10 Best Proform Treadmill Reviews: Top-Rated Models Compared

One staple that needs to be in every home gym, or even in your home without a gym, is the treadmill. Cardio workouts are crucial for heart health, and walking, jogging, or running have been linked to various health improvements. But which treadmill do you choose?

This article will examine the ProForm treadmills and review their top-rated models. We will also see how ProForm stacks up to other top brands and help you decide which brand and model is the best fit for your needs.

Why Choose The ProForm Brand Of Treadmills?

Treadmills build leg strength, remove weather concerns, and offer caloric burn in the comfort of your own home. Why should you choose ProForm over the rest?

  • Touch Screens - The Pro and Carbon series treadmills offer 7 and 10-inch touch screens.
  • iFit - All ProForm treadmills are iFit compatible or already have it integrated.
  • Powerful Motors - Most units are equipped with a self-drive motor that cools itself to perform better and last longer
  • Inclines - With automatic and adjustable inclines between -3 and 15%, you get the workout you want.
  • ProShox Cushioning - Every step is designed to minimize impact and keep you going longer.
  • Bluetooth Included - You can connect monitors, sensors or even listen to music through Bluetooth compatible devices.
  • Space Saving Design - Smaller footprints mean easier storage and lighter units, helping you workout anywhere at any time.

ProForm Treadmill Model Types & Series

Pro Series

The Pro series is the top-of-the-line models. They offer everything that ProForm has to offer. This includes the large 10-inch touch screens, CHP Mach Z motors, decline and incline, and much more.

Carbon Series

The Carbon series offers choices that are more affordable and still perform well. They offer touch screens, 0 to 12% inclines, Bluetooth speakers, iFit compatibility, and much more. Because of the features, along with slightly lower prices, these are the favored series treadmills.

Street Series

The street series offers you a great treadmill without all the fuss. Instead of a touch screen, you get a tablet holder with Bluetooth integration, and capabilities for digital incline, up to 8MPH speed controls, and a smaller footprint (45-inch belts compared to 60-inches).

Older Models

As with any fitness equipment company, they update and renew their lines-ups as technologies advance, or they just need a new line to sell. ProForm is no different, and you may see a lot of their older lines (2019 and older) on many lists.

The Power and Performance lines, for example, still offer great features and excellent motors. The screens may or may not be touch-enabled and might be a little smaller, but there aren't a lot of changes for the most part.


10 Best ProForm Treadmills Reviewed

1. ProForm 905-CST Treadmill

ProForm 905-CST Treadmill
  • Discover Trainer-Led Workouts;  A 30-day...
  • 5” Backlit Display; Track distance, speed,...
  • 0-12 MPH Digital QuickSpeed controls; 0-12%...
  • Folding SpaceSaver design for compact...

Product Specifications

Speed Range

0-12 Mph

Weight Capacity

300 Lbs.

Motor Size

3.0 HP

Workout Programs

30 onboard

Dimensions

61 x 36.5. x 78.75 inches

Incline %

0-12%

The best overall ProForm treadmill is the 905-CST. This model has all of the features you need without bombarding you with things you don't want or other distractions. The 5-inch screen will show you all of your information, and you even have a place for your tablet.

Of course, this model is iFit compatible, and when using an iFit workout, the machine will automatically adjust speed, incline, and resistance to go along with the workout. If you would rather not follow the iFit routines, you can use one of the 30-built in programs or just turn it on and start running.

This model features a full-sized 60-inch belt to accommodate the taller runners and will easily hold users up to 300 pounds. If you are looking to start walking more for aerobic exercise or to lose weight, this is a great model to start with.

When not in use, the perfect balance belt folds up to reduce the footprint. If you are building a home gym, though, you may not need to store it away. Though the folding belt does help when it is time to clean underneath, and you don't want to move the entire machine.

One customer writes,

“I get up every morning ready to get going on this beautiful, practical and useful treadmill. It has EVERYTHING I wanted and needed in a treadmill!”


