Please be realistic and do not expect to get any sort of decent mileage out of a cheap treadmill. The Performance 300 may look nicer, but you are more than likely only going to get a few months of use out of it before you start having problems. And the few months are only if you are a walker. Please don’t even attempt to actually run on the Performance 300. But on the bright side, the Performance 300 should last years as an expensive coat rack.
In Proform’s typical style, the Performance 300 has been made to look pretty to hide the poor build. We would not recommend purchasing such a cheap treadmill period, but if you have to the Performance 300 is an okay choice. The few features have helped land the Proform Performance 300 our Third Place 2020 Best Buy award for the $399 and Under category.
Icon, the parent company of Proform, NordicTrack, and a few others, is known for three things: having cheaper treadmills, putting a bunch of technology in their treadmills, and having some of the worst customer service out there. Now, when Proform is making a $1,500 dollar treadmill, they have more money to spend on the build and such so that the other bad qualities are not as bad. But when you combine a cheap build with cheap features and a bad company you are left with, well, the Performance 300.
Please do not be fooled. The Performance 300 may look prettier than some of the other treadmills in this price range but that should raise a red flag, not entice you to buy it. Think about it. If a company only has $300 dollars to spend on a treadmill and then they take about $150 of that to spend on the extra programming and features, the end result is a $150 dollar treadmill with a few pretty gadgets and tricks. If you have to buy a cheap treadmill, wouldn’t you rather get one that had the full $300 spent on the build?
The few things that we like about the Performance 300 are the additional features that take away from the overall build. Sure, the Performance 300 is unique in that it has sixteen preprogrammed workouts and an 18 x 50-inch walking area. But when you look under the hood of this treadmill, you can see all of the crappy parts that Proform bought in order to be able to afford the few extra workouts and a bigger belt.
|Heart Rate Sensor and Type||EKG Grip Monitors|
|Walking Area||18 x 50|
|Weight of Unit||N/A|
|Warranty||5 Yr Frame, 90 Day Parts and Labor|
In the past, we have pretty much ripped the Performance 300 apart trying to convince people not to buy. We have recommended not buying the Proform Performance 300 because it has lacked quality and not been likely be a total waste.
Overall, we do not want you to waste your money on such a cheap treadmill. The Performance 300’s extra features helped land it our Third Place 2020 Best Buy award for the $399 and Under category, but that is like saying you are the third-place honorable mention at a loser’s reunion. We would not recommend buying such a cheap treadmill.
The Doc hammered this treadmill... I have owned one for 4 years and have not had any problems with it. I weigh around 200 pounds and what I found is that it kind of feels cheap when you run on it and I think that is only because of the shock support system. I believe it is designed to be easy on the knees etc.. I would recommend buying one especially at the current price. I did not test other treadmills, I would recommend doing this before making a purchase of any of the treadmills if possible. However I feel for the price this is a good treadmill.