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Bad quality product. The control module, main screen did not work. Just kept flashing “hello”. Very little instructions in manual or on their website for troubleshooting or help. You can’t even talk to a rep unless you register, then after that you have to wait an extremely long time to get through. Waited 50 mins on hold on the phone then finally got through. I was told that they all flash hello so that you have to call customer service so they can try to sell you a subscription to “ifit” .
When I said I didn’t want it she said she was authorized to walk me through a fix to allow me to use the machine. It never said anything about having to sign up for “ifit” when I bought it. Very misleading and very frustrating to waste hours trying to fix it. They waste almost an hour on the phone trying to resolve it. I would never purchase from this company. Lost hours of time to assemble then more time trying to fix and get it addressed. They didn’t apologize for the inconvenience either.
I wish I would have read the reviews before I purchase from this company. My unit came in missing a piece. It was practically a defective unit. I emailed about the problem and someone by the name Crystal didn't respond until five (5) days later. I gave the information requested and waited for another few days. I didn't get a response until I sent a following up email asking what was the status. She then replied stating she wasn't able to pull the unit up with the info provided. I then sent her a picture of the actual box and still... waiting on a response. I end up calling the customer service and was on hold for A LONG TIME. Once connected, Paige wasn't able to answer a simple question. She stated that the part was ordered and she'll send over the order number. Still waiting for that. Fingers crossed. All this in a two (2) weeks' time. Some reviews I read are stating that they waited MONTHS... So I'm guessing I'm ** at this point.
I had purchased this machine around 2012, from a local store, brought it home and followed the instructions to put it together. I didn't experience troubles - outside of the plastic that wraps each joint - never was able to make it work without hearing 'scratching', removed to avoid the noise... This had been used mainly for a 110# woman who was easy on the machine. After assembly and the removal of the plastic joint wraps, it seemed fine, but that's where it ended! While they are cheap, this is something that you truly do "get what you pay for". Within a few months It started making knocking noises - couldn't ID exactly where it was coming from.
Then, about a year into it, the foot pad BROKE Off, and then the other shortly after! OK, so those items were fixable at a reasonable price - however, were extremely hard to do - nearly impossible. The latest, cracked vertical handle/extension bars that connect with the horizontal foot pad joint - on BOTH sides! I would love to attach pictures.
Being an engineer, I am amazed how this company can remain profitable - but then again, their inability to not take the necessary steps and stand behind their products, is one way to continue to take our (consumers) money and rely on their cheap prices (and products) to make it happen. The saddest part of all of this, due to the CHEAPNESS upfront cost, I actually fell into that, and bought a new ProForm - I wish I had options at this low price point, or that I could have afforded a better made machine. The woman using the machine has MS and needs to continue a cardio workout and this fits the bill...
I have read many reviews and I was told that the loud, obnoxious, popping sounds were really unusual as if I was the only person that had this problem. Buzzz, 1st LIE!!! Many complaints about this particular problem. Go figure!!! Customer service is not a good thing! I called many times, sent sound and video sounds bites and had a tech at my home 4 times with new parts that never changed the noise, when I call ProForm again and again with the same results. Nothing. Zero, all the time telling me they have no clue and "Can I take apart this machine so we can troubleshoot." The only trouble is that they are the trouble. Fix my machine!!!
Bought the first ProForm Hybrid Trainer Feb 20, 18. All went well for the first 3 weeks, it started making an intermittent knocking sound, two weeks later it froze up while in use. It wouldn’t move a fraction either direction. What followed was 6 weeks of the most frustrating interaction with service imaginable. They sent parts, and said a tech would call, I finally called him and he said the wrong parts were sent. He ordered more parts, they took weeks to arrive. When they finally did arrive, I tried to contact the tech. When he finally called back, it was to tell me they sent the wrong part AGAIN.
