A Complete Review Of The ProForm Frontrunner Treadmill
About the treadmill
What I like about the the Proform Frontrunner is the large 19" x 55" Treadbelt which is one of the larger ones from Proform in this price range. I also like the fact that it has a powerful 2.75 continous horsepwer motor, which is by far, their most powerful motor in this price range.
Yes - 0 to 10% incline
The treadmill runs on a 19-inch by 55-inch tread belt with a 2.75 THP MachZ Motor.
The tread belt is a little larger than some of the other budget models and this is important because it can accommodate a larger foot space. This is very important for taller individuals as they can more effectively use this kind of treadmill. Any exerciser can take full, long strides with the Proform Frontrunner treadmill.
Matrix Console 5 x 7 Display
8 Built-in Workouts:
I have to admit, for the price of this treadmill ($599), 8 programs is a great deal. I'm quite impressed that there are so many programs.
Maximum User Weight: 300lbs
Heart Rate Monitor
Warranty and Service
Motor: 8 year
The warranty on the motor is pretty weak for this price range. You'll see in a moment why this motor warranty is weak, even at a price of $599.
The parts and labor warranty, on the other hand, shocks me. I don't see how you can warrant a motor for 3 years and the other parts for only 3 months. It might not be a big deal, but something gives me a bad feeling about the briefness of the parts and labor warranty. I would purchase an extended version if possible just to be sure.
Here are the extended warranty options:
1 year warranty: $69.95
It will depend on how much you plan on using the treadmill. If your going to be giving the Proform Frontrunner treadmill a good pounding everyday, you might want to opt for the longer warranties.
However, the warranty rate/percentage is almost 20 percent at year 3 ($119/$599) and this seems a little high, given the price range. When the warranty percentage is approaching 1/3 the price of the actual item, you may want to really look at the quality of the treadmill.
Lifetime - Frame & Motor
This warranty says to me, as a consumer, that Vision believes in their product and stands behind it 100%. Proform's warranty says that I'm taking my chances by purchasing their product and standard warranty, which is 8 year motor, 90 day parts and labor.
There is simply no comparison between a Vision treadmill and a Proform treadmill. Vision will always win, hands down.
However, if I were to buy the Proform Frontrunner treadmill, I would not simply go with the standard warranty because I don't have 100% confidence in Proform's component parts. I would opt for at least 2 years.
Here is Proform's official return policy:
We give a 30-day trial period on all products. If you are not satisfied for any reason please call 1-866-896-9777 to receive a return authorization number. Put your machine back in the box and take it to your curb to be picked up. We will send a freight carrier to pick up your machine. When your machine has been returned to the warehouse and closed out to your account we will refund the purchase price (price of machine and tax) less to and from shipping charges. If you were not charged for shipping on your initial delivery you will only be charged for the return shipping.
All products must be returned in good condition, and with all paperwork, parts and accessories included to insure a full refund. You may be charged a 20% restocking fee if your product doesn't come back in good condition. You can expect a refund in the same form of payment originally used for purchase within 30 days of our receiving your returned product.
Fair? Compared to similar products in this price range, it seems ok. I have a problem with Proform's warranty because it is very weak.
$599 Base price;
Total Inclusive Cost = $993
Direct Competitors are:
- Sole Fitness F63 Treadmill ($1,099 - Free shipping);
Comparison between the 775 and Sole F63/Vision T1450
1) Sole Fitness' F63 Treadmill ($1,099)
- Motor: 2.5 HP Continuous Duty, DC type
- Motor 20 years;
Let's take a look at a lower priced treadmill, the Vision Fitness T1450 ($999 plus $150 for delivery and set up).
- 2.0 Continous horsepower;
- Lifetime - Frame & Motor
If I had $900 - $1,100 to spend on a treadmill, I would be hard pressed to purchase the Proform Frontrunner. The fact is, that when you add up all the costs for the Frontrunner treadmill, it adds up to a price that can't, and won't compete with treadmills in that new price zone. My confidence would lie with Soles or Vision's products, rather than Proforms. You can't even compare Proform's 90 day parts and labor warranty with Sole's 3 year parts / electronics and 1 year labor. Both, Sole and Vision are more confident in their products which is reflected in their standard warranties. Besides, both companies are much more reputable than Proform.
- Larger foot print and tread belt. Can really reach if you are running without being limited by space;
All the best,
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