Our Rating: 4.5/5
One of ProForm’s more expensive treadmill options, the SMART Performance 800i is a shining example of the technologically-advanced treadmills that ProForm is known for.
As you’ll discover in this review, while incredibly tough, this treadmill’s 2.75 CHP motor is ideal for those who plan to mostly walk or jog, as consistent runners will most likely require a bit more horsepower.
When it comes to ProForm’s Performance series, the SMART Performance 800i treadmill certainly stands out from its series brethren with enhanced and distinguishable features.
While the 400i and 600i are similar, save for display size, running surface and motor power, the 800i is equipped with a decline ability that neither of the lower two models offer. Having a decline feature on a treadmill is a huge benefit for those looking to diversify their workouts and better emulate outdoor activity such as road jogging or hiking.
The opportunity to have a downward motion, paired alongside flat ground and incline training, will help activate new muscle groups and give you more well-rounded strength for daily life tasks. Furthermore, the -2% to 10% digital quick incline and decline functionality makes using this feature a cinch, even mid-workout.
With a 2.75 CHP Mach3 commercial motor, the SMART Performance 800i treadmill is the toughest Performance series treadmill as it’s the only one that’s commercial grade. Commercial grade quality is beneficial to multi-person households who love to get their fitness on as it can better accommodate higher usage.
User of this treadmill can hit the ground at a much faster pace, as the enhanced speed range can quickly take you to speeds up to 12 mph. As you run for the hills, the ProShox Cushioning, placed evenly throughout the deck, will defend wear and tear on your knees, back and hips through the reduction of bodily strain.
Just because the SMART Performance 800i treadmill allows you to work harder with its speedier range, doesn’t mean the motor has to. The 1.6” rollers have been balanced with deepest machine precision and the non-flex roller design safeguards both the motor by reducing stress while also resulting in quieter function as well as prevents the treadmill belt from stretching.
The 315 pound limit makes the Smart Performance 800i treadmill the highest weight capacity treadmill in its ProForm series. While the running surface on the ProForm Smart Performance 400i was not meant for tall exercisers due to its short surface, the 800i Smart Performance treadmill does not discriminate, as it contains 10 inches more length. The impressive 18” x 60” running surface is all-embracing and helpful to walkers and joggers who naturally take longer strides.
While the deck is much longer than is Performance series counterparts, you shouldn’t concern yourself with floor space as regardless of the additional length, the SMART Performance 800i folds up easily. The SpaceSaver Design is paired with EasyLift Assist, allowing you to store the treadmill upright with little effort due to a specialized shock that works hard to carry the weight so you don’t have to.
Meanwhile, the built-in CoolAire fan will keep your sweat to a minimum by way of two fan settings to choose from so you can cool yourself down as much or as little as necessary. The SMART Performance 800i is the most durable, comfortable and advanced treadmill available in the ProForm’s Performance series due to its numerous improved upon features in comparison to the 600i and 400i treadmills.
Bringing the enhancements to a whole new level is the stunningly sized 14” Smart HD touchscreen display the SMART Performance 800i holds. This screen is four inches more screen than the 600i and a whopping seven inches more than the 400i. Fourteen inches of screen real estate make the console appearance seem very well-rounded, as the screen fits gorgeously and isn’t dwarfed by the surrounding plastic, making it a sincere focal point.
Paired with this large screen is a free-of-charge one year iFit membership for the whole family. iFit programming, also utilized by NordicTrack, offers some of the most advanced online fitness classes in the world. Depending on your mood or goal, you’re able to select live studio classes or opt to run throughout the world as iFit technology is so advanced it has the 800i mimicking real life routes hiking through Switzerland, walking through a village in Germany or running alongside a beach in Italy.
iFit also gives you the ultimate tracking opportunity, including the ability to log in sleep and nutrition specific to your individual profile, making it the best treadmill programming for a well-rounded health routine. Making fitness much more fun, and quite easier, is the technology that enables professional class instructors to remotely alter your speed and incline, so all you have to focus on is moving forward and enjoying the view, as well as their active encouragement. This interactive training format opens up a whole new world of exercise.
Keep in mind, though, iFit doesn’t solely offer treadmill workouts. The membership, which has a subscription fee after the free year trial, also provides tough cross training you can step into once you step off your treadmill. Having access to a personal trainer from the comfort of your home whenever it’s convenient is invaluable to ensure you get your work-out checked off regardless of the shifting seasons and schedules in life. If you’re not sure where to start, iFit provides personalized guidance that is helpfully motivating.
Feel the actual rhythm these specialized workouts bring by tracking your heart rate with the EKG Grip Pulse Heart Rate Sensors, which are located in each handlebar. Adding to this, the 2” dual built-in speakers help to further immerse you in your workout. Connecting you easily to the built in sound system is the audio auxiliary port present, making it easy to listen to your favorite streaming fitness class, TV series or music.
While many traditional treadmills, such as the LifeSpan TR300i, have tablet holders for simple and visible smart device placement, the ProForm Smart Performance 800i has taken design and functionality to the next level. Securing your precious tablet, phone or kindle is the DeVice Grip design, which makes use of adjustable clamps to keep your devices securely locked in place.
