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Last Updated: August 23, 2021
In this review, we’ll take an in-depth look at the new ProForm Pro 2000 treadmill. The ProForm Pro 2000 is a newer model in the ProForm Pro Series lineup with some significant updates in 2021. The new 2021 model now has a 10” touchscreen, which is significantly easier to see than the 7” touchscreen on the 2019-20 model. It retains a good-sized 20” wide by 60” long-running surface. The 3.25 horsepower Mach-Z motor will power speeds up to 12 mph. These are just a few reasons why it made our list of best treadmills.
Unlike other treadmills in this price range, the Pro 2000 offers both incline and decline. The deck will incline up to 12% and declines to -3%, which adds useful training variables. This treadmill is a good option for users who have space limitations since it retains a relatively compact footprint and folds up when not in use. It also supports up to 300 lbs which makes it a workable option for most users.
The new ProForm Pro 2000 has wireless connectivity, so it will sync with Bluetooth headphones. iFit also has automated controls which means while you enjoy a program, the incline and speed will adjust for you which allows you to walk hands-free. The 3.25 horsepower motor is also strong enough to support walking, jogging, and light running. iFit comes free for the first year with up to five profiles for different users in your home. The ReBoundPro cushioning also reduces impact and joint discomfort from walking or jogging. We even like the added red stripe along the base of the deck which adds a vibrant quality to the Pro 2000. This is a great treadmill that we recommend to almost any user.
Treadmill Awards: Best Folding Treadmill Under $1500 – 2021
The ProForm Pro 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: Those looking for a quality ProForm treadmill with many upgraded features at an affordable price
The ProForm Pro 2000 is best for users who:
- Have limited space since this is a compact treadmill
- Need something that folds up
- Are looking for a treadmill that will work on an upper floor since it is slightly lighter weight and also quiet
- Are interested in walking, jogging and some light running
- Want an upgraded 10” touchscreen
- Will use and enjoy all the iFit classes and outdoor routes
- Appreciate the ReBoundPro cushioning
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- Great for walking
- If you are looking for an affordable treadmill for walking, the Pro 2000 is a great option. It folds up, has a relatively compact footprint when open, is quiet and has wheels so it can be gently rolled out of the way when needed. The 3.25HP motor is well-suited for gentle walking, a brisk pace, power walking, jogging and short speed intervals.
- Good for smaller spaces
- The updated 2021 model is now smaller than previous models. ProForm has streamlined much of the design to make this an ideal option for anyone who lives in an apartment, condo, shared space or upstairs floor. The Pro 2000 weighs 260 pounds so it’s sturdy but not as heavy as other treads that are nearly impossible to get upstairs.
- Works for jogging
- If you are looking for something that will support light jogging, the Pro 2000 works well. The 3.25HP motor will go up to 12mph and the deck provides ProForm’s ReBoundPro cushioning system. While we don’t recommend this machine for those who plan to do extensive, long-distance running, it is well-suited for jogging at a 6 to 7mph pace. Quick intervals above that are easily managed as well.
- Not recommended for running
- The 3.25HP motor is slightly smaller on the 2021 model. The previous model had a 3.5HP motor so it was just a touch more powerful. While ProForm has updated several features on the Pro 2000, the motor is now within the range we recommend for jogging and walking. We recommend those who want to run faster than 6mph for more than 3miles take a look at the Pro 5000 which has a 3.75HP motor.
- Quiet when in use
- One of the noticeable upgrades on the 2021 model of the Pro 2000 is it is now quieter. The motor itself is quieter in the background as it runs. The deck and belt are also slightly quieter as you walk on them.
- Aids with cardiovascular training
- The combination of incline options and speed variables make this a good treadmill for cardiovascular training. You can stay aerobic and comfortably in that fat-burning zone while you walk briskly on a 10% incline. This allows users to stay low-impact but still get a good workout. Cardiovascular training conditions both the heart, lungs while your legs work to move you along. Increased blood flow to the extremities increases circulatory efficiency even when you’re not exercising.
- iFit includes Strength Training options
- In addition, iFit includes strength classes you can do off the treadmill. There are class options that include weight equipment such as dumbbells and resistance bands or iFit also includes bodyweight resistance options. You can strengthen and tone your whole body using your iFit subscription so the Pro 2000 isn’t just for cardio exercise.
- The Pro 2000 is a good tool for weight loss
- When you exercise your daily caloric needs increase because exercising increases your body’s demands for nutrients, blood and oxygen. If you carefully regulate your daily calorie intake to be just less than what you burn, you can facilitate weight loss. Regular, gentle exercise is the most effective way to achieve and maintain weight loss over time. When used regularly with varied iFit classes and training, the Pro 2000 is a good tool to help achieve your weight loss goals.
