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Last Updated: January 29, 2021
The Proform SmartPro 2000 is the Best Folding Treadmill under $1500. It is also in our Top 3 Best Treadmills in 2021. The SmartPro 2000 is the entry-level model in ProForm’s Pro Series treadmill line. These treadmills are designed to be affordable, foldable, and still feature some of the advanced tech found on more expensive machines. The SmartPro 2000 provides a cushioned run with its ISO Flex technology, and the 2021 model has been updated with a full-color 10” HD touchscreen.
Treadmill Awards: Best Folding Treadmill Under $1500 – 2021
The ProForm SmartPro 2000 is our top-rated treadmill under $1,500 for 2021. We have always loved the ProForm Pro 2000’s build quality, but love how ProForm added a quality touch screen in this 2021 model. That addition adds a lot of value, as you can now enjoy the benefits of iFit. All this, under $1,500 is a great deal.
Who It’s For: Users looking for a quality, affordable treadmill
This is a solid machine and a good introduction to the Pro Series line. It features:
- Impressive -3% decline to 12% incline range
- 12mph top speed
- Built in fans and speakers
- Secure tablet holder
- Solid frame construction
- Cushioned deck provide a soft running surface
- EasyLift Assist allows you to fold it up and roll it into a corner when not in use
- The 10” HD touchscreen will display full-color iFit programs — a new feature on the 2021 model
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- -3% Decline to +12% Incline Range
- This is an impressive feature on a treadmill at this price point. While SmartPro’s sister machine, the NordicTrack 1750 also offers a -3% decline, no other folding treadmill in this price range has this feature. Decline options help provide additional variability in your training and offer a nice downhill option to gently tone and condition the legs. Nothing feels better than a -3% decline after a high-intensity interval run at 12% grade. The incline/decline range on this machine is one of it’s best features — especially for those looking to use iFit programs as part of your training regimen. Automated settings in iFit will adjust the speed and incline, so you can just run while the machine adjusts for you.
- 0 – 12 MPH Digital QuickSpeed® Control
- 12mph is a quick pace — kudos if you can hold that speed for more than a few seconds! The 3.25 CHP motor achieves and maintains speed smoothly and the combination of multiple speed and incline options provides needed variety in your training.
- ISO Flex™ Cushioning
- The ISO Flex cushioning on the SmartPro 2000 is designed to reduce impact so you can run longer and train harder. I found the cushioning to be sufficient but not outstanding; however, it is certainly better than outdoor surfaces. The SmartPro 2000 cushioning is also superior to the SoleF80, which is in the same price range. Even gentle cushioning is a beneficial feature — especially on a folding treadmill.
- iFit® Coach 1-Year Membership Included*
- New on the 2021 model, WiFi connectivity now allows the SmartPro 2000 to access over 16,000 workouts available on iFit. Online subscription services are in demand by consumers and ProForm now offers iFit programs such as in-studio workouts led by a personal trainer or any number of outdoor runs world wide. Videography is impressive and all programs are in full-color.
- Be aware, you need a WiFi network connection to run iFit. When you first set up your treadmill, the screen will prompt you to login and connect to your network. After this, the WiFi connection is automatic and iFit will be available whenever you turn on your machine.
- 3.25 CHP Commercial Pro Motor
- This is a good size motor. While it is not as large as on the 1750 (at 3.75 CHP), for general use it works fine. If you have multiple users and anticipate heavy training, look into motor size and make sure a 3.5 motor is powerful enough for you. Speed and incline adjustments are smooth without noticeable lag. It isn’t super noisy, although there is a slight hum while the belt is moving.
- 20” x 60” Tread Belt
- Many foldable treadmills only offer a 55” tread belt. At 60” in length, the SmartPro 2000 gives you an extra 5” foot clearance, which is a must for tall runners or those with a long stride. The belt doesn’t catch or slap with foot impact.
- Another benefit on the SmartPro 2000 is the hood is shallow so you don’t hit it with your foot. The hood only extends forward 13” from the top of the deck and it is straight across, so you can run close to the console. By comparison, the hood on the Sole F80 is 16” deep at the widest part and it is raised, so it pushes you back away from the console a little more. Even though they have the same size belt, you feel like you have more room on the SmartPro 2000.
- 10” Smart HD Touchscreen
- This is an upgrade on the 2021 model. Previously, the SmartPro 2000 only featured an LCD screen with no iFit options available. The smart screen makes the treadmill more fun and useable. Display color and graphics are clear. I did find screen size a bit small though. While certainly a nice feature, a few more inches would enhance visibility.
