ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill Review 2024

December 18, 2023
  • Sydney Kaiser
    Product Reviewer, Content Writer, Certified Personal Trainer

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Last Updated: December 18, 2023

ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill Review 2024

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ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill

The ProForm Pro 9000 is an iFIT treadmill with thousands of workouts on an impressive 22” touch screen.

Star Rating: 4.7
MSRP: $2,299
Overall Rating: 76
Workout Experience 8
Specs / Features 8
Dimensions / Storability 8
On-Board Workouts & Apps 9
Build Quality 6

The ReBound Pro Cushioning provides a soft landing and plenty of bounce to help you to the next step.

ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill Review: Bottom Line

If you are looking for something that is well-powered and works for running, jogging, walking and hiking, the ProForm Pro 9000 is a good option. With iFIT, the touchscreen display lets you explore areas all over the world in trainer-led classes. With the 12% incline and -3% decline, you’ll get a lot of variability in your training. The Pro 9000 also folds up when you are finished to clear floor space in your home. In this ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill review, we’ll give you insight into how this treadmill works so you can feel confident in your purchase.

Editor’s Note, 12/18/2023: Our review of the ProForm Pro 9000 has been updated to meet our latest reviewing standards. We have had the Pro 9000 for 2 years, and our current review reflects how thoroughly we have tested it in that time.
What We Like
  • The 22” touch screen is clear and crisp, making iFIT content very interactive and valuable on this treadmill.
  • The 12% incline and -3% decline lets you train at varying grades to work even more muscles in your body.
  • When taking an iFIT class the treadmill can automatically adjust the speed and incline levels for you, so you get a hands-free experience.
  • The deck folds and unfolds easily with lift assist to save space when it’s not in use.
  • iFIT has over 16,000 live and on-demand classes that you can take on and off the treadmill. It’s like having your own personal trainer on the screen.
  • It’s easy and uncomplicated to use.
Areas for Improvement
  • Note: iFIT is a premium, subscription-based training service that enhances your treadmill experience, but it does not include entertainment streaming apps. Without iFIT, the Pro 9000 has one featured class and manual training.
  • The console has some movement when running, which causes some shaking of the screen.

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From 2010 to Now: We Have Tested Nearly 200 Treadmills

We know with all the home treadmills on the market nowadays, it can be a bit overwhelming to find the right one for you. That’s why we create these reviews to help you make informed buying decisions. We have the opportunity to use treadmills from all kinds of brands, so when we hop on a treadmill we can immediately determine what we like and dislike about it. Our reviewers also have different backgrounds, body stats, and preferences so we bring these multiple perspectives into every review.

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ProForm Pro 9000 vs Similar Treadmills

We compare treadmills to each other so you know how they all weigh up to one another. For the Pro 9000, we compared it to the Sole F85, Horizon 7.8 AT, and both the NordicTrack 1750 and 2450.

Treadmill ProForm Pro 9000 NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Sole F85 Horizon 7.8 AT NordicTrack Commercial 2450
Price (MSRP) $2,299

