Proform 585 V Treadmill Review

The Proform 585 V Perspective Treadmill is near to the top end of Proform’s extensive range of treadmills and is to our knowledge the lowest price machine in the UK to have a TV in the console!

You’ll either love the TV or think it’s a waste of space. The 7 inch screen can play both TV or DVD via RCA jack socket but it does take a while to adjust to it when running – but it’s a pretty good picture. Some of us on the team thought it was a distraction from the training whilst others liked to have something to take their mind off the effort and felt they could train longer and harder as a result.

But let’s remember we’re talking about a fitness machine and not a home entertainment system.

So how does it perform as a treadmill? The Proform 585V has an impressive selection of programmes – 26 in total – 20 pre-set plus four heart rate controlled programmes to maximise your session for fat loss and improving fitness. It also has two customisable programmes for you to set your own challenge.

A good choice of programmes is a great bonus on any fitness machine and when you combine the 585v’s selection with it’s iFit Journal software you’re on to a winner. The iFit software is a well-designed feature that helps you track your progress and plan changes in your training depending on your performance. This sort of feature can only help you reach and maintain your fitness goals.

As with all reviews the comments of the reviewers are subjective and down to the preferences of each individual. Some felt the 585V Perspective’s deck was too bouncy and didn’t like the feel of it, whilst others loved the softness and thought it was great for their knees and felt they could run for longer.

Perhaps if you’re overweight or recovering from an injury or have a history of joint problems this would be a good deck to run on. The ProShox Plus TM Impact Absorption System helps to reduce impact by up to 32% which again is useful for larger runners. However, if you like road-running this may not be for you.

The machine felt stable at it’s useful top speed of 12mph and the 2.25 hp motor felt up to the job and fairly quiet in operation.

The warranty is good, it comes With lifetime frame cover, 5 years on the motor and 2 years full on site parts and labour.

Best Price

The Proform 585 V 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 Proform 585 V Perspective is packed with features and includes some great programmes including 4 heart control options. It looks great and has a quality feel about it. For the energy conscious it has a low energy rating so it's not too tough on your electricity bill. The bouncy feel to the deck would suit some but not all and whilst some thought the TV was a gimmick, others loved it - each to their own. Aside from the gadgets the extensive choice of programmes and the iFit software are great selling points and would help anyone meet their fitness goals. On the whole we loved it! With one retailer selling it for £695 it's excellent value for money. The good warranty and the Proform name make it a safe buy in our view.

Proform 585 V Specifications

  • 2.25 horsepower (HP) commercial grade motor
  • 0 – 20 km/H speed range (0 – 12 mph)
  • Quick SpeedTM – change speed with single touch of a button
  • 0 – 15% Incline
  • Quick InclineTM
  • Fold-up treadmill using Space SaverTM technolody
  • backlit LCD display see below
  • 20 pre-set programmes, 4 heart controlled and 2 manual
  • Impact Absorption System: ProShox PlusTM (reduces impact by up to 32%)
  • Maximum user weight – 135 kg (300 lbs)
  • 50 x 140cm walking/running surface
  • Interactive Workout: iFit compatible
  • Built-in TV
  • Pulse Measurement: EKGTM Grip (hand pulse sensor) and chest heart rate sensor for a more accurate heart-rate reading
  • 184 (L) x 89 (W) x 140 (H) cm floor (open)
  • 89 (L) x 89 (W) x 158 (H) cm fold-up (closed)
  • 121 kg machine weight

Proform 585 V - Console / Display Unit

Proform 585 V - User Reviews

The Pros

  • The features that proved popular with reviewers :-
  • The wide running belt.
  • The bouncy feel to the deck - a plus for some but not for others.
  • The TV if you like to watch it whilst running.
  • Easy-to-use console with one-touch speed and incline controls.
  • A high top speed of 12mph plus an incline of 15% should be enough for most legs!
  • The iFitTM training package is a great help in measuring your progress.
  • Excellent value for money.

The Cons

  • The TV - if you don't like to watch it when running it takes up space on the display area.
  • The machine is not too portable and might be tricky for some.
  • The bouncy deck if you like road running.
Proform 585 V Reviewer Ratings

Power - 7.5
Appearance - 8.5
Running Area - 8
Comfort - 7.5
Reliability - 7.5
Noise - 7.5
Controls - 8
Warranty - 8
Best Price

The Proform 585 V 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

Also see our Treadmill Comparison Table

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