Get a Great Uphill Workout With 12% Incline
The ProForm Performance 600i is one of the very best values at $799. This machine is ideal for taller users who will benefit from the longer deck and stronger motor. In addition, this machine sports a butt-busting 12% and is iFit Coach Ready. The 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.
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 with some upgraded features, some downgraded features and a new price tag. Here’s the low-down on this new “SMART” model.
Good things about 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!)
Bad things about the SMART Performance 600i:
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)
High Price tag (at the time of this posting)
So is it worth it? At this point, we’d say “no.” Go with the much lower priced regular Performance 600i. Eventually, that model will sell out and the SMART Performance 600i may seem more appealing.
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 console. This particular model is a nice step up for users who are
taller (you’ll need the 60″ length) and has a 2.75 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.
The products from all Icon Fitness companies, including ProForm and NordicTrack, are able to offer more specs at a lower price. The ProForm Performance 600i is a great example at around $800 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!