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Proform Pro 2500 Treadmill Review

treadmill Doctor Note :

A top flight model in a brutally competitive price point. Great choice for the money.

Proform Pro 2500 Treadmill Review

MSRP:

$1699

Walking Area:

8.5

Power:

7.5

Cushioning:

7.5

Reliability:

6.8

Noise Level:

6.5

Quality:

6.8

Value:

6.4

Warranty:

8.5

Overall Rating: 7.19

The major plus points of this treadmill...

Motor has enough zing to power a smooth ride and is game for punishing routines

The very strong 3.5 HP motor is real value for money based on its power producing capability. You are getting performance that we generally observe above $2,000. Vigorous runners can push speeds to 12 mph without breaking step or missing a beat. The noise reduction is tolerably good and is one of the best at this price point. It's also supported by a lifetime warranty.

Outstanding surface area with good incline variation and excellent cushioning that runners will love

The walking area measuring 20" x 60" is a godsend for serious runners, and this is fast becoming the standard size in healthy treadmills, and runners in all categories will find it a comfortable fit.

30 workout apps and good incline variation of -3% to 15% introduces added challenge and excitement to a punishing routine for extreme runners.

The cushioning system is definitely one of the best in the $1,500 to $1,999 price segment and contributes a great deal to eliminating the discomfort felt by leg and back muscles in strenuous workouts. The benefit is that a runner can extend the duration of his routine taking full advantage of this forgiving surface. You are unlikely to find anything superior up to $4,000.

Higher user weight capacity tolerates bigger users

This treadmill is good news for heavier runners clocking 350 pounds as the machine drive combination can withstand high loads without giving up the ghost.

Warranty is very strong

The warranty covering 2 years for labor, 5 years for parts and lifetime for motor and the frame is extremely satisfying to regular and committed treadmill users that can rest easy knowing that the company stands by its product.

And the drawbacks...

This is too pricey for the bargain hunter

The high end motor, the expansive running surface, the smoothly cushioned running ambiance - all denote excellent value for money at this price point, but the price itself is still unaffordable to many.

The average user would be better off setting his sights at the low end where he would get performance suited to his requirements and features backed by an affordable price tag in the lower price ranges.

Bigger and stronger treadmill may be over delivering

If your purpose is purely walking, this treadmill will be delivering more power and performance than you will ever use. Similarly, if you are an average runner packing around 150 pounds, exercising not more than twice a week, probably you'd be better off selecting a lower end model around $1,500.

This is a big treadmill

Being a folding treadmill is a space saving bonus but when it unfolds the outer dimensions of 80"L x 36"W x 73.5"H will gobble up quite some space. Don't be in a hurry to buy this big bird without planning a spacious nest in your home.

Our verdict

The Proform Pro 2500 is sturdily built with good features, delivering an excellent performance for the serious runner. From being a backbencher couple of years back Proform has risen from the ranks to be counted for its quality. It is one of the best models in the sub $2,000 category holding its own pretty well against the competition (mainly from the same factory under the NordicTrack brand).

With the quality that Proform is now using, it is hard to discount them from the competition. Just a few years ago a $1700 Proform would have got snickering from us but not any longer.

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