- Secure Tablet Holder
- Many treadmills no longer feature this option. Secured behind the console, the tablet holder has an adjustable clip to hold any phone or tablet securely. Since the 10” screen is small, having the option to watch something on your tablet or phone is an added benefit.
- Extra Storage Tray
- Located just below the console, this extra tray spans the width of the deck providing five additional storage pockets. The tray hovers 25” above the track, so location isn’t a problem. I never hit the tray with my knee at any point and reaching it is easy.
- 3.25 CHP Mach Z™ Commercial Pro Motor
- 1.9” Precision-Balanced Rollers
- 20” x 60” Tread Belt
- 35” Wide x 75” Deep x 65” Tall
- 10” Smart HD Touchscreen
- CoolAire™ Fan
- Audio Auxiliary Port with Dual 3” Bluetooth Speakers
- Incline to +12%
- Decline to -3%
- 0 – 12 MPH Digital QuickSpeed® Control
- ISO Flex ™ Cushioning
- iFit® Coach 1-Year Membership Included*
- Heart Rate EKG Grip Pulse Heart Rate Sensor*
- Weight Capacity 300 Lb.
- 10-Year Frame Warranty
- 2-Year Parts Warranty
- 1-Year Labor Warranty
In-depth Review of the Proform SmartPro 2000 Treadmill
The SmartPro 2000 is constructed on a steel frame with two steel side beams and a mid-deck cross beam for stability. The grab bar at the end of the deck is also steel and provides a solid grip for folding the treadmill. Side rails are heavy molded plastic as are the handrails that extend out 18” from the console. The frame feels sturdy on the 2000 with no wobble or shaking while running. It feels secure when folded up.
- ISO Flex cushioning under the deck facilitates a balanced toe-off while still providing needed impact absorption. I ran side-by-side on the SmartPro 2000, Sole F80 and NordicTrack 1750. With each machine running at a 3% grade and 5mph, I moved back and forth between them, feeling for a difference in cushion, impact, stability and smoothness in the belt. The SmartPro performed well. The belt feels tight with no slapping off the deck or foot drag on the surface. I appreciated the balanced foot strike on the SmartPro 2000 with just enough cushion on a solid frame. By comparison, the 1750 has a bit more cushion but the Sole F80 lags with less impact control.
- The 60” belt on the SmartPro 2000 provides added stride length in both kick-back and forward foot reach. Occasionally when running on a treadmill, I will slide the sole of my shoe on the top of the hood while running hard or on a steep incline. On the SmartPro 2000, the hood sits back under the console and only slightly rises off the belt, so I didn’t ever graze the hood while running. The added lateral width provides a little more wiggle room and the added track length is a definite plus. Side rails on the SmartPro are sturdy black plastic and offer a nice width when stepping off the belt.
- 1.9” balanced rollers move the belt along the deck. Rollers are positioned at both the front and back of the deck to glide the belt along underfoot. I didn’t feel any foot drag in the belt and the movement across the deck was smooth with minimal noise, even when running.
The SmartPro 2000 has a 3.25 Continuous Horsepower motor — which means it can reach and maintain top speed while also manipulating incline/decline in the deck. Since the horsepower is continuous, the motor doesn’t need to pause in between adjustments to catch up. Running at a quick 6mph pace, I toggled between random incline/decline grades to see if there was any hiccup in the speed. The SmartPro was able to hold and maintain a constant speed during any incline adjustment. It also tolerated quick speed adjustments during an interval test. With a hearty little motor, the SmartPro 2000 should be able to withstand most training demands.
- As mentioned, the 10” full-color HD touchscreen is new on the 2021 model. This feature certainly enhances what you get on the SmartPro 2000. I ran through Logan Canyon on an iFit route loaded on the 2000. I then did a preloaded hill workout on the SoleF80 for the same amount of time. Even though the screen is small, the iFit program on the SmartPro 2000 kept my interest longer and made the time go by faster. I could use a few more inches for visibility, but at this price point, the colorful, interactive screen enhances the value of the SmartPro 2000.
- The console is streamlined so the buttons are easy to see and locate. Superfluous buttons that used to be on the console are now embedded in the iFit programming so there’s no excess clutter. NordicTrack and ProForm are both divisions of Icon Fitness and therefore share a lot of design features. The layout on the ProForm makes sense to me because it is both familiar and easy to navigate. Icon products are always at the top when it comes to engineering and overall layout at the SmartPro 2000 is no different.
