ProForm Power 795i Treadmill Review

With a lot of good treadmills out there we’ve been slightly behind our work by not getting our teeth into a Proform running machine lately. With a substantial range on offer and having, for years (decades actually) produced quality machines jammed with lots of features combined with high specs it was well past due for us to revisit them and take a closer look and the current range. The Proform 795i with its large motor and running deck caught our eye. So we got one in to take a closer look.  Here’s what we found……

Assembly of the 795i is very much run of the mill as far as treadmills go. There are no moving parts to put together and all that’s necessary is to attach the two upright posts to the base and then attach the console to the uprights. There’s really not much to it, and although it is possible to put it together on your own, it helps significantly to have someone assisting with holding things in place while you tighten the bolts up. All in all, assembly took us just over half an hour but if you don’t assemble treadmills regularly then you should allow 45 minutes to an hour for the assembly.

While it looks like a typical Proform treadmill with a silver/grey/black colour scheme, the 795i benefits from the addition of a crossbar that stretches between the two uprights and while visually it’s something you don’t even really notice, from a sturdiness perspective it makes all the difference. Carrying out the ‘shake-test’ by literally trying to shake the treadmill left and right quickly highlights what a big difference that crossbar makes to the stability of this treadmill. It’s a feature we’d like to see used more often in treadmill manufacture as it really improves the overall stability compared with models that don’t have a crossbar.

With a footprint of 201cm x 94cm and a running surface area measuring 152cm x 51cm, the 795i is most definitely a full-sized treadmill. It also has a maximum user weight capacity of 125kg (275.5lbs) and at around 6′ 3″ even the tallest members of the testing team felt safe on the deck at high speeds with the feeling they had plenty of room to manoeuver, making this a family-friendly model and a suitable choice for most people. Cushioning comes in the form of Proform’s Pro-Shox cushioning system which does a very good job of absorbing the majority of the shock from landing. This cushioning system has been in place on a lot of Proform models for a good number of years now an there’s a reason that Proform hasn’t felt the need to upgrade or change it. It strikes an excellent balance between cushioning your landing and providing a firm surface to launch from. In a competitive market where there’s pressure to constantly ‘improve’ things so that potential buyers have something to get excited about, Proform’s made the decision to stick with a tried and tested system. The system works and is good so this ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ approach definitely gets our nod of approval.

The running belt is tensioned between two large 1.9″ diameter rollers and driven by a generously sized 2.75 continuous horsepower drive motor. The result of opting to ‘go large’ on these two key areas of any treadmill’s makeup is that the 795i delivers a very smooth and quiet run. Running on any treadmill is a fairly noisy affair due to the nature of the activity, but the 795i really does keep the noise down to a minimum. Even at high speeds, there’s no sign of the dreaded motor-whine that you usually hear on smaller, cheaper models and even on the full 12% incline (which is steeper than 90% of users will ever need)  that motor just keeps on pulling without so much as a whisper of complaint. It’s surprising to see such a high-spec for these components on a treadmill at this price point, but then Proform does have a track record of putting machines on the market with specs that tend to be best in class so perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised after all. In any event, the large rollers, powerful motor, excellent cushioning system and crossbar between the front posts all combine to make a treadmill that’s quiet, smooth and very enjoyable to run on.

The console features a 5″ backlit two-colour LCD display that displays your training data including time, calories, distance, intensity, incline, vertical meters (VM), speed, pulse, and a  virtual running track that represents 400m (1/4 mile) laps. There are 22 pre-set workouts built into the console designed by personal trainers focussing on weight loss, endurance and overall cardio fitness. There’s also a manual mode where you are in complete control of the speed and incline settings and there’s an array of quick access buttons that allow you select a particular speed or incline level with a single press. The preset workouts are effective and challenging and there are plenty of them to keep you entertained. As you’d expect, these workouts don’t require an internet connection in order to be accessed making the 795i a model that you can place any room it’ll fit in that has a nearby electrical socket. However, if you do have a WIFI connection within range of this treadmill, then you can take advantage of the Bluetooth module built into the console and connect to the iFit service. You get a free iFit trial when you purchase this treadmill so all you have to do is download and install the iFit app onto your tablet and then connect your tablet to the treadmill via Bluetooth and place it in the tablet holder at the top of the console.

