speed.

Once you’ve selected your workout, you can complete it according to the parameters you have selected. You can also navigate to entertainment content while you are still in the workout. The TF30 and your foot noise on the treadmill deck are really quiet, so you can still hear all of the content through the speakers.

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Dimensions/Storability

A handy feature on the TF30 is that it folds up to almost 90 degrees to make storing it easier. So, the back end of the deck doesn’t angle out quite as far as the NordicTrack 2450 or Sole F85. The TF30 also has 4 transport wheels to make it easier to move around.

Matrix TF30 Treadmill Matthew Moving

The Matrix can also be moved when it is folded up.

The Matrix TF30 has unfolded dimensions of 77” long, 35” wide, and 62 inches high. Folded, it becomes 42” L x 35” W x 71” H. The TF30 has a 15% incline so it requires a minimum ceiling height of about 8’ for a 6’ runner to use the full incline comfortably.

Onboard Workouts & Apps

Preloaded Apps, iFit, And Workout Content

Matrix TF30 Treadmill Touch Screen

We’re impressed with all the options on the XIR display.

When you order the TF30, there are 3 different console options depending on your preference and budget. They each vary in screen size and overall functionality. As mentioned above, we have the XIR display that has a 16” touchscreen as well as many preloaded apps and features.

Preloaded Apps

The XIR display comes with several preloaded apps that you can simply log into your account for each and use. So, apps like Netflix, Hulu, Facebook, and Flipboard require you to log into your account or create an account if you don’t have one.

All of the app choices let you watch and read all kinds of content while you work out. Once you click on one of the apps, the treadmill requires you to start a workout if you aren’t already in one. When you’re logged into your created account on the treadmill your weight and login information within the app will be saved. You’ll remain logged into the apps when you use your profile on the treadmill too. I really like all of the app options available.

One app in particular that gives you even more options is the web browsing feature. You can search Google or browse your favorite websites that aren’t already preloaded onto the treadmill. There is only 1 tab available to use in this feature and every time you start a new workout, it defaults to a blank Google search page. So, a previously opened website won’t be saved for your next workout.

Plus, if all of the 14 apps aren’t enough, you can plug in an HDMI cord and mirror content from your phone/tablet to stream basically whatever you want. You can also plug in a device like an Amazon Fire Stick and use the screen like a television.

iFit

Good news iFit members! The Matrix TF30 is iFit enabled so you can log into your account and access the extensive library of workouts. The workouts are on-demand and available for the treadmill as well as on the mat, like yoga and stretching.

iFit features like SmartAdjust automatically adjust the treadmill when the trainer gives cues, just as it does on other iFit-enabled equipment such as the x22i and 2450 treadmills from NordicTrack. Active Pulse can also be used on the TF30 when you connect the compatible heart rate monitor chest strap.

What’s really nice is that iFit is not required in order to use the Matrix TF30 like it is on the NordicTrack 2450 and x22i. So, if you’re not a member and are not interested in subscribing to iFit, don’t worry because you can still have full function of the treadmill’s features outside of iFit.

Workout Content

Beyond entertainment and fitness apps, there are onboard Matrix Training Workouts. These include a manual mode so you can simply hop on and go, a custom mode, rolling hills mode, intervals incline mode, various goal-oriented workouts, and some target heart rate workouts.

A really cool workout feature is the Virtual Active feature. Here, you can explore trails in the American Northeast and Northern Rockies. Once you pick from one of these 2 regions, the workout will start on one of the trails, and you can skip to other available trails from there. These workouts are not led by an instructor but are instead of a camera moving through real outdoor trails to simulate the experience of running/walking outside.

In Virtual Active, you can listen to the available music or mute it, and listen to the sound effects or mute them. You can also see the name of the trail you are on and where it is located.

Another great aspect of the TF30 is that it has the Sprint 8 program integrated as well. Sprint 8 is a HIIT workout program that automatically adjusts the treadmill depending on your intensity. Once you choose your fitness level, you can use the preset or custom workouts. You can also choose to watch or just listen to Sprint 8’s creator Phil Campbell explain and discuss the benefits of the program if you’re interested in learning more.

Both the Virtual Active and Sprint 8, as well as the onboard workouts, can be used without a wifi connection, which we really like.

The TF30 treadmill is also Bluetooth-enabled to connect to a compatible heart rate monitor and headphones.

Console

The XIR console on the TF30 functions like a tablet and is easy to use. When compared to treadmills from NordicTrack, the screen is definitely thicker on the TF30 and it reminds me of televisions from the ’90s. Looks can be deceiving however because this is one of my favorite consoles to navigate. Plus, it doesn’t move even when running at high speeds.

Matrix TF30 Treadmill Console

While there isn’t a fan built into the console, we didn’t miss it because of the other features like the front-facing speakers.

We really like the functionality of the XIR console on the TF30. My only complaint with the console is that the touchscreen sits a little further back and doesn’t adjust. This made it harder for me to reach the screen at times. I do have shorter arms and am short at just over 5’ tall, so taller users and users with longer arms shouldn’t have a problem. Doing things like typing into Google or playing Solitaire required me to move further forward on the deck.

In spite of this, it’s still one of my favorite consoles. Our team also likes how the motor performs. It’s quiet, which makes watching Netflix really nice, and powerful to handle long-term use. We’ll continue to update this review the longer we have this treadmill to let you know how it holds up over time.

Many fitness machines have speakers on the back that project the sound away from you, but the Matrix TF30’s can be heard loud and clear. The volume also goes up exceptionally high, so you’re sure not to miss a cue from your iFit instructor or a witty line on your favorite TV show.

We do wish there were more options for quick-touch speed/incline controls that can be found on other treadmills like ones from Sole and NordicTrack. These make jumping from different inclines/speeds easy. The XIR console does have a nice feature that lets you switch back to your previous speed and incline level. So, when you manually do high to low-speed and incline intervals, this is pretty handy.

This feature can be found on the right and left sides of the touchscreen above the current speed and incline displays. You can also type in which level of incline and resistance you want to go to, although this is a little challenging to do while running. Otherwise, you have to press the up arrow on the touchscreen or on the console and watch the speed increase by 0.1 increments. If you hold down the speed buttons, they will change by 1.0 increments, but it’s still a little frustrating especially when you want to hop between fast and slow speeds.

Increasing/decreasing the incline is a little more seamless. By just pressing down the arrows on the left side of the touchscreen or console you can change the incline by 0.5%. When you hold them down, they quickly change to easily go all the way up to the max 15% or down to 0%.

There are 2 cup holders that hold my 22oz water bottle securely so it doesn’t rattle. There’s also extra storage connected to each cup holder for items like wallets and keys. I was also able to fit my phone in them. When you connect your tablet/phone there is a device tray below the speakers that is convenient and secure as well.

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Build Quality

Matrix TF30 Treadmill Matthew Running

Beyond the extensive entertainment choices, the Matrix TF30 is also a really solid and quiet treadmill.

We like that it feels stable and is easy and comfortable to use.

Frame

Matrix describes the frame as being heavy-duty, and our team agrees. It feels really sturdy, yet it isn’t bulky. The steel uprights attach to the frame and connect to the console and the single handle.

I really like this handle. The pulse grips are on either side so they’re easy to use. From the sides, the handle connects in the front to make one handle. It’s convenient to use especially if you have balance issues and need to frequently grab the handle while walking. That’s why we suggest it for seniors.

Matrix TF30 Treadmill Handles

You can literally grab this handle anywhere and it’s slim enough to get a firm grip.

This makes the handle a little more functional than the Life Fitness Run CX treadmill, which has 2 handles on either side and 2 separate smaller handles with pulse grips in front.

Motor

The TF30 has a 3.25 HP motor that feels hearty, consistent and is actually pretty quiet, even when used at its max speed of 12.5 mph. When side by side, it was a little bit quieter than the NordicTrack 2450 treadmill. This motor size is also good to handle running for longer periods of time too.

The incline motor is quiet as well. It’s not quite as quiet as the Sole F85 which is practically silent, but it’s fairly close.

Although the Matrix TF30 can incline up to 15%, we found that this feature might not be accessible for all users. At a 15% incline, the belt can slip and not maintain the inputted speed, especially with heavier users. Meaning, the weight of the user causes the belt to move faster than the speed that it has been set to. The TF30 does have a 350 lb weight capacity, but when our largest reviewer who is 230 lbs used the treadmill fully inclined a message reading “Speed Range Error” popped up and the workout immediately ended.

When he only had it inclined to about 10% – 10.5%, he didn’t have this problem. I even had the same problem. I could feel the belt speeding up and not keeping a steady speed when walking at lower speeds than 2.5 mph. I’m about 125 lbs in comparison. So, we don’t recommend using this treadmill at the max 15% incline.

Matrix TF30 Treadmill  Incline

I didn’t have an issue with speed when I declined it to 13%, as shown here.