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Star Rating 4.7 4.7 4.8 4.7 4.8
Bottom Line A compact, folding treadmill with a large, beautiful 22” touchscreen for streaming iFIT while running. A high-quality, interactive folding treadmill for most people that streams iFIT and features forgiving deck cushioning. A durable folding treadmill for heavy runners that inclines, declines, and streams Netflix. Horizon’s premium model that features a quick-adjusting motor, roller dials, and Sprint 8 programming for the ultimate HIIT training treadmill. A high-tech treadmill for runners that offers iFIT workouts with a comfortable and enjoyable running experience.
Ratings ProForm Pro 9000 NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Sole F85 Horizon 7.8 AT NordicTrack Commercial 2450
Overall Rating 76 84 84 79 86
Workout Experience 8 9 8 8 9
Specs / Features 8 8 9 8 9
Dimensions / Storability 8 8 8 8 8
On-Board Workouts
& Apps
9 9 8 7 9
Build Quality 6 7 8 7 8
Paid Programming – Cost iFIT – $39/month iFIT – $39/month N/A N/A iFIT – $39/month
# of Onboard Workouts 2 2 17 10 2
Netflix / 3rd Party Apps N/A N/A YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, Max, Peacock, Hulu, Spotify, ESPN, CNN, Audible, Kinomap N/A N/A
Display 22″ HD touchscreen 14″ HD touchscreen 15.6″ touchscreen 9.3″ TFT LCD screen, 16-digit LED 22″ HD touchscreen
Dimensions (In Use) 77.3″ L x 35.3″ W x 59.6″ H 78.5” L x 35.6” W x 64.7” H 82.5″L x 38″W x 66″H 76″ L x 37″ W x 64″ H 78.5” L x 35.6” W x 65”
Dimensions (Folded) Coming Soon! Coming Soon! 44″L x 38″W x 71.5″H 42″ L x 37″ W x 71″ H Coming Soon!
Treadmill Type Folding Folding Folding Folding Folding
Treadmill Weight 263 lbs (in box) 293 lbs (in box) 319 lbs 330 lbs 303 lbs (in box)
Weight Capacity 300 lbs 300 lbs 375 lbs 375 lbs 300 lbs
Running Surface 20″ x 60″ 20″ x 60″ 22″ x 60″ 22″ x 60″ 20″ x 60″
Deck Height (Step Up) Coming Soon! Coming Soon! 8″ 8.75″ Coming Soon!
Deck Height At Highest Incline Coming Soon! Coming Soon! Coming Soon! Coming Soon! Coming Soon!
Ceiling Height Required(6’ Tall Runner) Coming Soon! Coming Soon! Coming Soon! Coming Soon! Coming Soon!
Motor Size 3.6 CHP 3.5 CHP 4.0 CHP 4.0 CHP 3.6 CHP
Incline/Decline -3% to 12% -3% to 12% 15 incline levels, 6 decline levels 0% to 15% -3% to 12%
Min / Max Speed 0 to 12 mph 0 to 12 mph 0 to 12 mph 0 to 12 mph 0 to 12 mph
Frame steel steel steel steel steel
Roller Size 1.9″ 1.9″ 2.75″ 60mm/46mm tapered 1.9″
Warranty 10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year labor 10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year labor lifetime frame, lifetime motor, 3-year deck, 3-year parts, 3-year wear items, 1-year labor, 90-day cosmetic items lifetime frame, lifetime motor, 5-year parts, 2-year labor 10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year labor
Connectivity Bluetooth, WiFi Bluetooth, WiFi Bluetooth, WiFi, Sole+ app, Garmin Bluetooth, third-party apps (Peloton, Nike, Zwift, etc) Bluetooth, WiFi
Heart Rate Sensors compatible with Bluetooth HR monitors compatible with Bluetooth HR monitors EKG pulse grips, compatible with Bluetooth HR monitors compatible with Bluetooth HR monitors, EKG pulse grips compatible with Bluetooth HR monitors
Additional Features AutoAdjust, CoolAire fan, dual 2″ speakers, ActivePulse, SpaceSaver Easy Lift Assist, QuickSpeed Button Control, Google Maps Workout Technology, integrated cup holders, soft cushioning AutoAdjust, AutoBreeze fan, dual speakers, ActivePulse, SpaceSaver Easy Lift Assist, OneTouch controls, Google Maps Workout Technology, integrated cup holders, soft cushioning release lever, wireless charging pad, Bluetooth speakers, device rack, reading rack, fan, cup holders, speed/incline switches device racks, audio jack, Bluetooth speakers, interval keys, energy saver mode, fan, media controls, storage tray, QuickDial controls, USB charging, cup holders, 3-zone cushioning AutoAdjust, AutoBreeze fan, 30w dual speakers, ActivePulse, SpaceSaver Easy Lift Assist, OneTouch controls, Google Maps Workout Technology, integrated cup holders, soft cushioning

In-depth ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill Review: Testing & Analysis


Dimensions/Storability

It has a pretty low profile at about 10” when it’s at a 0% grade. The Sole F85 has a slightly lower profile at about 8”, but the ProForm Pro 9000 should still work well for most homes and ceiling heights. The ProForm Pro 9000’s dimensions are 77.3″ L x 35.3″ W x 59.6″ H when unfolded, but you will want to allocate a little extra clearance when you are walking or running for proper use.

ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill Walking Inclined

To use the incline, I would recommend 8’ ceiling clearance to be safe, though.

Another handy feature with ProForm Pro 9000 is that the deck can fold up and down, and it can be moved. The two transportation wheels are on the front, so it can only be moved when it’s folded up. To move it, you tilt it back gripping from the top of the deck, and once on the wheels the treadmill wheels around easily.

ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill Folded

We have no problem folding and unfolding the deck.

Onboard Workouts & Apps

iFIT Subscription

When you purchase the ProForm Pro 9000, it comes with the fitness app iFIT free for the first month. iFIT has a growing library of over 16,000 classes. We highly recommend getting a monthly subscription to iFIT when you purchase the Pro 9000. That way you’ll get full access to all that this treadmill has to offer.

When you take an iFIT class, you can choose from studio and outdoor content as well as live and on-demand classes. The studio classes are filmed in a studio with a trainer who provides direction as he/she works alongside you and other participants in the studio. The outdoor classes are also led by a trainer who guides you through scenic locations all over the world.

ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill iFit Content

The camera follows the instructor as they take you around different areas and trails on every continent on the planet.

The camera also will pan to show you the surrounding landscape. Your trainer might even give you a few fun facts about the area the class is taking place, too.

In addition to the countless live and on-demand classes on the treadmill, there are also classes in strength training, yoga, cycling, rowing, meditation, and more. iFIT offers plenty of choices for you to exercise your body in many different ways. You can also exercise your mind with iFIT, too. New classes are added regularly. There’s even a search option where you can search for certain classes and use filters to narrow down your class choices.

There’s also challenges and series. These usually include a group of classes all filmed in the same location, or with the same instructor, or they might all just have the same theme. I recently did part 2 of the Ragnar Race, which was part of a real-life race that iFIT instructor, Ashley Paulson, took me through.

One of my favorite things about iFIT is the AutoAdjust feature that changes the treadmill’s incline/decline and speed levels as the instructor cues them. You can override this at any time by using the controls yourself, but I find it really handy to use. It’s important to note that you need a wifi connection to use iFIT, and an iFIT subscription isn’t required to use the ProForm Pro 9000 treadmill.

Onboard Workouts

If you don’t want to pay for a monthly subscription for iFIT, there’s usually a free featured iFIT workout to follow. You will need WiFi to use this feature.

For the minimalists out there who just want to set a speed and run — there’s manual mode, which does not require WiFi. When in manual mode, the screen displays a white track to give you an idea of lap speed and distance. The white display bar stays at the top of the screen.

ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill Touchscreen Console

This simple mode doesn’t have accompanying audio, so it works great to keep track of your stats while you listen to a podcast or music.

A white display bar at the top of the screen provides a readout of incline, speed, time, distance and calories burned. You can adjust these options to show the stats that matter to you. This display is shown when you’re using manual mode and when you’re taking any of the iFIT classes.

Console

ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill Console

We love the large 22” touchscreen.

This screen really brings the iFIT programs to life. I personally love the hiking programs in iFIT and the large screen makes such a difference when following a trainer along on an outdoor location.

The screen is perfectly lit — not too bright, not too dim. It can also be tilted a bit to reduce overhead glare. I honestly felt like I was on the road as I ran along. An easy-to-read display bar at the top keeps track of calories, distance, incline, etc. You can toggle through several different display options on the bar and select those most important to you. In all, I found the screen to be one of my favorite components on this treadmill. When running however, there is a little bit of a shake with the screen and movement in the console. A steel crossbar under the console, in between the uprights would possibly prevent this movement and we think it could be a valuable addition to this treadmill.

This extra movement in the console isn’t overly noticeable or distracting when viewing content on the screen though. The console is easy to navigate. Just below the touchscreen are two rows of buttons for both speed and incline. These are easy to see and reach, but a little wonky to use at first. When I first used the Pro 9000, I accidentally hit one of the incline buttons when I meant to change the speed. We prefer the layout of the quick touch buttons on the NordicTrack 1750 and 2450 treadmills. Manual buttons for incline and speed are also located on the lower panel which allow for smaller incremental adjustments. The manual button will increase or decrease your speed by .1mph and incline by .5%.

