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Proform Performance 300i Treadmill Review - $499.00

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  • How Long Will The Proform Performance 300i Last?

    Serious exercisers should expect treadmills like the Performance 300i to last as long as a white girl after downing half a mixed drink. These basic treadmills are simply not built with enough quality to withstand constant, substantial use. But, if you are a once-in-while user who enjoys walking, then the Performance 300i should last a reasonable time frame. Just remember to keep in mind that this is a cheaper machine. Also, any treadmill will have a longer life if kept in an ideal environment. No matter which treadmill you decide, we encourage you to read up on how to maintain your machine so that you can take care of your investment.
  • Brief Overview

    When comparing treadmills in this price range, sometimes it feels like picking between a Toyota and a Honda. Neither is a Ferrari but they keep you from living on the streets so there’s that. Proform’s Performance 300i is just as generic with only a few redeeming qualities such as a slightly better build and an okay amount of workout programs. Among the $400 to $699 dollar treadmills, however, the Performance 300i has done enough to stand out among the competition. Consequently, we have awarded this treadmill Runner-Up on our 2019 Best Buy List for this price category.
  • Overall Quality

    For a basic, starter treadmill, the build of the Performance 300i is decent when compared to others. Proform has also equipped this machine with sixteen built-in work out programs. While this is not the most we have seen in this price range, the Performance 300i actually has more than a few treadmills that have a bigger price tag.

    Still, this is a basic treadmill and it is easy to see which corners Proform cut. Some of the standard features include two heart rate grip handles, a ten percent incline ability, foldability, and a 10mph capability. Disappointingly, the Performance 300i only comes with sixteen inches of walking area- the equivalent to most $300 dollar machines. To add to the low-end value, Proform only allowed a 90-day parts and labor warranty. There are companies who put more faith in cheaper treadmills. But, with only a sixteen-inch walking belt, it's understandable why Proform would be cautious to add too much value; it is not like they are expected to produce the best product they can.
  • Things we like

    • Decent Build
    • Okay Number of Workout Programs

    Things we dislike

    • X
      Narrow Walking Area
    • X
      Sub-par Warranty
  • Specs

    Number of Programs 10
    Heart Rate Sensor and Type EKG Grip Pulse
    Horsepower 2.0 CPH
    Speed Range 0 - 10 mph
    Incline/Decline Range 0 - 10%
    Weight Capacity 300 lbs. (136 kg)
    Belt Size 16" x 50"
    Footprint N/A
    Folds N/A
    Weight of Unit N/A
    Warranty 90 day parts and labor, 5 year frame and motor
  • History

    While we have found the Performance 300i to be ten times as good as typical $300 dollar treadmills, we have been aware that there is less money put into these cheaper machines. Less money translates to less quality. Thus, while we have found the Performance 300i to be better than the cheaper machines, we still caution serious users against purchasing inexpensive treadmills.
  • Conclusion

    Overall, the Performance 300i is an entry-level treadmill that has an okay build and a decent amount of workout programs. The narrow walking area and subpar warranty are reminiscent of a cheaper machine and should be kept in mind. Still, this treadmill has a few features that help it to stand out among the rest and for this reason, Proform's Performance 300i has won our 2019 Best Buy Runner-Up slot for the $400 to $699 category.

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