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 2016. The Power Series includes treadmills for $999 to $1,999. Steeper inclines are included in the PRO Series and the Boston Marathon Series. Boston Marathon Treadmills are ProForm’s most advanced machines. These are meant for athletes who run for 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.
Sport Series Treadmills
Most of us don’t need a Marathon treadmill. The ProForm Sport Series caters to people seeking more affordable equipment. All of the decks are 60″ long, but each has a SpaceSaver design: It can be folded vertically to free up floor space.
These treadmills have 12% inclines and are iFit enabled. (iFit modules are sold separately.) The motors range from 2.75 to 3.5 HP.
The ProForm Power Series is a step up from the Performance Series. The machines look similar, but the warranties are longer.
Each of the three treadmills in this series has a 3.0 or 3.5 CHP motor, a full 20″ x 60″ track and 15% automated incline. All are iFit-ready too.
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 3.5 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 2016, 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 $999 to $3,999. 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 2016. 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 2016, 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 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 Power Series is tailored to beginners, the PRO and Sport Series are great for most runners who want inclines, and the Boston Marathon Series is ideal for those who run hours at a time.
ProForm desk treadmills are some of the best we’ve seen too – 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.