Proform 590T – Low priced treadmill good for iFit training – has incline slope to aid online training – sleek design – low warranty on parts and labor – not suited for fast running – suit joggers/walkers – 300 pound max user weight
The Proform 590 T is a treadmill that banks on features to wow prospective customers with. Proform make a range of treadmills, and the 590 comes in at the budget entry point. It is ok for a first time treadmill, but to find out if you want something for high intensity training, buy something else that has a longer warranty and better parts and weight capacity – think of the Precor 9.27, FreeMotion 750 or the Sole F80.
Proforms parent company Icon Health & Fitness, operate a Billion dollar company. They are extremely established in the health and fitness industry, but they have been heavily criticized lately, and rightly so, for having a shoddy customer service.
Icon Owns Up
They freely admitted this fact themselves, and have since poured more resources into bringing their customer service up to date. It’s inexcusable these days to operate a multi national with a poor back end service, but it’s all too common, especially when companies are looking to sell vast amounts of units, when the price is low, and the sales pitch is high.
For the Proform range Icon has produced various models at different price points. Each naturally has different specs, some just slightly upgraded to account for a several hundred dollar premium. You get the deal, a year longer on parts warranty, a bit more power for the motor, more workout apps, decline function, more speed, a HDTV……
A treadmill to suit every need and wallet. So with the Proform 590T you get the basics + a machine that can connect to iFit. It is banking a lot on this feature satisfying your end goals. It’s nice to have heart grips, but most if not all treadmills in the lower tier price brackets have them. What is nice is the incline slope, which is what you need if you are planning a running route with Google maps. You won’t run up the streets on San Francisco without it – though you’ll never quite match the 31.5° incline slope of San Fran.
Proform 590 Marketplace Comparison
If you are In the budget – entry level market for a treadmill, in the same price bracket there is the Horizon T101-04 treadmill. The 590T is not quite as good as the Horizon in terms of workout apps. Although the 590t has plenty of workout programs (16), the Horizon tops it with 30.
The warranties are the same, as are the running decks and motors, and both can fold. The Proform 590T wins on features though by offering iFit training. So it’s a trade off between technology and workout programs. 16 is more than enough to keep you occupied, and with iFit training- the list of training programs and features is endless.
Another treadmill around the same price that also offers iFit training is the HealthRider H55t model. Make sure to compare our review of it as well. It again has 16 programs and is more suited to jogging or brisk walking. The design is perhaps better looking on the 590t. If iFit is not needed have a look at these cheaper Weslo treadmills.
Proform 590 T Features
- iFit ready – works in conjunction with Google maps- can compete online in running competitions – plan running routes based on any country location supported by Google maps – can be coached by personal trainers – requires a paid subscription to iFit
- The motor has a rating of 2.25 CHP – it is self cooled by a dedicated axial fan – designed to prolong it’s life and to keep motor board and internal parts overheating
- 2 heart rate grip monitors – displays your hearts bpm so you can work on your target zone
- Running belt is 20 by 55 inches
- Max speed is 10 mph – responds instantly via QuickSpeed controls
- Incline will raise to 10% and features 1 step increments
- 16 workout programs
- 6 inch back lit displays shows these stats – heart rate – calories burned – distance – speed – incline slope
- The cushioning is courtesy of a ProResponse™ system – apportions cushioning where your foot strikes and takes off the treadbelt
- Will fold vertically as it has Space Saver Design
- Built in Intermix sound system – can hook up your mp3 player
- Maximum user weigh = 300 pounds
- For the warranty there is 25 years on the motor, lifetime on the frame + 1 year parts and labor
- It folds vertically (not completely up to approx a 60º angle)
- Heart rate monitoring available via hand grips
- It’s iFit ready
- Intermix sound system plus iPod connectable
- 10% Automated incline slope
- Good range of workout apps
What’s Not So Good
- 2.25 CHP motor – although Proform must be confident with it as it has 25 year warranty
- Only 1 year parts and labor so it gives you an inkling the parts are not top quality
- Cushioning – not very forgiving
- 10 mph speed limit not enough for running
- Motor not fast enough for running – neither is quality of parts
- Too focused on iFit rather than jogging/running mechanics
- If space is an issue you still need to leave about 2 feet from wall as on/off button is stored on front of motor
Is it Worth Buying?
If you like a lot of connectable features the 590T has them. This is a low cost treadmill – but the bulk of it’s costs have been put into making it iFit ready and pretty looking. The console and overall design looks great. But it does not have great cushioning, the warranty is low on parts and labor, and the parts are not high quality enough, nor is the motor, for extreme running. The Proform Performance 1450 has better features and specs + warranty, albeit it costs more.
Don’t expect a lot of longevity out of the parts if you are using this machine at full speed. There is a bit too much cheap plastic used for a start. This is reflected in the warranty, which considering the price point is about right. At the bottom of the entry level market some manufacturers like Merit only offer a 3 month warranty.
If you are a casual jogger or walker that likes using iFit then the Proform 590t treadmill will serve you well. If you would rather have comfort and long term reliability, then you are going to have to up your budget, as the price rises dramatically if you want something that runs smoothly, caresses your joints, and won’t break down every 3 months.