We are a little disappointed that a heart rate monitor isn’t included with the treadmill, though. Instead you have to purchase the SmartBeat Forearm Heart Rate Monitor separately. With this heart rate monitor you can get an accurate reading and be able to sync it with iFIT to display your heart rate in real time on the screen.

I’m impressed with how effective the fan is on the ProForm Pro 9000. With four power settings, you can select a suitable air flow for your workout. The fan sits at the bottom of the console and hits my chest and neck. I’m 5”1’ for reference. Even though it worked for me, it didn’t for our reviewer, Matthew, who is 6’5”. He could feel the air, but the fan hit his torso and he said he’d need to plug in another fan if we wanted to cool off.

The console also has enough storage for items like your phone and water bottle. There are two large pockets on either side of the screen. My water bottle does rattle a little bit when I place it in them, but they’re large enough to hold more items if need be.

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Build Quality

In addition to some impressive features and functionality, the ProForm Pro 9000 has a solid frame and easy-to-use design.

Frame

Built on an all-steel frame, the Pro 9000 has a sturdy feel.

ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill Steel Frame

The uprights are also steel and connect directly into the console.

The steel components give this treadmill a stable feel, especially when running. We do wish it had the crossbar with maybe even a storage rack on top like the Horizon 7.8 AT and the Sole F85, just to make it feel even more sturdy and prevent shaking.

Motor

On a treadmill, the motor is the engine that drives the machine — and the 3.6 CHP motor in the Pro 9000 enables the machine to achieve and maintain a smooth pace with even incline adjustments. The motor performed well when I challenged it with multiple speed and incline adjustments. I didn’t lag during speed segments or slow down when adjusting the incline.

In a comparison test against the other treadmills, the Pro 9000 landed in the middle of the pack at about 23-24 seconds for it to go from 1 mph to 12 mph. The Horizon AT 7.8 was the fastest at around 18 seconds, and the Sole was the slowest at 40 seconds.

When you’re on the Pro 9000, the motor is really responsive and handles changes in the speed and incline well. It goes up to 12 mph and inclines up to a 12% grade. We like that it also declines to -3%, too. Neither the Horizon or the Sole offer decline options.

ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill User Walking

Using a treadmill on a decline lets you work the front part of your legs more.

The ProForm Pro 9000 is overall pretty quiet and straightforward to use. When we tested the Pro 9000, it performed well for us. All of our reviewers were able to walk, jog, skip, run, and sprint on the deck. When each of us used it, the motor responded well to changes with the incline, decline, and speed. The motor remained quiet during every workout and during adjustments with the speed and incline levels, too.

ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill Review

This treadmill is a nice, well-rounded option for users of all fitness levels and abilities.

After using the Pro 9000, we think that it’s suitable for all fitness levels from long distance runners, sprinters, power walkers, gentle walkers, hikers or anyone who wants to improve their training and fitness.

Deck

The 20” x 60” belt provides enough room for running. This is roughly on par with other folding treadmills. It is 2” narrower than the other treadmills we compared it to. This width difference doesn’t make any of our reviewers feel limited, but some users might want a little bit more room. The 60” of length offers enough forward step and kick back length so even taller users should be able to get a full stride on the Pro 9000. There is also plenty of space for walking and hiking as well.

The 1.9” rollers pull the belt along the running surface and then underneath the deck. When roller diameter is large, less belt tension is necessary because there is additional surface area to grab the belt and move it along. In machines with smaller rollers, the belt must be strung very tight which wears out the belt and increases foot drag.

The ReBound Pro cushioning claims to reduce foot impact by 30% as opposed to outdoor surfaces, which means running doesn’t have to be painful. I like this cushioning and didn’t have any discomfort in my legs, even after running a race on it. It doesn’t feel as soft as the NordicTrack treadmills we compared it to, but it doesn’t feel quite as firm as the Sole F85 either.