I was able to stop him in the middle of another excuse and tell him that I had stopped by the store where I purchased it to vent my frustration and they offered to replace it that day! The replacement was picked up May 6th. Today is May 29 and the familiar knocking sound started again this evening while in use. I simply can’t imagine why they continue to make and sell this inferior product. When it breaks down, I won’t bother contacting the worthless customer service, I’ll return it to the store and ask for a refund. I will never purchase a ProForm or NordicTrack (same customer service) product again.
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Bought a ProForm hybrid trainer in Dec 2017. 2 weeks later it developed a clicking noise. I found it to be a loose bolt on the elliptical arm. 1 week later sound came back but nothing I can find is loose. Have called but cannot get past the computer to reach anyone or get help. Have been online several times leaving messages describing problems to them. Have never gotten a response to anything. At first while on the phone I was told by computer that I had not registered my product even though they were quick to take my money for a service plan and a power adapter when I registered it when I first got the machine. There is good reason for all these reviews with only 1 star. Now the console has even stopped working. Just shows 0s and would move. This thing is total junk. Bought at Costco. It's time to dump it on their doorstep and demand my money back. Only group I have heard say ProForm is a leader in the field is ProForm.
I purchased the Ellipticals from ProForm website in the first week of January 2018. I received a purchase confirmation email stated that it took 10 -14 business day for delivery. Until February 8, 2018, I received a shipping confirmation with the tracking number. I started to track the order online and saw that it was delivered to Pendergrass, GA, and this was a week ago. Since them, no delivery has taken place. I saw they change the delivery day to the current day every day. I called the customer service at ProForm twice to find out when they will deliver. None of the calls seemed to help. Each time the call takes a longer time to wait. ProForm pointed me to contact the delivery company, and the delivery company blamed that Proform doesn't take a good customer contact number for them to schedule the delivery. Overall, it is a horrible experience, stay away from Proform! I will never buy anything from them again!
I purchased an elliptical (920E) from ProForm.com barely one month ago. The purchasing experience was easy and fast... Then it all went downhill! Charged twice! I financed the unit for 12 months same as cash, however, I was charged 2 times for the unit and a 1-year subscription to iFit. I have called ProForm 3 times (once per week) to ask them to remove the second charge and each time they tell me they are escalating a review of my account and should have it resolved in a week.
Elliptical broke! I have been using the elliptical approximately 5 times a week for a 3-5 mile workout. I was really enjoying the experience and had developed a routine. Midway through week 4, the drive belt shredded. I had registered the unit and I immediately called customer service. After 30+ minutes on hold, I was told they would ship the belt the following day and it would take 7-10 business days to arrive. The representative said that I should be prepared to replace the belt myself (even though there is a 3-year parts and 1-year service warranty) because their service techs "are booked for weeks". She said they would ship the part the following day. I sent a follow-up email and received a reply that the part had indeed shipped (per Nathan **). That was last week. I checked the tracking number today and the part has not yet shipped and that shipment was just requested today.
I called customer service and was again told that the part had shipped last week. However when I told the customer service again that I checked the tracking number and it has not shipped she put me on hold and came back and confirmed. But, she said, "it should be shipping soon." I checked their website to see if I could just order the belt myself and expedite the shipping. There is a Parts tab on their website, but the only part I could find for my unit is the User's Manual. So now I have a machine that I have paid double for along with a subscription to iFit and I can't use any of it! As I was waiting for the customer service agent to confirm that my part had in fact not shipped on the date they promised, I checked their reviews for customer service. They have a 1-star rating (wish I had checked that sooner!).
When she came back on the line and confirmed that the part had not shipped, I asked her if she was aware of their customer service rating (I did not say what it was). She said that she was not and was not "here to argue about that". I explained that I was not arguing about anything and that I just asked a simple question. ProForm's policy allows you to try the unit for 30 days during which you can return it. However, you would need to disassemble the unit and repack in the original box and pay a 10% restocking fee. It's obvious to me now that ProForm is focused on selling their machines and cares little for the customer service or warranty side of the agreement. Before I realized this, I had praised the elliptical to a handful of my friends who were considering a purchase. I have since rescinded my recommendations and am sharing my experience with all. I do not recommend doing business with ProForm!
