With its recent significant price reduction to $1,299, the ProForm Power 1080 folding treadmill’s features and specification match up well with its competitors in the $1,000 – $1,299 price category. Our 2012 treadmill comparison report shows that the Power 1080 has several category-leading features:
- Category-leading 3.25 CHP motor – more than enough power to satisfy longer, more intense workouts
- 20″ x 62″ walking/running surface – the largest in this category and among the largest in any price range – particularly useful for taller users and those with a longer stride
- 7″ full-color touch screen display with ProForm’s innovative iFit Live technology built-in – allows you to track your workouts online, download workout programs designed by Jillian Michaels, and use Google Maps to map your workouts anywhere in the world.
- 350 lb user weight rating – more than enough to handle multiple users and heavier use
- ProShox Elite 2 cushioning – ProForm’s mid-level shock absorption system
- Lifetime frame and motor warranties, with 5 years on parts and 2 years on labor.
The Power 1080 also has hand grip pulse monitors, 2-speed cooling fan, and iPod/MP3 input with two 2″ speakers.
The 12 mph speed and 0-15% incline capabilities are the expected standard for most treadmills and will meet the needs of almost all walkers, joggers, and runners.
Don’t forget to give proper consideration to the enhanced delivery options to avoid moving a 300 lb bulky box yourself, and spending 2-3 hours on the assembly. Based on actual user feedback over the years, we recommend paying for the professional delivery and assembly.
The 2012 version of the Power 1080 is too new to have gotten much in the way of user eviews, but the 2011 Power 1080 received ratings of 4.0 out of 5. Overall, users praised the size, strength, and stability of the Power 1080. Tech fans seem quite taken with the iFit Live technology, but some felt it was a bit gimmicky.
Areas most likely to receive criticism were the fan (too weak) and the speakers (merely adequate). The most frequent difficulties are the challenges of moving a 300 lb box to its desired location, and issues associated with owners assembling the unit themselves.
In the past, ProForm’s customer service was sometimes faulted for not being responsive and helpful, which resulted in many 4-5 ratings but also quite a few 1-2 ratings. These criticisms are greatly reduced in more recent product reviews from actual buyers.
Here are some representative Power 1080 user comments:
I think this is an excellent treadmill for the price. The features available on this treadmill make it a joy to use, and I find myself actually looking forward to my next walk. I am still enjoying my treadmill immensely! It’s been about five months since I received it and I use it, at minimum, three times a week.
This treadmill is sturdy. I weigh 220 and run on this thing and it feels rock solid. The frame appears to be a much heavier duty than your standard home treadmill, and it is apparent in the size and weight of this unit.
The console includes a fan, which I find is almost a waste of time and space, as it is very small and did not seem to do a whole lot for me. I ended up placing a small fan in front of the treadmill for a decent breeze. The speakers are pretty good for their size and can blast out a respectable amount of volume while maintaining decent sound quality, and can be easily heard over the motor and belt while running. I still prefer to wear headphones when I use it though. The controls are positive and easy to use for quick incline and speed adjustments. The heart-rate monitor leaves a lot to be desired, which is my opinion on most hand-grip heart-rate monitors.
It is a very quiet treadmill, our five year old bathroom ceiling fan is louder. It feels very solid to run on, there was no shaking or rattling. I’m 5’9″ and the running surface is more than long enough. I can’t imagine that anyone would ever need a longer surface. It also adjust in between speeds and incline very smoothly. I found myself checking the console to see if it has adjust to the proper speed because it is so smooth.
The most impressive feature of this treadmill is the powerful commercial strength motor. I don’t expect it to break or wear out anytime soon. I enjoy the width of the area where I run, and I think the machine absorbs well the shock I produce. 5 stars!
The Proform Power 1080 Treadmill is a very cool, very modern treadmill, but I found a couple of areas that need improvement. One problem is the fan. The fan is far too weak to make it useful and there is no way to aim the air directly at your face. The touch screen is responsive and works well, but it takes up to a minute after the power is turned on before the screen responds. The Proform Power 1080 Treadmill is a very good, very sturdy treadmill with many features that work to encourage exercise. It isn’t perfect, but with many cool and useful features like iFit, customized controls, sound systems for your iPod or MP3 player, and a solid warranty, this treadmill has much going for it and makes a very good choice for your next piece of exercise equipment.
The cushioning when you step is better than what we had and I can definitely feel less strain on my knees because of it. I am a pretty moderate runner putting in about 30 miles a week on it and I do a lot of incline which increases/decreases pretty quick.
Proform Power is a large treadmill that provides plenty of cushioning on the deck.
The console includes a fan that has three levels, though the fan is honestly pretty weak. Don’t rely on it as your only source of air; I prefer to use a little Vornado that I aim right at me! The console also includes built-in speakers. These are not Bose-quality speakers, but I think they’re fairly good for their small size. The console has an audio jack and includes an audio wire that you can use to plug into a jack on your mp3 player, CD player, etc. There are volume buttons on the console itself, so you’re not constantly fumbling for the volume on your iPod.