Warranty

ProForm offers a nice 10-year warranty for the Pro 9000’s frame, a 2-year warranty for parts, and a 1-year warranty for labor. Even though it isn’t as extensive as the lifetime warranties offered at Horizon and Sole, the 10-year frame warranty backs up the solid construction on the ProForm Pro 9000 treadmill.


Should You Buy the ProForm Pro 9000

The ProForm Pro 9000 is one of our favorites and definitely a best buy.

We like the large 22” touchscreen which makes a huge difference in the overall experience on this treadmill. If you are looking for something that folds up to save space, the Pro 9000 is a good option since it has a 20” wide and 60” long deck but will fold and lock into place when you’re finished. The deck is also very soft, providing a cushioned landing for every walker and runner.

The free, 30-day iFIT subscription with running, walking, hiking and strength training workouts enhances the value and interactivity. Those in the market for a quality treadmill with a crisp 22” touchscreen will enjoy the ProForm Pro 9000 treadmill.

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ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill Q&A / FAQ

Can you watch TV on the ProForm Pro 9000?

You cannot watch TV on the ProForm Pro 9000. The 22” touchscreen is designed to showcase iFIT content only. There are thousands of outdoor trainer-led classes and studio classes. You can create your own routes on Google Maps for even more training options. We would love to see iFIT add streaming apps in a future update.

Can I use the ProForm 9000 without iFIT?

Yes! With WiFi, you can access one sample iFIT class. You can also train in manual mode, which shows a 400-meter track, with and without WiFi. You can manually adjust the speed and incline however you would like.

Is ProForm better than NordicTrack?

ProForm has many of the same features as NordicTrack but at a lower price point. However, NordicTrack also offers more premium features like rotating screens, even softer cushioning, and a sleeker design. NordicTrack also offers two incline trainers with ranges of -6% to 40% incline. ProForm is a great choice for walkers and runners who want all of the iFIT features at a more affordable price. ProForm offers AutoAdjust, ActivePulse, Bluetooth connectivity, and all of iFIT’s content (with a subscription) just like NordicTrack.

What motor size is the ProForm Pro 9000?

The ProForm Pro 9000 has a 3.6 continuous horsepower motor.

Does ProForm have Bluetooth?

ProForm does have Bluetooth. You can connect most Bluetooth heart rate monitors to train with ActivePulse. You can also connect Bluetooth headphones to listen to the training content quietly. The speakers are not Bluetooth, so you cannot pair a phone or tablet to play your own music. However, ProForm is equipped with Feed.FM radio, so you can listen to one of their frequently updated genre radio stations.

Is your ProForm Pro 9000 review a paid review?

No, our ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill review is not a paid review. We are happy to share with you a little about our process. Generally, brands will send us equipment for free, but sometimes we buy equipment ourselves. Regardless, the brands’ input into our reviews ends there unless we have specific questions we need answered to conduct our review. Brands do not have a say in our testing and review process. Our opinions are our own. We work with most major home fitness brands, like ProForm, NordicTrack, Bowflex, Horizon, Sole, and more. This keeps our reviews honest, because we don’t have a stake in which brand you decide to go with.

How do we keep reviewing, then? Well, you might have noticed the links that we include throughout the page. These are affiliate links, so when you make a purchase, we may earn a commission from the brand. This does not increase the cost of the equipment for you at all. We appreciate everyone in our audience who has supported and continues to support us by using our links.

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About the Author

Sydney Kaiser, ISSA-CPT, ISSA Nutritionist Certification
Sydney is a certified fitness instructor, personal trainer, and sports nutritionist who combines her passion for fitness, health, and wellness with her passion for writing. After graduating from UC Riverside with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, she began teaching indoor cycling and Lagree Fitness group fitness classes to people of all ages and abilities. Raised in Central Michigan, Sydney grew up training and competing on the Arabian Horse Association circuit through both Regional and National levels in Dressage and Sport Horse classes. In college, Sydney went on to compete at the collegiate level as a Division 1 equestrian athlete. Here at TRG, Sydney relies on her extensive background in fitness when reviewing and recommending all kinds of fitness, recovery, and health-related products.

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