Pros: Great speed, folds up, high incline settings, EKG
Cons: magazine rack is too far away
I have bought many gimmicky exercise machines in the past, such as the Ab-Tronic that never hold up their promise. What I have learned is that the best way to stay fit is by using a treadmill. I used to belong to Gold's Gym but that became expensive and I found that I mainly used the treadmill when I went.
Two years ago, I decided to purchase a treadmill. What worried me the most was that I would not use it over time because of lack of motivation. When you work out at a gym, the people around you and the atmosphere increase your motivation. I did not know if I would still have the motivation by myself in my basement.
When shopping for a treadmill I wanted certain features but did not want to pay a lot. The most important thing to me was an incline, a good motor and extras like cupholders, timers and a decent size. I knew to buy a Proform because they put out the best treadmill for a decent price. The Nordic Track is somewhat pricey.
I chose the 585QS model because the price was right and the models below it were too narrow. I also read great reviews on it. The most important thing when investing in a product such as a treadmill is researching prices and the product itself online. Another important factor was wear. I wanted a machine that would not break down right away and would last a long time with little maintenance. The only maintenance thus far has been a little oiling by the belt to keep it running smoothly. The man at the store suggested this model because of the strength of the motor.
The 585QS has a 2.5 horsepower and runs very smoothly. A wide running base is also important and the 585QS has an 18X50 treadbelt. The console has timers which tell you the speed, calories, fat calories, laps and distance. Below the console is the EKG that reads your pulse which I find very handy as well. The console also has two cupholders and a magazine rack. Now, my only complaint is the magazine rack. Newer models prop the magazine rack up closer to the person. The magazine rack on the 585QS is on such a low incline that it is almost horizontal, making it impossible to read anything unless you hunch over the bars. I never use it.
Lastly is the iFit program. This I have not hooked up yet but this feature allows you to hook the treadmill up to your PC and download workout programs that the treadmill will work to. Although the treadmill comes already with this technology, you have to pay extra to get this feature up in running. Since, I prefer endurance, I would not use this feature to change up speeds and incline.
As a whole, this treadmill was a great purchase that I am still using. I bought it from Sports Authority and they offer a warranty which I purchased extra. Over time, this machine still goes the distance. It gives a smooth ride and changes speed quickly without lagging. The incline is much higher than others I have tried. Many of the newer treadmills might offer better features but if you want a sturdy and inexpensive treadmill with most of the basic things you would use on it, then this is the best machine for the best price.
As for storage, the treadbelt folds up for smaller spaces but a treadmill no matter which one is still a big piece for some homes. Although it is a wide machine, it stores up thin and tall. It probably will not fit into your closet but what treadmill would?
I love this treadmill. It is the only form of exercise I have stuck to. I still use it a few times per week and rely on it especially in wintery months when you cannot go out for a good walk. It really was a great investment to stay fit and healthy.