The ProForm brand has improved significantly over the past several years – enough that a ProForm treadmill is the official training machine for the Boston Marathon. However, there’s still a wide range with this brand in terms of performance, durability and price.
Below are overviews of ProForm’s various treadmill lines for 2015. The Performance Series is best for walkers, the PRO and Power Series are designed for most runners, and the Boston Marathon Series is meant for those who run hours at a time.
ProForm also features desk treadmills called the ProForm Thinline and the ProForm Thinline Pro. These adjustable units can be used with your tablet or laptop computer. Unlike most desk treadmills, each ProForm desk treadmill has a spacious track and is packed with features such as incline/decline, either 34 or 40 workout apps, and iFit. Both the Thinline and the Thinline Pro are delivered ready to use – no assembly required.
ProForm Marathon Treadmills
Marathon treadmills are ProForm’s priciest option. They’re durable and powerful enough to support a four-minute mile, yet they include marathon training programs for beginners as well as elite athletes. Owners get on/off cushioning, an automatic incline and decline, and high-definition video workouts that were filmed at the Boston race course. These are shown on a 10″ color touchscreen.
The two choices are the Boston Marathon Treadmill 3.0 and the Boston Marathon Treadmill 4.0. The 4.0 has SpeedRing technology, which is hands-free speed control that works with Bluetooth.
Performance Series Treadmills
Most of us don’t need a Marathon treadmill. The ProForm Performance Series caters to people seeking much more affordable treadmills. Each machine in this series has a SpaceSaver design: It can be folded vertically to free up floor space. iPod ports, workout fans and grip heart rate monitors are included too.
Differences between these three treadmill models are significant. The entry-level Performance 300 is very basic, and the track is so small – 18″ x 50″ – that we can hardly take the product seriously. However, the Performance 400c is roomy enough for walking, and the Performance 600c has a full 20″ x 60″ track.
With the Performance 1450 now discontinued, the 600c is the top model in this series. It has a 2.75 CHP motor and a 12% incline. During ProForm sales this unit costs less than $800, but the parts warranty is for only two years. Don’t expect a long-term relationship.
The ProForm Power Series is more durable and powerful than the Performance Series. Each of the three treadmills in this series has a 3.0 or 3.5 CHP motor, a full 20″ x 60″ track and automated incline or incline/decline. All are iFit-ready too.
The Power 1495 leads the Power Series. It has an incline and decline, a 10″ touchscreen, 34 built-in workouts and wireless heart rate monitoring. The parts warranty is for five years. Priced under $1500, this is one of the best ProForm values for the typical home treadmill shopper.
The ProForm Pro Series features the company’s top technology outside of the Marathon treadmill lineup. The four treadmills in this series have motors ranging from 3.25 to 4.25 CHP.
The most affordable PRO treadmill, the PRO 2000, is iFit-compatible and has a 15% incline/-3% decline. The console screen is a 7″ LCD. The PRO 9000, updated for 2015, is the most expensive treadmill in the Pro series. It is iFit-enabled and has a 10″ touchscreen
What We Like:
- Price: ProForm sells treadmills to fit any budget. Prices range from $599 to $3999. You can choose basics or get more entertainment, performance and luxury.
- Compact design:Many ProForm treadmills can be folded to save space.
- Motors:ProForm provides powerful motors on all of their treadmills for 2015. However, some are made better than others. The Official Boston Marathon Treadmills have quiet 4.25 CHP motors with lifetime warranties.
- Incline/Decline: An automated incline or automated incline/decline combination is included on most ProForm treadmills, including the Thinline Pro desk treadmill.
- Workout programs:Customers get ample programming with every ProForm. The cheapest ProForm treadmill for 2015, the Performance 300, has 16 preset workouts. Most ProForms can be upgraded with iFit memberships.
- Audio capability: Each fitness machine has an iPod-compatible audio port and Intermix Acoustics sound system for playing MP3s.
- Cushioning: ProForm’s newer tread belts are very well cushioned to deflect shock. Some let you disable the cushioning to simulate outdoor training too.
What We Don’t Like:
- Warranties: Some ProForm warranties are better than others. The cheapest models only include just two years of parts protection, but Marathon Treadmills have up to six.
- Older treadmill models:We advise against purchasing late-model ProForm treadmills. Many of these were sold with 90-day warranties and aren’t good values.
- Customer service: Many customers have written that this brand’s customer service is slow when treadmill repairs are needed.
ProForm was once considered a substandard budget brand, but now it has earned much better treadmill reviews. The range of prices and features includes something for everyone: The Performance Series is best for walkers, the PRO and Power Series are great for most runners, and the Boston Marathon Series is ideal for those who run hours at a time. The desk treadmills are some of the best we’ve seen – full of features and ready to use, no assembly required. ProForms are worth checking out. Just be sure to read the warranty to be sure it’s a good match for the price.