Proform Performance 600 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
An upgrade from the Performance 400 model but still falls short in some critical areas.
Not a bad choice but not a great choice either. You really need to get to the $1000 range to get the minimum acceptable level of quality for a regular, average user.
If you're only looking to casually walk, the Proform Performance 600 will be fine. If you're looking to begin a serious fitness routine, this treadmill won't cut it. It's not really possible to get a good quality model at $799.
The walking area is a good size. The belt measures in at 20" x 55". This is a solid 5" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt. Still, it should be long enough to comfortably fit the stride of most users.
One impressive part of this machine is the motor. This is the highest power producing capability you can find for less than $1,000. You can reach speeds of up to 12 mph. The problem is that the structure and drive system won't hold up to a running routine, so you'll have to tone it back and stick to occasional walking.
The cushioning system isn't bad at this price. ProShox Elite 2 Cushioning is used to reduce the impact of walking on your joints and back. If this is a major area of concern for you, you can certainly find more running surfaces that are more forgiving or last longer without paying more for it.
If you want a treadmill that will last, you're going to have to pay more for it. The projected reliability on this model is pretty sad, and that's common in this price range. The life expectancy will be short unless you barely use it. Either way, you won't be able to get as much exercise as you probably intend to if you're thinking of purchasing fitness equipment. The quality of parts just isn't where it needs to be to hold up over the long term.
The bright spot of this model is its noise level. It's not easy to find a machine that makes this little noise during operation at such a cheap price. The warranty on the Proform Performance 600 is okay. Labor is covered for 1 year, parts are covered for 2 years, and the frame and motor are covered for life. This isn't exactly a great warranty, but you can't expect better coverage on a $799 treadmill.