ProForm SMART Performance 800i Treadmill Review – 2019

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Features

8/10

Tech Specs

7/10

Build Quailty

8/10

Treadmill Review

Part of ProForm new 2019 SMART fitness equipment line, the ProForm SMART Performance 800i treadmill is an interesting blend of affordability and engaging technology.For instance, while it has a smaller motor than the ProForm Power 995i, the SMART Performance 800i has a 14” high-definition touchscreen. And while other similarly-priced treadmills have larger treadmill belts, the SMART Performance 800i has 50 workout programs built-in as well as coming with a free year membership to iFit Coach.Overall, the SMART Performance 800i is something that we treadmill experts here at Treadmill Reviews have found to be a good addition to the ProForm treadmill line and a good choice when looking for an affordable treadmill.

Price

Competitively priced, the SMART Performance 800i often costs around $1,099.

The SMART Performance 800i Is Built For Users who:

  • Want a blend of affordable with high tech - Accessing the best fitness technology doesn’t have to come with a high price tag when you choose the SMART Performance 800i. With the touchscreen, iFit Coach free year membership and other kinds of tech are available on this treadmill.
  • Need a slightly higher weight capacity - For users on the higher end of the 200 lbs weight range, having a more wiggle room when it comes to weight capacity is an important aspect. On the SMART Performance 800i, users who weigh up to 315 lbs can safely use this treadmill.
  • Like having many workout program options - There are 50 built-in exercise programs on the SMART Performance 800i, giving you plenty of options even if you don’t use iFit Coach. When you do use iFit Coach, you will have access to over 12,000 workout programs, which will help you reach your health and fitness goals.


Why The SMART Performance 800i earned 4 stars

While there are a few things which lower the score of the SMART Performance 800i, such as a smaller treadmill belt and motor, overall, this treadmill is an exemplary model of what direction treadmills should be moving.  
  • Balanced pricing and features - Even though this treadmill is new for 2019, it is already well priced at $1,099. While the price may fluctuate, it remains affordable and has many attractive features.
  • Fairly compact size - Treadmills can be a large space commitment, so those short on space can feel confident when choosing the SMART Performance 800i.
  • Good warranty coverage - Some treadmills with affordable price tags have shorter warranties, but not the SMART Performance 800i. It has lifetime coverage on the frame and motor, as well as 3-year parts coverage, and 1-year labor provided.


Main Specs - 7/10

Specs “Quick Review”:
  • Motor Size: 2.75 CHP
  • Running Area: 18” W x 60” L
  • Weight Capacity: 315 lbs
  • Folding: Yes
  • Footprint In Use (W, L, H): 33.5” x 76.23” x 57.64”
  • Incline Range: -2% to 10%
  • Max Speed: 12 MPH
  • Treadmill Best For: Walkers, Light Jogging
  • Electrical Requirements: 120V


Motor Size - The 2.75 CHP motor in the SMART Performance 800i runs quietly as you workout, and changes speeds and inclines with ease. However, the size of the motor means it is better than this treadmill is mostly used for walking and light jogging.
Running Area - A relatively restrictive running area exists on this treadmill, as it only measures 18” wide. However, the SMART Performance 800i is 60” long, so taller users and those with long strides can easily use this treadmill. People will just have to be careful about the width as they workout.
Weight Capacity - Users who weight up to 315 lbs can use the SMART Performance 800i safely.
Folding  - Like most of the ProForm treadmills, the SMART Performance 800i comes with a hydraulic folding system. This system makes the treadmill easily to both fold up with one hand and release hands-free.
Space / Footprint - Slightly smaller than other treadmills in its price range, the ProForm 800i measures 33.5” wide, 76.23” long, and 57.64” tall. While not as compact as a budget treadmill, the Performance 800i is a smaller treadmill which can conveniently fit into most homes.  
Max Speed - The max speed you can reach on the SMART Performance 800i is 12 MPH, though this treadmill is not meant for high impact running.
Incline - Unusual in more affordable treadmills, the SMART Performance 800i has the incline range of -2% to 10%. With the extra range, you can give yourself a more challenging workout whether you are walking or jogging.

Features - 8/10

Features “Quick Review”
    • Display: 14” Smart HD Touchscreen
    • PreInstalled Workout Apps: 50
    • Speakers: Yes
    • Fans: Yes
    • Heart Rate Monitoring: Handlebar pulse grips
    • USB port: No
  • Audio Jack: Yes
  • Water bottle cubbies: Yes
  • Device holder: Yes

Workout Apps - There are 50 exercise programs available on the SMART Performance 800i, which can offer challenging workouts covering calorie burn treadmill exercises, incline-focused workouts, high intensity, speed, and other mixed workouts. You can also use iFit Coach, which gives you access to personal trainer-led workouts, making your treadmill workouts far more exciting.
Display - With a high-definition touchscreen tablet embedded in the console, which can be pivoted up and down, the SMART Performance 800i has a better display than most treadmills in its price range. The screen is sensitive to touch and easy to use as you navigate through various programs and workout data.
Speakers - Using the audio jack, you can plug your audio media into the SMART Performance 800i, piping it through the dual speakers locate on either side of the treadmill console. The sound quality is decent, though the clarity deteriorates slightly as you reach the upper volume levels.
Fans - The fan built into the SMART Performance 800i is of good quality, with two speed options. If you are sweating heavily, this treadmill’s fan may not be enough.
Heart Rate Monitoring - Using the heart rate handlebar pulse grips, you can check your heart rate, though like most handlebar pulse grips, the heart rate reading is not overly accurate.

Other Tech Features
  • iFit Coach free year membership
  • Adjustable tablet holder
  • Emergency stop key


Build Quality - 8/10

SMART Performance 800i Review: Build Quality
  • Warranties - Lifetime motor and frame coverage, 3-year parts, and 1-year labor
  • Belt - 2-ply
  • Cushioning - ProShox Cushioning
  • Customer Support - Live chat, email, and phone
  • Return Policy - 30-day trial return

Covered for the lifetime of the treadmill, the SMART Performance 800i comes with complete coverage for the frame and motor, with 3 years covering the treadmill parts and 1 year of labor to repair the treadmill. However, you shouldn’t have too much trouble with the SMART Performance 800i, as it has a good build quality.The ProShox cushioning on the SMART Performance 800i adds flexibility to the deck of the treadmill which will cut down on the impact on your joints.As for the return policy, you will have a 30-day trial period with your SMART Performance 800i. You will have to contact ProForm to receive authorization, and there will be a 10% restocking fee unless the machine is inherently defective.

Bottom Line Review Of The ProForm SMART Performance 800i

The SMART Performance 800i is a good, affordable treadmill and an exciting addition to the ProForm treadmill line. If you have been looking for a treadmill that has all the fun tech features of a pricy treadmill without an expensive price tag, this is a treadmill you should consider for your home gym.

Best Place To Buy The ProForm SMART Performance 800i

When it comes to purchasing the SMART Performance 800i, you will likely only find in on the ProForm website, as it is a new treadmill. Other retailers which claim to have these treadmills may end up sending you some other Performance treadmill model, instead of the SMART Performance 800i. Also, to register your treadmill warranty with ProForm, it is best that you buy directly through the manufacturer to own the SMART Performance 800i.
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