ProForm Premier 900

Two minute review

The ProForm Premier 900 treadmill is a great value, compact, foldable treadmill with a large incline and descent range to keep your workout challenging.

Add an iFit membership (monthly subscription required) and your treadmill turns into a fully immersive running machine with enthusiastic Peloton-style instructors to push you to train harder and get fitter.

It’s a shame it only has a 7-inch color screen, but this is big enough to take classes without being distracted. The minimalistic console, two-speed fan and Bluetooth speakers provide a satisfying running experience.

Sturdy and well-made, it has a slightly retro design, but has everything you’d expect from a treadmill in this price range, including 30 preset workouts, then access to thousands of online classes via the iFit app (memberships from £29/$ 39 / AU$53).

We like how the treadmill automatically adjusts the incline to mimic trails so you can mimic hikes and take in epic views in places like Mongolia or Ecuador (iFit app only). And don’t worry about zapping your electricity, as the treadmill has a built-in efficiency booster to keep energy bills low.

You can fold the ProForm Premier 900 treadmill vertically when not in use, and the internal cooling system helps minimize vibration and noise levels and extend the life of your treadmill.

It’s not the best choice for people who are tall – 1.80m or taller – as the strap may be a little short to fit your stride without sliding off the back, but on the plus side it has great cushioning and a quiet but powerful engine. This really helps when transitioning between inclines, and it can go up to a 12% incline and 20mph, which, let’s face it, is a challenging workout for even the strongest of us.

Proform Premier 900 review: Image of the Proform treadmill under test

Credit: Maddy Biddulph

Price and release date

  • Good value machine
  • iFit membership costs extra

The ProForm Premier 900 treadmill is now available from ProForm for £1,488 / $1,999 / AU$2,766.

Keep in mind that you’ll also need to pay £28 / £39 / AU$54 per month to access the iFit virtual library of workouts. You can use the treadmill without iFit, but expect basic programs and functionality.

Design

  • Small 7-inch screen
  • Shorter tread and running space

The ProForm Premier 900 treadmill has an ergonomic, albeit slightly 80s-esque design with a minimalist 7-inch color console. This doesn’t look as sleek as the Peloton tread, nor as feature-packed as the NordicTrack Commercial 2950. The screen feels a little small given the size of some of the touchscreens on the latest treadmills, but it’s big enough to follow virtual classes.

The treadmill weighs 194 pounds and its dimensions are 64 x 73.5 x 35 inches. It can reach speeds of up to 20 mph and has a good incline/descent range of 12% and -3%. The ProForm Premier 900 has a multi-speed fan, which is great during higher intensity runs, and two large bottle cages that double as a smartphone tray.

It has quick speed and ramp controls so it’s really easy to navigate between different settings, and the handrails have ECG touch sensors for heart rate monitoring. Alternatively, the treadmill also works with a Bluetooth chest strap (not included).

The small console has all the core stats covered: time, speed, distance, calories, heart rate and incline/descent.

The ProForm Premier 900 also has a solid sound system, with two 2-inch speakers and an audio jack so you can listen to your favorite songs or podcasts. Not that it’s necessary, given the vast array of iFit workouts to try. Something we found a bit strange is that the treadmill doesn’t have a separate USB port, so you can’t charge your devices while exercising.

Proform Premier 900 Treadmill Review: Image of the Proform Treadmill Under Test

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Performance

  • Light and resilient tread
  • Easy to fold
  • Very quiet

Press manual mode (Start) to start your session or try one of the 30 preset programs to mix things up. These are divided into four categories – speed, intensity, incline and calorie – and you can also adjust your goals based on pace, distance, time and calories burned.

But the ProForm Premier 900 really comes into its own when you launch the iFit app and access the huge online workout library (iFit subscription required). Download programs directly to the console, create real Google Maps running routes, share your workout stats and compete against friends and family, as well as iFit members around the world. As you’d expect, the main metrics are time, distance, incline, speed, heart rate, and calories burned.

The ProForm Premier 900 is foldable and the shock-assisted lifting mechanism really helps to make this a smooth move when you need to store it. It also has a ‘ProShox Cushioning System’ built into the 55″ x 20″ running deck to minimize impact on the joints, and it feels light and bouncy to run on.

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The ProForm Premier 900 treadmill has a 3.0 CHP (continuous horsepower) commercial DC motor, which is efficient at powering the machine between the massive drop and incline of -3% and 12%, as well as reaching speeds of 20 mph. This is more than fast enough for most runners and helps to keep the workouts challenging.

The treadmill also has an internal cooling system designed to minimize vibration and noise, and I must say it’s fairly quiet even when running at full speed. I measured 60 dB on a decibel counter during a leisurely walk on the ProForm Premier 900 (same as a conversation), while jogging at different speeds and inclines was 75 dB (about the same as a vacuum cleaner).

The ProForm Premier 900 treadmill has many safety features. Parents will be grateful that it comes with a four-digit passcode, which prevents children (and pets) from accidentally starting the machine. It also has a safety screen timeout which resets the display if there is inactivity, and the usual emergency stop and safety key.

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ProForm Premier 900 Treadmill Review: Image of Treadmill During Test

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ProForm Premier 900 Treadmill Review: Image of Treadmill During Test

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ProForm Premier 900 Treadmill Review: Image of Treadmill During Test

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Buy it as

You are a fan of hill climbing
Considering the price, the ProForm Premier 900’s descent and incline range is impressive and will appeal to those into hill running and interval training. This is also especially good for people who live somewhere flat.

You like Peloton style group lessons

The iFit app definitely competes with Peloton for its wealth of virtual classes and energetic instructors. There are so many training styles to try out, with different coaches and music, that you will never get bored.

Don’t buy it if

You don’t want to pay for an iFit subscription
You can use the treadmill without it, but you’ll miss 17,000 on-demand workouts and live classes with Peloton-style instructors. But keep in mind an extra £29 / $39 / AU$54 per month to access virtual content.

you are tall

The ProForm Premier 900 treadmill has a standard belt size of 55 x 20 inches, but if you are taller than 6 feet, you may need a longer running belt to get into your natural stride.

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