Treadmill Buyers Guide
ProForm Treadmill Review
Consider all the factors.. A Detailed
look at the ProForm treadmill series, consumer reports and what they have to
ProForm treadmills are a popular brand
produced by Icon Health and Fitness, who are the largest fitness company
today with sales soaring on all their products. As a company they produce
many brands ranging from Reebok, Weslo, Nordic Track and of course ProForm which is one of the original Icon brands.
The ProForm typically range in price
between $399 to $1000, and can be found in large quantities with most
major merchants, with this wide range of pricing it essentially allows
people with various budgets the chance of owning one.
There are many models you can choose from
like the ProForm Crosswalk performance, Crosswalk 385x, CS7E, 995 SLE,
720, C 1050 and the C1250 all of which you can now
view online, and even get a close up look at the treadmills Console with
an interactive control panel which allows you to mouse over the buttons on
the control panel and see what each button does, I have to say this is
cool, specially for those who are looking to buy a ProForm online. Take a
look at the console here " Interactive
After looking at
all the overall picture that consumers had given through Epinions and
other consumer reports we have compiled a review of the ProForm Treadmill
Series as a whole, instead of covering each model in detail. Even though
they vary in price, generally the quality of how its built remains the same
throughout the series and its more of a case, that the higher models just have more
features and options.
Before deciding if one of the ProForm
Treadmills is right for you its important to take a close look at certain
things like motor, belt, electronics, comfort, durability, quality
of features, space requirements, noise , price range, warranty, customer
service and the pros and cons of the machine. This review is based on what
the overall experience consumers have had owning a ProForm
- Motor: Motors are very
important when deciding on a treadmill, so this is one area I will
place emphasis on. If you have a motor that is too weak, it will have
to strain and use all of its energy to do a simple workout. This
stress on the motor creates added noise and added wear, contributing
to a shorter lifespan. Think of it as a cars engine. To get up a hill
in car with a weak engine, you need to floor it and make the engine
work as hard as it can, which is both stressful on the engine and
noisy. In a powerful V8 engine, however, you only have to use the
throttle lightly which means less noise and less wear on the engine.
Motors are are all rated in horsepower, but different models use
different rating systems. There is the PEAK horsepower that a motor
can produce, and then there is the CONTINUOUS DUTY power that a motor
can produce. The peak power is the power you will get from a treadmill
when you are using it at the "right" speed and incline. The
continuous duty rating is the power which the motor ALWAYS produces.
Continuous duty ratings are always significantly less than peak
horsepower ratings, and you usually only find continuous duty ratings
on more expensive models. In my experience, most people have found
that a 2.75 HP peak motor is about equivalent to a 1.75 HP continuous
duty motor. A 2.75 HP, which is enough for walking, jogging, and
running. If you plan on running, you shouldn't consider anything less
- Belt: The belt is another
important part of the treadmill. A belt that is too narrow will be
difficult to jog or run on as your feet tend to stray left and right a
little bit. A tread that is too short means you risk running off the
end of the treadmill. A "small" belt is about
16", and a "medium" sized belt is about 18".
Overall people said that the belts were nice and wide, giving them
plenty of room to run, walk or jog
With the ProForm you can vary how much "bounce" the
treadmill has so that you can make it more appropriate for your style
- Features: These days treadmills
come with lots of different electronics, made to make your workout
easier, safer, and more enjoyable. The ProForm comes with an
easy-to-read LCD display (good for darker rooms). The various windows
tell how many calories you have burned, the distance you have run, the
speed you are at, and lots more. The center display shows a 1/4 mile
track, so you can "see" how far you are running and how far
you have left to go. I feel this is a very handy visual reference.
The ProForm also comes with a number of built in performance programs.
These programs last anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes and make your
workout more interesting. These programs automatically vary the speed
and incline of the treadmill to simulate various road or trail
conditions. The center console displays your current position on the
program, and allows you to see what "terrain" is up next.
Most ProForm treadmills also come with iFit.com compatibility. This
allows you to use videos, audio cd's, and the internet to change the
way your treadmill works. You can download new performance programs
off the internet, and watch footage of a run through a canyon as the
treadmill changes speed and incline to the video.
ProTech Adjustable Cushioning Deck reduces the amount of stress on
joints such as knees, hips and ankles, people raved about this feature
and said how much they were pleased with it. One person said it was
like " Running on Air"
- Durability: Most people agreed
that these the build on these are strong yet manageable for carrying,
one comment was made by a user that he dropped something extremely
heavy on it, and it still continued to run perfectly, in his mind this
was excellent value for money.
- Assembly: Most come
preassembled requiring only handrails and console unit to be
installed. They provide both a manual to follow, customer support to
walk you through it or for a small fee will send someone to assemble
it for you. Overall most people ran into a few glitches following the
manual but did figure it out after and a while.
- Space Requirements: Space
Saving Foldaway Design allows for easy setup and storage, again a lot
of people raved about this feature and how useful it was.
- Warranty: 90 Days on labour and
parts, but extended warranty is available ranging from $99 - $300
- Price Range: The ProForm Series
ranges from $399 - $1000 which is great for the beginner or the
advanced treadmill user.
- Noise: Most people have
commented, that it was slightly noisy, when people enquired about
this with customer service they said, it will give a certain amount of
noise like any machine. Now its possible that this could be a number
of things, from the motor to the surface they have the treadmill on.
- Warranty: is short its 90 Days
covering parts and labor, but you can buy extended warranty which
ranges anywhere from $99 to $300 for 2-3 years. Due to many retailers
though its skimpy on the warranty they are the one treadmill that has
the highest sales and the least amount of returns.
- Comfort: Nearly everyone has said how
comfortable it is to run on due to the ProTech Adjustable
Cushioning, it means less stress on ankles, knees and hips.
ProForm is a real winner in this area.
- Space Saving Foldaway Design: Everyone
agrees this is helpful feature.
- Price Range: You can pick up one of
their low end models for $399, so definitely there is a model that can
fit into all budgets.
- Durability: Many people said it was Solid, and well built but not
heavy, one customer commented that he dropped something extremely
heavy on it by accident and it still ran perfect.
- Built in Workout Trainer: Close to the $600 mark you will find they
come with built in workout programs and on the high end models even a
8 week program on CD.
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