The latest version of the Proform 1450 treadmill came onto the market in 2012, and it currently lists for $2,499 on Amazon before any sale. The 1450 model is 87 inches long, 34 inches wide, and 11 inches tall, not including the console, and it weighs in at 200 pounds. The treadmill requires some assembly when it arrives. It has a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, a five year warranty on the parts, and a two year warranty on labor. It also has a 10 inch full color display, and the running surface is 20 inches by 60 inches. It has a 2-ply commercial treadbelt that is designed to reduce stress on the joints.
- Large, full-color display
- Built-in Android browser for surfing and entertainment
- Comfortable running surface
- iFit integration for customized Google Maps workouts
- Workout fan for comfort
- Wireless streaming of iFit workouts
The Proform 1450 is clearly a high end treadmill. The comfort and entertainment features on the treadmill are excellent, and the usual Proform iFit tools are the icing on the cake. To begin with, the Android browser and display make it easy to check emails, surf the Web, and watch shows while working out. This is a particularly advanced feature. The display is of good quality, considering that it is part of a treadmill, and the entertainment options make workouts much less tedious. The workout fan is a nice touch, because it’s directed right at the user, so there’s no fuss with adjusting a fan in the home.
The treadmill comes with one year of iFit. IFit is a subscription service that combines premade workouts put together by trainer Jillian Michaels with customizable workouts that use Google Maps to display the trip. The incline and resistance automatically change through the workouts, adding to both the realism of the run and the ability of the 1450 to provide a good workout. IFit is great for simulating a favorite run or exploring a new one, especially when weather or distance get in the way. All of the iFit workouts stream wireless to the treadmill, so it’s easy to use. On top of that, there is an iFit smartphone app that lets users track their statistics and goals on their phone as well as on the treadmill itself.
The build quality on the treadmill is also quite good. The motor is strong, the running board is comfortable, and the assembly is not too difficult to do on your own, although it gets significantly easier with two people. It is rather heavy, so be sure to assemble the treadmill in the place where it will stand, because it will be difficult to lift and move once it has been assembled.
The main problem with this treadmill is a known issue that relates to connecting to the wifi. Some versions of the 1450 do not work properly when connected to a wireless network- their iFit tools and other features do not function. According to the manufacturer, this issue has been known for a while, but users report that technical support for the problem is quite poor. The support staff are unhelpful in that they do not know how to fix the problem or what router models or settings might work. As a result, several users have the frustration of a treadmill that works, but does not have all of the features running.
Proform outsources their tech support to another company, and many buyers of Proform treadmills report having lots of problems with that other company, so this is not a problem that is unique to the 1450. Other than that one problem with wireless connections that affects some treadmills, there do not appear to be any systemic problems with the model.
The 1450 is an excellent buy for anyone looking for a high-end treadmill. It has advanced entertainment and comfort features and iFit integration for custom Google Maps workouts. If anyone who purchases this machine experiences a problem with the wireless connection causing other features to stop working, the best move is to return it as soon as possible and get a replacement.
Overall, it is great value for the money, and finding it on sale makes it even better. While it does cost more than some treadmills, the additional features and bigger display make the price difference more than worth it.