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ProForm PRO 9.0 NE Review

Quick Summary

Sale priced at $999, the ProForm Pro 9.0 NE is an affordable elliptical trainer that can suit a whole family’s fitness needs.

Adjustable stride length, a wide range of resistance, and easy iFit integration are among its key specs.

Learn more from the complete ProForm Pro 9.0 NE elliptical review below.

Specifications

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Model ProForm PRO 9.0 NE
Rating

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93.4%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$1,699
Best Price

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$999
Resistance

Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

22 Levels
Resistance Type

The type of resistance affects the performance of your elliptical. Magnetic and Eddy-Current are the most common types.

Silent Magnetic
Stride Length

Stride Length is important for comfort and smooth strides. A stride length of 18-21 inches is ideal for most heights (5'3 - 6'7).

20 inches
Pedals

Elliptical pedals can be cushioned and adjustable for maximum comfort and minimum impact on joints for injury prevention.

Oversized & Cushioned
Incline

Some elliptical trainers can be set at an incline to increase difficulty and burn more calories.

0 - 20 Degrees
Flywheel

The flywheel controls the smoothness and resistance of your workout. In general, the higher the better.

28 Lbs
Programs

Elliptical Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

28
User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

1 User
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

EKG™ Grip Pulse with BLE Compatibility
Display

Elliptical Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

5" Backlit Display
Max. Weight

Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

325 lbs
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this elliptical will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

65" x 25" x 79.5"
Upper Body

Most ellipticals have handles to hold while you're working out that provide an upper body workout.

Accessory Tray

Some ellipticals include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Ellipticals that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (without headphones).

Cooling Fans

Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout on your elliptical.

Folding?

Some ellipticals are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Years

Rating: 93.4%

Our Rating

Rating: 93.4. A sensible yet fun choice for many households, the ProForm Pro 9.0 NE mixes modern technology with solid construction. It has iPod compatibility and speakers, offers a secure dock for your tablet computer, and is iFit enabled for infinite training variety. The Pro 9.0 NE’s stride is adjustable to fit different users and support targeted muscle toning. Quiet resistance comes from a 28-pound drive and can be augmented with an up to 20 degree incline.

Any drawbacks? The most obvious difference between the Pro 9.0 and ProForm’s higher models is the console; here you save money with a retro LED instead of a touch screen — but with your tablet computer on board, you really might not mind. Here are other points to consider about the ProForm Pro 9.0 NE Elliptical.

Pros:

  • Low price
  • Easy assembly (Three quick steps)
  • Commercial steel frame
  • SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance (22 levels)
  • Smooth drive (28 pounds)
  • Power ramp (20 degrees)
  • Backlit display
  • 28 workout apps
  • iFit-enabled for Google Maps™ workouts and more
  • Tablet holder above console (Removable)
  • iPod-compatible (2-inch speakers)
  • Grip pulse sensors and wireless receiver (Chest strap not included)
  • Large two-speed fan
  • Multi-position grips on handlebars
  • Water bottle holder
  • High capacity (325 pounds)

Cons:

  • The tallest trainees might prefer a longer stride
  • ProForm customer service gets sub-par reviews

Introduction

The ProForm Pro 9.0 NE is the most affordable elliptical from this year’s Pro Series. Although it’s not tops in its series, it offers a lot for $999 — maybe more than you’d expect. Generally an elliptical under $1,000 has some big compromises on either electronics or performance, but here you get an iFit-enabled console, apps and files from your tablet computer, a comfortable stride, a good range of resistance and more. Below are details about the Pro 9.0 NE’s workouts and other features.

Workout Programs

ProForm ellipticals add a personal trainer’s expertise to your home workouts. The Pro 9.0 NE arrives with 28 workouts. Half of the workouts are especially for calorie burn. Half are for boosting your athletic performance. Each workout was designed by a certified personal trainer, and it guides you by automating the elliptical machine’s resistance and incline.

Besides having the built-in programs, this elliptical is enabled for iFit. Dock your tablet computer and use an iFit membership to the fullest. Up to four users per subscription can download a new and personalized workout every day, virtually train with pro personal trainers on HD video, and get immersed in Google Maps™ workouts. Enter any Google Maps™ route, then download your trip. Your elliptical workout will include a Google Street View and a virtual feel of the landscape as the ProForm’s incline copies the route.

ProForm PRO 9.0 NE Features

Adjustability makes this trainer a good choice for families. First, the adjustable 20″ stride can suit a wide range of parents and kids. Second, the Pro 9.0 NE has a relatively heavy drive. The 28-pound flywheel feels smooth even for larger trainees, and there are 22 resistance levels to choose from.

A top feature for extra challenge and interactive workouts is the power ramp. This automated incline naturally brings faster calorie burn and targeted muscle toning. For interactive workouts it can be used with Google Maps™ as described above.

A 5″ LCD is the control center for built-in workouts. It shows your speed, time, distance, resistance level, heart rate and calories burned. Your own tablet computer can be used for high-definition iFit workouts.

Heart rate monitoring includes two options: The ProForm Pro 9.0 NE has grip pulse sensors on its handlebars and a wireless heart rate receiver (chest strap sold separately).

Warranty & Guarantee

The ProForm Pro 9.0 NE warranty package includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Parts: 3 Years

– Labor: 1 Year

ProForm also has a 30-day money back guarantee on elliptical trainers.

Conclusion

The ProForm Pro 9.0 NE Elliptical is a best buy when sale priced at $999. While there’s more flash with pricier models, this elliptical keeps up nicely with the times. It lets you add tech with your own tablet computer rather than pay for another touch web screen or separate iFit monitor. It also offers a healthy stride length for a wide range of users and gives enough challenge for most people’s needs.