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Is The ProForm SMART Pro 2000 Treadmill A Smart Buy? [A Review]

proform smart pro 2000 treadmill review

ProForm is a well-known heavy-hitter in the home fitness world and their SMART Pro 2000 Treadmill regularly earns a top spot on bloggers’ “best of” lists each year (my own included).

It’s not that hard to see why either. There’s little room to debate the fact that this treadmill has a lot going for it – like a powerful motor, spacious running surface, folding deck, and an HD touchscreen display.

But accolades aside, the Pro 2000 isn’t perfect.

If you ask me, the warranty could use a little work and ProForm loves to push their fitness app, iFit, on buyers.

If you’re looking for an impressive treadmill to step your home gym up a notch, the ProForm SMART Pro 2000 might be a great fit for ya. This review is here to help you make that decision.

In this review, we’ll take a detailed look at everything the Pro 2000 has to offer. I’ll also offer my 2 cents on where I think it falls a little short.

After reading this, you should have a better understanding of whether or not this is the treadmill for you. Ok, let’s get to the good stuff already.

ProForm SMART Pro 2000 Treadmill

I mentioned in the intro that ProForm is a popular home fitness brand. According to their website (bias aside), they’re one of the most recognizable fitness brands in the world and one of the top earners in terms of units sold and money made.

I have absolutely no figures to back this up, but if I had to guess, I’d say their statements are probably pretty accurate.

ProForm has been in the home fitness game for over 30 years. In that time, they’ve earned a stellar reputation for producing awesome equipment.

They concentrate on cardio equipment and offer a little bit of everything- treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, you name it. Their HIIT trainers have become especially popular (and are awesome if you ask me).

Although all of their equipment is celebrated, I think it’s their treadmills that really put them on the map.

They currently offer 8-9 different models, divided into their Pro series, Performance series, and Power series. The Pro series is their highest-end lineup and of course contains the treadmill we are here to learn about.

Oh, one last thing I want to mention about ProForm- their treadmills are surprisingly affordable. All of their models fall in the budget to moderate price range- their most expensive treadmill is still well under $2000.

The Pro 2000 is the entry level treadmill in their Pro series and will cost ya roughly $1,400.

Pros

  • Spacious, 22″ x 60″ running surface
  • Powerful, 3.5 CHP motor
  • ProShox Cushioning system
  • EasyLift Assist hydraulic system for easy folding
  • 300 lb weight capacity
  • 0-12 mph
  • -3 – 15% incline
  • 50 built-in workout programs
  • 7″ HD touchscreen display
  • iFit ready
  • Quick touch speed/incline buttons
  • Bluetooth speakers

Cons

  • Lackluster warranty

Running Surface

If I had to name the single most important feature to consider on a treadmill, I’d go with running surface. I know, a lot of you might be surprised I didn’t say motor.

But to me, running surface is the most important because it really dictates how comfortable you’re ultimately going to be during your workouts.

If the running surface is too small, you’re going to feel cramped. If the belt is too narrow, you’ll be scared that you’re going to fall off if you drift a little. If it’s too short, you’re gonna have to shorten your stride.

Both situations drastically reduce your comfort level and overall enjoyment during your workout.

Most high-quality home treadmills come with a running surface of 20″ x 60″. I like to think of this as the gold standard because it’s been shown that most folks can comfortably use a treadmill this large.

The Pro 2000 comes with a running surface of 22″ x 60″. Not only does this match the gold standard mentioned above, but it actually surpasses it by 2″ on the width.

I love it when treadmills come with extra spacious running surfaces because it’s going to give the treadmill a more commercial feel.

And this is a good thing because you won’t have to worry at all about running out of space. And at 60″ long, you shouldn’t have any problems stretching out completely when running at higher speeds.

The frame itself is pretty heavy-duty and comes with a max weight capacity of 300 lb. This is pretty standard for home treadmills, although there are many models out there that can handle users between 350 – 400 lb.

At 300 lb, the Pro 2000 should be able to accommodate the majority of users safely.

The deck is also equipped with ProForm’s patented ProShox Cushioning system, which is designed to significantly reduce the stress felt through your joints.

Less compact forces means a more comfortable workout, especially for people who may be dealing with arthritis or joint pain.

This is also a folding treadmill, which is pretty common these days. You can easily fold the deck vertically with the hydraulic EasyLift Assist system. Being able to fold up can save you a lot of space when you’re not using it.

Overall, the Pro 2000 scores highly with the extra large running surface. Users seem to agree that the ProShox shock absorbing system works well too.

Motor

If running surface is my first priority, motor is my second. Motor strength is important to ensure a smooth, quiet ride. It’s also important when it comes to the actual lifespan of the motor- stronger motors should last longer because they don’t have to work as hard.

The Pro 2000 comes with a 3.5 CHP motor that is capable of reaching a max speed of 12 mph.

It also comes with power incline settings between -3% – 15%. This means you can actually practice walking or running on a decline (handy when training for a road race).

This is one of the strongest motors you’re likely to come across on a treadmill in this price range. A lot of nice treadmills max out in the 3.0 – 3.25 CHP range.

The Pro 2000’s motor is the same strength as the famousĀ Sole F80, one of my personal favorites.

If you plan on doing any running, I suggest you go with a treadmill that has at least a 3.0 HP motor to ensure you have enough muscle to maintain those higher speeds.

With this powerful motor under the deck, the Pro 2000 won’t have any issues keeping up.

To go along with that strong motor, ProForm threw in 2.5″ precision-balanced rollers. Larger rollers mean less wear and tear on the belt (and the rollers).

That’s because larger rollers make more contact with the belt as they spin. This also provides smoother, quieter performance.

Overall, this treadmill scores very highly with a powerful motor that can reach high speeds and maintain them at inclines up to 15%. It’s also pretty cool that you can train running downhill, something a lot of treadmills can’t offer.

Features

The ProForm SMART Pro 2000 comes with the following features:

50 workout programs- this treadmill comes loaded with 50 workout programs. This is a ton of workouts to choose from, so there really isn’t any excuse for getting bored with your routine on the Pro 2000.

7″ HD touchscreen display- the large display screen is one thing that sets this treadmill apart from a lot of the competitors out there. Well, that and the fact that it’s touchscreen. This display makes it easy to see all your stats and works very well with the iFit app if you decide to go that route.

iFit enabled- this treadmill is equipped and ready to integrate seamlessly with ProForm’s fitness app, iFit. Through the app, you get access to personal training and unlimited workouts. The kicker is you have to pay a monthly subscription fee, but ProForm throws in a free year when you purchase this model. Some users have complained that they were still charged for the first year and had to deal with customer service to get that charge removed (fyi). Just know you don’t have to sign up for iFit to use the Pro 2000 or any other ProForm treadmill for that manner.

Bluetooth speakers- you can hook up an mp3 player or smart phone through the mp3 port to listen to music or you can connect wirelessly through bluetooth.

Quick touch speed/incline settings- these buttons make it easy to instantly set the incline and speed settings, a very convenient feature if you like to do interval training and are switching between settings frequently.

Cooling fan- the built-in fan will help keep you cool and comfortable during your workouts. You can choose between 2 settings for optimal comfort.

Tablet holder- the included tablet holder makes it easy to watch Netflix or read from your tablet during your workouts.

Assembly

The assembly instructions for the Pro 2000 are fairly straightforward. The images could be a little larger, but the written instructions that accompany each step make sense and are easy to follow.

It would’ve been nice if ProForm included images of the hardware for each step, but that’s just me being picky.

It’s very doable to assemble this treadmill yourself, but you really should have a second person for assistance. This is a big, heavy treadmill and the job would be a lot easier with a second pair of hands.

I would plan on spending a couple hours on assembly. If you’re especially talented you might get the job done faster, but there’s a lot of steps to get the job done.

Warranty

The ProForm Pro 2000 comes with the following guarantee:

  • 10 year frame
  • 2 year parts
  • 1 year labor

The warranty is the only department where I feel the Pro 2000 really falls short. This warranty is a lot shorter than I’d expect from a treadmill of this caliber.

I would expect a lifetime guarantee on the frame and motor (motor isn’t mentioned at all in their warranty, maybe it’s covered under parts?), which is pretty standard for elite home treadmills.

I would also like to see closer to 5 years on parts based on what other nice treadmills are overing. The 1 year labor warranty is par for the course, some brands will offer 2 years but that isn’t that common.

ProForm is owned by the same company that owns NordicTrack (ICON), a brand that also falls a little short in the warranty department.

Final Thoughts

The ProForm SMART Pro 2000 has made a name for itself as one of the premiere home treadmills for the last several years. After taking a look at all the specs and features, it’s pretty easy to see why.

It really is one of the best home treadmills around.

I love that it comes with an extra-wide running surface- something you’ll appreciate if you’ve ever used a smaller model before. I also like the powerful motor ProForm put on this model.

This treadmill is also loaded with features and workouts. If you’re looking for a hi-tech treadmill, you’ll appreciate the touchscreen display and bluetooth speakers.

If you’re interested in iFit, the Pro 2000 has also got ya covered, but don’t feel pressured. ProForm pushes iFit pretty aggressively, but you don’t have to sign up to use the treadmill. Remember, this thing comes standard with 50 built-in workouts.

The warranty is this treadmill’s Achilles heel, but like I say, no treadmill is perfect.

Overall, I think the Pro 2000 is a wonderful home treadmill with a lot to offer. It’s earned its spot as one of the elite models by providing a great combination of function and features. Definitely a smart buy in my book.

Will

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