Our Rating: 4.7/5
A small step down from ProForm’s top end model, the SMART Pro 5000 is a technologically-advanced runner’s dream.
While some treadmill brands tend to focus on either technology or build quality in order to keep the price down, ProForm has chosen to take a more holistic route and has somehow been able to keep the price of their Pro Series lineup, of which the Pro 5000 is a part of, extremely competitive.
In this review, we’ll go into detail why this treadmill is a great choice for the vast majority of fitness buffs.
Squelching uneasiness regarding motor power, ProForm crafted the Pro Series treadmills to get you off to the races. The SMART Pro 5000 treadmill is the middle-of-the-road option of the Pro Series lineup and zeroes in on meeting the demands of fierce activity.
With a 3.75 CHP3 Mach Z Commercial Pro Motor, the SMART Pro 5000 refuses to settle for less. If you’re a runner, a motor strength of 3.5 horsepower or higher is recommended. While the fearless revving heavy duty drive system is the beating heart of this determined treadmill, the potential to take hold of challenging workouts that will shift your health progress into the high gear is accessible with the digital quick decline to incline capabilities.
Working to mimic your favorite fresh air workouts, this model’s 3% decline to 15% incline range gives you the changing grades needed to target broad muscle groups not typically activated on traditional treadmills.
Determining just how fast you can go is not always just up to your energy levels; if you purchase a treadmill not suited for your needs, you could end up with a meager speed range that tops out well before you do. Ensuring that’s not the case, the ProForm SMART Pro 5000 has a 0-12 mph range and digital QuickSpeed controls that allow you to shift speeds at the drop of a hat without added wear and tear on the motor.
So you’re not wearing and tearing your mind apart trying to figure out where to store this treadmill when its not in use is the SpaceSaver design that makes storing it away a cinch. Well-designed, a helpful shock provides EasyLift assist technology, which makes lifting up the deck require very little effort.
When it comes to comfortable function, the SMART Pro 5000 truly delivers. A large 22” x 60” running surface provides more than ample space for your strides, no matter how long they are. Running surface can be easily overlooked by buyers distracted with other pressing features, but it shouldn’t be as more room to roam means less restriction, removing the perimeter anxiety you have to be concerned about on smaller treadmills. For comparison, the NordicTrack T 8.5 S treadmill has two inches less of surface width and costs the exact same price as the SMART Pro 5000.
If we’re actually comparing the two, the ProForm SMART Pro 5000 has 0.75 more CHP, a commercial-grade motor, one-inch larger speakers, the same size of touchscreen, 3% more incline, a decline ability of 3%, the same amount of on-board workouts, and 0.6” larger rollers, making the SMART Pro 5000 vs T 8.5 S treadmill battle a no brainer.
You might be wondering why rollers size is important. Treadmill rollers are another more-discreet opportunity to judge how long your treadmill will last, as larger rollers mean more resilience and durability due to their ability to minimize stress on the motor and the treadmill belt. Larger rollers also reduce noise coming from your active treadmill. Luckily, ProForm has equipped the SMART Pro 5000 with 2.5” precision-machined rollers that are non-flex and balanced in design. Adding to this, ProShox cushioning safeguards your joints as you pound the proverbial pavement.
The SMART Pro 5000 has so much to offer, it almost doesn’t seem fair in comparison to the offerings of the majority of other brands on the market.
The phrase, ‘the best of both worlds’ can easily be applied to the ProForm SMART Pro 5000 treadmill as it come with two different avenues of technological features.
Whether you want the simplicity of utilizing the included workout programs or would rather take your workout to places you’ve never seen, the SMART Pro 5000 gives you complete control. The 50 on-board workout programs included with this model make more expensive treadmills like the LifeSpan TR5500i, which only holds 24 preset workouts, look meager in comparison.
That being said, the ProForm SMART Pro 5000 doesn’t stop at 50 workout programs. Nope, with iFit programming at the helm, it keeps going into a seemingly endless abyss. A streaming fitness membership program that makes personal training possible from your home, iFit has certified trainers guiding you through tough hikes, calorie-burning HIIT training, peaceful strolls, or steady runs.
The limitless number of classes can be in whatever setting you prefer, whether it be studio or, get this, traveling around the world. That’s right, you can run seaside through Greek islands, hike in Switzerland, walk village markets in Germany, or even stay stateside and hit some US national parks. This traveling abroad experience is made possible through Google Maps technology and has the trainers acting as travel guides and fitness motivators.
Furthering the wonder of iFit is how it targets your entire well-being with cross-training classes such as yoga, weight-lifting and more. iFit typically has a monthly membership fee, but the sweet benefit of the ProForm SMART Pro 5000 treadmill is that you get to experience it’s vast potential for free for an entire year. That being said, should you opt to forego iFit after that initial year, you’ll always have access to the SMART Pro 5000’s massive 50 pre-existing workout programs.
Whatever routine you choose, you can enjoy the view through the 10” Smart HD Touchscreen that calls upon the technology of today to make your fitness summaries and activity classes come to colorfully detailed life. As you watch the excitement of your progress on-screen, the EKG GripPulse HeartRate Sensor2 communicates whether or not you’re meeting your target heart rate.
