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ProForm SMART PRO 5000 Review

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The ProForm SMART Pro 5000 is a high quality folding treadmill with incline/decline for versatile training. It’s powered for serious workouts, has high tech features to help train and entertain, and makes ownership easy with a maintenance-free tread belt. On sale for less than $1,700, the Pro 5000 is a best buy in folding treadmills, but read our complete review to see if it’s the right machine for you.

High power meets luxury in the ProForm Pro 5000. This treadmill folds for storage but doesn’t skimp on features. Some impressive basics include a 3.75 CHP Mach Z™ Commercial Pro, a spacious 22″ x 60″ running area, and automated ramp settings from -3 percent to 15 percent. The dash has a 10” wide HD touchscreen that’s enabled for iFit. Get the full picture from our Pro 5000 treadmill review below.


Model ProForm SMART Pro 5000

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

0 - 12 mph

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).

-3 - 15%

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.

3.75 CHP

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).

22" x 60"

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

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


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

Max. Weight

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

300 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.

EKG Heart Rate Monitor
with Wireless Chest Strap

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

77.16" x 39.15" x 70"
2.5" Balanced Rollers

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

7" Full-Color Touchscreen
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.


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).


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: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years

Rating: 95.3%

Our Rating

Rating: 95.3/100. The SMART Pro 5000 treadmill from ProForm Fitness is one of the best folding treadmill deals for 2017. High powered and tech-rich, it’s especially a bargain when the sale price drops to $1,799. In a nutshell the 5000 is a great match for an avid runner or a busy household. For comparison, other choices from the Pro Series are the the top-tier Pro 9000 with even more horsepower and a larger touchscreen, and the entry-level Pro 2000 for walking/jogging/running. Key specs behind the Pro 5000’s performance potential and durability include a 3.75 CHP Mach Z™ Commercial Pro (one of ProForm’s strongest), a spacious workout surface that lets you stretch your legs, and electronic incline/decline. This model also features a maintenance-free tread belt; it won’t require waxing or recalibrating. All these qualities suit a typical $2,499 treadmill but the blend is rare on treadmills under $2,000. Digital features also help the Pro 5000 stand out from competitors. The highlight of the treadmill console is a 7” wide touchscreen that has HD display capability for workouts. The touchscreen is enabled for iFit Coach too, so the treadmill’s on-board training variety is potentially infinite and can be highly tailored to each user profile.


  • Full color HD touchscreen (10” wide)
  • 3.75 CHP Mach Z™ Commercial Pro
  • Long and extra-wide belt surface (22″ x 60”)
  • Top speed 12 mph
  • Power ramp (-3% to +15%)
  • iPod-compatible with port and 3” Bluetooth speakers
  • Enabled for iFit with a 1-year family subscription included required
  • Tablet computer holder with adjustable angle
  • SpaceSaver® Design with EasyLift™ Assist (Foldable)
  • 10-year frame warranty, 2 years of parts, and one year for labor


  • Slow customer service
  • Although foldable, is too large for some homes (Unfolded footprint is about 77” long and 39” wide)


Fun and sensibility combine in the ProForm Pro 5000, a sturdy folding treadmill for runners and walkers. This 3.75 CHP Mach Z™ Commercial Pro is one of ProForm’s leading treadmills and was recently enhanced with a high-def console screen. Key specs that help make the Pro 5000 a favorite treadmill for runners are the heavy duty motor, a supersized track and a power incline range of -3 percent to 15 percent. The new 10” HD touchscreen gives access to excellent training support as described below. Read on for details.

Workout Programs

As a treadmill enabled for iFit Coach, the new Pro 5000 can show customized workout programming on its 10” HD screen. Purchase includes a one-year iFit Family Membership and brings with it customized workout plans and new personalized workouts every day. The screen can also show HD videos from iFit’s online library featuring famous personal trainers. Plus, as you’ll see in just about any ProForm treadmill ad, iFit Coach supports interactive training with Google Maps technology. As you walk or run along your mapped route, the Pro 5000 will adjust its incline/decline to simulate the rise and fall of the terrain. If available, a Google Street View will stream with your virtual outdoor tour.

ProForm SMART Pro 5000 Features

A full color 10” touch screen with HD technology serves as the treadmill’s control center. Practical and boredom-blasting, the electronic incline/decline is one of our favorite features on all the Pro Series treadmills. The ramp has a range from -3 percent to 15 percent to help you simulate outdoor training, boost calorie burn and work your muscles in different ways. The tread belt is high quality and a noticeable step up from those used on very cheap ProForm treadmills. While cheaper belts need to be regularly waxed and occasionally realigned, the Pro 5000 tread belt is maintenance free. It’s covered for five years along with the machine’s other parts and electronics. For audio motivation this unit has a smartphone port and a set of 3” dashboard speakers. For including your mobile apps, the console has a secure holder sized for a tablet computer. To help you train in your target heart rate zone, the Pro 5000 has grip pulse sensors on its handlebars and arrives with a chest strap for wireless heart rate monitoring. For climate control and hydration each Pro Series treadmill has a two-speed workout fan and a water bottle holder. Foldable with a simple push, the SMART Pro 5000 is easily made compact for upright storage in between workout sessions.

Warranty & Guarantee

The ProForm Pro 5000 treadmill warranty package is a generous match for the sale price. – Frame: 10 years – Parts & Electronics: 2 Years – Labor: 1 year. ProForm also provides a 30-day money back guarantee.


Luxurious and high performance, the ProForm SMART Pro 5000 Treadmill is designed to satisfy just about anyone. A potential drawback is slow customer service, but this high quality model isn’t likely to trigger many support calls. If the price isn’t currently around $1,699, it likely will be soon.


  • John Genovese April 16, 2019 at 7:23 pm from Akron.OH
    I purchased the ProForm Pro 5000on March 24.Have not received it yet. I called the chat line and the only thing they could tell me was the same thing as I could read for myself.I am a purchasing manager for a trucking company so I understand the logistics pretty well. There is no way it should take 3 weeks and to top it off they charged my account a while ago.
    • Courtney Grafton April 18, 2019 at 9:58 am
      Hi John. We are sorry to hear that this is taking so long to receive your machine. Have you heard any updated information from Proform? Have they provided you with a tracking number? We hope that we can help you alleviate this issue.
    • John Magnus January 25, 2021 at 11:56 pm
      Excellent hardware but after a year (and several attempts for an answer from customer support) I'm still trying to figure out how to browse the internet with the fancy display. It seems to be tied to iFit, which I care nothing about. I bought it and all of the rest of my equipment so I could work out alone and not have to go to the gym. Someone “encouraging” me to do better is the last thing I need, and I certainly don’t want my stats published. I suppose I’m going to have to buy an entire TV to mount on the wall so I can browse and distract myself. Movies are great for that. Actually I’m insulted that this iFit thing is on it.

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