Proform 590 T Treadmill Review
Treadmill Doctor Note:
Another great looking machine that diverts your attention from the poor quality parts used in the drive system.
Overall Rating: 4.33
The good, the bad and the problematic...
Small frame motor with low power generating capability
A 2.25 HP motor is not designed to instill confidence in the serious runner and regular trainer, and that means walking is the only sustainable activity that we recommend on this treadmill. The low powered motor and sketchy drive system can't handle the excessive pressure of running. Attaining maximum speeds of 10 mph is also risky as that would strain the motor even more.
Treadbelt is good but of little use because it is underpowered
The 20" x 55" treadbelt is a good fit for the standard exercise routine but fails to deliver to its potential as it is not supported by a motor with matching power. The motor-walking belt mismatch is a major defect of this machine.
A simple incline of 10% and 16 preset programs doesn't make much difference to any workout when the deck itself is underpowered by the motor.
Cushioning is sub standard
The cushioning isn't the strong point of this treadmill. There is hardly any worthwhile protection for limbs and joints and that is another reason why running is totally ruled out.
Warranty is bad
In the warranty for the Proform 590 T, parts and labor are covered for 1 year, the motor is covered for 25 years, and the frame is covered for life. This is uniformly true of all Proform's low end models where parts quality has been compromised and clubbed with a poor warranty. As parts wear out quicker users can expect frequent service calls and higher maintenance expenses if it lasts the long haul.
Heavier users can't dream of using this treadmill
If you weigh in at 300 pounds or more you can't expect the motor and deck to handle that weight. It will only accelerate wear and tear of systems and multiply your maintenance problems.
The Proform 590 T is a entry level model in the sub $1,000 price band that can last the long haul only of it is cared for like a baby and if your use is limited to walking, and that too quite infrequently. A bad warranty and poor customer service will haunt this model for a long time with no improvement in sight.Save up for a few years if you are looking at this model. You will thank us later or you will buy the repair parts and we can talk you through the repair.
These products are produced by Icon Health and Fitness. They are the largest retail fitness company. This is one of the original Icon brands and can be found in most mass merchants. They typically range between $500 and $1,500 and have short warranties for the most part although they have excellent warranties on the high end. We have seen a shift in regard to that on mainly motors in some units. The gee-whiz factor is high on these machines because they are packed with features but those have tended to be glitch prone. Except for the higher priced units with a selling price of $1000 or more, we wouldn't recommend these for runners, but the quality of the machine is so much better than the ones produced just a few years ago, most people who are walkers or occasional users will be satisfied with the new Proforms.
Quality / Philosophy
Proform is produced by Icon, a company with thousands of employees and large resources. Put simply, their machines have the best design in the business. Icon has a long, storied history that provides an example of how the big keep getting bigger. Icon used to be the mass-market darling because of their cheap prices but they used to have quality to match. These days they put quality into the machines and pack them with features. Icon also has the worst customer service in the business but we rate the machines by the individual machine quality, not the quality of their service. Proform is still saddled with many models from their past but the quality has rapidly improved, especially with their machines in the $900 and up range.
Icon is the largest fitness equipment producer in the world with over $1 billion in sales. If the fitness industry were a solar system, Icon is so powerful that they would be the Sun. In terms of stability they are the best, but overall their customer service isn't up to the standards of any of the lower volume producers. They promised an improvement in service but the results were more of the same. Although you get a value price for the product, you also get value service so keep this in mind when buying their machines- apparently they price their machines so low in comparison to other companies that they don't have money left for service. Due to the sheer number of units they produce, we pick up support in many cases where this factory leaves off.
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