Walk Your Way To Fitness – ProForm ZT4 Treadmill Review

by Jack on October 3, 2015

You’re interested in the ProForm ZT4 Treadmill but unsure if this is best option? Compared to other more expensive choices on the market, this isn’t one of the top rated models. Not even close. You probably already realize this if you have spent time researching.

However, depending on how much money a person can or is willing to spend, also how they plan to use it (for walking, jogging, running?) this could be a decent inexpensive home treadmill option. See Below: We explain what to consider before buying, and also who should and who shouldn’t lay their money down.


ProForm ZT4 Treadmill review

Worth the money ? Or worthless?

We will not tell you the ProForm ZT4 Treadmill is worthless. But we will say, be realistic.

Have you ever exercised on a treadmill at a local gym? If you have, the gym probably had very nice commercial models these can cost 1000’s of dollars.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking you will be getting the same quality found in a gym if you decide to purchase this model. But also don’t let this discourage you from reaching your fitness or weight loss goals.

Remember it’s not how nice the equipment you use, it’s what you put into it that matters.

ProForm ZT4 Treadmill

LCD Window Display

Main Features of the model

  • 2.75 CHP (continuous duty motor) this is the type of motor you want a CHP.
  • Center console, featuring, large LCD Window Display, speed and incline controls. Choose between 16 different work-out programs.
  • ProShox cushioning system
  • Top speed is 10 MPH
  • 10% incline
  • 18 x 50 (width x length) tread belt
  • Pulse grip heart monitor
  • 300 pound weight capacity

Who Shouldn’t Buy It

People wanting a treadmill to use mainly for running, should look elsewhere. Over the long-term, this model will not stand up to the stresses put on it by a hardcore runner.

Not to say this model can never be used for running, it has a 2.75 CHP motor, which is actually pretty good considering the price. But still the motor is slightly lightweight when it comes to running.

Three more reasons why this isn’t a great choice for runners:

The platform is a bit undersized at 18 x 50 inches. If you are a smaller person this could work. But most of the designed specifically for runners are 20+ inches in width and around 60 inches in length.

Another thing we look at and think is very important is the cushion system. The system provided by the ProForm ZT4 Treadmill, it’s not terrible but not completely up to the standards needed.

The last reason – warranty 

The warranty provided isn’t terrible but we do see more than a couple problems. It reads and consists of the following:

  • 5-year on frame
  • 5-year on motor
  • 90 days on parts
  • 90 days on labor

Word of advice: If you are planning to buy treadmill for running you will want to see, lifetime guarantees on both frame and motor in the warranty.

Fact of the matter: Treadmills which are designed and built for running these will also be the more expensive models. They require larger and more powerful motors, larger tread belts, more extensive cushioning and a higher warranty. Overall, the treadmill needs to be higher quality.

As you can imagine, these extra requirements result in a more expensive treadmill.

Who Should Consider Buying It

We would recommend ProForm ZT4 Treadmill to a person on a budget, who also plans to exercise mainly by walking or jogging.

On our homepage we list the best models to buy for under $1000 we go through all the different options available, from $999 to under $200.

We initially did not include the ProForm ZT4 Treadmill on this list. At the time we were not familiar enough with this model to rate it.

We will be going back to add it.

If you do decide to buy this one just be realistic about what you are getting. It’s not going to be the same quality you find in the gym.

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