ProForm Treadmill Reviews – 2021

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Last Updated: January 7, 2021

ProForm is a subsidiary of Icon Fitness, which is also the parent company of NordicTrack, iFit and FreeMotion. In the winter of 1975, Edward and Florence Pauls of Chaska Minnesota built the first indoor ski machine in their garage. Ed wanted a way to train indoors during the brutal Minnesota winters. Their indoor ski trainer was so successful, the Pauls soon found themselves running a thriving manufacturing business that expanded to include treadmills, ellipticals, and other cardio equipment. The Pauls ran this company out of their home until they retired. In 1998, the company was acquired by IconFitness located in Logan, Utah. Icon is now one of the largest manufacturers of health and fitness equipment.

ProForm Pro Series Treadmills

The Pro Series is ProForm’s top line which offers more deck cushioning, larger motors, touchscreens on each model, and -3% decline to 15% incline. These treadmills fall between NordicTrack’s T-Series treads and the higher-end Commercial Line, with enhanced shock absorption and iFit enabled touchscreens. The Pro Series line keeps pricing under $2000 for all models, so this is an excellent mid-range option.

ProForm SMART Pro 2000 Treadmill

The Smart Pro 2000 is currently one of ProForm’s best selling treadmills due to the affordable price and great features. The Smart Pro 2000 has a 3.25HP motor, 20″ by 60″ belt and ReBound Pro cushioning with a 10” touchscreen. It also has a -3% decline, which is a nice feature, and it lifts to 12% incline, which is a bit more than on comparable models. The weight capacity is 300lb user max, so this will work for most users. Again, this folding treadmill has EasyLift assist and hydraulic release for convenience.

  • iFit® Enabled
  • 10” Smart HD Touchscreen
  • 40 On-Board Workouts
  • 3.25 CHP* Mach Z™ Commercial Pro
  • Tread Belt 20” x 60”
  • Speed 0 – 12 MPH
  • -3 to 12% Digital Quick Decline™ & Incline™ Control
  • ReBound Pro™ Cushioning
  • Folding Deck with SpaceSaver® Design and EasyLift™ Assist
  • CoolAire™ Fan
  • Weight Capacity 300 Lb.
  • Footprint 35” Wide x 77” Deep x 60” Tall

ProForm SMART Pro 5000 Treadmill

The SmartPro 5000 adds more motor power, and a larger touchscreen. Honestly, with iFit being so extensive, with classes both on and off the treadmill, it makes sense to look for a larger touchscreen. You get so much more visibility and navigability out of the 10” and larger screens. The SmartPro is the perfect option for runners who plan to do a bit of training, need incline and decline, enhanced shock absorption, and a wide 20” by 60” long deck. The 5000 offers good space, a comfortable running platform and engaging components.

  • iFit® Enabled, 1-Year Membership Included*
  • 10” Smart HD Touchscreen
  • 50 On-Board Workouts
  • 3.5 CHP* Mach Z™ Commercial Pro Motor
  • 20” x 60” Tread Belt
  • 0 – 12 MPH Speed
  • -3 to 12% Digital Quick Decline™ & Incline™ Control
  • ProShox™ Cushioning
  • Folding Deck with SpaceSaver® Design and EasyLift™ Assist
  • CoolAire™ Fan
  • Weight Capacity 300 Lb.
  • Footprint 39.15” Wide x 79” Deep x 71.4” Tall

ProForm SMART Pro 9000 Treadmill

The Smart Pro 9000 rounds out ProForm’s Pro line with a whopping 4.0HP motor. This is their highest-powered machine and best suited for runners and walkers looking for increased incline training. Again offering the -3% decline up to a 15% incline, the 9000 has great features for a folding treadmill. It has the same size tread belt as the 5000 at 20” wide by 60” long, which is about as long as you can get on a folding deck. ReBound Pro cushioning increases comfort with each foot strike so you can run longer with less fatigue and joint discomfort. The 9000 keeps it under $2000 and closely rivals NordicTrack’s ever-popular 1750.

