Currently available for £499.00 from Sweatband.com
Proform Endurance M7 Treadmill Review
Proform treadmills have built an enviable reputation for packing a lot of specification into their machines for the money being charged. As such, when Proform recently launched the Endurance M7 treadmill, making it available at under £500, we simply had to have a look and establish whether they had yet another winning machine on their hands.
Assembling the M7 represents the first exercise session. In comparison to previous similarly priced machines from the same manufacturer, this one fits together quite nicely and is a bit more straight forward. As always, we recommend that you follow the (clear) instructions and have a second person to help hold various bits when to make the process easier.
Once assembled, it becomes apparent that this is a substantial, full sized machine and we really quite like the look of it. Certainly, compared to the typical small sized budget treadmills we’re accustomed to seeing, this looks like a bit of a beast.
So, does it work as well as it looks?
The motor is rated as being a 2.5 horse power continuous duty, which is ridiculously high for a treadmill at this sort of price point. It’s certainly not the quietest motor we’ve come across but makes light work of speeding up the belt all the way to its top speed of 18 kph (11.2 mph).
Many running machines in the budget priced category have a running deck that measures 40cm in width and between 120cm and 130cm in length and as such are more suited to fast walking or jogging more than running. We’re delighted that Proform have managed to fit a full sized 51cm (20″) with by 140cm (55″) running deck on the endurance M7, providing ample room for all but the very tallest of users to actually run on the machine without being worried about trying to remain in the right position on the running belt.
The deck on the M7 is fitted with Proform’s “ProShox” cushioning system. This provides a nice degree of shock absorption relative to running on the road, but without make the running area so soft as to make it feel like you’re running on sand!
The M7 has a big, club style console with all the controls needed to use the machine with ease. There are 10 speed and 10 incline ‘quick keys’ enabling the desired levels to be selected without having to press the up and down buttons on the console lots of times.
Feedback is provided via a backlit LCD screen on the centre of of the console and whilst this isn’t the largest display we’ve come across, it is clearly and cleanly organised. A ‘display priority’ button allows different metrics being displayed to be toggled.
There a pretty decent selection of pre-set programmes built into the console. In addition to the standard manual control mode, there are a total of 18 programmes neatly organised into 5 calorie burn, 5 speed training, 5 intensity training and 3 incline training ones. We really like the fact that are direct selection buttons on the console for each group of programmes, greatly reducing the amount of fiddling around involved in selecting the desired workout routine.
In addition to the standard (and relatively inaccurate) pulse grip sensors for pulse rate measurement, the M7 is fitted with a Polar heart rate receiver. This enables runners to wear a compatible heart rate chest belt transmitter in order to monitor their heart rate on the console accurately without the inconvenience of trying to grab the pulse grip sensors whilst running (not an easy feat!).
Finally, the console has a pair of speakers built-in and they produce pretty decent sound quality for a set of treadmill speakers…
Another point of note is that the folding mechanism works particularly well and the foot operated hydraulic cylinder in a nice improvement over previous Proform treadmills that we’ve seen. In addition, the deck fold up to lock into quite a vertical position and more than halves the length when not in use and folded!
In terms of warranty should anything go wrong, there is a lifetime frame warranty, 5 years motor warranty and 2 years for other parts and labour. Do remember though, as with all Proform treadmills, you’ll need to register your machine within 4 weeks of purchase to get yourself the 2nd year.
With the Endurance M7 treadmill, ProForm have done great job - again! It's also very good indeed for real running rather than jogging and for a price of under £500 we are happy to recommend it. If there's one thing that's starting to go against the M7, it is its age. On the one hand it's been around for a long time so is tried and tested. On the other, technology waits for no man and being well aware of this Proform have now launched its successor, the Proform Sport 7.0, which is just absolutely, well, click here and find out........
Proform M7 Endurance Specifications
- 2.5 CHP Mach Z motor
- 0-18km/h (0-11.1mph) speed range
- 0-10% incline range
- 51cm (20”) x 140cm (55”) running deck with ProShox cushioning
- Console with backlit LCD screen providing feedback on time, distance, speed, incline, calories, heart rate
- 18 Personal Trainer Workouts including 5 calorie, 5 intensity, 5 speed, 3 incline and a manual mode
- Conveniences: transporting wheels, Quick Speed and Quick Incline keys, Space Saver™ folding design
- Heart rate measurement via grip sensors or a wireless receiver (chest belt has to be bought separately)
- Dimensions in use (L x W x H): 186cm / 73.2” x 92cm / 36.2” x 149cm / 58.6”
- Dimensions folded (L x W x H): 91cm / 35.8” x 92cm / 36.2” x 169cm / 66.5”
- Product Weight: 79kg / 174.1lbs
- Maximum User Weight: 125kg / 275.5lbs
- Warranty: Lifetime Frame, 5 year motor, 2 year parts and labour
Proform Endurance M7 Treadmill - Console / Display Unit
Currently available for £499.00 from Sweatband.com
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