I am so disappointed. I decided to buy the ProForm hybrid trainer pro after seeing an endorsement by people I trust. I wanted to buy directly from proform.com since I figured that would be the best way to ensure I received the correct product. My mother decided to buy one as well. We received our machines the same day AND BOTH WERE DAMAGED. I called and they sent out replacement machines for free, but we were now left to deal with disposal of the old ruined machines.
We got the new machine and put it together (hours of our time), but as soon as it has power to start working the belt on the inside of the machine is BROKEN! It causes resistance and makes a horrible noise. WE DIDN'T EVEN GET TO USE IT ONCE! I spent 30 minutes on with a customer service guy and the only options he gave me were these: a tech will come out and a part will be sent in about a week OR: I could take the entire machine apart and try to repackage it and then send it back for a refund. That’s it. And a "sorry for the inconvenience." I will never buy from Proform.com again. I have never been so frustrated and disappointed in a product or company. They need to build better machines, and also find new ways to package and ship them. If our 3 machines were damaged upon arrival, I can only imagine how many others are as well! NOT OKAY!
This machine can be used low impact or with the incline set up high to get heart rate up and really sheds calories. The incline is adjustable to work different parts of your body.
This machine allows you to use your MP3 player and this is huge. I like being able to listen without worrying about damaging my player. Also, there is multiple programs and workouts. Though the handles could be better, and the cushioning is light weight. I'm afraid it will be destroyed, since we have teenagers that are rough. It took about 2 hours to put together. This was reading and trying to follow the directions. One person might be able to do it alone, but 2 made it much easier.
I like this Proform machine because there are different levels of difficulties. The elliptical is challenging some days but it is very easy to use. I like that I can put it on any setting that I like and change it throughout my workout. But I dislike the handle bars because they move. I wish I would have bought one without the moving bars. I don't like having to move my arms along with doing the elliptical. Other than that, it is very easy to use. You can set it on easy or hard levels and it's pretty self explanatory. I really enjoy it.
ProForm has a lot of adjustments and levels you can use so you can get a better workout. You can increase the intensity and the resistance. It also has a feature to link to ifit. It works perfectly and has all of the best features already installed. It is always set up so easy to use. It folds up very easy but I do not use this function as I like it to always be ready. I never had any problems with it.
We paid to have the elliptical assembled. It took them 4 hours to put it together initially. I love that Proform folds up for easy storage. When I use it on a daily basis, I just have to pull a lever to unlock and unfold the machine. It's fairly easy. It has a cup holder, and I can plug my iPod in and my music plays through the speakers. But I wish it had a fan on it. I also would like to have more programs built in. And I am sorry I didn't get a machine with online programs and a bigger screen. The arms are also a little stiff and cumbersome to operate.
Setting up the elliptical was quite easy. In fact it only took less than 20 minutes to set up because it came already built together. I just had to plug in and start running. There's a lot of workout levels and presets to use. It has all the right features like heart monitor and speakers. Though I would try to include more preset so that I can choose which one I want to run. I'd also would improve the way the mats feel on your feet when you're using the machine.
ProForm gives me a full body work out and it's super easy to use. The controls are simple yet they provide the results I'm looking for. It doesn't take up a lot of space and that's great. It also comes with a lot of bells and whistles like a heart rate monitor. It's easy to set up, and probably only took me twenty minutes tops to put it all together.
We went to the store and picked up the box. Then I brought the box inside, let it sit for an hour to warm up (we got the machine in February), took all the plastic and cardboard off and laid the pieces out. I just followed the directions in the box, and it took about an hour to put the whole thing together and start using it. I like that there are different difficulty levels. It times the workout and shows the distance that you did. It has a smooth ride and a fan that helps with the cooling off process along with a jack to plug your mp3 player and use the speakers to blare your music which is a great motivator. But I would like to improve the size of the foot boards. They are just not long enough in my opinion. And where the adaptor plugs in if using instead of the 4 "d" batteries to run the console, the wire likes to hit the arms when using resulting in a clicking noise which can get very annoying.
I like that it keeps track of calories burned and has a timer included. It was a good price and also gives a good workout that works the whole body. Also, I like that it's movable to any room in the house. It's very easy to use and the directions are self explanatory. However, I would like it to be a little more smooth in stepping would be nice. Other than that it's a well built machine for the money.
I needed assistance to put together; definitely not a one person job. But it was very easy to move from elliptical to bike, able to do both exercises in one day. Although it is not as small as it could be, the pay off is that the machine acts as two. It's cheap and had all the features to look forward to when it comes to at home fitness equipment. I didn't like the app that came with the machine, as far as ridiculously high for monthly subscription but the media holder allows me to use any program available. It squeaks a bit now but for the price I'm still happy about it.
ProForm has good electronics and smooth belt but it's hard to setup. It's pretty heavy to lift and a bit long in length. I'm looking for a lighter piece of equipment and I need a sleeker design with iPhone attachments and a bigger display. Also, a cup or remote holder would be a great fit for this machine. Moreover, it has a little difficult users manuals. It needs to be in English and have some sort of helpline the user can call to clarify questions or concerns about the equipment since it costs almost $500. Then, batteries rusted in the compartment. I'm not sure of the exact warranty but it should tell the user to remove batteries after each use or design a model that does not require batteries. This would give a longer life cycle to the piece of equipment.
Proform elliptical trainer proform pro 9.9 - Although my first call to customer service was totally unacceptable, a follow-up call perhaps gave better results. Although the built-in heart monitor is a flawed product, the rep said he would send me an IFIT chest strap heart monitor from ICON, the parent company, for free. It has yet to arrive.
I ordered a ProForm Pro 9.9 with a "white glove" set up. The set up was okay. The men only put in a couple of bolts incorrectly. I had to wait weeks to get a service person to fix that. I have a four year service contract. However, when I called to get help because my heart rate monitor wouldn't sync with the machine, which it was supposed to do, I was given directions to take the machine apart to check to see if the wires were connected or not. That should have been part of set up, but I was told that if I didn't get it back together correctly, there would be a charge of about $170 to have a technician come by.
I like the machine, but don't buy from these guys. It took forever to get a repair date. It takes forever to get to customer service. They keep finding ways to charge a customer more. I can use my heart rate monitor with my phone, but that is not what I should have to do. By the way their heart rate monitor on the machine, the handles one holds to get the rate, show rates that are all over the map.
ProForm is a trusted brand. It had great reviews online. I like that it was affordable and reliable. It's also not too big so it fits perfectly in my spare room. It's not loud so the other person in my house isn't overwhelmed by the noise of me working out. It works perfectly and doesn't give me any trouble. If I could change anything it would be that it could come in a variety of colors to match the decor of my spare room and it would be cool to choose the color equipment I wanted. It was easy to set up and easy to use. It came in one box and had easy to follow instructions and didn't require any weird tools just things I had already owned.
The set up was very simple and only took a little bit of effort. The most difficult thing was getting it through the door. I made the mistake of completing the assembly process before moving it to the room it would be housed in. It has front wheels, so we thought we could maneuver it easily, but it was difficult! It is also a big machine. My ProForm elliptical records the time exercised, the calories burned, and the distance! All are very important when planning and executing a good workout! The machine also runs smoothly and quietly! I have like this machine and have been pleased with it's performance! It is used often and liked, but after I purchased it, I realized I had bought one that doesn't require as much movement as I desired! Though it provides me with a good workout, I have found that a more advanced machine would have satisfied me more.
It's a two in one elliptical and bike. The transition from elliptical to bike is very simple. It doesn't take much effort. There is a knob that you twist and the display screen lowers. Also, it gives me more options when working out. Most days I use the elliptical. The bike is a nice option to have. I'm just not a big bike person. I wish there was a place for my phone. I use it for music when exercising. There is a cup holder and that's nice but having another place to set things would be perfect.
