ProForm 485E

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  • Elliptical is a Great Shape with ProForm 485E

    Mar 21, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good price for a home machine.
    Cons: Too small foot and leg area for heavy use.

    Summary: Love is a strong word for a form of exercise. But after a difficult pregnancy, broken ankle and a bad case of plantar fascitis, weight was piling on and I needed to get moving. Elliptical trainers were the only form of ... read more

  • Broke - I would look at other models

    Oct 7, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: None
    Cons: Poor quality, breaks easily and cannot be repaired or replaced by company.

    Summary: I bought and a year and a half ago and used it VERY little at first then began to use it more frequently about 2 months ago. A week or two later it started to make a terrible noise and then the whole motion became jerky and was obvious something was ... read more

  • Oldie but Goodie for a Handyman

    Jun 25, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Smooth quiet motion, relatively long stride in comparison to other models, good arm motion
    Cons: Failures of unsealed bearings and poorly welded cranks to the driver spindle

    Summary: I'm a 6' (183 cm) tall 190 lb (86 kg) weight athletic man. I've owned the 485e since mid 1998. It was discontinued by Icon Fitness some time in 1999. While it was still being manufactured, it was highly rated by Consumer Reports. It has a leg motion that ... read more

  • Great Piece of Home Exercise Equipment

    Mar 7, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to use, effective, easy on the knees
    Cons: takes up a lot of space

    Summary: After having a gym membership for years and using their elliptical machines as my only cardio exercise, I decided to get one of my own and stop wasting money, dealing with crowds, and waiting in line to use the elliptical machines. So, I bought my own ... read more

  • Chubby Girl Tries To Work Out...Unsuccessfully

    Jul 26, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ease of use.
    Cons: It's too heavy and too long. Don't plan on moving it!

    Summary: I must preface this opinion by saying I'm not in shape. I need to lose some weight, but I hate to exercise. I've owned exercise bikes, rowing machine, free weights, you name it. I have the best of intentions, but lose interest and can't stay motivated. I ... read more

  • ProForm 545e Elliptical Opinion

    Apr 11, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Seems like a good workout for the money. Only owned my 545e for 3 days.
    Cons: Very big and heavy to move, Easy to break the elliptical cylinder, Not portable.

    Summary: I just bought my ProForm 545e elliptical exercise machine two days ago from my local Post Exchange in Fort Hood, Texas. (Note: the only difference between the 485e and the 545e is the wider pedals and the console.) I paid $399.99. This seemed to ... read more

  • Carefull!

    Mar 10, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: solid, good workout with arm action, good price
    Cons: fell apart after one month. Useless book support, resistance adjustment could be better

    Summary: I was looking for a good cardio workout and was advised that a treadmill would be hard on my knees. I looked at many different elipticals (as well as treadmills) and the ProForm was the best machine for the money. It's a well built, well designed, ... read more

  • People with large feet need not buy!

    Jan 21, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It works kinda OK, has lap display, cup holder, and has a digital display
    Cons: Pedals could be larger, semi-cheap plastic housing, heavy, expensive

    Summary: Awhile ago we decided to get a ProForm 485E to do some exercising on. The unit worked pretty well, and has helped us stay (somewhat) in shape. First, there are a few good points about the unit. The movement is smooth and pleasant; this is ... read more

  • Fatal Product Flaw

    Oct 31, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Nice Styling
    Cons: Cheap plastic flywheel hidden inside housing

    Summary: After I used the ProForm 485E lightly for several months, it began to make a screeching noise. The screeching noise gradually got louder. A few weeks later, the flywheel suddenly quite working. When I removed the flywheel housing, it became clear that ... read more

  • Great Motivator

    Sep 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Comfortable, quiet and challenging
    Cons: I haven't found any in a year!

    Summary: Last year when I retired I promised myself I would invest in a new treadmill. I had been using a ProForm for over 15 years, but wasn't happy with the old design. We also had to manually change the treadmill to go uphill. Just about the time I was ... read more

  • Elliptical Trainer Queen

    Sep 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: easy to use, inexpensive, built well
    Cons: have to fight other family members off

    Summary: Couch potato on a diet I have been dieting with eDiets.com since May, 00. I have done pretty well but hit a long plateau. I knew the only way to break through would be to get some exercise. With my kids' schedule, going to a gym was ... read more

  • Cardio Without Stiff Joints!

    Sep 9, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: no impact, full-body workout in one
    Cons: heavy, pedals can be slippery

    Summary: My fiancée and I purchased the ProForm 485e last year at Sears in an attempt to motivate ourselves to start exercising again. After looking into treadmills, stationary cycles, skiing machines, and just about every other unusual contraption out there, we ... read more

  • Good workout

    Aug 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: construction, Price
    Cons: pedal size

    Summary: I purchased this unit to try to get in shape. I was in an accident about six months ago and my left foot was injured. I was never a runner, But I not being able to walk I put on a lot of weight. My biggest problem was my foot can't take any impact at ... read more

  • A runner's viewpoint

    May 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: stability, price, features
    Cons: squeaks, heart rate stuff

    Summary: I purchased the 485E after reading the Consumer Reports issue on elliptical trainers. The 485 E was rated very highly. I was looking for an alternative to pounding the pavement everyday, in my efforts to train for my first marathon. The trainer ... read more

  • Why buy this machine?

    May 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Quality for the price, smooth ride, quiet
    Cons: Pedal Size, space requirement

    Summary: This was actually my second purchase of an elliptical machine. The first one we tried was an Oribtrek - but that's another story - my only comments are - YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! So needless to say I was very cautious and did LOTS of leg ... read more

  • ProForm 485E performs well

    Mar 16, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Sturdy, smooth action, nice display features
    Cons: Heavy, large, pedals are somewhat slippery

    Summary: I had my eye on elliptical trainers for awhile before deciding to take the plunge and buy one, with great hopes that it would be not yet another piece of unused exercise equipment collecting dust in the basement. What is an ... read more

  • Elliptical Fever

    Jan 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Fun, mindless activity, no strain on knees, hips or back
    Cons: Difficult if you are out of shape, at least in the beginning

    Summary: Include me in. As of last night, I am one of the "elliptical" people. In an act of desperation at not being able to shed, in my opinion, an incomprehensible amount of weight, I raced to the sporting goods store and picked myself up one of ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • Great gym alternative

    Oct 14, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: good workout, doesn't hurt my knees
    Cons: electronic counter doesn't work

    Summary: I bought this used from someone who had it sitting in her garage. I have had it for over 6 months now, and still manage to get myself on it a few times a week. I keep it in the living room so I can just watch a movie while I exercise. It hasn't given me ... read more

  • Good Value

    Jan 2, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Price, quality
    Cons: Plastic pedals, distance between pedals

    Summary: Owned mine for about six years, have found what many say is true. Never had any mechanical or electrical difficulty. Only main problem is that the pedals are a bit far apart and it is uncomfortable [I'm 5'10'']. The pedals are made of slippery plastic ... read more

  • Help with Pro Form 485e Elliptical Trainer...

    Apr 4, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Loved it
    Cons: Seems like belt came off of it very easy and now I can't fix it.

    Summary: I just got this used from a friend who never used hers so it was pretty brand new. Some kids were on it just going back and forth quickly on it sort of using it, but not like it should. So of course when I go on it to use it there's no tension working ... read more

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