ProForm Treadmills vs. NordicTrack Treadmills: Stiff Competition for These Sister Brands

Amy Tokic | Last Updated - Apr 24, 2020

ProForm Treadmills vs. NordicTrack Treadmills, which one of these sister brands is the better of the two? I believe they call it sibling rivalry. ProForm and NordicTrack are both manufactured by one of the world’s leading gym equipment brands ICON Health and Fitness. They are in direct competition with each other for residential workout equipment. However, NordicTrack does have an edge on being known as the more durable, higher quality machine for runners.

A Brief Overview

ProformNordicTrack
Workout ProgramsiFit compatibleiFit compatible with one year  free membership
Models10 models – 3 Performance Series (lower priced), 2 Power Series (mid-range), Pro Series (top tier) , 2 desk treadmills. 11 models-2 desk treadmills, 6 traditional and 3 commercial grade
Price range$799-$3,999$1599-$3,599

 

Choosing  a Treadmill

When choosing a residential treadmill, there are a few things to think about before making your final decision.

  • Do you plan to walk, jog or run on your treadmill? How often?  
  • Space; do you live in a house or  apartment?
  • Price: What is your budget?
  • Look at the reviews of manufactures and models you have in mind. It helps to know if there are any particular issues you may face.

Company/NordicTrack vs. ProForm

NordicTrack and ProForm

Headquartered in Logan, Utah, NordicTrack and ProForm are sister brands manufactured by ICON Health and Fitness.

Models/ ProForm vs. NordicTrack

ProForm Models (all are foldable)

Sections include traditional treadmills and desk treadmills

ProForm Pro Series: Three models (Pro 2000, Smart Pro 5000, Smart Pro 9000 ($1,244 – $1,699)

ProForm Power Series: Two models (Power 995si $899,  Smart Power 1295i $1,299)

ProForm Performance Series (lower priced): Two models (Performance 400i $599,  Performance 600i $799),

Sport 7.5  ($763)

Treadmill Desks: Two models (Thinline Treadmill Desk $1,299, Thinline Pro Treadmill Desk  $2,999)

NordicTrack Models

NordicTrack manufactures for various levels of activity, from walking to running. However the majority of their models are good for the more serious runner. The options include traditional treadmills, incline trainer treadmills and treadmill desks.

Incline Trainer Series (great for weight loss goals): Choose from three models (X22i, X11i and X9i) 40% incline, (MSRP $2499-$3999).  

Commercial: Choose from the following three models (Commercial 2950, Commercial 2450 and Commercial 1750), (MSRP $2299-$3599- but find them for 40-50% off)

Compact C Series (foldable, space saver design) Also has an option of three models to choose from (C700 (walkers), C1650 and C990) (MRSP $1599-$1999)

Desk Treadmills: Two models offered however the platinum version is the improved version of the Treadmill Desk.  Treadmill Desk and Treadmill Desk Platinum also fold to save space.

Workout Programs/ ProForm vs. NordicTrack

ProForm

Depending on the model you will have access to between 18 and 40 built in programs.

All  ProForm models are iFit Coach compatible. iFit works with Google maps to give you an interactive virtual workout on terrains around the world. Your incline and resistance will adjust to the elevation and elements of  any particular geography – you can choose to run up mountains or city streets – anywhere Google maps will take you.

NordicTrack

NordicTrack’s treadmills are iFit Coach compatible and all the recent models come with a one-year membership. And depending on the model you will have from 20 to 44 built in workouts; with the exception of the Treadmill Desks that do not have any workouts previously installed.

Price/ProForm vs. NordicTrack

Proform

Price range: $599 – $1,699

NordicTrack

Price range: $1,599-$3,999

NordicTrack is a pricer alternative but its possible to purchase 40-50% of the MSRP.

Motors/ProForm vs NordicTrack

The standard guideline to follow when deciding on how much horsepower you need in your treadmill are as follows:  

  • 2.5 HP –  walking
  • 3.0 HP and above –  jogging and running

ProForm

The HP range for all the models are 2.5 – 4.5.  Four of their models are best for walking, the other four are good for jogging and running and two are the best for serious runners.  

NordicTrack

The HP range on NordicTrack treadmills run 2.6-4.25; the lowest being the desk treadmills, and the remainder at three or higher.

Both brands have various lines that cater to different activity and fitness levels; however most of NordicTrack’s selections will satisfy the more serious of runners.   

Warranties/ProForm vs. NordicTrack

The warranties are very similar which is no surprise since they are owned by the same parent company. They are also very good options demonstrating that both NordicTrack and ProForm stand behind their products.

ProForm

Warranty options available; however you must review how your particular model is covered.

  • Lifetime frame  and motor
  • 25 year motor (select model)
  • One, three, five years on parts
  • One, two years on labor

NordicTrack

There are a variety of warranties; each treadmill has its specific option.

  • Lifetime on frame and motor
  • One, three, five, six years on parts and electronics
  • One, two, three on labor

Conclusion

NordicTrack is the prettier of the two sisters; particularly for those who are serious about their running and do it regularly. Although NordicTrack is pricier it is possible to purchase one 40 -50% of the original price. So in the end you may pay only a few more dollars for premium equipment. However, even with the discount of the premium brand, it really  comes down to your particular needs and a ProForm may work perfectly for you. ProForm is also a good quality machine for walkers, joggers and some runners. It is a matter of size, budget and how often you intend to use your treadmill that will lend to making the best choice for your treadmill.

1 Comment

  • Dan Romage February 6, 2020 at 8:45 am from Harrisburg PA
    Good morning, I am between a Nortic Track T series 6.5 s and ProForm Sport 7.0 Treadmill. Each are retailing at $599. We are looking for a very stable treadmill we will use for both jogging and inclined walking. It seems to me that the motor is slightly better on the Proform. Any advise would be great, thanks!

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ProForm Treadmills vs. NordicTrack Treadmills FAQs

Can you use NordicTrack or ProForm without an iFit subscription?

Yes, you can use both NordicTrack and ProForm treadmills without an iFit subscription. Depending on the treadmill model, you can use manual mode or enjoy built-in workout programs. Both brands offer a free iFit subscription trial for a specified amount of time, which you can learn more about on their websites.

Do NordicTrack and ProForm offer at home assembly?

Yes, both brands offer at home assembly services at an additional cost. You can check each brand’s website for shipping and assembly options available in your region.