  • iFit® Enabled, 1-Year Membership Included*
  • 22” Smart HD Touchscreen Display
  • 40 On-Board Workouts
  • Included Wireless Chest Strap
  • 3.6 CHP* Mach Z™ Commercial Plus Motor
  • 20” x 60” Tread Belt
  • 0 – 12 MPH
  • -3 to 15% Digital Quick Incline™
  • ReBound Pro™ Cushioning
  • SpaceSaver® Design with EasyLift™ Assist
  • CoolAire™ Workout Fan
  • 300 Lb. Weight Capacity
  • Footprint: 35” W x 77” D x 60” H

ProForm Performance Series Treadmills

The Performance Series is ProForm’s starting line of treadmills, geared for light jogging and walking. These treadmills are well-suited for new users looking to buy their first treadmill or those who need a small, foldable treadmill that will easily fit in small rooms, apartments, condos, dorms, etc. The Performance series offers respectable components and tech — even the entry-level Smart Performance 400i treadmill features cushioning in the deck with a 7” full-color iFit enabled touchscreen. The Performance treadmills have a max user weight of at least 300lbs+ which is a good weight capacity for a treadmill in this price range. The current models include the 400i and 800i, both of which fold up when not in use.

ProForm SMART Performance 400i Treadmill

The Smart Performance 400i offers some respectable features on an affordable treadmill. It’s unusual to get a full-color touchscreen on a treadmill under $1000, but the 400i features a 7” screen that will showcase all iFit classes and content. ProShox cushioning in the deck mitigates joint impact by gently flexing underfoot. The 2.0HP motor is strong enough to attain and maintain a top speed of 10mph and up to 10% incline. This treadmill motor works well for light jogging or walking, but may not support heavy training or extended running mileage. The deck does fold up, but it does not have EasyLift assist, so you’ll have to manually raise and lower the deck.

  • iFit® Enabled, 1-Year Membership Included*
  • 7” Smart HD Touchscreen
  • 2.0 CHP* Mach Z™ motor
  • 18” x 50” Tread Belt
  • 0 – 10 MPH Speed
  • 0 – 10% Incline
  • ProShox™ Cushioning
  • Folding Deck with SpaceSaver® Design
  • Tablet Holder attached
  • Weight Capacity 300 Lb.
  • Footprint 32.75” Wide x 65.77” Deep x 56.42” Tall

ProForm SMART Performance 800i Treadmill

The Smart Performance 800i is currently priced just $100 more than the 400i, which makes it an incredible deal. You get double the touchscreen size at 14”, a top speed of 12mph, -2% decline to 10% incline and ProShox cushioning. It also has a larger 2.75HP motor, which is more power underfoot. This motor will support light to moderate jogging, but for homes with multiple users or those who want to train more intensely, I’d look at the Power Line with a bit more power and cushioning. The 800i does have EasyLift assist, so the deck is easier to lift and will descend gently when you release it.

  • iFit® Enabled, 1-Year Membership Included*
  • 14” Smart HD Touchscreen
  • Motor 2.75 CHP* Mach Z™ Commercial Motor
  • Tread Belt 18” x 60”
  • 0 – 12 MPH
  • -2 – 10% Digital Quick Decline™ & Incline™
  • ProShox™ Cushioning
  • Folding Deck with SpaceSaver® Design with EasyLift™ Assist
  • Fan
  • Tablet Holder
  • Weight Capacity 315 Lb.
  • Footprint 33.5” Wide x 76.23” Deep x 57.64” Tall

ProForm Power Line Treadmills

The Power Line currently only features the 1295i treadmill which is a unique combination of features such as a larger motor and running belt, but no touchscreen. Priced at just $100 more than the 800i, the 1295i appeals to users who want more power, less tech, and a good price point.

ProForm SMART Power 1295i Treadmill

The 1295i has a slightly different array of features with a 7” high contrast display instead of a touchscreen. This display will not show iFit programs, but an attached tablet holder just above the console makes it easy to sync and use iFit. While you lose a little with the limited display, the 1295i has a larger motor, so it is a good option for users who want to do a bit more training or typically maintain a higher running speed. This is also a great option for users looking for a treadmill that doesn’t require WiFi or a monthly subscription. You get a more powerful machine with a bit less tech, which may be the perfect combination. The 1295i still folds up to save space. EasyLift assist makes it easier to lift the deck and it has a hydraulic support to gently lower the deck.

