ProForm SMART Pro 5000 Treadmill Review

SMART Pro 5000

The ProForm SMART Pro 5000 Treadmill is a luxury-laden trainer designed for runners and power walkers. The treadmill is fun and high-tech, with all the essentials you need to be a serious athlete: a long track; high top speed; great impact deflection; wireless pulse monitoring, and so on. You can even use the power incline or decrease to simulate outdoor training. The Pro Series treadmill has a 10″ touchscreen control panel. This is because the treadmill can be used with the iFit Coach fitness platform. It also comes with a family membership for one year.

At $1,699 online, the new Pro 5000 treadmill is a great deal. The treadmill is a good deal even at full price, with a 10-year warranty on the frame, parts and labor. We recommend that you compare the Pro 5000 treadmill to a similar model from NordicTrack, the Commercial 201750 (as low as $1799). The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 appears to be slightly more reliable than ProForm’s Pro 5000. It also offers a little more power and more workout programs.

PROFORM SMART PRO 5000 TREADMILL – KEY SPECS:

  • Star Rating: 4.5-stars
  • Motor: 3.75 HP
  • Incline: -3 to 15%
  • Running Area: 22″ x 60″
  • Folding: Yes
  • Top Speed: 12 MPH
  • Weight Capacity: 300 LBS
  • Dimensions: 79″ L x 39.15″ W x 71.4″ H
  • Built-In Programs: 34

What We Like:

  • High Capacity motor: The SMART Pro 5000 treadmill is powered by a 3.75 CHP MachZ Commercial Pro motor. It is powerful enough to meet the training needs of a typical family.
  • HD Display: The 10″ touchscreen on the console gives you access to your workout data. You can also bring your own apps; there is a bracket that allows you to attach your tablet computer securely to the console.
  • iFit enabled: The Pro 5000 has been activated for iFit Coach. This popular fitness app is all-in-one. iFit Coach offers many great features, including a video workout library, simulated outdoor hiking on your treadmill using any Google Maps route, customized personal training plans that adapt according to your activity log and automated data logging. The Pro 5000’s new HD screen is a perfect match for some iFit features such as HD exercise videos and Google Maps workouts that include interactive Street Views. The treadmill, and your health/fitness in general, can be greatly enhanced by the iFit coach. The Vue is a wearable device that allows you to monitor your heart rate, track calories burned, and send reminders about health issues.
  • Audio Auxiliary port: Equipped dual 3” Bluetooth speakers, runners can listen to music or interact with trainers while running.
  • Decline and Incline: The automated ramp can offer a remarkable range of -3% to 15% decline or incline. While we see many treadmills that have power inclines, declines are not yet very common. A ramp can be a useful tool to increase your metabolism and train your muscles in new ways. It also makes exercising more fun.
  • Large Track: This track is 60 feet long x 22 feet wide. It’s wider than most and can accommodate almost any runner. The tread belt is maintenance-free and comes standard on this model.
  • Running Comfort: To help runners keep cool during long runs, the treadmill has a CoolAire fan.
  • Heart rate monitoring: The Pro 5000 comes with an EKG Grip Pulse Rat Sensor attached to its handlebars.
  • Folding Design: This cardio trainer makes it easy to recover floor space after a workout. Push on the treadmill’s deck and it will fold up with shock-assist technology called EasyLift Assist.
  • Warranty: Customers receive a 10-year warranty for the Pro 5000’s frame and two years on any parts. One year of service is included.

What we don’t like:

  • Customer Service: This manufacturer’s customer service often gets bad reviews. Replacement parts may take a while to arrive and waiting times can be lengthy.
  • Return Policy: ProForm offers an unconditional money back guarantee, but customers could still have to pay for return shipping and a 10% restocking fee.

Our Verdict:

The ProForm SMART Pro 5000 is a great choice for budget-conscious runners with $1,700 to spare. The treadmill is powerful enough for seasoned runners, but it also offers tailored training for those who are less experienced. It’s a motivating tool for home gyms thanks to its HD touchscreen and sound system. There is a small problem with the machine. Not all customers receive the perfect machine. And sometimes customer service can be slow.

The nearly identical Commercial 1750 by NordicTrack is a popular option with a comparable (or lower) price. NordicTrack and ProForm share the same parent company. You’ll find a lot of overlap when you compare their machines piece-by-piece. The Commercial 1750 offers all the features of the Pro 5000, plus a little more. The best thing about NordicTrack treadmills is their impeccable condition.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED Questions

How is this treadmill’s noise level?

This treadmill is quiet according to our experience and other reviewers. The unit should not interfere with other family members or roommates while it is in use.

Is this treadmill easy to assemble/disassemble?

This unit is heavy so it would be helpful to have two people help you assemble it. Despite this, the instructions are clear and straightforward.

How is proform’s customer service?

Fairness be told, all manufacturers have had problems with customer service since COVID-19 was announced. The customer reviews are not positive. However, we believe that ProForm is a solid brand that is doing their best.

5/5 - (1 vote)

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