Laid out the parts of the ProForm 225 CSE and it was easy to put together. As we began to see the end results we were able to wheel it to the location and begin to train and as I began my usage I was very happy with the cardio I was getting. I could also feel the burn in my legs. The different adjustments allow me to get results in my workout and I enjoy my time on the machine. I enjoy the fun and the different levels that I can adjust my machine too. However, it's noisy. I tend not to concentrate on the noise but on the results I'm getting from the machine itself. I would use a different grease and try the machine out in the store next time.
I really like the size of the ProForm Hybrid Trainer because it is important that it fits with my other machines and equipment. I also love how it looks simple and feels comfortable compared to other ellipticals I have tried. It was a little confusing at first because figuring out the settings was difficult for me. However it only took me one time of playing with the buttons to learn them. It was easy to set the machine up and place it where I wanted it to go.
For what I do, the elliptical is very easy to use. I turn the power on and just go. It does have multiple resistance settings and an incline setting. It also has interval programs. The fan is quite noisy and does not provide any breeze at all. The distance counter is off, but I just go for about an hour to work up a good sweat.
Was very simple to setup and operate. I had no problem at all getting it going and using it. I like that I can hook up my phone to play my own music. It's digital with many features, very easy to use and I spend multiple hours using the machine. It makes my exercise experience a great one. I would recommend this machine to anyone who asks me about it. The only thing I could suggest is maybe making the next model a bit lighter so it's more easily to move around and or transport.
ProForm was extremely easy to set up, and the only downside was that it was heavy to put together. I have had a couple of issues with the resistance which needs monthly fixing. I like the programmed routines, varying levels of resistance and that it is simple enough to use. It is also foldable which means it is easy to store. But I would like to include a virtual personal trainer and a screen to watch a video. Right now the levels are very basic and I only have the options of 9 varying levels of resistance.
I was a little skeptical about the price but the reviews were excellent. My model is an older one. I don't have the new features that are available and I wish that it did but I don't need the extra expense when the one I have still works perfectly and it still gets the job done. It has lasted longer than I expected. And the healthy lifestyle that I was looking for was easier to achieve once I developed a routine. I don't use it anymore but I have had it ten years. My son uses it for his daily exercise routine. I have kept it because works and as easy to use as riding a bike. The instructions were simple and clear. It did not take a long time to assemble and it doesn't take up a lot of space.
ProForm Ellipticals expert review by ConsumerAffairs
Proform has been providing innovative training tools and fitness equipment for over 30 years. They have a variety of ellipticals, including hybrid options that allow for multiple types of workouts using one machine.
Hybrid trainer: Proform’s Hybrid trainer is both an elliptical machine and a recumbent bike. It easily transforms between the two machines, so users can benefit from two different types of total body cardio workouts.
Pro 16.9: Proform’s most advanced elliptical is the Pro 16.9. This elliptical features a 10” web-enabled full-color touchscreen so you can watch TV or browse the Internet during your workout. It has power incline up to 20 degrees and a 20” adjustable stride. It arrives fully assembled so you can start your workout as soon as your machine arrives. It is priced at $2,499.
iFit enabled: iFit technology is available on many of Proform’s ellipticals, including the Hybrid trainer, giving users access to Google maps, training videos and automatic tracking. Note that iFit requires separate purchase and registration.
30-day money back guarantee: Consumers who are not completely satisfied with their Proform elliptical purchase can return it within 30 days of receiving their product for a full refund.
Free consultation: If you aren’t sure which Proform elliptical is best for your needs, fill out a short form on Proform’s website. You will be contacted by a representative who can help you choose the best elliptical for your space based on your fitness goals and budget. You can also send away for a free information kit to learn more about any of Proform’s ellipticals.
Best for: Proform Ellipticals are best for recreational home users.
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