ProForm SMART Performance 600i Treadmill Review

Brand: ProForm
Expert Rating: 3 stars

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Update: The ProForm SMART Performance 600i has been DISCONTINUED. We suggest considering the Sole F63

The ProForm SMART Performance 600i machine sports a butt-busting 10% incline and is iFit 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.

The ProForm SMART Performance 600i has been discontinued. We suggest considering the Sole F63.

ProForm Performance 600i Features

  • Proform 600i foldingiFit Ready- Just “Press Start” and you can begin your workout staged in a fun location like Paris or Barcelona.  This system lets you run real routes with Google Maps where you machine will be synced to the actual terrain.  Workouts created by professional trainers will add interest and effectiveness to your daily grind.  The SMART Performance 600i comes with 1 FREE year of iFit to try before you need to pay for a membership.
  • 10″ SMART HD Touchscreen Display – Keep track of your workout stats and iFit programming using this large SMART touchscreen display.  This is a really nice feature to have on such a low-priced machine!
  • Integrated Tablet Holder –  This may seem like a small thing, but it is quite handy.  We liked that this tablet holder securely holds your tablet at a level convenient for you to watch while you workout.  It uses a “DeVice grip” to keep your tablet secure. (haha..  very funny ProForm!)
  • 2.5 CHP Motor – This motor will handle walkers and joggers.  Remember that if you are excessively heavy or planning to do some serious race training, you will be better off with a more substantial machine outside this pricing category.
  • 18×55″ Treadbelt – People who are 6’0″ and up should definitely get a machine that is at least 60″ in length.  You will find that most of the quality treadmills (the ones we recommend) are either 55″, 60″, or a handful at 62″.  Don’t even consider one that is shorter than 55″ or you’ll feel cramped while working out. The width on this machine is in line with it’s “budget” classifications.  If you want a larger treadbelt, you will likely need to spend more money.
  • SpaceSaver Folding – This machine folds up to save on space in your home.  It has an EasyLift feature that helps you lift without straining your back. Handy if you’re tight on space.
  • 0-12% Quick Incline – I HATE punching a ton of buttons during my workout just to adjust the incline and speed.  This machine has easy buttons that allow the user to make the changes without breaking stride.  It also has 0-10 MPH quick select buttons for speed.
  • 50 Workout Apps – This adds interest to your workout with programs designed by trainers.  It’s a nice selection!
  • ProShox Cushioning – A treadmill with proper cushioning is extremely important to provide a comfortable run and protect your joints.  This machine has cushioning throughout the deck to do just that!  We thought is was pretty comfy to run on too!
  • EKG Heart Rate Monitor – This is handy so you can adjust the intensity of your workout to meet your optimum heart rate zone.
  • Workout Fan – Of all the features, this is one that users most often ask for!  But you can calm down, the Performance 600i has a decent fan to keep you cool.
  • iPod Compatible – This machine has a built in sound system.  As with all ProForm machines, the sound is not home theater quality, but it gets the job done.  Some speakers on treadmills are downright embarrassing.  This is well above that level.
  • Warranty – Lifetime Frame, 25-year Motor warranty, 2 year Parts, 1 year Labor.  This is a better warranty than the lower Performance 400i models.  Let’s be honest, if you have a treadmill for 25 years, you’ll probably be ready for a new one.  However, many of the other machines we recommend have “Lifetime” warranties on their motors.  This indicates that ProForm does not have the same level of confidence in their new SMART Performance 600i model.  Again, it’s a “budget” machine…

ProForm Performance 600i Treadmill Review

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

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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.

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