As your heart pumps, feel the pulse of your favorite music through the 3” dual bluetooth speakers, which bring an opulence to standard sound. The bluetooth capability makes connecting your smart devices simple, avoiding cords altogether. However, if bluetooth isn’t your thing, the audio auxiliary port is ready for you to plug-in.
Keep yourself entertained with your favorite shows or even up to date on your emails as the integrated tablet holder has DeVice grips which clamp your smart device down so your movement won’t pose a drop-risk.
When it comes to the technology required to help you stay focused, informed and determined throughout your workout, the SMART Pro 5000 treadmill has your back.
Often, the best way to determine if the price of a treadmill is fair is to look directly at its most comparable competition. ProForm and NordicTrack each have an arsenal of similarly tech-advanced treadmills with dependable builds that meet the needs of higher intensity training.
Both NordicTrack and ProForm tout almost unbeatable iFit programming and HD touchscreens, making it an arms race of sorts when it comes to who can build a treadmill model slightly different than the other to be distinguishable enough for recognition, yet remain in the same class.
ProForm definitely zeroed in on the SMART Pro 5000 treadmill’s name and was smart in the creation of a model that costs less than the comparable NordicTrack Commercial 1750. Each of these treadmills provide a 3.75 CHP commercial motor, 10” HD touchscreen, 0-12 mph speed range, 22” x 60” running surface, folded design with shock assistance, specialized deck cushioning, built-in bluetooth speakers, self-regulating drive systems, identical warranties, 2.5” rollers, 300 pound user capacity and -3% to 15% decline to incline ranges. Phew!
We weren’t joking when we said the similarities were uncanny. So, what makes the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 more expensive than the ProForm SMART Pro 5000? The only difference we could identify are the built-in fans. While NordicTrack installed two workout fans into the Commercial 1750, ProForm opted for a fan with two alternating settings.
Additionally, it appears that if you opt to stay within the iFit family after the initial free year, NordicTrack bills yearly, while ProForm breaks the payments down monthly. However, if the billing cycle is a dealbreaker for you and you prefer one treadmill over the other, both NordicTrack and ProForm have reputable customer service, so we recommend you reach out to them to discuss your options.
When it comes to in-house competition, the SMART Pro 5000 is only outdone in motor strength by its SMART Pro 9000 sibling. That being said, if you find yourself in a bit of a financial pinch this year, staying within the Pro Series is a brilliant way to still get power and technology at a great value. Taking a step down to the SMART Pro 2000 treadmill will have you sacrificing on just 3” of touchscreen and 0.25 of motor power—relatively minor differences that will save you a couple hundred dollars.
Pros and Cons
When it comes to the ProForm Pro Series, ‘pro’ can be easily interchanged with ‘power’, as the three treadmills in this incredible series offer the motor strength necessary for multiple user households or fierce individual runners.
While the iFit membership is an added monthly expense once the 1-year free trial is up, it’s nowhere near the cost of a health club. What’s more, the iFit membership is a great deal as one membership accommodates up to four people; you and the ones you hold dear can go on a fitness journey together, with each of you making a profile and obtaining personalized health guidance as you travel forward on the wellness road, hand in hand.
Thankfully, the heavy duty drive system with 3.75 CHP power behind it makes the SMART Pro 5000 treadmill the perfect fit to meet the on-call duty of a multi-user household. While robust in commercial-grade power, the heavy duty drive system was thoughtfully built with balance in mind as it actually brings forth a self-pacifying operation that automatically cools itself down throughout your workout, regardless of how many times you alter the incline or speed to get those excruciating fitness burns.
As the motor works up a sustainable sweat, you can cool your own body heat down with the built-in CoolAire fan.
Raining on the pro party just a bit is the lack of lifetime warranty coverage; we’ll give you the low down on this in the Warranty and Guarantee section below. Overall, the ProForm SMART Pro 5000 has insurmountably more pros than cons.
ProForm SMART Pro 5000 Treadmill Specs
|Weight Capacity||300 pounds|
|Running Surface||22″ x 60″|
|Dimensions||79″ x 39.15″ x 71.4″|
|Workout Display||Yes; 10” Smart HD Touchscreen|
|Incline||15% incline and 3% decline|
|Total Programs||iFit Membership (1 year included)|
Warranty and Guarantee
If there is anything we could wish into existence regarding the ProForm SMART Pro 5000 treadmill, it’d be for longer warranty coverage for peace of mind’s sake.. We’ve been spoiled by other treadmill brands such as Horizon, Life Fitness, Sole and LifeSpan, who have quality treadmill options available with lifetime warranty coverage on either the frame, motor, or, in some cases, both. When it comes to ProForm, there are some warranty sacrifices that seem to have been made for superior technology. Neither ProForm nor NordicTrack offer motor warranties on their treadmills, while both do include 10-year frame warranties, 2-year parts warranties and 1-year labor warranties.
Summing Up This Review
Well, we’re off to get our treadmill workout in and hopefully soon you’ll be doing the same! If it’s on the ProForm SMART Pro 5000, we tip our hat to you for making a valuable decision on behalf of your wellness. We at Trusted Treadmill wish you a happy and healthy future, full of treadmill-related fun!