- 3.25 CHP Mach Z Motor
- 12mph Max Speed
- -3% to 12% Incline
- 20” W x 60” L Deck
- ReBound Pro Cushioning
- 1.9” Rollers
- SpaceSaver Design
- EasyLift Assist
- Treadmill weight 260lb
- Max weight capacity 300lb
- 10” HD Smart Touchscreen
- 1-Year iFit® Family Plan Membership Included ($468 Value)**
- Bluetooth®1 Audio Capabilities
- CoolAire Fan
- Two 2” Digitally Amplified Speakers
- Automatic Trainer Control
- 10-Year Frame Warranty
- 2-Year Parts Warranty
- 1-Year Labor Warranty
The ProForm Pro 2000 is one of the newer treadmills in their lineup and comes with some impressive specs. This affordable, folding treadmill works well for those who want to jog or run in the comfort of their own home. You can access any of iFit’s full library of training videos on the 10” touchscreen. The Pro 2000 has heart rate sensors in the horizontal grips so if you want to track your heart rate you can do that as well. This machine is ideal for those who need something simple and efficient with impressive tech at a reasonable price. It has a lower overall weight than comparable models, so this works well for those who live on an upper floor.
In-depth Review of ProForm Pro 2000 – 2021 model
The Pro 2000 has an incline/decline feature, includes both preloaded workouts and subscription content, and folds up when you are done. It is also relatively quiet when in use.
Incline / Decline range
The -3% Decline to +12% Incline range on the Pro 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 Pro 2000 you won’t 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.
iFit Subscription: Free for the First Year
iFit is the subscription program featured on the Pro 2000. It comes automatically loaded and with over 16,000 different workouts. iFit includes several types of classes and training.
- 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 traveling.
- After the first year, iFit costs $33/month
If you choose not to subscribe to iFit, the Pro 2000 includes several free workouts and has a manual mode. This allows users who don’t want to extend their iFit subscription to use and benefit from the Pro 2000.
I am impressed with the noise control on the Pro 2000. I again compared it to the Sole F80 and NordicTrack 1750 for overall track noise. The Pro 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 Pro 200 offers a nice run with minimal track noise. My only complaint with the Pro 2000 is the fans seemed noisier than the other machines.
Moving / Folding
The Pro 2000 folds up easily. Simply grab the steel bar at the base of the deck and lift. 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.
ProForm Pro 2000 Construction
The Pro 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 Pro 2000 with no wobble or shaking while running. It feels secure when folded up.
The frame has been updated in 2021 with an added red stripe along the base of the deck. This adds a bit of vibrance to the look of the treadmill. The overall frame is also slightly more compact than the previous model so it is well-suited for smaller homes or a shared apartment, etc.
- ReBoundPro cushioning under the deck facilitates a balanced toe-off while still providing needed impact absorption. To compare overall cushioning, I ran side-by-side on the Pro 2000, Sole F80 and NordicTrack 1750. I moved back and forth between them, feeling for a difference in cushion, impact, stability and smoothness in the belt. The Pro performed well. The 2021 model of the Pro 2000 has undergone several changes to make it more space-efficient and quieter. Of the three, I found the NordicTrack 1750 to have the most cushioning, but it is also the largest and most expensive of the three. The Pro 2000 was quiet and responsive with appreciable cushioning. The Sole F80 was the quietest of the three but the least cushioned.
- The 60” long belt on the Pro 2000 provides added stride length in both kick-back and forward foot reach. The lateral 20” width provides a little more wiggle room and the added track length is a definite plus. Side rails on the Pro 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.
The Pro 2000 has a 3.25 Continuous Horsepower motor. Since the horsepower is continuous, the motor doesn’t need to pause in between adjustments to catch up. The ProForm Pro 2000 can both attain and maintain a set speed while you incline and decline the deck. Running at a quick 6mph pace, I toggled between random incline/decline grades to see if there was any hiccup in the speed. The Pro 2000 was able to hold and maintain a constant speed during any incline adjustment. It also tolerated quick speed adjustments during an interval test. I found this motor to be best suited for brisk walking, light jogging or quick intervals. It works fine for a steady, moderate pace as well. But we don’t recommend it for long-distance running or extended training and high speeds.
Pro 2000 Console/Controls
- As mentioned, the 10” full-color HD touchscreen is new on the 2021 model. The previous model had a 7” touchscreen. While a touchscreen is always nice, the 7” could be hard to see and the touchscreen buttons were a bit small. I like the upgraded 10” touchscreen. ProForm has also increased the processing speed and user interface on the touchscreen.
- 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. The addition of a touchscreen simplifies the console since much of the buttons that used to be on the console are now embedded in the touchscreen. This cleans up the console and keeps it very streamlined and easy to navigate.
- The Pro 2000 has a CoolAire fan with four power settings. The first three settings move the fan speed from Low-Med-High for a constant airflow. 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 Pro 2000 fan than on other machines.
- The new 2021 model of the Pro 2000 has removed the tablet holder that used to be attached to the top of the console. Although there is a lip on the console just above the speakers where you can set a tablet or phone. Since the touchscreen has been upgraded, ProForm is assuming most users are going to use the iFit content rather than a separate tablet or phone, so the tablet holder no longer seems necessary.
- The 2021 model also removed the extra storage stray that was just below the console. Now there is more free space and front stride length above the deck. There are two large pockets on either side of the console for storage. These will easily hold a water bottle, phone, keys or any other personal item.