ProForm Performance 400c Review

Editor's Rating: 7.6/10
This model has been discontinued.

The Performance 400c is ProForm’s latest entry-level treadmill. It has a 300-pound user weight capacity and a 55″ track. This makes it best for not-so-heavy people who walk and jog. The very affordable 400c treadmill has 18 built-in workouts and users can add an iFit Live module (about $99) to access personalized workouts, exercise advice, and other interactive features online.

What We Like

  • Workout programs: Eighteen built-in workouts target calorie-burn, speed, and distance goals. Additionally, the 400c treadmill is wired for the popular iFit Live. Log onto iFit through the treadmill console to run along Google Maps trails, train with The Biggest Loser’s Jillian Michaels, and otherwise enhance your workouts.
  • Automatic incline: The incline feature helps you burn calories faster and target different muscle groups. Simply push a button and the track will tilt up to a 10% grade. It will also automatically adjust when you use the preset apps or iFit workouts.
  • SpaceSaver design: To free up floor space, fold the deck upward when this treadmill’s not in use.
  • Track cushioning: The cushioning is rather good for a cheap treadmill. ProShox cushioning reduces the stress on your joints by up to 28% compared to exercising on pavement.
  • Dual grip heart monitor: Pulse sensors are included on the handlebars. These aren’t as accurate as wireless monitors, but the data can be useful.
  • Audio: Stream your favorite music or the latest podcasts through Intermix Acoustics 2.0 speakers.
  • Multi-window console: Multiple data windows show your speed, time, calories burned, and other stats.
  • Workout fan: A two-speed fan helps you keep cool during workouts.
  • Warranty package: You’ll get a lifetime frame warranty, a 25-year motor warranty, and one year of parts and labor.

ProForm Performance 400c Treadmill - Key Specs:

Star Rating:3-stars
Motor:2.25 HP
Incline:0 - 10%
Running Area:20" x 55"
Top Speed:10 MPH
Weight Capacity:300 LBS
Dimensions:72.8" L x 35.74" W x 56.4" H
Built-In Programs:18
What We Don’t Like

  • Track length: This treadmill’s track is relatively short. Measuring 55″ x 20″, that makes this machine best for walkers or runners with short strides.
  • Motor: Despite the long warranty, ProForm customer reviews suggest that the brand’s 2.75 CHP motor can only be expected to support walking and jogging. Beyond that, operation isn’t smooth. See other ProForm reviews for treadmills with more powerful motors and lifetime warranties.

Our Verdict

This entry-level ProForm treadmill is a so-so option for beginners and moderate exercisers. It isn’t meant for running (the track is too short and the motor is weak), but it could definitely help you walk your way to fitness. With iFit Live compatibility, 18 built-in workouts and an incline, it’ll be tough not improve your physical fitness. If you can afford it, please consider the ProForm Performance 1450. It has a 60″ track, advanced cushioning, a touch screen and other upgrades. In this price range we also recommend treadmills by Sole and NordicTrack.

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