The Proform ZT3 is a lightweight, budget treadmill with a basic selection of key features and specifications. Features include; a 1.5 CHP Mach Motor, TreadSoft cushioning, 10 mph maximum speed, 10% maximum incline, 6 inbuilt workout programs and an LCD window with priority display.
With the majority of budget treadmills at around the $400 dollar mark you know you’re getting a no frills machine, but Proform always provide well designed machines no matter what price point they are at. Where has Proform saved the money on this machine? Is it good value for money? Who is it suitable for?
Dimensions & Technical Specifications
- 69 x 28 x 12 inches (175.2 x 71.1 x 30.4 cm)
- 154 pounds (169.8 kg) assembled weight
- 163 pounds (73.9 kg) shipping weight
- 250 pounds (113.3) maximum user capacity
- 6 Personal Trainer Workouts
- TreadSoft? Cushioning
- 10 MPH Maximum speed
- 10% Incline
- 5 CHP Mach? Motor
- Quick Speed control
- Quick Incline Contol
- LCD Window with priority display
- Racetrack feature
- 250 pounds maximum user capacity
- 69 x 28 x 12 inches (175.2 x 71.1 x 30.4 cm) product dimensions
- 18 x 55 inch running space
Considering the fact that the machine can only accommodate users up to 250 pounds, it does feel incredibly sturdy, even when you’re using it at full running capacity. You may not feel as much comfort underfoot with the TreadSoft cushioning as the manufacturer describes, but it’s not uncomfortable to use and a lot quieter than you might imagine it to be and you are still getting joint impact protection with the cushioning feature.
The 18 x 55 inch running space is tight but bigger than other treadmills in this price range, it feels safe to use and unless you have a particularly long stride you will find you are able to stretch out quite comfortably without coming off the end.
The belt runs smoothly and you certainly don’t find that you’re jerking or jolting during any of the movements. The incline and speed adjustments are all motorized as well so you can comfortably enjoy the features without leaving the machine to manually adjust them.
You have limited performance features on this treadmill in the form of; Feedback of calories, distance, speed and pulse, a handlebar grip pulse reader, 6 personal trainer workouts, 10 mph speed, 10% incline and quick controls.
The feedback features are useful although very generalized, the handlebar grip pulse reader is a nice touch but you’ll find the readings aren’t as accurate as polarized chest straps, this is particularly annoying if you are looking to track that aspect of your health. The workouts are designed by a personal trainer and genuinely do intensify your workout experience and help you burn more calories and use more muscle groups. If you are a beginner you’ll more than likely want to use the incline and speed changes at your own pace before you work up to the workouts as they are relatively difficult. The quick controls are motorized which is great and encourages you to diversify and intensify your workouts because it takes minimal effort to do so.
Overall you’ve got more than a few features to be getting on with in the way of performance and you’ll feel a little more encouraged to work out than on similar budget machines because it feels sturdier and a little higher in quality than most.
Ease Of Use & Convenience
One slightly inconvenient feature is the lack of water bottle holder. There are holes on the machine which could hold a very slim bottle if needs be but the space would have been better used by creating an actual water bottle holder space.
The space above the display (central) is perfectly adequate for placing an iPad or ereader which is convenient and well positioned.
The most inconvenient aspect of the Proform ZT3 Treadmill is the delivery and assembly. If you don’t have anyone with you when the product is delivered you’ll need to hope that the delivery person will bring it in for you, if they do you’ll more than likely need to help. If you can get the box near where you’ll be using it you’ll be saving yourself a lot of physical strain.
Although the parts are basically labelled well and the manual contains diagrams, the assembly is still very fiddly and will probably take you a few hours.
The treadmill doesn’t come with any form of entertainment, and at around $400 dollars you’d be unlikely to get any that scored highly in the quality ratings anyway.
The machine is enjoyable to use which is always a necessary feature to persuade you to get on and use it in the first place. If you’re happy using it, you can easily set it up near a stereo or TV as it’s so quiet you won’t have to turn a program or song up to full volume to hear over it.
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The Final Verdict
Despite the bargain price tag and the bare minimum of features, the Proform ZT3 still has more than enough going for it to keep any beginner enjoying light to moderate exercise with comfortable ease. It may not have any bells and whistles but it certainly is good quality for the budget price and stands out as one of the best budget treadmills available. Although Proform may have saved some money on the parts and extras, the fantastic design still shines through. A great buy for beginners or new treadmill users.