ProForm Performance 300i is by far one of the best treadmills under $500 which we have seen. This price range tends to be rather competitive, but ProForm has definitely put together a package that puts them ahead of the herd. The most impressive thing has got to be how affordable the whole package is priced. However, lets not get ahead of ourselves here. Today we are going to take a closer look at this treadmill and show you all of the reasons why we think it is one of the best. Lets begin.
If we had to choose one word to describe the design of ProForm Performance 300i, we would have to go with practical. It isn’t an overly pretty piece of equipment, but it definitely doesn’t have to be. ProForm went full utilitarian with this model, focusing mainly on features and performance. The whole thing sits comfortably in a rigid frame made of thick metal tubing. The belt is fairly large, measuring 50″ by 16″ in size. That’s a fair bit of real estate. Moving up, we see a large control module that features a media shelf, two cup holders, perpendicular and parallel handles. One interesting thing about the media shelf is that it is positioned above the control module. We’ve found that to be a refreshing difference compared to most other budget models where the shelf is usually positioned below the display. Overall, ProForm Performance 300i inspires confidence no matter how you look at it. It is sturdy, functional and reliable.
At the very hard of ProForm Performance 300i lies a 2 hp electric motor. That translates to speeds of up to 10 mph. Then we have the 010 percent incline control, which gives that top speed a whole new meaning. One very interesting feature we like on this treadmill is the ProShox Cushioning under the belt. When it comes to preventing joint problems, you definitely need something like this. Moving onto the control module, you will notice that it is packed. Aside from the manual speed and incline control, you can also choose any of the numerous workout routines that come stock. If you look at the perpendicular handlebars, we see that one portion of the handle itself is different. That’s because those handles have integrated EKG heart rate monitor. Last but not least, ProForm has also included a Bluetooth thus allowing you to connect your smart devices directly to the treadmill.