The battle today is between the Nordictrack C1250 and the Proform Pro 4500. Two very stalwart opponents in a high class price.

We’ll start with the Nordictrack C1250. The motor is the first thing to look at because it determines a lot about the quietness and the solidness of the machine, as well as how smooth it runs, how fast it goes, and how long it lasts. Motors are usually covered by a lifetime warranty, but they are a pain to replace, and most people just have a service tech come do it for them, which costs money. So you want to get a motor that won’t need to be replaced. A motor that operates at low RPMS, has a high CHP, and doesn’t make much noise is what you’re looking for. The motor in the C1250 is great in all those areas. It has a 3.5 CHP motor, which isn’t quite as high as the Proform Pro 4500’s 3.8 CHP motor, but in all the other areas it beats it, so I would rather have the C1250 motor in my treadmill than the Pro 4500 motor. However, both are excellent motors.

Next comes the deck, the frame, and the strength. The Proform Pro is built like a rock. It can hold up to 450 lbs without having trouble, and the frame is solid and silent. Those are things you definitely want in a treadmill. The Nordictrack treadmill can handle up to 350 lbs, which is much less, yet still although it says it can hold less, the frame feels just as solid as the proform when running on it. Both have a good high-end feel to them. That’s what matters. If you weigh more than 350 lbs, you may want to go for the Proform, but if you aren’t very heavy, both should be just fine.

I do wish these companies would put a 4-ply belt on their machines. The reason they don’t is because it saves them money, and the consumers don’t know the difference. 2 ply belts work, but they fail much faster than the 4 ply belts. Both of these treadmills are equipped with 2 ply belts. Despite that, the belts are quiet, and shouldn’t give you any problems for quite some time. The cushioning on the nordictrack is a bit more prevalent. The Nordictrack uses air shocks, and the Proform uses full surface suspension. 2 different methods of doing it, but they both do the same thing. Some people like more cushioning, some people like less, so neither is better or worse.

As far as the console goes, both are amazing. They were both given the high prize of the 10″ inch Android Web Browswer display screen. These little browsers are really neat. Trust me, watching Youtube videos while you run makes your run over before you know it. It’s great. These consoles are also connected to Ifit Live, and google Maps, so you can connect to google, and run on any trails you want around the world. Your treadmill will automatically adjust to the terrain and you just have to run. Then Ifit live tracks all of your progress. It’s great.

Here’s a list of the specs on both.
Weaker specs are shaded out.

Nordictrack C1250

  • 3.5 CHP Motor
  • 20″x60″ 2ply treadbelt
  • 15% Incline
  • 12MPH
  • 350 lb weight limit
  • 10″ Android Web Browser Display
  • Ifit Built in
  • Quadflex Cushioning
  • Fold Up w/lift assist
  • 26 built in workouts
  • Ipod/Mp3 player with speakers
  • Lifetime Frame and Motor
  • 5 year parts, 2 year labor
Proform Pro 4500

  • 3.8 CHP Motor
  • 20″x60″ 2ply treadbelt
  • 15% Incline
  • 12MPH
  • 450 lb weight limit
  • 10″ Android Web Browser Display
  • Ifit Built in
  • Full Surface suspension
  • Fold Up w/lift assist
  • 30 built in workouts
  • Ipod/Mp3 player with speakers
  • Lifetime Frame and Motor
  • 5 year parts, 2 year labor

You can see from the specs that both of these are very similar. However..There is just one problem with the Proform Pro 4500: It’s just got discontinued. It may come back, but for now it’s not available. That means the Proform forfeits, and the Nordictrack takes the victory on this round.

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