This is pretty disappointing and we hope to see Matrix work on fixing this issue in the future. The entertainment, workouts, and overall quality of the TF30 surpass this issue for us though. If you want to use a treadmill at higher inclines then we recommend checking out the x22i and x32i incline trainers from NordicTrack.

Deck

We consider this to be a more compact treadmill because it has a smaller deck. The Life Fitness Run CX, Sole F85, and even the NordicTrack x22i all have running surfaces that are 22” x 60”.

The running surface on the Matrix TF30 is 20” x 55”. In our testing, we’ve found that decks shorter than 60” aren’t long enough for some users’ stride lengths. If you have a longer running stride, and like a bit more room to run on, this deck might not be best for you to do so. Walking and light jogging shouldn’t be an issue for most users though.

The deck also has pretty low foot noise and a low profile. The step-up height is about 8” which is very similar to the F85. The noise of the deck when I ran sounded pretty quiet like the Run CX treadmill as well.

The cushioning is also sufficient. While it doesn’t feel as soft as treadmills from NordicTrack like the x22i and 2450, it doesn’t feel quite as stiff as the Sole F85 or Life Fitness Run CX either.

Warranty/Customer Service

Matrix offers a nice warranty for the TF30. There is a lifetime warranty for the frame, motor, and cushioning a 5-year warranty for parts, and a 2-year warranty for labor.

They also include a white-glove delivery and installation so you don’t have to worry about putting it together yourself.

Should You Buy the Matrix TF30 Treadmill

The Matrix TF30 is a great option for a treadmill user who wants a powerful but compact treadmill. The different console options are priced differently, and we really liked the premium option, the XIR console, that we received. This large touchscreen console has tons of training and entertainment options.

The TF30 is a good choice for walkers and runners. While it has a nice incline range, we were a little disappointed with how the treadmill performed when inclined to its max. The belt slipped, which was especially problematic for larger users. The belt length may also be a little too short for runners with a long stride.

Another feature we really liked about the TF30 was how quiet it was. Even your foot noise is pretty low on the TF30. This feature plus its compact design makes it a great pick for anyone who wants an unobtrusive treadmill. The TF30 also has 4 transport wheels that make it easier to move around. It would make a great addition to a home with or without a dedicated workout space.

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Matrix TF30 Treadmill Q&A / FAQ

Is the Matrix TF30 a good treadmill?

The Matrix TF30 is a good treadmill for runners and walkers who want a compact folding treadmill. The console options are very different, but the touchscreen options give users access to a wide variety of content. The TF30 may not be the best option for larger runners, because the belt tends to slip when the treadmill is inclined and the 55” deck may be too short for some users’ strides.

Is Matrix a good treadmill brand?

Matrix makes both commercial and residential treadmills. They are a reputable brand that has been making treadmills since 2001. Matrix treadmills have club-quality builds and great training and entertainment options.

What is the warranty on the Matrix TF30?

The Matrix TF30 has a lifetime warranty on the frame, cushioning, and motor. There is a 5-year warranty for parts and a 2-year warranty for labor.

What are the dimensions of the Matrix TF30?

The Matrix TF30’s dimensions are 77” x 35” x 62” unfolded and 42” x 35” x 71” folded. It has a 20” x 55” running deck with about an 8” step-up height.

Is your Matrix TF30 Treadmill review a paid review?

Our Matrix TF30 Treadmill review is not a paid review. We receive treadmills and other fitness equipment from brands for free most of the time. The brand does not pay us for our review or provide instructions for conducting the review. Our process is all our own. To continue to do what we love, the links on this page are affiliate links. We receive a commission when you make a purchase through these links. Because we have this same relationship with most popular treadmill brands (NordicTrack, Sole, Matrix, Horizon, Bowflex, etc.), we are able to give our honest opinions on a machine. We are impartial to which treadmill brand you personally decide is right for you.

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About the Author

Sydney Kaiser, ISSA-CPT, ISSA Nutritionist Certification
Sydney is a certified fitness instructor, personal trainer, and sports nutritionist who combines her passion for fitness, health, and wellness with her passion for writing. After graduating from UC Riverside with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, she began teaching indoor cycling and Lagree Fitness group fitness classes to people of all ages and abilities. Raised in Central Michigan, Sydney grew up training and competing on the Arabian Horse Association circuit through both Regional and National levels in Dressage and Sport Horse classes. In college, Sydney went on to compete at the collegiate level as a Division 1 equestrian athlete. Here at TRG, Sydney relies on her extensive background in fitness when reviewing and recommending all kinds of fitness, recovery, and health-related products.

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