ProForm Power 525i Review
Last Updated: March 29, 2021
The ProForm Power 525i is the lowest priced option among the three Power series treadmills currently available in the UK as of 2021. This series of folding treadmills offer a good assortment of features for casual use. The 525i is meant to be a budget-friendly option for those who need a sturdy machine for light calorie-shedding walks and the occasional jog.
Here’s a breakdown of everything we like (or don’t) about the 525i:
- 5-inch High Contrast Multicolour Display
The 525i features a modest console display for your workout stats. None of the Power series treadmills sport the SMART HD screens of modern ProForm treadmills that allow iFit usage. However, you can set your own external device over the adjustable tablet holder for your entertainment needs.
- 2.6 CHP Motor
The motor on the 525i didn’t disappoint us in terms of quietness. However, we don’t recommend this treadmill for heavy use since 2.6 CHP power is not enough for extended running sessions, especially by heavyweight individuals. As it is, the 1.6-inch diameter of the rollers also isn’t ideal in terms of durability.
- 18 km/h Top Speed and up to 10% Incline
Since the 525i is not supposed to be a running treadmill, a max speed allowance of 18 km/h seems reasonable. You can also adjust the incline up to 10% to maximize calorie burn, even at low speeds.
- iFit Bluetooth Smart Ready with Free 1-Year Membership
With all ProForm treadmills, iFit-readiness is a must. Even though the 525i doesn’t offer an iFit-Enabled screen, it allows you to sync the app from your own device and enjoy all features, free for a year.
iFit Coach has plenty of immersive workout sessions, including a library of 16,000+ fitness videos, virtual running locations, challenges, live personal training, and stat tracking. We especially recommend the trainer-led workouts and exploring new locations – they won’t let you get bored!
- 46 x 140 cm Tread Belt
If you need a space-efficient machine, this one is a good option. We found the 40 x 140 cm tread belt to be enough for most people, even tall folks, without adding unnecessary inches to the treadmill’s footprint.
- Foldable SpaceSaver® Design
The SpaceSaver® design of the Power series treadmills enables you to save valuable floor space in your apartment or facility. Simply fold up the running deck when the treadmill is not in use.
- Heart Rate Monitor
Stay in the right heart rate zone for maximal progress towards your fitness goals – the 525i has EKG pulse sensors built into its handgrips. You can also use it with a BLE chest strap if you have one.
- Other Features
Other things we liked about the 525i include the 20 preset workout apps, iPod compatibility, dual 2-inch speakers, and an adjustable tablet holder.
- Good budget option for casual use
- 18 km/h max speed
- 10% max incline
- iFit Bluetooth compatibility with free 1-year access
- 20 preset workout apps
- 46 x 140 cm running deck suitable for most
- EKG heart rate grips
- BLE chest belt compatible
- iPod compatibility
- Dual 2-inch speakers
- Integrated tablet holder
- Small footprint
- The tread belt may seem a bit small to those over 6ft
- iFit usage requires your own device due to no iFit-friendly console screen
- Not for extended running or heavy use
- The 1.6-inch rollers aren’t ideal in terms of durability
The Performance 525i comes with:
- Lifetime frame warranty
- 5-year motor warranty
- 2-year parts and labour warranty
If a compact, well-functioning walking treadmill with good audio features and a few perks is what you need, the ProForm Power 525i could be a great choice. However, if you’re a serious runner or a tech enthusiast, we recommend dishing out some more money for a better treadmill that you’re more likely to love.
|Specifications||ProForm Power 525i|
|Decline / Incline||0 / 10%|
|Running surface||46 x 140 cm|
|Display||5” High-contrast Multicolour Screen|
|Training programs||20 Pre-set Workout Apps + iFit Bluetooth|
|Heart rate monitor||EKG Handgrips + BLE Chest Belt Compatibility|
|Dimensions||183 L x 83 W x 160 H cm|
|Max user weight||125 kg|
|Warranty|| Parts & Labor: 2 years
Motor: 5 years