The Treadmill Sensei is going to do something that he never thought he’d do, at least not before Hell froze over…give a decent review to a ProForm Treadmill. In general, Icon Health and Fitness (the manufacturer of the Proform line), puts out some of the lowest-end equipment on the market with their Weslo, Cadence, Nordic Track, Image and Proform Lines. They have done some decent work with the Reebok ellipticals but aside from that not much has been good.
I had a reader email me recently about the ProForm 1000s Treadmill. Let’s check out what she said.
I hope you can shed some light on this treadmill for me. I know the poor quality of ProForm first hand, and that they usually reveiw poorly. I however after days and days of research, I keep coming back to this treadmill, the ProForm 1000s.
Of all the treadmills I looked at in my price range, this one had the highest ratings on the doc site, and he seems to have a general harshness for proform, which has led me to beleive this one may just be suitable. The smooth 5.25 is not reccomended for runners, and running is what I am looking to do. Also the high cushion rating on the 1000 S appeals to my knees. Question is, I cant find anymore info on this treadmill online, except at the Proform site were they are selling it for just under $800. That is even streching my budget a little but It does rate higher than the new balance and horizon in the same price range I was looking at. Do you know ANYTHING else about this treadmill. Does the docs high rating for it indicate a better quality proform product? Thanks -Gina
Thanks for your note. About the ProForm 1000s Treadmill: it’s not a bad treadmill at all, surprisingly enough. It is a little sturdier built than most of the other Proform units and doesn’t have quite as much plastic in key structural supports. I’d rank it as very similar in feel to the Horizon T72 or one of the upper New Balance units but at a better price and with a larger running area. I still wouldn’t use the ProForm 1000s as a running treadmill, but it should be good for walking and light jogging.
In regards to the “ProTech cushioning” system on the 1000s. It’s really not any better than any other system out there, but it’s not any worse. They all feel and work in very similar fashions…companies just like to give their shock absorption systems cool names that sounds great.
Overall, the ProForm 1000s is a slightly better than average under $800 treadmill. For the price I’d suggest looking at Horizon, Proform, Sole or Spirit because of the shorter warranty on the Proform models. However, if you like the 1000s I’d suggest getting it direct from Proform because of their cheaper pricing.
As one of the few Proform models that aren’t terrible, the Treadmill Sensei gives the ProForm 1000s treadmill 3 out of 5 golden buddahs.
The Proform 1000s Treadmill gets a solid 3.5 gold buddahs out of 5.
Proform 1000s Treadmill Specifications
Motor: 2.75 HP
Shock Absorption: ProTech cushioning
Max Incline: 12%
Max Speed: 12 mph
Heart Rate Monitor: Pulse grip
Readouts: Speed, distance, incline, time, pace, calories, and pulse
Running Area: 20″ x 60″
-The Treadmill Sensei