2. ProForm Performance 600i Treadmill

ProForm Performance 600i Treadmill...
  • IFit enabled 10 inch full color capacitive...
  • Motor 2.5 chp drive system, tread belt 18...
  • 50 percent workouts, heart rate EKG grip...
  • Control incline/decline 0 to 10 percentage,...

Product Specifications

Speed Range

0-10 Mph

Weight Capacity

250 Lbs.

Motor Size

2.5 HP

Workout Programs

iFit and 18 onboard workouts

Dimensions

59.25 x 36.63 x 79.62 inches

Incline %

0-10%

The ProForm Performance 600i is easily the best mid-range treadmill for beginners. With the advancements of the Carbon series and the cost of the street series, the Performance 600i has everything the beginner needs to start getting into shape.

The “i” in the model number means interactive and tells you that the treadmill works with iFit. However, that is your only option. You can manually choose between 0 and 10 miles per hour speeds (in 1 MPH increments) or your incline. There aren't any built-in programs, though.

If you want to use the iFit, it will take control of the treadmill giving you automatic incline and speed controls throughout the program. Without iFit, you will need to control everything on your own.

The 10-inch touch screen will show you the iFit programs and workouts or display your fitness results, including heart rate, speed, distance, and time. While the screen does run on Android software, you cannot add apps or other programs to it.

If you want a different workout program, you can use your tablet and Bluetooth controls. The tablet holder isn't very wide at the base, though, so cases and larger tablets may not fit. The folding treadmill is a little basic, but for the price and features, it is all you need to get moving in your home gym.


3. ProForm 705 CST Folding Treadmill

ProForm 705 CST Folding Treadmill
  • Discover Trainer-Led Workouts;  A 30-day...
  • 5” Backlit Display; Track distance, speed,...
  • 0-12 MPH Digital QuickSpeed controls; 0-12%...
  • Folding SpaceSaver design for compact...

Product Specifications

Speed Range

0-12 Mph

Weight Capacity

325 Lbs.

Motor Size

2.75 HP

Workout Programs

iFit only

Dimensions

61 x 35.5 x 78.75 inches

Incline %

0-12 %

Similar to our top pick, the 705 CST comes from the same line-up. This one has a smaller motor but a higher weight limit. That is because the treadmill itself weighs more. It still offers the same workout programming through iFit, and it can help control your speed, distance, resistance and incline.

Like the 905, this model also has a max speed of 12 MPH and a maximum incline of 12%. The difference is in the workouts. Where the 905 uses both iFit and 30 built-in programs, the 705 has the iFit compatibility but doesn’t come with any programmed workouts.

To use the 705 in manual mode, you need to press and hold the iFit button for about 30 seconds. This will bypass the login and let you have full control over your settings.

As mentioned earlier, this model is heavier than the 905, and as such it can be more challenging to store. The belt portion weighs over 50 pounds and can be difficult to lift up when folding, especially after a good workout. Many users find it easier to leave the treadmill down, ready for daily use.

The 705 CST is the best daily use treadmill and can withstand long continuous workouts, constant use, and higher user weights. With a max weight limit of 325 pounds and a full belt of 60 inches, the treadmill can handle almost any height runner.


4. ProForm 305 CST

ProForm 305 CST
  • IFit coach ready; Access iFit account from...
  • 5 inch high contrast multi color display, 16...
  • 16 x 50 inches tread belt, 0 to 10 MPH...
  • Adjustable proshox plus cushioning,...

Product Specifications

Speed Range

0-10 Mph

Weight Capacity

300 Lbs.

Motor Size

2.0 HP

Workout Programs

iFit and 16 programmed workouts

Dimensions

82.5 x 30 x 13.5 inches

Incline %

0-10 %

The best treadmill under $1000 is the ProForm 305 CST. The 305 is the bottom level of the CST line, and it saves you a lot of money by removing some unnecessary features. If you are looking for an entry-level treadmill that won’t break the bank, this could be your model.

Unlike the higher-end models, this one does have several programmed workouts. While there are 16 different workouts, they are basically revisions of the same 4 different styles. Endurance lasts longer, hill climbs increase speed and incline, Fat Blast uses various speeds and distances, and manual mode allows you to control all of the settings how you see fit.

