Proform 790 T Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
For the money, it isn't bad but if you can squeeze a bit more money, you get much more treadmill for your money.
The good, the bad and the spotty...
A motor that is ill suited for running
The 2.5 HP motor is just OK at this price point, and you really can't expect more power producing capability. If you accelerate to 12 mph speeds you may encounter some noise and lack of stability. Overall, the motor is not built to withstand running. The best thing you could do is to simply walk and enjoy the lifetime warranty that comes with this motor.
A good walking belt that will please users across all categories
A 20" x 55" walking area is just right for the majority of users. There's sufficient width for the wider stance and only the really taller candidates may feel the need for an additional 5" length.
The deck inclines at 12% and 16 workout apps are featured, so walking gets just the right impetus. As the belt is underpowered and the structure is not up to the task, running is not recommended.
Cushioning is OK at this price point
The ProShox Elite 2 Cushioning will give good protection to knees and ankles while walking, and at this price point you may not get anything better than this surface. For a serious upgrade in cushioning and you have to move beyond the $1,000 price point.
There is a limit to expectations at this price level
Proform has compromised on quality by adding cheaper parts with the intention of keeping prices below the $1,000 mark, but this means the user needs to be prepared to replace parts that wear out faster. If you try running you will only accelerate the deterioration of the drive system. This machine will be expensive to maintain in the long run.
The warranty is inadequate
A lifetime warranty on the frame and motor is of little consolation when there is 2 years for parts and only 1 year for labor. This is about as good as it gets in the sub $1,000 category.
The final diagnosis...
If you propose a normal walking routine at a fairly comfortable pace and you want a solid treadmill that is cheaper and has adequate cushioning and features to liven up the proceedings, the 790T will fit your bill. The really serious runners had better look beyond $1,500 for a better treadmill.This one is right on the edge of being a good machine but there are some corners cut that make it likely that you will need a service call.