ProForm Performance 600i

ProForm Performance 600i Review

Last Updated: March 29, 2021

Being the middle child of the Performance series of treadmills from ProForm, the ProForm Performance 600i is meant for light to moderate workouts. It’s a mid-range home treadmill with a good combination of features for functionality, convenience, and comfort. If you need a piece of equipment for brisk walks, jogs, and the occasional sprint, the Performance 600i will tick all the boxes.

Here’s everything this treadmill has to offer:

  • 10-inch Full-Colour Touchscreen

The console display on the 600i is worth mentioning since that’s the main feature you’ll be using (and looking at) while you walk. It’s an improvement from the backlit display on the first treadmill introduced in the series. Besides enjoying the iFit app, you can keep an eye on your workout stats displayed over the screen. You can also hook your own device over the console with the adjustable tablet holder. 

  • 2.5 CHP Motor

Unless you’re looking for extended running sessions and heavy workouts, the 2.5 CHP motor does well for casual home use. If heavy individuals plan on using the machine, especially for running, we recommend you go for something with higher motor power. Long durations of frequent running, steep incline and heavy users may compromise motor life over the long term.

  • 0-18 km/h Speed and up to 10% Incline

You can go as fast as 18 km/h on the Performance 600i, although it doesn’t have the best motor power to support high-speed workouts for long. However, the occasional sprint should be enough to pace up your heart rate in no time. If you still need a treadmill with slightly higher motor power, you should consider the 800i with its 2.75 CHP motor and 20 km/h top speed. 

You can further increase the incline level on the 600i for a steeper running surface that mimics uphill paths. This can multiply calorie burn and offers strength training for your lower body muscles. Like the 800i, this one also offers up to a 10% incline, although without a decline setting.

  • iFit-ready with Free 1-Year Membership

As is the case with most ProForm treadmills, this one also comes with a free iFit membership during the first year of purchase. iFit Coach is a popular fitness app that provides plenty of options to keep you engaged during your workout. It has a virtual running feature where you can choose any location on the map to explore, shown right on your treadmill’s console. Live personal training sessions enable you to train under world-class professionals. A vast library of 16,000+ workout videos adds endless variety to your routine. Moreover, you can take up challenges and track your stats, including activity, nutrition, and sleep. 

  • Foldable Design

The 600i has a folding option so you can store it compactly when not in use – simply lift the running deck and fold it towards the console. This can be valuable, especially in limited-space setups. 

  • 46 x 140 cm Running Belt

We like how the tread belt is designed to keep the treadmill as compact as possible without compromising leg space. Most tall people should be able to use this machine without difficulty.

  • Heart Rate Monitoring

The EKG handgrips on the 600i detect your pulse to provide a reading within seconds of holding them. Moreover, the 600i is also BLE chest strap compatible, like the 800i.

  • Other Features

The good warranty package, mp3 compatibility, and the integrated workout fan are some other things we liked about the Performance 600i.

Pros

  • 10-inch full-colour touchscreen display
  • iFit-ready with free single-profile access for a year
  • Long tread belt that accommodates taller runners too
  • 18 km/h max speed
  • 10 incline levels to add to workout effectiveness
  • EKG heart rate sensors in handgrips
  • BLE chest strap compatibility
  • Convenient foldable design
  • Integrated workout fan
  • Adjustable tablet holder
  • MP3 compatibility
  • Good warranty package

Cons

  • Heavy use may compromise motor life
  • Shorter arm rails than most treadmills
  • The screen may lag, and the treadmill may take a few minutes to start

Warranty Summary

The Performance 600i comes with:

  • Lifetime frame warranty
  • 5-year motor warranty
  • 2-year parts and labour warranty

Bottom Line

While the ProForm Performance 600i isn’t remarkable in terms of motor power or functionality, it can work well for casual at-home use. If you need something with decent entertainment options that can deliver a daily walk or jog with a bit of an incline (if you wish), this could be your go-to option. While it’s not considered the best of the best, it can be suitable for people who want a mid-range piece of equipment that’s not outdated and capable.

4.30

ProForm Performance 600i treadmill

Specifications ProForm Per 600i
Rating
4.3
Motor 2.5 CHP
Speed 18 km/h
Decline / Incline 0 / 10%
Running surface 46 x 140 cm
Folding
Display 10" HD Touchscreen
Training programs iFit + Manual Mode
Bluetooth
Web Connectivity Limited
Heart rate monitor
Dimensions 183 L x 85 W x 160 H cm
Max user weight 125 kg
Warranty Parts & Labor: 2 years
Motor: 5 years
Frame: Lifetime