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!
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