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Proform 515 TX Treadmill Review

treadmill Doctor Note :

A good looking machine but some serious corners had to be cut to get it to $599.

Proform 515 TX Treadmill Review



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Overall Rating: 4.36

If you can live with lower expectations this is your treadmill...

A small motor that doesn't pack any power

This small frame 2.25 HP motor is not designed to handle heavy loads, so if you are a small user doing an infrequent workout, then this machine will give you good company. Don't expect to do anything more than walking and don't even think of working up speeds exceeding 10 mph. Surprisingly, the noise levels are reasonably low for a machine that is priced below $1,000.

Treadbelt is good but not the ideal match for the motor

A 20" x 55" treadbelt is great for small and medium sized users but remains out of the purview of larger, heavier users that need a more powerful motor.

Cushioning is below par

The cushioning has very little to recommend it but can still manage to provide reasonable joint and muscle protection for infrequent walkers.

Inclines max out at 10% and workout apps total 15 so there is only limited variation for the enthusiastic user.

Fewer features, lower performance as Proform cuts corners

At the $600 price point Proform has cut too many corners leaving you a product that is low end both in features and performance, unless you are taken in by its better looks.

Warranty leaves much to be desired

Parts and labor are covered for 1 year, the drive motor is covered for 25 years, and the frame alone has lifetime cover, and to compound your difficulties the customer service is seriously problematic. If you overuse this machine, which is severely underpowered, you can expect frequent repairs and a problem ridden customer service response.

This is definitely not for heavier users

User weight capacity of 300 pounds is overrated; at best it can tolerate users in small and medium sized category.

Our verdict

The Proform 515 TX is a mediocre machine that fails to cut the grade in crucial areas; poor parts quality, a pathetic warranty and problematic customer service are some of the headaches users need to overcome if they are brave enough to buy it. Regular users and serious runners are advised to look closer to the $1,000 range.

If you are just going to use it lightly, this one can handle that kind of use. If you do any more than simple walking, get a better treadmill.