BH Fitness Prisma M30 Treadmill Review

The BH Fitness Prisma M30 is a cracking treadmill from a company that have been making sports equipment for over 100 years. Its motor gives a good top speed of 11.2mph (18kph) and copes well even with the incline up at its maximum of 12%.The PCS cushioning technology will care for your joints and the built in programmes can also be customised by the user for total workout flexibility. The Plug and Run functionality means you will be enjoying your treadmill in no time at all.

 

We had the machine set up in minutes, all you have to do is:

Open the packaging
Remove the treadmill and put it where you will be using it
Lift the console into place and tighten up the screws to secure it
Attach the side foot plates
Plug in the treadmill and insert the safety key
Start the machine and you are ready to run

We found the treadmill to be reasonably quiet with a peak power of 2.75 HP and continuous duty of 1.5 HP.

This hard working motor didn’t make too much noise during our test run, even at the maximum incline of 12%. We only ran up to 10kph, but those who run at a more brisk pace will be able to go all the way up to 18 kph on the Prisma M30.

Our test run was a comfortable one too. The deck is well cushioned with something that BH call “PCS” which stands for progressive cushioning technology. The technology adapts to the needs of the user, providing more cushioning when the impact is increased to ensure that the run always feels natural. The PCS technology is enhanced with 8 elastomers under the deck for extra shock absorption. If you are choosing between machines and have injuries or want to look after your joints, the BH M30 gets our recommendation because of this.

The Prisma M30 is part of the new range of treadmills from BH fitness with the new “A Wings” technology. This gives the treadmill a nice wide deck and because the console doesn’t hang as far forward as on traditional treadmills, you actually get to use more of the length of the belt too.

Some users prefer to stay towards the middle or back of the belt, but it is good to know that should you choose to, more of the belt is there for you to use.

We got the trusty old tape measure out and can confirm that the belt on the M30 measures 126cm long and 50cm wide, that’s 50″ long and 20″ for those who think in inches.

For those who prefer handrail controls, the Prisma M30 won’t disappoint. You can adjust the speed and incline quickly, simply and safely with these little gems. We always think that these are a great feature – especially if you use the treadmill for intensive hill workouts and need to keep hold of the handrails for stability.

The Prisma M30 has 9 built in programmes covering Time, calories and distance targets. The programmes each have variations of speed and the incline either changes in intervals or increases then decreases, simulating a hill climb and descent. If you need to make changes to these programmes you can also use the console controls. This is ideal if you want to fine tune the workout, or if you need to make the run a little easier or more difficult.

If you are feeling creative then you have 3 user programmes that you can customise in whichever way you wish. We like these options as it always gives you something new to try.

If you are opting for full manual control, the simple one touch controls will do the trick. Nothing too hard about changing the speed and incline which is to be expected really. There are no quick access keys to preset speed or incline levels.

We have to be honest and tell you that the screens are not the largest we have seen, but there are 3 of them and they give you all the information you need during your workout. As long as you can see the distance you have covered, current speed and time elapsed you will know how you are going. Seeing theoretical calories as they are burned, along with your current pulse rate completes the package.

A little more detail on the pulse reading. The Prisma M30 has pulse grip sensors built into the handrails. Grab hold of them and a few seconds later your pulse rate is displayed on the screen.

When the workout is over, the vertical folding system means you can quickly, easily and safely store the machine. We also liked how easy it was to move about when folded so you can always keep it out of the way when it’s not in use. The treadmill also folds horizontally with the console flat against the deck for further storage options.

BH fitness have given this treadmill a decent warranty too. You get 2 years parts and labour and an impressive 10 years cover on the frame and motor. We double checked and BH confirmed that they guarantee to repair that machine within 7 days of it being reported faulty.

You really can’t fault that for service!

Best Price

The BH Fitness Prisma M30 is not currently available from any retailers we're aware of in the UK.
It may be worth looking for a used machine on ebay

Review Summary - In Brief

The M30 compares favourably with other machines in the price bracket such as:
Reebok T5.1
  • The T5.1 has a slightly larger 2.0 HP continuous duty motor and another 3% of incline although the top speed is 2 kph slower than the Prisma M30.
  • The belt on the T5.1 is the same width but longer at 140cm however with its "A wing" system the M30 has more available belt space.
York 201
  • The York 201 has the same motor power output and belt size, but with the M30 you can actually use more of the belt surface thanks to the "A wing" system which makes more of the belt usable.
  • The M30 also has 2% more of an incline than the York 201
  • The M30 has 3 displays to the York's 1 display In summary, The BH Prisma M30 is a great treadmill.
 

BH Fitness Prisma M30 Specifications

  • 1.5 HP Continous Duty /¬† 2.75 HP Peak
  • 0 – 11.2 mph speed range
  • 0 – 12% powered incline
  • Blue Backlit LCD display unit
  • 9 pre-set programmes
  • Heart rate pulse grips
  • Heart rate wireless monitor – chest strap not included
  • Progressive Cushioning System (PCS) for deck
  • 55 x 125cm walking/running surface
  • Max user weight – 21 st 4 lbs (135 kg)

 

BH Fitness Prisma M30 Treadmill - Console / Display Unit

BH Fitness Prisma M30 Treadmill - User Reviews

The Pros

  • Great warranty
  • Large, well cushioned deck
  • Powerful motor
  • Simple assembly

The Cons

  • Some may prefer a display with more bells and whistles.
BH Fitness Prisma M30 Treadmill Reviewer Ratings

Power - 8.5
Appearance - 8
Running Area - 9
Comfort - 9
Reliability - 9
Noise - 8.5
Ease Of Use - 8.5
Controls - 9
Warranty - 9
Best Price

The BH Fitness Prisma M30 is not currently available from any retailers we're aware of in the UK.
It may be worth looking for a used machine on ebay

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