Pros: Affordable high quality treadmill with upper body workout also!
Cons: ProForm's standard warranty - this is one time I say buy the extended warranty.
After making a promise to myself to avoid buying another treadmill via the internet since my fiasco with ShopNBC and Keys Fitness (see my review from earlier this month), I went ahead and tortured myself again.
Only this time everything turned out OK.
I had watched several presentations of the ProForm Carb Counter Treadmill with Hand Weights on a shopping channel over the weekend and liked what I saw. I went to my local Sears store but they did not carry this model. I went back online and found the 400 GL being sold direct from the manufacturer for $100 less than the shopping channel had it, and with free shipping. (Sadly, the free shipping promotion ended the next day after I purchased it, but keep checking as ProForm offers it from time to time). The only downside to ordering direct from ProForm is that they charge sales tax online for some strange reason. And you can't beat ProForm's return policy either: Try it for 30 days and if you don't like it for any reason, call them and they will pick it up at no charge.
The treadmill arrived by truck just 7 days after placing my order. The box was banged up on the outside, but inside everything was in perfect condition.
The worst part of the assembly is just getting the treadmill out of the box. ProForm provides the allen wrench for assembly, but you have to provide a Phillips screwdriver. It took me all of 30 minutes, and I'm female.
The treadmill features:
>Speed adjustable from 0.5 to 10 MPH
>Incline adjustable from 0% to 10%
>2.75 THP (total horsepower) motor
>Fan is located center-console area above magazine holder- off/low/high settings - this fan keeps me cool and keeps me working out longer - however, if you want to read a book or magazine while walking, you can't run the fan as the book lays on top of this area
>EKG heart rate monitor hand-grips
>Back-lit LCD window displays speed in MPH or kilometers, time, carbs burned, pulse, distance and incline
>Space-Saver fold-up design
>Walking belt measures 17" wide by 53" long - OK for walking, but in my opinion, you need at least 18", preferably 19" or 20" to comfortably jog or run
>6 pre-programmed workouts - 2 of them are controlled by your heart rate and the speed/incline of the treadmill is constantly adjusted to keep your heart in the target fan burning zone
>iFit compatible - (with a paid membership) plug into your computer (with purchased audio cable as the one included is very short), Ipod, VCR or CD player for extra programmed workouts
>300 pound weight capacity (most treadmills are 250 pounds) - This wasn't a factor for me, but I figured, what the heck - you might as well get one with the highest rated weight capacity as it probably means the motor is better.
The treadmill also comes equipped with two sets of dumbbells - 2 pound and 3 pound - and these are stored in a rack right underneath the console. They should be used for walking only (no running) and are conveniently located so you don't have to bend down to retrieve them in the middle of your workout.
The treadmill is the fold-up Space Saver design, and when folded, takes up about the same amount of space as a bathtub mat. It has a set of wheels for rolling out of the way, but let's face it, if you are trying to roll this treadmill on carpeting, it is VERY hard to move it. After all, the treadmill weighs way over 200 lbs. and unless you are rolling it across hardwood floors, it will be tough to move.
I think the only area ProForm is lacking in is their warranty. Hopefully, I won't have to use it. The standard warranty with this model is 5 years on the motor and 90 days parts/labor on the remainder. I purchased the extended warranty for $119.00 which adds 3 years of extra warranty to both the motor and parts/labor. However if you read the FINE PRINT on the standard warranty, and the serviceman makes a visit to your home, you have to pay a "minimal trip charge". As to what is "minimal" - I have no idea.
Even though ProForm is a U.S. company, most of the parts come from China and it is assembled here. So far, the treadmill seems to be of high quality for the low dollar amount paid for it. I can't afford a high-end treadmill, and ProForm makes a good, economical treadmill that appeals to the masses. It is well worth the money spent for a healthier lifestyle.