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Amanda Brooks
Amanda Brooks
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ProForm Treadmill Review

Treadmills Editorial Team | Last Updated - Nov 19, 2020
Brand Rating: 9/10

ProForm treadmills are produced by the world-leading, Utah-based gym equipment manufacturer ICON Health and Fitness. When comparing ProForm treadmills it’s impossible to ignore the huge differences in price, performance, and durability. So what do they all have in common? Features. All ProForm treadmills are feature-rich compared to most alternatives in their class. The biggest competition comes from NordicTrack, which is also owned by ICON and uses many of the same treadmill components. ProForm treadmills for 2020 have a range of different features, from HD touch screens to Bluetooth speakers, come iFit-ready, and bring other amenities to help keep you motivated.

Below are overviews of the main ProForm treadmill series currently on the market. Retail prices range from $799 to $1,999, but you can often find the models online with up to 50% off.

First up is the Pro Series, which ProForm describes as their ‘industry-leading interactive fitness’ models. In the middle ground we have the Carbon Series, priced and equipped to meet the typical fitness shopper’s needs. Finally there is the City Series, which offers the cheapest treadmills in ProForm’s roster. 

Looking for a desk treadmill? ProForm’s Thinline and Thinline Pro models are well-reviewed, and although the Thinline is discontinued, a number of used models can be found online for terrific prices. Unlike the average desk treadmill, these models can support intense exercise when work time is through, with their spacious tracks, automated incline/decline, many workout apps, and iFit readiness.

Check out our ProForm Comparison Chart:
Proform Treadmill Comparison

Pro Series

The ProForm Pro Series features the brand’s top treadmill tech. The three treadmills in this lineup for 2020 are suitable for runners as well as walkers. Motor capacity ranges from 3.25 CHP on the SMART Pro 2000 to 4.0 CHP on the 9000 model. Pro Series units range from 60-inch x 20-inch to 60-inch x 22-inch tracks, which are quite spacious, and a power incline/decline from -3 to 15% on the 9000 model, with the others up to 12%.

All models have a smart 10-inch HD touch screen which works in conjunct with the machines and comes iFit-ready.

Carbon Series

Although the ProForm Carbon Series is technically a step down from the Pro Series, we’re still big fans of the treadmills’ price–performance ratio. Both Carbon Series machines have 20-inch x 55-inch tracks and 0-10% automated for the Carbon T7 and 0-12% on the Carbon T10. The Carbon T7 has a 2.6 CHP motor, which is ideal for walking and light jogging, and the Carbon T10 features a slightly higher-powered 2.75 CHP motor.

Besides the extra horsepower, users of the Carbon T7 also benefit from a 7-inch high-contrast display, compared to the 10-inch display of the T10. Both machines can accommodate up to 300 pounds in user weight, which should be sufficient for most customers.

City Series

ProForm’s entry-level treadmill is found in the City L6. Lacking a built-in smart HD touch screens, the treadmill offers a built-in tablet holder. The treadmill is priced at $799 and does come with a 1-year Family Membership to iFit, valued at $486.

The City L6 features a 1.6 CHP motor and a 17.5-inch x 45-inch tread, making it best for walking for perhaps jogging. The models has a speed of 0-8 mph, and the belt will both wear out rather quickly if you often train intensely. With an easy folding design, the unit’s foot print is only 29 inches wide, by 70.25 inches deep, and 44.5 inches high. With a maximum weight of 250 pounds, larger customers might need to take notice here. Regarding the warranties, ProForm offers 10 years on the frame, and 1 year on parts and labor.

What We Like:

  • Reasonable Price Range: Every customer has a different price point, so it’s important to have machines for every budget. ProForm doesn’t disappoint in this regard. Their factory-direct sale price for treadmills ranges from $799 to $1,999.
  • Programming Options: Each treadmill is also with iFit, a subscription service that syncs your machine with virtual outdoor training via Google Maps and HD workouts hosted by celebrity personal trainers in fitness studios around the world. Many of these models come with a subscription included with the purchase.
  • Motors: The motor can make or break a treadmill as it dictates how smoothly it’ll run. The good news? ProForm provides great motors throughout its catalog at every price point. The Performance Series motors are at the lower end of the spectrum, but from there you can go all the way up to a 4.0 CHP drive with the Pro 9000. 
  • Incline Features: All ProForm treadmills can automatically incline or decline, giving you plenty of workout programming options.
  • Cushioning: Your joints will appreciate ProForm’s top-of-the-line cushioning system. With up to 28% less impact on the lower body, you’ll be able to train pain-free for the foreseeable future.
  • Compact Design: Most of ProForm’s treadmills are foldable and can be easily tucked away when not in use.
  • Audio: The treadmills come equipped with audio auxiliary ports with dual 2-inch speakers up to 3 inches.
  • Warranties: Most treadmills in this brand offer warranties up to 10 years of coverage on the frame, 2 years on parts, and 1 year on labor, depending on the machine.

What We Don’t Like:

  • Customer Service: From reading a number of reviews online, customer service appears to be a major weak point with this company. This is definitely something to keep in mind if you’re a first-time owner who will need help maintaining your machine or have a lot of questions you want to ask before and after your purchase.

Our Verdict:

ProForm has an inclusive range of treadmills on its roster to suit every budget and type of exerciser. In fact, the brand’s popularity is sufficient that many of their older models, though discontinued, are still carried online and at other retailers due to demand. Their wide variety of prices make them affordable for just about everyone and there is a sharp increase in quality as the prices increase. This is evidence of a brand that understands its different users’ needs and tailors its products to these accordingly. At all the different price points, you can count on ProForm to deliver top-notch quality and a smooth ride. Many people have already experienced excellent fitness results using ProForm treadmills. Overall, they are certainly worth the investment. It’s worth noting that ProForm and NordicTrack treadmills are quite similar, so consider comparing machines from both brands to see which one best suits your personal needs before diving into a purchase.