Woodway Desmo S Treadmill Review

Last Updated on December 2, 2022 by Jeff

Woodway Desmo S TreadmillOverview:

The Woodway Desmo S Treadmill is pricey but extremely well built treadmill. Woodway is known for their unique and durable belt design. Woodway’s designers set out to develop a safe and comfortable running surface without the friction associated with the conveyor belt style. The 116 precision ball bearings provide a smooth and quiet running experience. The Woodway Desmo S Treadmill is as strong as they come with a 500 lb running weight capacity and an 800 lb walking capacity. The Desmo S Treadmill has one of the largest running surfaces on the market at 22”x68”; there isn’t anyone that this treadmill won’t fit. This 60 slat belt is powered by a 2 CHP (5.0 HP peak) motor that can achieve speeds up to 12.5 mph and incline up to 15%. The home treadmill also has the optional upgrade of reverse function that will travel up to 5 mph.

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The console on the Woodway Desmo S Treadmill is equally powerful. It’s packed with 22 workout options including 12 unique programmed workouts. This treadmill gives you the option of using the heart rate grip sensors or a Polar chest strap to track your intensity. There are also controls on the handles to regulate your speed and incline so changing intensity is a breeze. The Desmo S Treadmill gives you tons of exercise options so you will never be bored and you won’t be able to wait for your next workout.

Technical Info:


  • Length: 72”
  • Width: 35”
  • Height: 64”
  • Running surface: 22”x68”
  • Item weight: 445 lbs
  • Max user weight: 500 lbs


  • 60 individual slats with vulcanized rubber surface of 35-40 shore hardness.
  • Toothed, wire-reinforced lateral belts and rollers – zero stretch and zero slip.
  • 116 precision ball bearings including 10 guide bearing – 4 mm lateral tolerance.
  • The 2 HP continuous (5 HP peak) servo drive motor brushless.
  • Dual handrail with switches (control of speed, elevation and stop).
  • 0-12.5 mph, zero start, 0.1 mph resolution.
  • 0-15% elevation.
  • Contact heart rate sensors and Polar monitor chest strap compatible.
  • Optional 0-5 mph reverse (standard on medical grade treadmills).

Computer Features:

  • LCD display.
  • Optional 13” and 15” TV screens.
  • Quick start capability.
  • 12 built-in programs.
    • Fitness Tests (Balke, Gerkin, Cooper & Rockport)
    • Military Tests (Army, Navy, Air Force & Marines)
    • Goal Program
    • Weight Loss Program
    • Aerobic Program
    • Interval Program
    • Random Program
    • Stamina Program
    • 5K Program
    • 10K Program
    • Ramp Program
    • Heart Rate Control
  • 10 user-define programs.
  • Display readouts include:
    • Time
    • Vertical Feet
    • Calories burned
    • METs
    • Pace (Minutes/Mile)
    • Distance
    • Heart Rate
    • Incline
    • Speed


  • Frame: Lifetime
  • Motor: Lifetime
  • Parts: 5 year
  • Labor: 1 year

Shipping and Assembly:

Shipping costs will vary for the Woodway Desmo S Treadmill depending on where you purchase from and what type of delivery you prefer. However, some retailers, such as Amazon.com, will provide free shipping.

For the price of the Woodway Desmo S Treadmill, it should come completely assembled. Lucky for you it does. Simply place your order and arrange a delivery time and you’ll be able to exercise on your top of the line treadmill almost immediately.

What We Love About the Woodway Desmo S Treadmill:

Quality & Construction

There is no questioning the quality of the Woodway Desmo S Treadmill. This treadmill is as strong as they come weighing in at a whopping 445 lbs. This treadmill can accommodate an 800 lb user while walking and a 500 lb person while running. The running surface is gigantic at 22”x68”. It doesn’t matter how tall you are, you will definitely be able to achieve a full running stride on this treadmill. The innovative belt design also speaks of quality. It’s built like a tank! There are 60 individual tread slats that roller on 116 ball bearings. Woodway backs the Desmo S Treadmill with a lifetime frame and motor warranty so it will be with you as long as you want it.

What Isn’t So Great:

Price and Options

There are expensive treadmills then there are E-X-P-E-N-S-I-V-E treadmills. Woodway treadmills are the latter. The Desmo S Treadmill retails at close to $10,000. You may be able to find a used or refurbished one at half this price, but your warranty is likely to not be as good. While the quality of the Woodway Desmo S Treadmill is tough to beat, there are plenty of well designed and quality treadmills for the fraction of this price. There are also plenty of treadmills back with lifetime frame and motor warranties to ensure you will have a working treadmill for a very long time. On top of that, for the price, we would have liked to see access to 3rd party exercise platforms. For example ProForm and NordicTrack team up with iFit to provide numerous workout options and the ability to track your exercise data. This is something that is missing on the Woodway Desmo S Treadmill.

Final Word on the Woodway Desmo S Treadmill:

If you can afford it, you won’t find a treadmill that is constructed better than the Woodway Desmo S Treadmill. This treadmill is built like a tank and there’s no way you’ll ever need another treadmill once you buy this one. That being said, you may need to take out a small loan to buy it. If you don’t have that kind of cash lying around, there are plenty of options for high quality treadmills at a fraction of the price of the Desmo S Treadmill. You can check out our reviews of the ProForm, 3G Cardio, FreeMotion and NordicTrack treadmills that are also great buying decisions, but a lot more affordable.