Get a Great Uphill Workout With 12% Incline
The ProForm SMART Performance 600i is priced at $899. This machine sports a butt-busting 12% and is iFit Coach Ready. The SMART Performance 600i is best for runners who want to get in a decent workout without spending a ton of money. If you are a serious runner prepping for your next big race, you’ll be better off looking outside the budget treadmill category to get a machine to keep up with your training. This model is good for people who are really concerned about price, but you get what you pay for. It has a smaller 18×55″ running surface and only sports a 25-year Motor warranty. Compared to the older model, this new SMART Performance 600i leaves us wanting more… but the price is definitely attractive.
We’ve talked a great deal about the major benefits of the iFit technology. Quite simply, it is an awesome comprehensive system that lets you track your workout progress, create interest in your daily routine, and use Google Maps to run real routes through your town or across the globe. ProForm is part if Icon Fitness, which is the monster company that also produces NordicTrack. Since they are the largest creator of fitness equipment in the world, they are often able to create machines with more specs for a lower price than the competition.
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They did it again! ProForm has released a newer version of their machine in 2019 with some upgraded features, some downgraded features and a new price tag. Here’s the low-down on this new “SMART” model.
The SMART Performance 600i comes with…
1-year FREE iFit Membership
Upgraded electronics and “DeVice Grip” Design for tablet holder
More workout programs in machine
10″ SMART HD Touchscreen (that’s cool!)
Smaller 2.5 CHP motor
Smaller 18×55″ running belt (super disappointing)
Lower 0-10MPH Quickspeed controls
Smaller 1.6″ rollers
Only a 25 year motor warranty (vs lifetime on the older model)
So is it worth it? This really depends on the current pricing. At the time of this writing, the price of the new SMART model is $400 less than the older model. For a budget machine, this treadmill offers a decent value. However, you may be better off looking at some lower priced models from a company like Horizon.
The ProForm Performance 600i is a great budget machine for moderate users. It has some nifty features like the iFit technology, quick select buttons for speed and incline, folding design, and an easy to use 10″ SMART HD Touchscreen console. This particular model
has a 2.5 CHP motor that can handle moderate training. If you are planning to do more than moderate training, or if you are excessively overweight, then you should consider a machine outside of the “budget” category. We are very disappointed with the size of the treadbelt on the new SMART Performance 600i. At only 18×55″, this machine will not work well for taller (over 6.0′) users. Most of the machines we recommend are at at least 20×55″ or 20×60″ in treadbelt size.
The products from all Icon Fitness companies, including ProForm and NordicTrack, are able to offer more specs at a lower price. The ProForm SMART Performance 600i is a great example at around $899 depending on the current pricing. It is a good value!
If you’re interested in another option, you can spend $200 more for the ProForm Power 995i. You will be getting a larger 3.0 CHP motor, larger 2.5″ rollers, a higher 15% incline, and a stronger 3 year parts warranty.
Check out a comparison chart with all ProForm treadmills here.
Go to www.proform.com/treadmills to learn more!