With a max user weight of 300 pounds and a 2 HP motor, the performance can lag. If you are using a programmed workout, you may notice that the incline and speed increases are slow to respond.

While this can get annoying if you are trying to train, the budget-friendly treadmill is designed more for beginners and even intermediate users who are looking for an indoor supplement to their training routine.

Likewise, if you are looking for a daily usable treadmill with enough features to keep the workouts interesting, the 305 CST from ProForm is an ideal match for performance and price.

“The deck might be a little bit small for an all out run, but is perfect for jogging." 

Satisfied buyer from Minnesota


5. ProForm Power 995 Treadmill

ProForm Power 995 Treadmill
  • 3.0 CHP Mach Z Commercial Motor
  • 0-12 MPH QuickSpeed Control
  • 0-15% Quick Incline Control
  • 20" x 60" Treadbelt

Product Specifications

Speed Range

0-12 Mph

Weight Capacity

350 Lbs.

Motor Size

3.0 HP

Workout Programs

iFit Live and 30 programmed workouts

Dimensions

34 x 70 x 60 inches

Incline %

0-15 %

The ProForm Power 995 is the best top of the line model and gives you everything you need for casual jogging or more intense training. With a higher top speed and maximum incline, you can push yourself harder than with other models.

Unlike other models on the list, this treadmill will take you up to 12 miles per hour and has a maximum incline of 15%. With over 30 programmed workouts, you can combine hills, curves, and resistance running every day without going through the same workout.

The 995 is also compatible with iFit Live, Nike + iPod, so you can track your progress and get real time updates online or through your fitness app. This commercial quality treadmill will last you for many years.

The 3.0 CHP motor is quite loud, but you do get used to it after some time. The one good thing about this motor is that the power is continuous, so even at max speed and full incline, you won't slow down or experience any lag.

The ProShox adjustable shock absorption and 60-inch belt allow almost any sized runner a full stride and cushioning to protect your knees and joints. If you want to train, run every day, or need to push yourself to your limits and beyond, the ProForm 995 is the model for you.


6. ProForm 2000 Treadmill

ProForm 2000 Treadmill
  • Footprint: 39.15” W x 79” D x 71.4” H |...
  • Weight Capacity: 300 lb
  • 7 inches backlit over sized LCD with...
  • 3.5 CHP Mach Z commercial Pro, 0 to 12 MPH...

Product Specifications

Speed Range

0-12 Mph

Weight Capacity

300 Lbs.

Motor Size

3.5 HP

Workout Programs

iFit and 32 workout programs

Dimensions

84 x 25 x 38 inches

Incline %

-3 - 15 %

When you want the full running experience complete with up and downhill running, the best course imitating treadmill is the ProForm 2000. This beast will not only connect to your apps; it will track your every move.

With the integrated EKG handrails, the system will tally and total your heart rate, time, vertical steps, distance, time, calories burned, and total incline. You can run up to 12 MPH on this machine with a total of 18 degrees incline, 15% up and 3% down.

Not only will the 2000 sync to iFit and connect through Bluetooth to your tablet, but it will also sync with over 32 workout apps so you can track your progress almost anywhere. Don’t have the time or desire for all the fancy apps and integration? No problem.

Simply press the manual control, select your incline and speed and start running. There are also incremental buttons on a separate panel with large areas of touch-sensitive space so you can easily increase or decrease your speed or stop the machine without having to find the smaller buttons on the display.

With a commercial grade 3.5 HP motor and commercial non-stretch belt, you will have years of worry-free running, day or night.


7. ProForm PRO-9000 Treadmill

ProForm PRO-9000 Treadmill
  • 4.25 chp Mach Z commercial plus motor, 0 to...
  • Dimensions - Footprint: 39.15” W x 77.16”...
  • 15 percent incline, -3 percent decline
  • Weight Capacity: 300 lb

Product Specifications

Speed Range

0-12 Mph

Weight Capacity

300 Lbs.

Motor Size

4.25 HP

Workout Programs

iFit and 40 workout apps

Dimensions

77 x 39 x 70 inches

Incline %

-3 - 15 %

For the runner that must have it all, the ProForm Pro 9000 is the best top of the line treadmill out there. It offers commercial grade everything and can be used by multiple family members every day.

