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Proform 415 LT Treadmill Review

treadmill Doctor Note :

Arguably the worst value Proform ever. Just when we thought they had turned the corner, they release the 415 LT.

Proform 415 LT Treadmill Review

MSRP:

$699

Walking Area:

4.8

Power:

2.5

Cushioning:

4.7

Reliability:

4.2

Noise Level:

5.6

Quality:

4.2

Value:

2.5

Warranty:

2.1

Overall Rating: 3.9

Avoid this treadmill like you would avoid the bubonic plague.

The Proform 415 LT is a disappointing treadmill to say the least. Proform had been steadily improving recently, but they really set themselves back with this model. Even at $699, you're paying too much for it. Considering how hard it is to find a quality machine at this low of a price, that's really saying something.

The walking area is fairly small, which isn't uncommon for such an inexpensive treadmill. The walking belt measures in at 18" x 50", this is significantly smaller than you're standard 20" x 60" belt. If you have a long stride, you may be tempted to run too close to the console with this model. This can force you to alter your stride, which has the potential to lead to injury.

The motor on this machine is pathetic. You usually see treadmills with this little power producing capabilities selling for about $300 less than this one. Theoretically, you can reach speeds of up to 10 mph with this model, but if you try to use this model for anything other than occasional, light walking, the structure and drive system won't hold up for long.

The cushioning system is one of the worst we seen. TreadSoft Cushioning is used to reduce the impact of running on your joints and back. It's better than pavement, but most treadmills will provide a much more forgiving surface. Luckily, if you try to run on it, you'll cause more damage to the machine than you will your body.

The projected reliability of this treadmill is its bright spot. As long as it's used correctly, it will have one of the longest life expectancies of any sub-$1,000 model. The quality of parts is very good for a machine that costs $699.

It's one of the louder models you're going to find. In this price range, that's not particularly surprising, but you can do better if you know where to look. If low price and quietness are major concerns for you, you're going to have to do your homework to find a model that suits your needs.

The warranty for the Proform 415 LT is horrible. Parts and labor are covered for 90 days and the motor is covered for 10 years. We don't blame them for offering this type of coverage. We blame them for making a treadmill that made them feel they couldn't offer better coverage.

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