Best ProForm Treadmills of 2018
ProForm Fitness is a leading brand of treadmills and other fitness machines for home use. It’s owned by ICON, the world’s most successful manufacturer of home gym equipment in terms of units sold. The ProForm brand is popular for offering tech-rich interactive exercise in all price ranges. In 2018 ProForm treadmills have sale prices from $599 to $3,999.
What makes this brand “tech-rich” in our review? Color touch screens, Android web browsers and MP3 speakers are ProForm hallmarks… but most important is iFit Coach. This personal training app is exclusive to WiFi-enabled fitness machines from ICON brands.
The most exciting iFit Coach feature is workout programs with interactive Google Maps Street Views. Virtually tour the world! But the app is much more than a Google Maps workout platform. Choosing a ProForm treadmill with iFit Coach, you’ll have an easy way to get comprehensive personal training for fitness and nutrition — around the clock, indoors and out.
Top 5 Best Rated ProForm Treadmills
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ProForm Treadmills Buying Guide
ProForm strives to offer something for everyone. This FitRated.com buying guide for ProForm treadmills reviews five collections: the Pro Series, Power Series, Performance Series, and Treadmill Desks. These collections all feature iFit Coach technology, but they have significant differences in durability, performance and price.
ProForm’s top-rated collection for 2018 is the Pro Series. Pro Series treadmills are distinguished by automated inclines and declines, strong motors and great warranties. This year the choices are the Pro 2000, Pro 5000 and Pro 9000. When factory-direct discounts are applied the 2018 sale prices are $1,299, $1,499 and $1,999. Pro machines are virtually identical except for their motors and workout consoles… and across the line, the specs are impressive.
Each Pro treadmill has a spacious workout surface: 22″ wide x 60″ long. With these dimensions, tall runners get enough room to stretch out, and the largest trainees get enough elbow room too. The maximum user weight capacity is 300 pounds.
Most remarkable is the electronic incline/decline for your workout surface. All three Pro Series models have track angle settings from -3% to +15%. The downhill option helps make these cardio trainers special, as the decline feature is rare in any price class… and as you can imagine, it’s a neat feature to use with iFit Coach Google Maps workouts. Incline training with a treadmill can increase your calorie burn rate, enhance the cardio challenge, and strengthen/tone your lower body.
Horsepower here is impressive, helping all three cardio trainers serve well for frequent running as well as walking.
- The ProForm Pro 2000 belt motor is smallest — but with 3.5 CHP (continuous duty horsepower) it exceeds the norm for home treadmills for runners. Like other motors in this series, it has a lifetime warranty.
- The Pro 5000 is equipped with a 4.0 CHP belt motor. The power is ideal for a serious runner, and it’s also a good match for shared treadmills.
- The Pro 9000 supplies 4.25 CHP. That’s ample power for marathon treadmill training.
Finally, the workout consoles. All three have at least 32 preloaded training programs and can also work with iFit Coach programming. For the 9000 and 5000 models, iFit Coach can be shown on the treadmill’s own screen.
- The top-of-the-line Pro 9000 for 2018 has a 10″ color touch screen, which is enabled for web browsing and iFit Coach.
- The Pro 5000 has a smaller version of this setup with a 7″ touch screen.
- The Pro 2000 uses older technology. The default display is a standard 7″ screen (not a touch screen) with backlighting for easy reading. You can connect your own tablet computer to run iFit Coach.
Which treadmill is best? All three machines score well in our reviews, but this year the Pro 5000 is probably the best buy for most shoppers. It costs just $200 more than the Pro 2000, and it eliminates the need to add your own tablet computer for iFit Coach workouts.
The Power Series is overall a step down from the best-selling Pro Series. Still it’s a high-scoring collection for runners and walkers. Both ProForm Power treadmills for 2018 — the 995i and 1295i — are featured on our chart “Top 5 Best Rated ProForm Treadmills.” Sale prices for the Power 995i and Power 1295i are just $999 and $1,299, respectively.
These fitness machines are sized for almost anyone. Their track dimensions are the standard for runners (20″ wide x 60″ long) to provide ample workout room for just about any trainee. Weight capacity is above average for the price range too: The maximum load is 350 pounds.
