Proform Pro 4500 Treadmill Review
Treadmill Doctor Note:
If you told me a few years ago I would consider buying a $2000 Proform, I would have tried to have you committed but I would consider this one!
Overall Rating: 7.27
What we can say in favor of the treadmill...
A strong motor combining well with a smooth drive and an excellent walking surface
This is a massively strong motor with excellent power producing capabilities, head and shoulders above many competitors in the $2,000 range. Anything better or of higher quality will cost you not less than $4,000. Comfortably reaches 12 mph speeds emitting very little noise.
The running area is an expansive and comfortable 20" x 60" now a standard feature in good treadmills. There's enough space to walk and run with a great deal of assurance and comfort. Excellent value for money at this price point.
The FS2 Full Surface Suspension provides an outstanding cushioned surface that is wonderful news for athletes pursuing extreme workouts and long duration running, as it drastically reduces the discomfort felt by joints, muscles, the back and hips.
Enough workout variety to keep extreme runners happy
38 preset workout programs and decline / incline variations topping -3% to 15% and Android enabled iFit browsing with personalized workouts makes this a attractive package for top performers, offering just the right platform to achieve supreme fitness.
Excellent quality backed by a strong warranty
This very strong warranty gives you 2 years on labor, 5 years on parts, and lifetime on both the motor and the frame. Obviously, the company stands solidly behind its product. The only discordant note is the service reputation (or lack of it) of Icon Health and Fitness. But you can relax because you probably won't be dialing the serviceman for a long time.
What may hold you back...
Sticker shock at the $2,000 price point can be expected
For serious runners desiring an extreme treadmilling experience and who value supreme quality and are willing to pay a higher price, the Pro 4500 is the gift of the gods. Those looking for quality and features that carry an affordable price tag would do well to search at lower price bands. They could try the Proform Power 1080i ($1,299) that gives them iFit Live even though it will be cutting corners to offer you a lower price.
This is a folding treadmill but...
The dimensions of 80"L x 36"W x 73.5"H and a high step up can be pretty uncomfortable in a cramped apartment or room with a lower ceiling so you need to decide first whether you have the area to park this Boeing before you land it.
The Proform Pro 4500 is an excellent machine loaded with top quality components and lots of bells and whistles, and its only defect is its price tag that may be out of reach of many disappointed runners running short
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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