Proform 6.0 RT Treadmill Review
Treadmill Doctor Note:
One of the cheapest Proforms you can buy quality wise. It looks like a better machine than it is.
Overall Rating: 4.12
With the small walking area, this will fit into many homes but the long-term performance should convince you that it really was a Trojan horse.
The Proform 6.0 RT is a treadmill that sells for $599. It has a nice look to it, but that's about it. If you just want a treadmill in the house to stare at, this model is for you. If you want to get serious about exercising, we recommend skipping over this model.
The walking area is a bit small. The belt measures in at 18" x 50". This is significantly shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt. Individuals with a wider stance or a longer stride may notice the difference in their comfort level when using this machine as compared to one with a more accommodating running surface.
A weak motor is running this machine. It's not awful for the price, but that's not saying much. You aren't likely to find a treadmill with a very high power producing capability in this price range. This model can reach speeds of up to 10 mph, but you'll wear out the structure and drive system pretty quickly if you try to run. We suggest sticking to light walking.
The cushioning system is awful. There are very few treadmills that offer a less forgiving running surface than this one. The good news is that you won't need an extremely effective cushioning system when you only plan on walking.
Even among its price range, the projected reliability is very poor. It's difficult to find a machine with a shorter life expectancy than this one. You're paying too much money for the quality of parts you are getting. Considering the $599 price tag, that means you're getting some extremely low quality parts.
The warranty on the Proform 6.0 RT is in the bottom 5 of all the warranties we reviewed. Parts and labor are covered for 90 days, while the frame and the motor are covered for 5 years. Some of the worst coverage we've seen includes lifetime coverage on the frame and 25 years on the motor. This speaks volumes as to how the manufacturer feels about this treadmill.
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 we have seen a shift in regard to that on mainly motors in some units. The higher end units have much longer warranties. The gee-whiz factor is high on these machines because they are packed with features, but some of these features can be glitch prone. Except for the higher priced units with a selling price of $1000 or more, we wouldn't recommend these for serious runners, but the quality of the machine is so much better than those produced just a few years ago. Most people who are walkers or occasional joggers 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 had the quality to match. These days they put quality into the machines and pack them with features. On the low end, expect low quality, but that is more of a function of price rather than engineering. Proform is still saddled with many problematic 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 have promised an improvement on this and have new management in the service department, so we hope this helps. Although you get a value price for the product, you also get value service, so keep this in mind when buying their machines. 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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