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ProForm ZT8 Review

Quick Summary

The ProForm ZT8 folding treadmill is one of ProForm’s better discount treadmills: It combines a long and low-maintenance track with a good quality 2.75 CHP motor.

It’s also loaded with 22 workout apps and can be used with iFit for unlimited workout downloads.

Learn more from our complete ProForm ZT8 Treadmill review below.

Specifications

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Model ProForm ZT8
Rating

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86.9%
List Price

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

$1,299
Best Price

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$799
Speed

Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

0 - 12 mph
Incline

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

0 - 12%
Motor

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

2.75 CHP
Deck

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

20" x 60"
Belt

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

ProShox™ Cushioning
Folding?

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

Programs

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

22
Max. Weight

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

320 lbs
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.

Grip Pulse EKG Heart Rate Monitor
Dimensions

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

n/a
Display

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

6” Backlit Display
Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

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

Speakers

Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

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 a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame: Lifetime
Motor: Lifetime
Parts: 2 Year
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 86.9%

Our Rating

Rating: 86.9/100. The ZT8 Treadmill is one of ProForm’s better $799 treadmills. It’s very similar to the ProForm Performance 600i, which also costs $799. The differences are that the ZT8 has a quieter, more durable track while the Performance 600i has an iFit-enabled console and a holder for your tablet computer. The ZT8 in this review can also be used with iFit but a separately-sold monitor is required. Other key specs are a 60″ x 20″ workout area, a 12% incline and iPod-compatible speakers.
Pros:

  • Large & durable tread track (60″ x 20″, two ply)
  • Top speed 12 mph
  • Power incline (12% maximum)
  • 22 workout apps
  • iFit-compatible
  • iPod-compatible (2″ speakers)
  • Backlit display (6″)
  • Contact pulse monitor
  • Tablet computer holder
  • SpaceSaver (Foldable)

Cons:

  • Assembly can be a hassle (Parts might not align)
  • No wireless heart rate receiver
  • Small track rollers
  • Slow customer service from ProForm

Introduction

The $799 ProForm ZT8 combines some high quality components with a low price. It’s one of the best treadmills in the under-$800 price class. Specs include a low maintenance 60″ track, a respectable 2.75 CHP motor and a 12% automated incline. Parts are under warranty for two years.

Workout Programs

The ProForm ZT8 Treadmill includes built-in workout programs and can also be used with iFit. To access iFit a separate monitor is required. The monitor typically sells for $99 and sometimes includes a one-year iFit membership.

The 22 built-in treadmill workouts were designed by a certified personal trainer. Each has a preset length and controls the treadmill’s speed and incline.

With the addition of an iFit monitor you can download a new custom-tailored workout every day. You can also stream high definition video workouts and virtually train around the world with Google Maps™. With iFit’s Google Maps™ function you can select from popular routes or specify any path you please. The ZT8 will adjust its incline to mimic the terrain, plus you’ll get an interactive Google Street View. Some other benefits of iFit are extensive data tracking, online competitions with your Facebook friends, and a calendar for planning your treadmill workouts.

ProForm ZT8 Features

The ProForm ZT8 shows its preset programs and data on a 6″ backlit display. Stats shown are mileage, speed, calorie burn, heart rate and time elapsed. Heart rate is measured with sensors that you grip on the treadmill’s handlebars.

A top feature on the ZT8 Treadmill is its 12 percent incline. Incline training supports faster calorie burn and allows targeted muscle toning. It also helps simulate outdoor conditions and lightens the load on your sensitive joints by shifting your body weight.

The workout area is the industry’s standard size for a runner’s treadmill (60″ x 20″). The ZT8 track is two-ply, which isn’t typical for a $799 treadmill. This relatively thick track helps the treadmill operate quietly and also reduces the need for treadmill maintenance. The running surface is cushioned by the same ProShox™ system that’s used on more expensive ProForm treadmills.

For extra motivation the ProForm ZT8 has an iPod-compatible sound system, which includes a port and 2″ speakers.

This treadmill has a SpaceSaver design. With EasyLift Assist™ you can easily tilt the deck upward to reclaim your floor space.

Warranty & Guarantee

The ProForm ZT8 Treadmill warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Deck: Lifetime

– Motor: Lifetime

– Parts: 2 Years

– Labor: 1 year

ProForm offers a 30-day money back guarantee on its treadmills.

Conclusion

With its strong motor and high quality track, the ProForm ZT8 is a best buy among low-priced treadmills. It might be worthwhile to compare this unit with the ProForm Performance 600i if you plan to use iFit, but overall the ZT8 is your best $799 option if durability and quiet operation are top priorities.

If your budget allows, then also consider some top treadmills sale priced $500 – $1000.