Pros: pre set programs, decent motor, price
Cons: warranty, warranty, warranty
With so many treadmills on the market many people find it hard to make a decision on which unit or even brand to buy. Pro Form is a good brand and has many features of more expensive units at a much more reasonable price. A huge fitness conglomerate, ICON Fitness, manufactures Pro Form. This is the same company that makes Nordic Track. Thats just a little side note that many people did not know. Now onto the main features of the Pro Form 585QS.
I will start with the one thing it seems everyone is interested in the most, the motor. The main discussion when it comes to the motor is the difference between continuous duty and peak duty power. A continuous duty motor runs at the same level of power all the time. It keeps the unit more stable and comparatively is the better choice. Almost all of your high-end brands will use continuous duty motors. Peak duty motors power depends on the force exerted upon it. For example, the unit will use much less power when a 125lb. woman is walking than when a 200lb. man is running on it. This seems like a much more conservative use of power but, it is actually detrimental for the life of the motor. The 585QS uses a 2.5 HP peak duty motor. Even though it uses a peak duty motor, this unit has plenty of power. 2.5 peak HP is plenty for anyone up to about 250lbs. to run or walk on. So in that aspect most people will be accommodated.
This unit allows you to control the speed and incline manually or you can use one of the treadmills preset programs. The preset programs are a great way to change up your workout. You can pick a program that suits you. There are cardio, trail, fat burning, and other programs as well. You pick the program and start walking/running and the unit changes the speed and incline at different intervals depending on the program. This is a great way to break the monotony of just manually controlling the unit and it also forces you to challenge yourself. The treadmill is also Ifit.com compatible. This allows you to hook the unit up to the internet and download other preset programs. This is a feature that has become increasing popular with users over the past few years. You do not have to utilize it but if youd like its there. The rest of the console features exactly what you would expect on a treadmill. Speed, time, distance, pulse, total calories, and fat calories burned are all there. There is also a quick speed feature. The way this works is you can jump to any speed by just touching the coordinating button. There are 10 buttons on the console in 1 M.P.H. increments. Rather than holding the speed up arrow you can just touch the speed you want to go and the machine will adjust to that speed. It is a handy feature that I feel works well. The 585QS utilizes a grip pulse sensor to take your heart rate. When you want to take your pulse, grip the handles and then you pulse will be visible on the console. It is convenient so you can exercise within you target heart rate. It is also fairly accurate. I found my pulse to be within five beats every time I tested it against the machine.
Here are just some of the specs and extra features for the unit. The unit folds up for easy storage. This is also very helpful if you have kids around the house so they are not able to play on the treadmill. The speed can be adjusted from 0 to 10 m.p.h. This is a wide range that allows everything from a nice walk to a full out sprint. The incline can be increased up to 10%. This is quite high and gives you quite a few different choices. The belt itself is 18X50. I am roughly 6ַ tall and this allows me plenty of room to walk or run comfortably. The warranty is something that is not too appealing. You have a 90-day warranty on everything. That includes motor and parts. This is really a joke compared to other treadmills on the market. Depending on where you buy your treadmill, extended warranties vary. But there are usually in the range of $100.00 for two years. Its a good buy if you plan on using the unit daily just for the wear and tear. I found this unit on sale for $549.99 so its a good unit for its price. Finally, with so many models on the market today you may feel overwhelmed by all the information. I hope I was able to help somewhat. I have other treadmill reviews up as well so feel free to check them all out.