This model features the largest of everything ProForm has to offer. The integrated Bluetooth speakers are 3-inches instead of 2, the display is 10-inches instead of 7, and the motor pushes a maximum 4.24 HP over the previous 3.5 HP models.

Not only can this treadmill be found in spas and gyms around the country, but it would also be a sweet addition to your home gym. Integrating with Google Maps and iFit, you can pick any road or trail in the world and run it in real-time.

The incline and decline adjustments simulate hills and real-world running, or you can choose to leave it flat. With speeds up to 12 MPH, you won't have to worry about your training days or your casual running days.

There are also 40 app-controlled workouts included, syncing with your tablet for tracking, or you can simply use the large touch screen display to view status, health checks and all of your sensors.

For home use, there really isn’t anything this treadmill cannot do for you, except simulate rain.


8. ProForm PFTL59515 Performance 400i

ProForm PFTL59515 Performance 400i Treadmill
  • 25 chp Mach Z motor, 20 x 55 tread belt,...
  • 19 inch length
  • 18 workout Apps, grip Pulse EKG heart RATE...
  • Compatible music port for IPod, IPod is a...

Product Specifications

Speed Range

0-10 Mph

Weight Capacity

275 Lbs.

Motor Size

2.5 HP

Workout Programs

iFit Coach and 18 onboard workouts

Dimensions

70 x 33 x 58 inches

Incline %

0-10%

The ProForm Performance 400i is very similar to the 600i with one small exception. The 400i is even more compact and space-saving than the 600i. With a 55-inch belt, it may be too short for the tallest runners, but those with average or typical strides won't have a problem.

You still get the iFit integration, but it must be used through your tablet connected with Bluetooth. The LED display doesn't show any coaching or trails as you run. There are 18 onboard workouts, though, so you can still experience automatic incline and speed increases while you workout.

This model is the best mid-range treadmill that features audio and Bluetooth connections. Compatible with any MP3 with the aux line and Bluetooth connections for the 2-inch speakers, you can listen to your favorite music or even put on Netflix while you jog.

The controls are simple, and push buttons are responsive. The QuickSpeed keys let you change to any MPH or incline without having to cycle through the various positions, or you can use the handrail controls to increase or decrease on the fly.

The compact design makes this model ideal for smaller homes or apartments where floor space is at a premium. When not in use, it folds up and can be rolled away or into a corner where it doesn’t take up much space.


9. ProForm Performance 300i Treadmill

ProForm Performance 300i Treadmill
  • Discover Trainer-Led Workouts at Home; A...
  • Large LCD Display; Track distance, cadence,...
  • 10 MPH Digital QuickSpeed Controls; 10%...
  • 16” x 50” Belt; Recommended for runners...

Product Specifications

Speed Range

0-10 Mph

Weight Capacity

300 Lbs.

Motor Size

2.0 HP

Workout Programs

iFit and 16 onboard programs

Dimensions

70 x 33 x 53 inches

Incline %

0-10%

The best compact treadmill is easily the ProForm 300i. This model has a sleek, slim design and enough belt space for most runners. With 16 inches in width and 50 inches in length, the belt may not work for taller sprinters, but in general, most users won't have a problem.

When your workout is complete, you can fold the treadmill up, lock the belt in place and push it out of the way. It has the smallest footprint (when folded) of any ProForm treadmill, taking up only about 2 square feet.

The smallest motor (2.0 HP) does have a little lag at higher speeds if you run at max for an extended period. However, the QuickSpeed controls allow you to change to the various speeds and inclines with a single press. You just may have to wait an extra second or two for it to kick in.

The 300i also integrates with iFit Coach so that you can get feedback and automatic controls during your workout. There have been a few reports of the iFit workouts pausing and having to reload or buffer. However, during this time, the machine doesn't stop, so you can keep running as intended.


