Best ProForm Treadmills of 2020
ProForm Fitness is a leading fitness brand owned by ICON, a company who manufactures treadmills and other fitness machines for home use. ProForm is known for offering tech-rich, interactive exercise machines, with treadmills at online sale prices currently ranging from $999 to $1,999.
What makes this brand “tech-rich” in our review? Colour touchscreens, built-in speakers (sometimes Bluetooth) and access to interactive training are ProForm hallmarks. Their machines are iFit-enabled, allowing you to enjoy personal training, workout programs with interactive Google Maps Street Views and much more. iFit allows you to virtually tour the world on your treadmill and gives you access to 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 buying guide for ProForm treadmills focuses on their 2019 collection: the Pro Series, Power Series, and Performance Series. These collections all feature iFit Coach technology, but they have significant differences in terms of durability, performance, and price. We’ll also touch on ProForm’s Treadmill Desks.
ProForm Pro Treadmills
ProForm’s top-rated collection for 2019 is the Pro Series. Pro Series treadmills are distinguished by automated inclines and declines, strong motors, and top-of-line technology. This year the choices are the Pro 2000, Pro 5000 and Pro 9000. The web prices for these models are $1,403 (currently you can get the SMART Pro 2000 free with a 3-year iFit membership for $39 per month), $1,599 and $1,999 respectively, but you can get even more money off these during online sales.
Pro machines are virtually identical except for their motors and workout consoles. 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 wide trainees get elbow room too. The maximum user weight capacity is 300 pounds across the board.
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 makes these cardio trainers special as the decline feature is rare in any price class. What’s more, it’s a neat feature to use with iFit Coach Google Maps workouts, and incline training with a treadmill in general can increase your calorie burn rate, enhance the cardio challenge, and strengthen/tone your lower body.
Horsepower is impressive here, helping all three cardio trainers work well for frequent running as well as walking.
- The Pro 2000 motor is the smallest — but with 3.5 CHP, it exceeds the norm for home treadmills for runners.
- The Pro 5000 is equipped with a 3.75 CHP motor which is ideal for running, and it’s also a good match for shared treadmills.
- The Pro 9000 supplies 4.0 CHP. That’s ample power for running and marathon treadmill training.
Finally, the workout consoles. All three have at least 40 preloaded training programs and can also work with iFit, giving you an expandable workout collection. Both the Pro 9000 and the Pro 5000 have a 10” Smart HD touchscreen and the Pro 2000 has a slightly smaller 7” Smart HD touchscreen for you to enjoy iFit Coach workouts on.
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 has a larger screen as well as a slightly higher powered motor.
ProForm Power Treadmills
The Power Series is overall a step down from the best-selling Pro Series, but it’s still a high-scoring collection for runners and walkers. Web prices for the Power 995i and Power 1295i are just $1,999 and $1,399 respectively, but online sales take hundreds of dollars off these prices. For example, the 995i is often on sale just north of a thousand bucks at $1,099 and the 1295i for $1,199.
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 300 lb. for the 995i and 350 lb. for the 1295i, the latter of which is above average for the price range.
A power incline is included; both the 995i and 1295i have settings up to 12%, but unlike the Pro Series, these machines don’t have downhill settings. Walking or running on an incline can boost your calorie burn, enhance the cardiovascular challenge, and sculpt/strengthen your lower body.
Choosing between these two models mainly comes down to the horsepower. The 995i has a 3.0 CHP motor and a 6” LED screen which shows workout info. The 1295i instead has a 3.5 CHP motor and a slightly larger 7” display. In both cases, the iFit Coach fitness app can be integrated with the user’s own mobile device or tablet.
Both Power treadmills are great buys when sale prices kick in. You’re getting a good deal when they’re at the $1,099 and $1,199 sale prices. This includes a 10-year frame warranty, 2-year parts warranty and 1-year labor warranty which is standard across the board for ProForm.
ProForm Performance Treadmills
Priced at just $999 and up, ProForm Performance cardio trainers are the cheapest machines in the brand’s 2019 roster. Technically these fitness machines can be used for running, but we’d only recommend them for walking and jogging. Running on these machines regularly could make them disposable.
- Belt Size: the Performance 400i is 18” x 50”, the Performance 600i is 18” x 55” and the Performance 800i is 18” x 60”.
- Display: Although all of the models have built-in smart HD touchscreens, these vary in size via the model, starting at 7” for the 400i, increasing to 10” for the 600i, and 14” for the 800i.
- Motor power: The 400i has a CHP of 2.0 making it ideal for walking. The 600i has slightly more power with a 2.5 CHP motor, making it a bit better suited to jogging than the 400i. The 800i has a 2.75 CHP drive, making it the best model for jogging across this Series.
- Incline/Decline: All models offer a maximum 10% incline, but the 800i also offers a -2 powered decline.
- Top speed: The 400i and 600i models have high speeds of 0–10 mph, and the 800i can go up to 12 mph.
- Weight capacity: The 400i and 600i have a maximum weight capacity of 300 lb. and the 800i can take up to 315 lb.
- Fan: The 400i doesn’t have a workout fan like the other two models do.
Overall we wouldn’t consider the 400i to be a dependable trainer. The 600i is worth considering if your treadmill budget is just below the $1,000 mark and you’d like to use iFit Coach. The ProForm Smart Performance 800i is a solid, affordable machine for walking and light jogging. The combination of its power decline/incline and 14” screen on which you can enjoy iFit workouts in full view and clarity means that you will be well motivated and entertained for years to come.
ProForm Treadmill Desks
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, so you can start training right away. What’s more, 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 nice feature of each is the convertible desktop where 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 or 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 products were 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: