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Proform Performance 600 Treadmill Review

treadmill Doctor Note :

An upgrade from the Performance 400 model but still falls short in some critical areas.

Proform Performance 600 Treadmill Review



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Overall Rating: 5.07

Votes in favor of the treadmill...

A motor that powers a good walk

The 2.50 HP motor is one of the best power producers in the $400 to $699 range, and the amazing thing is that it has considerably reduced noise levels. But this is true only if you confine yourself to walking. The motor and drive system can't take the punishment of a regular running routine. You can attain speeds of 12 mph and the motor enjoys a lifetime warranty.

Treadbelt is good for walking

The walking area is a decent 20" x 55", 5" shorter than the treadmill standard for runners. But it still offers sufficient width and length for the average walker who doesn't walk longer durations.

Inclines maxing at 12% and a collection of 16 workouts introduce modest variation to a moderate walking routine.

Cushioning doesn't make tall promises

Cushioning provides adequate protection to joints and back, and you can't expect anything superior within the price band ending at $999. For lasting, more forgiving and superior quality surfaces you need to pay more.


Motor not suited for running

The motor is good for the price but woefully inadequate for running. The speed will max at 12 mph but attempting even a jog or a run will lead you up the path to early warranty calls and parts replacements.

Warranty is average

Labor is covered for 1 year, parts are covered for 2 years, and the frame and motor are covered for life; not exactly a great warranty but something that can't be improved upon at the $799 price tag.

TM weight / user weight ratio tricky for bigger users

Users that clock 300 pounds or above can bid goodbye to this model as the motor and structure can't withstand the additional burden. The same holds true for any strenuous routine beyond casual walking.

This is a folding treadmill but consumes space

The treadmill dimensions are 76" L x 37" W x 69" H which makes it essential to plan a proper location for it in a cramped home or tiny apartment.

Reliability is a serious issue

If you expect a treadmill to last, this is not your baby. Cheaper parts make this treadmill a ripe candidate for early servicing and parts replacement, both of which are headache prone because of Icon's poor customer service track record.

Our verdict

Buyers on the lookout for extreme running options won't find their soul mate in the Proform Performance 600. For serious exercise routines that involve prolonged running nothing short of a $1,000 budget will do. If we ask you to miss out the 400 and 400C, the same advice applies to this 400 upgrade.

Not a bad choice but not a great choice either. You really need to get to the $1000 range to get the minimum acceptable level of quality for a regular, average user.