The ProForm Performance Series includes some of the most popular and affordable treadmills on the market. Each of the four treadmill models is iFit-ready, so trainees with wireless Internet can download customized workouts created by personal trainers, take part in online treadmill races, and enjoy other interactive benefits. Also, each treadmill 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 four treadmill models are significant. The entry-level Performance 400c is rather basic. Its main attractions are an iPod port and 18 workout apps. It has a 2.75 CHP motor and 55” track, so it’s not meant for intense runners. Meanwhile, the top-of-the-line Performance 1450 has a 10” color touchscreen and Android browser, a longer track to accommodate a running stride, and a 3.25 CHP motor.
The ProForm Power Series is more advanced than the Performance Series. Each of the four treadmills in this series has a 3.0 or 3.25 CHP motor and a 0-15% incline. The Power 1080i has a 10” color touchscreen, 32 built-in workouts and wireless heart rate monitoring.
The ProForm PRO Series features the company’s top technology, most notably a 15% incline and 3% decline. 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. The PRO 9000 is iFit-enabled.
What We Like:
- Price: ProForm sells treadmills to fit any budget. Prices range from about $600 to $6000.
- Compact design: Some ProForm models can be folded to save space.
- Motors: ProForm takes power seriously. Their cheapest treadmills have motors with 25-year warranties, and the Official Boston Marathon Treadmill 4.0 has a 4.25 CHP motor sold with lifetime coverage.
- Workout programs: Customers get ample programming with every ProForm. The most inexpensive treadmill has 18 preset workouts and can be upgraded with an iFit membership.
- Audio capability: iPod-compatible audio ports and built-in Intermix Acoustics 2.0 sound systems help to keep exercisers entertained.
- Cushioning: ProForm’s newer tread belts are very well cushioned to deflect shock. Some include the option of disabling the cushioning to simulate outdoor training.
What We Don’t Like:
- Warranties: Some ProForm warranties are better than others. The cheapest models only include one year of parts protection, but others have five.
- Older treadmill models: We advise against purchasing late-model ProForm treadmills. Many of these were sold with 90-day warranties and are not expected to last for long.
ProForm was once considered a substandard budget brand, but now it has earned a better review. 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.