- The SmartPro 2000 has two fans with four power settings. The first three settings move the fan speed from Low-Med-High for a constant air flow. If you hit the button four times it loads the “Auto” fan setting so the fan speed will correlate with belt speed. If you are working harder, fan power increases. When you slow down, it decreases. This reduces noise and is a nice feature when running intervals. However, I did hear a little more fan rattle on the SmartPro 2000 fan than on other machines. The fans on the SmartPro 2000 are encased at the bottom of the console and the plastic casing vibrated a bit when the fans were running. The SoleF80 fan is nearly silent — it is also nearly useless as it produces little air flow. The fan on the NordicTrack 1750 sits securely in the console rather than attached at the bottom and as a result it generates less noise.
- Extra storage is available on the SmartPro 2000. In addition to the two side pockets next to the console, a wide storage tray spans the deck just underneath. This adds four deep pockets and one shallow one in the middle for those extra little things. My kids like to hand me treasures while I run (Goldfish, Legos, something the dog ate) and this is a good place to tuck them.
The SmartPro 2000 holds up well in performance tests. I ran several tests to determine the functionality of incline/decline settings, speed control, noise level, and programming options. In all, the SmartPro is a solid machine that facilitates heavy training on a cushioned deck.
Incline / Decline range
The -3% Decline to +12% Incline range on the SmartPro 2000 is one of it’s best features. Variability is a vital component in any training regimen — it helps prevent overuse injuries and ensure muscular balance. On the SmartPro 2000 you will never get bored or run out of training options. You can run one long hill, rolling hills, hill intervals, downhill sprints, alternating speed/interval cycles or any other combination. The -3% decline is not found on other treadmills in this price point and is unusual in a folding treadmill. Decline training allows for active recovery and gentle strengthening of the knees and quads. A solid incline at 12% helps strengthen glutes and hamstrings to offset quad dominance and facilitate muscular balance in the lower body.
Subscription Options: iFit
iFit Coach is a new addition to the SmartPro 2000 and it offers more variability to keep you engaged and motivated. iFit is constantly updated and offers over 16,000 different workouts.
- Studio-based classes include: bootcamp, interval training, and combo routines that alternate strength training with running segments. The trainer provides direction as he/she works alongside you and other participants in the studio. iFit automatically adjusts the speed and incline for you at the direction of the trainer. (You can override this at any point — just hit any QuickControl speed or incline button to adjust as needed.)
- iFit also offers outdoor runs in any number of exotic places. I joined the program: Hannah Eden takes Iceland which includes ten runs of varying lengths through the Icelandic Mountains. You follow along on the treadmill as she navigates the real terrain just ahead of you. The treadmill automatically inclines and declines to match the actual grade as you run. The scenery is breathtaking and Eden does a good job of keeping it interesting (while also managing to run and breathe).
- Off-the-treadmill classes are also available. Log into iFit from any tablet or computer and from the Main Menu bar, select the “Daily Workout” tab. It will bring up class options like: kickboxing, yoga, HIIT, dumbbells or Fit in 15 (for when you only have 15minutes). You do not need to be by your treadmill to access these classes, which means you can use iFit even while travelling.
I am impressed with the noise control on the SmartPro 2000. I compared it to the Sole F80 and NordicTrack 1750 for overall track noise. Of the three, the Sole F80 is the quietest. It is a heavy, sturdy machine and the steel frame mitigates some of the impact noise. However, the Sole F80 also offers the least amount of cushioning. The SmartPro 2000 belt moves smoothly across the deck and even when running fast it isn’t overly noisy. Balanced with the added cushioning, I felt the SmartPro 200 offers a nice run with minimal track noise. My only complaint with the SmartPro 2000 is the fans seemed noisier than the other machines.
Storage / Folding
The SmartPro 2000 folds up easily. Simply grab the steel bar at the base of the deck and lift. The deck is a little heavy — probably due to the extra length — but I am still able to lift it easily. Once folded, the deck latches securely in place to clear floor space. There are two wheels under the front legs of the treadmill and when securely locked in a folded position, you can pull the machine towards you and roll it out of the way. When you want to unfold the treadmill, press a foot release on the underside of the deck and a hydraulic system will lower the deck gently to the floor. No need to hold or guide it.
Items of Note
The SmartPro offers great features at a good price on a folding treadmill. Aside from a fan that seemed a little noisy and the small screen, there’s not much to complain about. It is a great starting point for those looking for useful features on an affordable piece of equipment.