The Proform Performance 1450 is one of the most feature packed and technologically advanced treadmills on the market – of course, this comes at a price that is just shy of $1,5000. However, there appears to be an issue with iFit – or at least there used to be – and there are a couple of other things that you should keep in mind.
The 1450 is powered by a 3.25 CHP Mach Z Commerical Pro Motor, making it suitable for walking and sprinting on (the speed can be adjusted from 0-12 mph at the touch of a button).
Considering the motor’s power, you would expect it to be very loud; however, this surprisingly isn’t the case. The motor is in fact one of the quietest on the market, and its smoothness in operation and minimal vibration are other things the motor has going for it.
There are a very generous 26 workout programs to choose from, which is the most we’ve seen on any treadmill to date. Therefore, with 7 high intensity, 7 incline, 6 speed and 6 calorie-burn programs at your disposal, you are able to find a program that is in line with your fitness goals.
The Proform Performance 1450 treadbelt measures 20 x 60 inches, which is large enough to accommodate tall users with long strides. One of the our favorite aspects of the treadbelt is its ProShox Elite II Cushioning system, as it works to reduce the impact on your joints and therefore offers a more comfortable running surface and workout.
Our other favorite aspect is the quick incline control, not only because you can change the incline at the touch of a button, but also because the incline can be adjusted by up to 15%, which is 5% more than the Proform ZT3.
The 10″ full-color touch screen features a built-in browser powered by Android, allowing you to check the news, watch NetFlix, read email, or simply surf the net as you exercise. However, the real talking point is iFit.
iFit not only features workouts powered by Google Maps and training with Jillian Michaels, but perhaps best of all is that you can fully customize your own fitness program and receive automatic workout downloads according to your fitness goals. It’s also worth noting that everything on the computer console is laid out in an intuitive manner and the display is oversized and easy to read.
Other features include an Intermix Acoustics 3.0 Sound System, a 3-speed AutoBreeze Workout Fan, and compatible music port for a iPod or other MP3 player.
To our surprise, the quality of the Proform Performance 1450 speakers is very good and certainly much better than the speakers found on other treadmills, which must have something to do with its 3” high-excursion drivers. However, the same can’t be said about the fan. As is always the case, it isn’t powerful enough to be effective.
The 1450 can be folded vertically for storage purposes via its EasyLift Assist system, which automates the whole process.
The Proform Performance 1450 is backed by a lifetime frame and motor, 5-year parts, and 2-year labor warranty.
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Proform Performance 1450 User Reviews
At first glance it looks as if the 1450 is an average treadmill and it would be hard to justify its high price tag. However, all the negative reviews are to do with iFit not working correctly, which has nothing to do with the treadmill itself (more on that below). Although, according to users, Proform’s customer service could do with improvement.
If we ignore the iFit issues, users have responded to the 1450 very positively. They think that it is very well-constructed, appreciate the range of features, and feel that the touchscreen is easy to use, to name just a few positives.
There isn’t much to complain about. The only things that come to mind are the ineffective workout fan and Proform’s customer service. Considering the price of the 1450, a wireless heart rate monitor would’ve been appreciated, although considering the range of technologically features this is easy to forgive.
Anything Else You Should Know?
As mentioned, there were problems with iFit on the 1450; however, this is down to iFit and has nothing to do with the treadmill. The company had some serious issues with their software from December 2012 through to February 2013. All these issues appear to have been fixed and iFit is now working as it should on the 1450.
Besides this, all there is left to say is that if you’re looking for one of the most feature packed and technologically advanced treadmills on the market, then the Proform Performance 1450 is a no-brainer. The treadmill’s construction quality and excellent warranty don’t hurt either.