ProForm Pro 1500 Treadmill Review

With a number of models in the Proform Pro series of treadmills the Proform Pro 1500 sits just below the flagship of the range making it very much a high-end premium model. It also comes at a premium price so we took a look to see how it compares with not just it’s competitors, but also with other models in the Proform range. Here’s what we found…

Assembling the Pro 1500 is a case of making sure you have one other person to help you and following the instructions. That’s it. It might look daunting due to its size, but it’s simple to assemble as long as the instructions are followed.

As you might expect from a premium treadmill, the Pro 1500 is very sturdy. The 110kg weight of the machine, combined with the inclusion of a stabilising crossbar and the use of quality components means that when you step aboard and start running it’s immediately obvious that you’re running on a high-quality treadmill. It’s quiet too. The large 3.8 horsepower motor doesn’t appear to notice that it’s being asked to work, regardless of speed or incline settings. Even at the 22kph (13.7mph) speed setting and whacking great 15% incline, the motor just doesn’t seem to care and keeps on humming away doing its job. There’s also a decline function on this model down to -3% allowing you to simulate real-world conditions making this an excellent choice for anyone training for a marathon or other competitive road events.

The deck itself is very spacious with a truly huge 56cm wide and 152cm long (22″ x 60″) running area providing all the room you’re ever going to need. This generously proportioned deck makes the Pro 1500 suitable for anyone and everyone bar those with special requirements. That spacious deck is supported by Proform’s Pro-Shox cushioning system which can be found on many of their other models and there’s a reason that Proform has stuck with this system for so long across its ranges – it’s darn good, striking an excellent balance between impact absorption and providing a firm surface to launch from. The whole system sits on top of impressively high-spec 2.5″ diameter front and rear rollers that help to keep noise levels down and increase the lifespan of the machine.

There’s a 7″ backlit LCD display which does a fair job of displaying training data (distance, calories, incline, speed, pace and so on) and allowing you to navigate through the 32 preset workouts. The screen is adjustable for brightness and contrast and it’s possible to change the unit readings from kilometres into miles. All in all, while it’s not as nice and high-tech as an HD touchscreen that you can find on other models in this price bracket, it does show you everything you need to see and, if it’s an HD touchscreen you really want, there’s a tablet holder at the top of the console. If you install the iFit app, sign up to iFit (there’s a free trial for this), and place your tablet in the holder you can connect to the treadmill and get your training data displayed as you work out.  Subscribe to the iFit service (around £99 a year) and you get access to a huge range of training options including HD workout videos run by pro personal trainers, you can race against other iFit members, get dietary advice and a lot more besides. Even without iFit, there are plenty enough programmes on the Pro 1500 to keep you entertained.

Being a Proform machine, the Pro 1500 comes with all the extra’s you’d want to see on a premium treadmill. There’s a Bluetooth smart wireless heart rate receiver, pulse grips, audio port, stereo speakers, a dual-speed cooling fan that does a good job of keeping you cool, dual water bottle holders and accessories tray for all your bits and pieces. Warranty cover is provided in the form of a generous lifetime frame, 5-year motor and 2-year on-site parts and labour warranty.

Best Price

Currently available for £1299.00 from ProForm

Review Summary - In Brief

We like the Proform Pro 1500. It's big, comfortable, rock-solid, packed with features, has a decline as well as an incline and it delivers a great running experience. As good as it is though, it's just short of delivering a true premium experience. We think its bigger brother, the Proform Pro 5000 is well worth the extra as it's mind-blowingly good and is on offer at the moment too. But, if you don't want to stretch your budget and can live without a decline function and iFit, then the pick of the bunch at the moment has to be the DKN EnduRun, which costs only a bit more but gives you a commercial grade AC drive motor for your money. The EnduRun also delivers one of the best runs you're likely to experience on a treadmill short of switching to a full commercial model costing a few times the price!

ProForm Pro 1500 Specifications

  • 3.8 HP Mach Z™ Commercial Pro motor
  • 0-22kph (0-13.7mph) speed range with QuickSpeed® controls
  • -3% to 15% power-adjustable decline/incline
  • 55cm (21.6”) x 152cm (59.8”) running surface
  • 2.5” (6.35cm) precision machined and balanced non-flex rollers
  • 7″ backlit display
  • extensive online workout library (only with iFit membership; requires computer, tablet or smartphone)
  • iFit® Bluetooth Smart (BLE) Enabled (subscription optional)
  • Heart Rate Measurement via EKG pulse grips + BLE Chest Belt wireless receiver (chest strap optional)
  • Conveniences: tablet holder, transportation wheels
  • Audio: Compatible music port for iPod®/mp3, two 3-inch speakers
  • Dimensions in Use (L x W x H): 204cm (80.3”) x 99cm (39”) x 181cm (71.3”)
  • Folded Dimensions (L x W x H): 104cm (40.9″) x 99cm (39″) x 187cm (73.6″)
  • Max. user weight: 135kg (297.6lbs)
  • Product weight: 110kg (242.5lbs)
  • Power supply: mains
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame, 5 years motor, 2 years parts labour (if registered within 28 days of purchase)

ProForm Pro 1500 Treadmill - Console / Display Unit

ProForm Pro 1500 Treadmill - User Reviews

The Pros

  • Spacious deck
  • Steep 15% incline
  • Decline feature
  • Powerful and quiet
  • Lot of training options

The Cons

  • Falls just short of a truly premium experience due to lack of a touch-screen console
ProForm Pro 1500 Treadmill Reviewer Ratings

Power - 9
Appearance - 7.5
Running Area - 9
Comfort - 8.5
Reliability - 8
Noise - 8
Ease Of Use - 7.5
Controls - 7.5
Warranty - 8.5
Value for Money - 5
Best Price

Currently available for £1299.00 from ProForm

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