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Proform 590T Treadmill Review

treadmill Doctor Note :

With the electric gizmos, it makes you forget that there are some serious shortcomings under the hood.

Proform 590T Treadmill Review

MSRP:

$799

Walking Area:

7.1

Power:

5.5

Cushioning:

4.9

Reliability:

4.2

Noise Level:

5.1

Quality:

4.6

Value:

4.1

Warranty:

3.5

Overall Rating: 4.81

Feature-wise, Icon is head and shoulders above everyone else. Service-wise, they have been below pond scum. They have completely revamped their customer service department so we'll have to wait and see for its effect.

The Proform 590 T is a treadmill that sells for $799. If you're more concerned with bells and whistles than you are with quality or customer service, then this just might be the right model for you. We give Icon credit for at least admitting that their customer service has been lacking, and they claim to be putting more focus in that area. We'll have to see how that turns out before we're convinced.

The walking area is a good size. The belt measures in at 20" x 55", which is a good 5" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt. Still you can find much more expensive models that provide a less accommodating walking area, and this size will be enough to fit most users' strides comfortably.

This machine has an exceptional motor for such a low selling price. There are models that cost well over $1,000 more than this one that have similar power producing capabilities. You can reach speeds of up to 10 mph, but we wouldn't recommend it. The structure and drive system won't be able to handle more than occasional light walking.

The cushioning system is one of the worst available. ProResponse Cushioning is used to reduce the impact walking has on your joints and back. It's definitely better than running on pavement, but you'll have a hard time find a less forgiving running surface on any other treadmill.

The projected reliability is pretty bad. While that's to be expected when you spend this little on your fitness equipment, it has one of the shortest life expectancies in the $500-1,000 range. The quality of parts isn't any better. It takes cheap components to make a cheap machine.

The warranty for the Proform 590 T is very weak. Parts and labor are covered for 1 year, the motor is covered for 25 years, and the frame is covered for life. This is the kind of warranty you see when the manufacturer doesn't think the product will last.

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