You can then access the iFit service and this really does add a little extra zing to your running sessions. As an iFit subscriber you get access a vast range of engaging and effective personal training sessions delivered in HD video.  Each video has a specific aim such as a cardio workout, a weight loss workout and so on just like a traditional programme, but instead of a boring graph to stare at, you get a personal trainer in full HD video guiding you and encouraging you through the whole workout as they match your run meter by meter in exotic locations all over the world. As an iFit subscriber you get the added bonus of being able to map out your own custom routes on Google Maps, access to an entire library of high-definition workout videos led by professional personal trainers, opportunities to participate in online races against other iFit members and personalised advice for nutrition, exercise routines and sleep schedule. iFit is a whole world unto itself and offers far too much to cover in this review but if you want to know more visit the iFit website for full details. We found these training videos very entertaining and it goes without saying that they’re certainly very effective too. They’re particularly good at keeping you going too, especially towards the end of the run as you’re running out of steam. Having a personal training encourage you and motivate you to keep going really does help and it’s definitely worth checking out.

Built into the console is a dual speed cooling fan which does a pretty good job of helping to keep you cool during a run. There’s also a set of stereo speakers with an audio input so you can listen to your favourite running tunes and there’s also a water bottle and accessories holder. In addition, there’s a Bluetooth wireless heart rate receiver that’s built into the console which delivers a far more accurate reading than the hand-pulse sensors and if you’re serious about monitoring your heart rate then a compatible chest belt really is a must.

At this price point, we’re used to seeing fairly substantial treadmills but where the 795i shines isn’t its sheer size. It’s the fact that it’s so pleasing to run on. That crossbar makes a real difference, as do the large motor and rollers along with the cushioning system. Add to that excellent foundation a host of interactive features and the end result is a treadmill that, in our opinion, is definitely worth more than is being asked for it making this particular model easy to recommend.

Best Price

Currently available for £705.00 from Sweatband.com

To get the ProForm Power 795i Treadmill for only £705.00, enter voucher code PF795 on the Sweatband.com basket page!

Review Summary - In Brief

The Proform 795i treadmill has plenty to offer for pretty much anyone who isn't an elite level athlete. If you are an elite athlete you'll probably need a slightly higher top-speed than 20kph (12.4mph), but if you're not then the 795i will comfortably absorb anything and everything you can throw at it and just smile back at you. The 12% true incline is seriously challenging and there are enough training options to keep you entertained for a long, long time. You can also get access to the personal trainer lead workouts (as well as lots and lots of other features) via iFit on your tablet. Add to all this the fact that the 795i benefits from high-quality components and a rock-solid build and what you have is a treadmill that represents seriously good value for money.

ProForm Power 795i Specifications

  • 2.75 HP Mach Z™ motor (continuous)
  • 0-20kph (0-12.4 mph) speed range with QuickSpeed™ controls
  • 0-12 % incline range with Quick Incline™ controls
  • 5″ backlit iFit display
  • 51cm (20”) x 150cm (59.1”) running surface
  • ProShox™ Cushioning technology
  • 22 preset workout programmes + iFit Coach® compatible
  • iFit® Bluetooth® Smart Enabled (subscription optional)
  • 1.9″ precision machined and balanced non-flex rear roller
  • Heart Rate Measurement: EKG™ pulse grips + Bluetooth® Smart wireless receiver (chest belt optional)
  • SpaceSaver® folding design
  • Conveniences: Coolaire workout fan, integrated tablet holder,
  • Audio: Compatible Music Port for iPod®/mp3, Intermix Acoustics 2.0 with dual 2-inch speakers,
  • Dimensions in Use (L x W x H): 201cm (79.1”) x 94cm (37”) x 160cm (63”)
  • Folded Dimensions (L x W x H): 94cm (37″) x 91cm (35.8″) x 180cm (70.9″)
  • Product Weight: 91kg (200.6lbs)
  • Max. User Weight: 115kg (253.5lbs)
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame, 5 years motor, 2 years parts and labour (must register within 28 days of purchase)
Length=201cm (79.1″), Width=94cm (37″), Height=160cm (63″)

ProForm Power 795i Treadmill - Console / Display Unit

ProForm Power 795i Treadmill - User Reviews

The Pros

  • Powerful, quiet drive motor
  • Plenty of built-in programmes
  • True 12% incline
  • iFit compatible for interactive training
  • Crossbar for added stability
  • Spacious running deck
  • Good cushioning system

The Cons

  • iFit features require a subscription after a free trial
ProForm Power 795i Treadmill Reviewer Ratings

Power - 8.5
Appearance - 8.5
Running Area - 9
Comfort - 9
Reliability - 9
Noise - 9
Ease Of Use - 9
Controls - 9
Warranty - 8.5
Value for Money - 10
Best Price

Currently available for £705.00 from Sweatband.com

To get the ProForm Power 795i Treadmill for only £705.00, enter voucher code PF795 on the Sweatband.com basket page!

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