JLL’s S300 is an at-home model that offers ample running space and a quality often limited to commercial gyms.
The unit’s running service features a 16-point cushioning system to keep impact from hurting your knees, hips and ankles.
A robust monitor with a built-in AUX port and USB allows for MP3 listening. The accompanying speakers eliminate the need for earphones.
The quiet yet powerful motor runs at 2.5HP to help you work through 15 pre-programmes or 3-custom programmes and 20 incline levels.
Getting Started with the JLL S300
JLL provides tools and instructions on assembling the S300. The equipment is heavy – 57kg – so having an additional set of hands can help make the assembly faster.
If you’re quick, it will take 30 minutes to assemble the unit.Sharp scissors are needed to cut the box open.
The next steps include raising the frame bars, securing the bars to the running deck and insert the console on the frame bar. Fasten the console to the bar using the accompanying tools and hardware.
Assembly is easy, with the trickiest part being sure that the monitor’s wires don’t catch when securing the unit in place. The wires can get caught between the console and frame if you’re not careful.
Adjust the height using the rubber levelling feet. Then you’re ready for your first session.
Key Specs to Consider Prior to Purchase
The S300’s motor offers 2.5HP of continuous power and can peak at 4.5HP during intense use. While there are a lot of features to love, we wanted to point out that the speed range is one of the most versatile we’ve seen in the UK market.
Speeds range from between 0.3km/h and 16km/h.
Low speeds are ideal for older users that may be trying to regain their strength and endurance, and at 0.3km/h, it’s the perfect speed for someone recovering from surgery or a serious injury.
For many people, the wide speed range allows for the entire family, across multiple generations, to confidently use the JLL S300.
Maximum user weight is 120kg (18.9 stone). Users heavier than this risk damaging the unit and will want to find a model that can better accommodate them. One final note is that the total length is 158cm, width is 70cm and height is 128cm.
Folded dimensions change to 100cm length and 141cm height. Transport wheels help you move the unit, which is heavy at 57kg, around your space.
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Features and Operation
UK engineered, warehoused and supported, the JLL S300 ships fast and arrives with key features often found only in fitness clubs. Special attention needs to be given to a few key features:
- Programmes, 15 in total, are pre-programmed to help you begin your session and challenge yourself. Three programmes can be manually programmed with automatic incline adjustments.
- Adjustable incline levels, 20 in total, with the option of automatic adjustments to keep each session challenging.
- 16-point cushioned running track to reduce the impact on the knees, ankles and hips.
- Folding system and soft drop mechanism that helps lower the unit without posing a risk to your back.
- Monitor and entertainment system that accepts MP3, iPhone and iPod through the AUX port. Users can plug in a flash drive into the USB port to play music, too. High-powered speakers provide exceptional sound with no earbuds required.
- Track distance, time, calories, heart rate and speed on the large 5” LCD console.
A traditional, red safety key attaches to your shirt or pants and will shut the unit off if the key is removed from the frame for added safety.
Instant speed buttons are available to help lower or increase speeds along with large up and down buttons for incline control.
JLL S300 Review: Conclusion
The JLL S300 is upgraded with a 2020 digital control, offers 15 professional programs and comes backed by a 2-year parts and 5-year motor warranty. Add in the cushion deck and users of all ages can walk, jog or run their way to better fitness.
Automatic incline levels add intensity to every session, allowing users to burn more calories and engage more muscle fibres with each session.
Minor complaints have been reported, and most of these issues deal with the unit making odd noises after a year. The noise is a whining or groaning sound instead of the quiet operation that is typical when the S300 is new.
Oil and maintenance guidelines are provided by the manufacturer, and there’s no way to tell if the user followed these guidelines or not.
The two-year parts and labour warranty will protect against having to make repairs out-of-pocket.
The JLL S300 offers a high-end build at a mid-tier price. Features and quality are more reminiscent of what consumers would expect to see in a fitness centre, not in at-home equipment.