Mark’s Note: This model is no longer listed/ StairMaster have replaced the D1 with new models within the amazing ‘Gauntlet’ range. Check out the tech on the Series 8 Gauntlet Stairmill here.
Summary: Top end stair climber from the masters of quality fitness equipment – StairMaster. This is by no means cheap, though you’ll get a quality of build that is impossible to find from other manufacturers, plus every extra you can imagine!
Detailed Review of the StairMaster SM5 StepMill
This machine does not come cheap – you’ll get every feature you could possibly think of – and of course a serious workout for your lower body plus cardio.
Compared to the ‘cheaper’ models in the StairMaster range (for example the gauntlet D1) this machine is more stylish all-round and a few handy accessories included such as a 10” touch screen console which replaces the simple console on its counterpart. I am a music lover so you can understand why I was so excited to report that this machine supports iPod video playback and audio control while charging it at the same time. Even when sports are your thing, you can buy a 15” LCD TV separately, connect then together and catch up with your games as you’re working out.
The main features, however, remain unchanged; steps rise to 8 inches, and speed range can be adjusted from 26 to 162 steps per minute. The console is also fitted with a nationally recognized multi-stage fitness test that gauges your individual progress, as well as a custom firefighter test (CPAT) that measures your cardiopulmonary endurance and muscular strength. Because firefighting is considered among the most physically demanding jobs in the US, these tests were very ideal for this gym.
Provided you’re willing to pay for the quality build, accessories and have enough room in your home gym, this would be the perfect equipment. Otherwise, the Stairmaster Stepmill 3 would be a more affordable choice and still doesn’t take up as much room.
StepMaster SM5Technical details
- Step range from 26 to 162 steps/minute
- Measures 58″ L x 34″ W x 89″ H
- 10″ Touch Screen Console with integrated TV Tuner (TSE-1)
- Integrates with the NV915 15-inch LCD TV
- iPod video playback, charging and audio control capability