A power incline is included; both the 995i and 1295i have settings up to 15%. (Unlike Pro Series, these machines don’t have downhill settings.) Walking or running at an incline can boost your calorie burn, enhance the cardiovascular challenge, and sculpt/strengthen your lower body.
Choosing between these two models is pretty easy. Differences are in horsepower and workout consoles:
- The 995i has a 3.0 CHP motor with lifetime warranty. An LED screen with round Watts meter shows workout info. The iFit Coach fitness app can be integrated with the user’s own mobile device.
- The 1295i has a 3.5 CHP motor with lifetime warranty. The display is a 7″ touch screen that can show iFit Coach and the web in high definition.
Both Power treadmills are great buys when sale prices kick in. The $999 and $1,299 sale prices include lifetime coverage for the motors and frames, three years on parts and one year for labor.
Priced at just $599 and up, Performance cardio trainers are the cheapest ProForm treadmills featured on the brand’s website in 2018. These fitness machines can be used for running, but we’d only recommend them for mainly walking and jogging. Warranties for ProForm Performance treadmills are rather short. Lots of running could push a machine to its limit.
The two models are the Performance 400i with 55″ track and the Performance 600i with 60″ track. In our review the 600i is well worth the extra $200. Besides having a larger workout area it has several other advantages noted below.
First, what do these fitness machines have in common? The workout consoles are very similar:
- Each ProForm Performance has a round display with prominent Watts readout.
- Similar workout program menus are built into each console, with 18 workouts on the 400i console and 22 workouts on the 600i.
- To access iFit Coach workouts that control the belt speed and incline, a trainee can connect a tablet computer.
What are the differences between these ProForm treadmills? Buyer protection is one factor. Choosing the 600i, you’ll get a warranty for two years of parts replacement instead of just one. You’ll also get lifetime coverage for the motor, which doesn’t come with the 400i. Other advantages of choosing the 600i are:
- A longer track (60″ instead of 55″)
- A stronger motor (2.75 CHP versus 2.5 CHP)
- A steeper max incline (12% versus 10%)
- Higher weight capacity (325 pounds compared with 300)
- Wireless heart rate monitoring
- A workout fan
Overall we wouldn’t consider the 400i to be a dependable trainer. The 600i is worth considering if your treadmill budget is just $800 and you’d like to use iFit Coach. Buyers beware though… If one of these trainers breaks down, getting repairs or replacement parts might be a hassle.
ProForm Treadmill Desks make multitasking easy. By slowly strolling as you take calls or work on your computer, you can burn hundreds of extra calories every day. Jogging and running are options too; ProForm desk treadmills have long tracks and respectable belt motors. Forty preset workout programs are included too… and you can start training right away. These trainers are ready to use upon arrival — no assembly required!
The two choices are the Thinline Treadmill Desk and the Thinline Treadmill Desk Pro. A neat feature of each is the convertible desktop: You can exercise with a view of the 7″ color screen, or you can fold the screen down to have a completely flat work surface. Other specs include automated incline and decline (-3% to 12%), 40 built-in workouts, wireless heart rate monitoring, 7″ data screens, iFit availability and a dock for your tablet computer.
Which desk treadmill is best for you? The Thinline Pro is a bit more powerful with 3.0 CHP instead of 2.75 CHP… so if you intend to run more than walk/jog, it’s a better choice. Another advantage of the ProForm Thinline Pro is adjustable height, making it best for homes with one or more shorter-than-average trainees.
ProForm Fitness Company Profile
ProForm is an extension of Weslo, an import company formed by Utah State University business majors in the late 1970s. Weslo initially imported a variety of raw materials and finished products. Their most successful product was wood-burning stoves, but sales were limited to wintertime. To balance this seasonal product the company added small trampolines and branded them with a new label, ProForm Fitness. Weslo and ProForm Fitness then expanded to offer exercise bikes, ellipticals, and other home fitness equipment. Decades later ProForm was instrumental in the founding of ICON Health & Fitness.
Today ICON owns many fitness brands and is the world’s largest manufacturer of fitness equipment. It is based in Utah and owns many production plants. Currently, ProForm treadmills and other ICON products are all produced overseas. Customer service is based in the USA.
More ProForm Treadmills
The following did not make the Top 5 ProForm Treadmills, but are still worth a look: