ProForm SMART Pro 9000 Treadmill Review
Similar to the popular NordicTrack Commercial models, the ProForm SMART Pro 9000 is the top model in the company’s Pro series, which also includes the 2000 and the 5000.
Like these other treadmills, you get a lot of bang for your buck, with incline/decline capability, a powerful, quiet motor, tons of workout apps and much more.
If you’re looking for a rock-solid treadmill for your home, with features and capabilities typically found on much more expensive machines, the Pro 9000 is a very good choice, and a Best Buy in the price category.
Click Specifications to see detailed model info
Speed : up to 12 mph
Incline : up to 15%
Decline : down to -3%
Motor : 4.0 CHP Mach Z Commercial Plus
Treadbelt : 22" x 60"
Cushioning : ProShox
Folding : SpaceSaver with EasyLift Assist
Footprint : 77"L x 39"W x 70"H
Maximum user weight : 300 lbs.
Warranty : Lifetime for frame and motor, 5 years for parts, 2 years for labor
ProForm Pro 9000 - Best Features
Enhanced Touch Screen Display
The SMART Pro 9000 gets an upgrade from its sister models with a 10″ Smart HD full color touchscreen (the mid-level 5000 has a 7″ touch screen, and the entry level 2000 has a backlit display) which shows your speed, time, distance, calories burned, heart rate, incline/ decline stats.
If you’re the type who wants to save time by working out and checking emails at the same time, this display allows for that. It’s also web enabled so you can surf, watch movies, send a Tweet, or anything else you like to do online.
The popular machine also includes iFit Coach technology, which is an incredible program that allows you to simulate running anywhere in the world with Google maps, choose from hundreds of custom programs from experts like Jillian Michaels, track your progress for motivation, and much more. It’s not free (there’s a yearly subscription) but in our opinion it’s well worth the nominal fee.
Heart Rate Monitoring
Use the hand grips to check your heart rate as you advance, or check your progress hands-free by attaching the Wireless Chest Strap, included for free, that syncs with the machine to keep you in your targeted range and provide more accurate readings.
Staying in the ideal heart rate zone maximizes the results that you get from your workouts.
Large Number of Workouts
The ProForm Pro 9000 jumps up to a whopping 40 workouts, 8 more than the entry level Pro 2000 treadmill.
You can target speed, calories burned or endurance, and the console makes programs easy to use…just adjust and jump from one to the next.
And as we mentioned, iFit Coach allows you to create even more custom programs, so if the 40 included aren’t enough you can add tons of other unique workout to your regimen.
Here are some additional highlights…
iPod compatibility– included
Dual CoolAire Workout Fans– included
Wireless Chest Strap– included
Accessory tray– included
ProForm Pro 9000 Review - Conclusions
There’s a lot to like on the new ProForm SMART Pro 9000, as is the case with the rest of the Pro series, especially for the price. You simply get a lot for your money, and many features that you typically only find on more pricey machines.
The machine is quiet and comfortable to use. You can’t adjust the feel of the belt like on some machines, but it is comfortable enough to walk and run on that you shouldn’t need to adjust it.
The motor is quite strong at 4.25 CHP. It will easily stand up to multiple users hitting it hard everyday.
Having both incline and decline capability really ramps up the workouts, as do the 40 different workout options you can choose from.
You also have the handsome 10″ touch screen display with web capability, so even if you don’t opt for iFit and run through the streets of Barcelona, there is plenty to do to keep yourself entertained.
You can always plug in your iPod as well if you just want to hear some tunes.
There aren’t many downsides to the ProForm SMART Pro 9000 model. There is always the less than stellar customer service that ICON Fitness is known for, but as they make these machines better and better each year hopefully there will be less of a need for customers to call up about one problem or another.
Other than that, there are very few negatives here. They seem to have solved some of the glitch issues that have plagued them in the past.
If you’re looking for a gym-quality, fun to use and feature packed treadmill under $2,000, the new ProForm Pro 9000 is about as good as it gets.
It is overflowing with features and capabilities, including incline/decline, strong motor, iFit technology, tons of workouts and so much more.
This is the best treadmill that the company offers…and it has been one of their best selling models for a reason.
Check it out on sale today to see all that it has to offer.