  • iFit® Enabled, 1-Year Membership Included*
  • 7” High-Contrast Display
  • 3.5 CHP* Mach Z™ Commercial Pro
  • Tread Belt 20” x 60”
  • Speed 0 – 12 MPH
  • 0 – 12% Digital Quick Decline™ & Incline™ Control
  • ProShox™ Cushioning
  • CoolAire™ Fan
  • Tablet Holder
  • Weight Capacity 350 Lb.
  • Footprint: 35.5” Wide x 81.4” Deep x 66.9” Tall

In addition to treadmills, ProForm has an extensive line up of Ellipticals, Exercise Bikes, HIIT Trainers, Rowers and Hybrid Trainers

Pros / Cons of ProForm Treadmills

  • ProForm finds a comfortable middle ground between the higher priced NordicTrack treadmills and budget oriented treadmills under $1000
  • With an extensive line up of options that range from $1000 – $2000, you have lots of options to find the right treadmill for you.
  • We love that even the Smart Pro 9000 still comes in under $2000.
  • While staying affordable, the ProForm treadmills still feature iFit, which is a great database of classes and options.
  • ProShox cushioning, incline and decline, and respectable motor size keep the ProForm treads as viable options that remain affordable and foldable.
  • Consoles are streamlined for maximum functionality but minimal clutter.
  • While these treads all stay under $2000, there may be higher-grade models available from NordicTrack that are better suited for intense training.

iFit Review:

iFit is IconFitness’ subscription service. It currently costs $33/month for a family plan (up to 5 profiles), and $15/month for an individual plan (1 profile). Often, ProForm will include the iFit family plan for free for the first year with the purchase of any exercise equipment. Occasionally, the machine will be offered for free with a 3-year iFit subscription (currently available on the Pro 2000). iFit includes over 16,000 different workouts and classes for both on and off the treadmill. Most ProForm treadmills have touchscreens that will support iFit, and the 1295i (the only one without a touchscreen) has an attached tablet holder so you can use iFit on your personal device. A few of the features we love:

  • Automated incline/decline and resistance
    When you start an iFit program, the treadmill is automated to do what the trainer directs, which means users can run (or walk) hands-free while the treadmill automatically adjusts to match the class incline or resistance. This is a huge benefit and makes it easy to enjoy a class without having to constantly play with the controls.
  • Abundant indoor class options both on and off the treadmill
    iFit classes are not limited to running on the treadmill. There are also walking classes, interval training, and hundreds of other classes off the treadmill such as resistance training, yoga, stretching, aerobics, combo classes, HIIT classes, etc. You can log into iFit on your machine or from any personal device so you can take a class at any time in any location.
  • Outdoor running and walking routes all over the world
    You are also not limited to indoor classes! iFit has running and walking routes all over the world! One of my favorites is the London walking series where you walk along as a trainer navigates the streets of London. Another option takes you through the mountains of Thailand. Outdoor routes are led by a personal trainer who gives instruction, cues upcoming inclines or speed changes, and offers informative tips about local culture or geography.
  • Professional personal trainers lead and instruct as you work out
    Each class, indoor or out, is led by a professional personal trainer. These trainers are engaging and make the content and programs helpful and interesting.
  • Updated and engaging content
    Class content is updated regularly. New classes and routes will show up daily. Series classes may take you through various stages of an event, such as the Hawaii Marathon. You can select one of the different filmed routes in that event.
  • Leaderboard and other community features
    iFit does have a Leaderboard, which connects users who are taking the same class. Filters on the Leaderboard allow you to adjust who you compete against and manage the leader criteria.
  • Affordable for what you get
    iFit is one of the more affordable fitness subscriptions on the market when you consider that it is automated with your treadmill, has thousands of classes, and can be used on any personal device at any time.

Overall Rating of ProForm Treadmills:

ProForm has established a market position that caters to users who want a quality treadmill under $2000. Even the base model 400i features some innovative tech, so you get a certain level of quality with each ProForm machine. We like how ProForm strikes just the right balance, staying in between NordicTrack’s T-Series and Commercial Line treadmills to offer more options for users in this price range. With ProShox cushioning, iFit capacity, streamlined consoles and increased incline and decline range on the higher-end machines, the ProForm treadmills are consistently solid, well-designed machines.


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