ProForm 1295i Treadmill Review

Proform is one of the best-known brands in home fitness and has a reputation for manufacturing high-quality home fitness machines that are loaded with features and have great specs. With a range of different treadmills on the market aimed at just about everyone from absolute beginners through to serious fitness devotees, there’s no shortage of options for the running enthusiast. We’ve come to expect big bang-for-buck from Proform, so we got their new 1295i treadmill in to take a closer look. Here’s what we found…

Assembly of the 1295i is similar to most other Proform treadmills. As we’ve come to expect, the instructions are easy to understand and while the assembly process has quite a few steps and is a bit fiddly in places, most people shouldn’t have too much trouble getting this machine built. Before you start the first run it’s recommended that you connect to a WiFi connection and check for firmware updates. The process is straightforward enough if you’re familiar with connecting to a WiFi network with a tablet or mobile.

With a 51 x 152cm (20” x 59.8”) running deck the 1295i is narrower than many of its direct competitors which regularly boast decks up tp 56cm wide. It might not sound much, but a 3cm difference in deck width can have a dramatic effect on the running experience. It’s not a narrow deck, but it’s the sort of width that you can find on plenty of mid-range models. Nevertheless, the 2.5” (5cm) diameter rollers and 7” full-colour Android touchscreen display confirm this is still a substantial piece of kit and the deck is long enough to be suitable for all runners, no matter their height.

The cushioning system that Proform have employed here is their tried and tested ProShox™ system. It provides quite a soft surface to run on but not so soft as to make it feel overly bouncy. Overall the balance struck here is very good providing a great platform to run on.

The 3.5 continuous horsepower Mach Z™ motor has plenty of grunt making light work of driving the belt up to a top speed of 22kph (13.7mph). That’s easily fast enough for most runners and provides a good opportunity for really intense bursts of speed. It’s not as responsive or as quiet as a brushless AC motor but it does a perfectly good job here.

The max incline level is stated as 15% but our test unit felt a little less than that. Even so, it still steeper than many other models and while on max incline and top speed this isn’t a machine that many will be able to keep up with for very long.

Like the old 1295i, the new 1295i features a 7″ full-colour Android-powered display which can be configured into several different display modes by simply swiping the screen to slide onto the next mode so that you can give priority to the training feedback you’re most interested in inclinding incline level, elapsed time, time remaining, calorie burn rate, overall calorie burn, distance covered, and speed. There’s also a virtual running track representing a 400m (1/4 mile) distance which is a nice to see.

The onboard workouts are divided into categories denoting the type of training you’ll be doing (calorie/weight loss, incline and speed/interval and so on) making it easy to choose the type of training you want to do. There are also target programs that allow you to set a target such as time, distance, pace, calories workouts and target heart rate. The 1295i is also iFit compatible. Subscribe to the iFit service and you can download more workouts, track your fitness improvements, and participate in races against other members. There’s also a great selection of personal trainer-led workout videos to choose from that are streamed to your console. Though we’ll warn you now that you need a good WiFi connection for this to work smoothly.

Pulse measurement is enable via both hand pulse or wireless Bluetooth chest belt which is sold separately and in terms of extras, the 1295i has all the things you’d expect to see: built-in speakers, decent size and power cooling fan, water bottle holders and a tablet holder that’s positioned at the top of the console.

Finally, the warranty is the standard Proform one (requires registration online) of lifetime on the frame, 5 years on the motor and 2 years parts and labour.

Best Price

Currently available for £1299.00 from ProForm

Review Summary - In Brief

The 1295i is positioned as a premium treadmill and for the most part, it doesn’t disappoint. It delivers a comfortable run and is loaded with enough features to sink a battleship. It’s impressive and if you're in the market for a new treadmill this model is well worth considering, especially if you like your gadgets. However, it's not perfect and the deck isn't as wide as to be found for similar money elsewhere. The incline on our particular unit didn't feel as steep as the advertised level either. So, if you don't care so much about the gadget side of things and just want a running machine we'd suggest taking a look at the DKN EnduRun which has a wider deck, a true 15% incline, and a commercial-grade AC motor which makes it significantly quieter and more reliable than the 1295i. It's more basic, but for a few pounds extra, from the purist's point of view, you're undoubtedly getting a better running machine.

ProForm 1295i Specifications

  • 3.5 CHP Mach Z™ Commercial Motor
  • 0-22kph (0-13.7 mph) speed range with Digital QuickSpeed® Control
  • 0-15 % adjustable incline range with Quick Incline™ button
  • 7″ Full-Colour Backlit touch display
  • 51cm (20.1″) x 152cm (59.8″) running surface
  • Workout: unlimited fitness library via iFit®  (membership required)
  • 2.5” precision machined and balanced non-flex rollers
  • Heart Rate Measurement: dual EKG™ pulse grips + Bluetooth® Smart wireless receiver (chest belt optional)
  • Conveniences: 1-year iFit® membership, integrated tablet holder, SpaceSaver® folding design with Easy Lift Assist
  • Audio: Compatible Music Port for iPod®/mp3, build-in dual 2″ speakers
  • Dimensions in Use (L x W x H): 166cm (65.4″) x 90cm (35.4″) x 220cm (86.6″)
  • Folded Dimensions (L x W x H): 121cm (47.6″) x 90cm (35.4″) x 185cm (72.8″)
  • Product Weight: 140kg (308.6lbs)
  • Max. User Weight: 135kg (297.6lbs)
  • Adapter: included

ProForm 1295i Treadmill - Console / Display Unit

ProForm 1295i Treadmill - User Reviews

The Pros

  • iFit compatible (subscription included)
  • Great cushioning system
  • Lots of training options

The Cons

  • Deck narrower than its direct competitors
  • Incline feels less than the stated 15%
ProForm 1295i Treadmill Reviewer Ratings

Power - 8.5
Appearance - 8
Running Area - 7.5
Comfort - 8
Reliability - 8
Noise - 8
Ease Of Use - 7.5
Controls - 7.5
Warranty - 8.5
Value for Money - 6
Best Price

Currently available for £1299.00 from ProForm

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