10. ProForm 505 CST Treadmill

ProForm 505 CST Treadmill – 2016 model
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ProForm 505 CST Treadmill – 2016 model
  • Discover Trainer-Led Workouts; A 30-day iFit...
  • 5” Backlit Display; Track speed, distance,...
  • Self-Cooling Mach Z Drive System powers...
  • 20” x 55” Tread Belt recommended for...

Product Specifications

Speed Range

0-10 Mph

Weight Capacity

325 Lbs.

Motor Size

2.5 HP

Workout Programs

iFit and 16 onboard workouts

Dimensions

73.5 x 36.5 x 61 inches

Incline %

0-10%

Rounding out our list is the best training treadmill for distance runners. The compact and sleek 505 CST brings everything you need for distance run training into a single machine. Not only does it offer enough space for most runners to get a full stride, but it also integrates with fitness apps and iFit workouts.

If you want specific running outputs, you can choose from the different onboard workouts designed to push you in speed, calorie burn, hills, or time. Each mode has it’s own selection button on the bright display, combined with quick access buttons or incremental selections.

Along with the 16 workouts and iFit compatibility, you also get integrated Bluetooth and 2-inch speakers, an MP3 input port, and a tablet holder. The belt itself is 55-inches long with enough space and width for full strides of runners up to 6-feet 2-inches tall.

Taller runners may have trouble sprinting, but a walk or casual jog shouldn't pose a problem. If, however, you are under 6 feet tall, and you want to train daily, year-round for marathons, sprints, or just to improve your aerobic health, it doesn't get much easier or affordable than the ProForm 505 CST.


Pros & Cons of ProForm Treadmills

Pros

  • Offers free equipment with iFit subscription
  • High-quality motors
  • Durable belts with commercial grade shock absorption
  • iFit compatible
  • QuickSpeed all digital controls
  • High total weight capacities

Cons

  • 10-year frame, 1-year parts & labor warranty is below industry averages
  • Don’t fold completely flat
  • Some belts may not be long enough for taller runners
  • Assembly can be difficult

Comparison To Other Popular Treadmill Brands

  • ProForm vs. Precor
    Precor is among the highest-priced treadmills on the market. However, they also buck the trend of you get what you pay for. The quality of the treadmills is more commercial as the company started only selling to spas and gyms. The home market sees a lot of models and various features, but none of them stand out except one: no return policy. If you do buy a Precor treadmill, you probably paid too much for the lower technology and durability level, and you are stuck with it. ProForm has much higher quality parts, newer technology, and lower costs
  • ProForm vs. Sole
    We will just come right out and say it. No one beats Sole in the treadmill game. Not only do they offer complete machine lifetime warranties, but they are also some of the most advanced and technological treadmills on the market. The prices are a little higher than ProForm, but for what you get, it is easy to see why. Based on price alone, ProForm holds its own against the Sole brand but is out-shined in warranty, availability, and in some cases, even the technology.
  • ProForm vs. Bowflex
    Bowflex is a name that has been around for decades, and they don't look to be slowing down any time soon. However, they are more focused on their all-in-one machines and other home gym equipment, with only a passing glance at treadmills. The higher pricing and lower model selection is a real hindrance. Where you can select from quite a few ProForm models with varying degrees of technology and pricing, Bowflex severely limits your options and prices. While the Bowflex machines have a better warranty and return policy, the limitations make it hard to choose them over ProForm.
  • ProForm vs. Life Fitness
    Life Fitness treadmills have a reputation for being the quietest operating treadmills with more cushion and better running than almost any other brand. However, their pricing makes most of their models out of reach for most budgets. ProForm offers similar motors and technology, and their high-end model is comparably priced to the lowest Life Fitness model. Still, the quality and performance are hard to beat if you can afford it. Life Fitness also offers certified used treadmills to help bring down the price, though it doesn't always provide what you need.
  • ProForm vs. Horizon
    When it comes to options and performance, it is hard to tell ProForm and Horizon apart. Where ProForm uses the popular iFit, Horizon has ViaFit and Passport. On the technology side, the two are about equal. They also share a similar range of pricing, performance, and durability. Where Horizon falls short is in the warranty, which doesn't really have one. They do guarantee the unit won't be defective once delivered but don't go beyond that with only a 30-day return window.
  • ProForm vs. NordicTrack
    NordicTrack is a name that almost anyone who has ever watched TV or even driven past a gym knows. So which is better, ProForm or NordicTrack? The answer is ProForm. NordicTrack has a lot of models to choose from, and each model has more advanced features than the one before. Their prices are also slightly lower than ProForm. However, ProForm has better durability, belts and motors, making the actual use of the treadmill better and easier with ProForm. NordicTrack machines wear out quickly and tend to break down. While they market and upgrade the technology (now including iFit Live), they haven't updated their core components, and it shows.

