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
|Workout Programs||iFit compatible||iFit compatible with one year free membership|
|Models||10 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|
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
Sport 7.5 ($763)
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.
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
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’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
Price range: $599 – $1,699
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.