When it comes to making cardio enjoyable, the ProForm SMART Performance 800i treadmill truly does the trick to keep your workouts feeling fresh and entices you to come back for more of those life-giving endorphins, day after day.
For just a couple hundred dollars more than its 600i sibling, the 800i treadmill provides five more inches of running surface, 0.25 more horsepower, a commercial grade quality motor, a four inch larger display, decline ability, 2 mph faster speed range, as well as a 15 pound increased weight capacity. All that to say, a couple hundred dollars more buys a treadmill that can handle more users as well as increased pace and longevity for your desired workouts.
Due to its mind blowing technology, the ProForm SMART Performance 800i treadmill is a bit pricier than other traditional treadmills that provide the same or more horsepower. If the price range of the 800i treadmill is your max budget, but you’re a rousing runner, you’ll most likely be sacrificing on technology on behalf of a stronger motor. If that struck a chord with you, we can join hands, weep together for the iFit fun lost and guide you instead to the Sole Fitness F80 treadmill, which will grant you 0.75 more horsepower with its 3.5 HP DC motor.
Additionally, the F80 will provide 0.9” larger rollers, a 2” wider running surface, 50 pound greater weight capacity as well as a lifetime frame and motor warranty. However, if you can’t part ways with the iFit technology and are in a place to pick up some overtime in order to make up a hundred dollar discrepancy, the NordicTrack T 8.5 S will still gives you a 10” HD TouchScreen, iFit programming, larger 1.9” rollers, and most importantly a 3.5 CHP DurX Commercial Plus Motor.
That being said, the ProForm Smart Performance 800i treadmill is not to be outranked by comparable treadmills from other brands. In addition to being cheaper than the NordicTrack T 8.5 S—albeit with less horsepower—the ProForm 800i treadmill still holds a four inch larger touchscreen, a 15 pound greater weight capacity, as well as a similar built-in cooling fan and speakers.
Should you require iFit programming to truly make the most of your workout, but can’t swing the overtime to make up the price discrepancy, the ProForm Smart Pro 2000 is actually an ideal fit over the NordicTrack T 8.5 S for fierce runners as it contains large 2.5” rollers and a 3.5 CHP MachZ commercial pro motor, making it the wiser financially sound choice on behalf of more power, and at a lower price than the ProForm 800i.
For the most part, treadmill pricing comes down to motor strength. Be honest with yourself and ask how many users the treadmill is intended for, how fast and long will you plan to work out, and how often. Answering these questions should help narrow down what motor strength you can get away with having in order to ensure your treadmill can keep up with your workouts for years to come.
Pros and Cons
Being an honest bunch, we like to point out any discrepancies consumers may overlook when investing in a treadmill that’s right for them and their loved ones.
One of the greatest assets buyers leave on the table unwittingly is the mental solitude solid warranty coverage provides long term. Don’t shoot the messenger, but the ProForm Smart Performance 800i, despite having incredibly advanced features, holds average coverage that that can’t quite compete with other brands, such as Sole and Horizon, who both offer lifetime warranties on theirs motors and frames.
Now that that’s out of the way, the ProForm SMART Performance 800i treadmill certainly meets the moment of being a snazzy, high-tech treadmill that’s comfortable and pleasurable to use at a reasonable price if you are a single person household, or have a home environment where users are more into walking and jogging rather than fierce running for long periods of time.
While being well-suited for greater usage due to its superior strength, the commercial grade motor within the Smart Performance 800i treadmill surprisingly operates quietly so as to not disturb family members, housemates or neighbors. The longer 60” running surface is ideal for taller users or those who have a longer stride.
Unfortunately, the iFit programming is an additional cost once your 1-year trial is up; that being said, the lengthy trial period provides an ample amount of time to weigh the benefits and cost based on your experience throughout the first twelve months.
ProForm SMART Performance 800i Treadmill Specs
|Weight Capacity||315 pounds|
|Running Surface||18″ x 60″|
|Dimensions||76.23″ x 33.5″ x 57.64″|
|Workout Display||Yes; 14” Smart HD Touchscreen|
|Incline||10% incline and 2% decline|
|Total Programs||iFit Membership (1 year included)|
Warranty and Guarantee
Regarding warranty, the 800i unfortunately doesn’t include any motor coverage with purchase. That being said, a 10-year frame warranty is included with purchase.
Furthermore, the 2-year parts warranty and 1-year labor warranty are pretty standard industry practices. The ProForm SMART Performance 800i treadmill is built tough, so there’s no question on whether or not the quality standard of it is up to par.
Summing Up This Review
Earmarked by the futuristic technology brought forth through the iFit programming, the ProForm SMART Performance 800i is a personalized treadmill that comes to life as a workout companion via its technologically-advanced features.
A just right fit for those desiring advanced tech while not requiring revved up motor power, the 800i is a top notch choice to expand your exercise routine in a fun and diverse way.