How to Setup & Use a ProForm Treadmill

Assembling and setting up a ProForm treadmill may be the most challenging part of using the machine as a whole. Unlike some other models, there is a lot of assembly required, and while you only need a few tools, you should plan on at least an hour for a two-person assembly.

The details of the assembly are outlined step by step in the owner's manual. Some models are a bit easier than others, but there are a lot of cables and wires to route through the stanchions and arms, as well as getting the digital connections set up properly.

 ProForm set up a YouTube video to compliment the manual instructions. You can view it here to see what it entails to assemble the treadmills.

Using the treadmill is a lot easier. Once you are on the treadmill and have the safety strap attached, you can turn the unit on. Using the touch screen or handrail controls (depending on model), you can set up a programmed workout, connecting through iFit for a live workout, or simply put the controls where you prefer them and start walking or jogging.

When the workout is over, folding models can be folded up for a smaller footprint and easier storage. The folding is manual with a lock pin put in place when down. To fold it up, you remove the pin and fold the belt up to the control panel. The pin will lock the belt in the up position for storage.


People Also Ask (FAQs)

How long does a ProForm treadmill last?

With proper use, care and maintenance, a ProForm treadmill can last many years. Most users report the treadmills are still going strong and working like new even 10 years later.

How do you maintain a ProForm treadmill?

Maintenance isn’t that difficult overall. The hardest part is making sure the belt stays lubricated. Other than that, you want to clean the dust from the belt and also the floor around and under the treadmill. Dust and dirt accumulation can get into the motor and cause a lot of problems.

Why does my ProForm treadmill squeak? Do you need to lubricate a ProForm treadmill?

The most likely cause of a squeaking treadmill is a dry belt. The underside that contacts the rollers will build up a lot of friction. The friction turns to heat and dries out the lubrication. You need a treadmill belt lubrication kit to keep the drive belt and roller working smoothly and quietly.

What is the history of the ProForm brand?

ProForm is the largest selling treadmill in the world. The parent company, Icon Health & Fitness Inc., manufactures the treadmills from the main headquarters in Utah, with satellite centers and over 2200 employees around the globe. They have built home gym equipment including treadmills since 1977, and each year the innovation and technology make the new treadmills even better than before.

Where is the best place to buy ProForm treadmills?

Aside from the ProForm website, which is the only place to apply for treadmill financing, Amazon is the best place to purchase a ProForm treadmill. Not only can you buy the latest models, but Amazon also stocks and sells older models, which can save you even more money for a still new-in-box treadmill.

What is iFit?

The iFit program is a subscription training program created by Icon Health & Fitness for use with their treadmills and other fitness equipment. The program gives you personal trainers that guide your workouts, automatically adjust resistance, speed, and incline, and takes you through several pre-programmed exercises. Studio and destination workouts are included. Of course, you don't need to use the iFit every time you are on the treadmill. You can make your own workouts and adjustments without it.


Conclusion

There are many candidates for the best overall ProForm treadmill, and it is sometimes hard to figure out which one is best for you. In our opinion, the best overall is the ProForm 905-CST Treadmill. It has a 5-inch display, Bluetooth connectivity, iFit compatibility, and a full 20-inch by 60-inch 300-pound weight limit belt.

Of course, you may need more or less as far as features go, so you can look closer at the listed models that better suit your needs. Either way you go, you won't be disappointed with your purchase.