ProForm Power 995i Treadmill Review

March 5, 2017

Reviewed Treadmill: ProForm Power 995i

Editors' rating:

Build Quality

Comfort

Workout Options

Ease of Use

PROS

  • Mainly designed for runners
  • 30 pre-set workouts provide enough training variety

CONS

  • The display doesn’t show all of the training information in one overview
  • A chest heart rate monitor isn’t included

The ProForm Power 995i is mainly designed for running. This treadmill has a 20- by 60-inch tread belt, which will probably be large enough for most runners. Plus, it has a 3.0 CHP Mach Z commercial plus motor.

A 3.0 CHP motor is strong enough for high intensity runs. If you are looking for a treadmill for your high-intensity runs then the Power 995i will probably be a good choice.

KEY FEATURES

  • The SpaceSaver Design 81” length * 37” width * 66.75” height with EasyLift Assist helps you to place, fold and unfold the treadmill. Be aware that you’ll still need to be able to lift 45 lbs to fold, unfold or move the treadmill.
  • The 2.5-inch balanced rollers help to increase the durability of the tread belt.
  • 2 iPod or MP3 Compatible 2” audio speakers give you the ability to listen to your favorite music while working out without earbuds or additional audio system.

REVIEW OF THE PRODUCT

Build Quality: 4.5/5

The motor is one of the most important parts of a treadmill and usually tells you quite a lot about the overall build quality. This treadmill has a 3.0 CHP Mach Z commercial plus motor which is build to make you run at a maximum of 12 miles per hour. A 3.0 CHP motor is strong enough to run comfortably, even at a higher speed level.

Furthermore, the treadmill has a 350 lbs user weight capacity. This is probably enough for most people. ProForm claims that they test each treadmill belt separately by letting it run for one million cycles at ‘double the user weight’. So that they can ensure the quality of the tread belt and the quality of the overall treadmill.

Lastly, there’s the warranty period, which seems to be pretty ‘OK’ compared to other treadmills. This is what you get in terms of warranty; lifetime frame and motor Warranty, 3 years on parts and 1-year labor warranty.

Comfort: 4/5

The Power 995i is equipped with ProForm’s ProShox trademarked cushioning. The cushioning system is designed to protect your joints and provide you with extra comfort during your workout. This is especially useful for higher intensity workouts or people who are recovering from an injury.

Additionally, the CoolAire Workout Fan might be a welcome feature to make your training more comfortable. The fan has two speed settings, which you can change via the buttons on the middle of the console. This is probably a nice extra if you place your treadmill in a room without windows that can be opened.

Workout options: 4/5

There are 30 workout programs for you to choose from, which ProForm calls workout ‘apps’. They are divided into 15 interval apps and 15 tempo apps. Each individual program automatically adjusts the speed and incline of the treadmill.

Of course, you’re also able to adjust the speed and incline yourself. The buttons on the console allow you to change the speed up to a maximum of 12 mph and a maximum incline of 15%.

Furthermore, the 995i is iFit enabled. iFit gives you access to new workout programs designed by certified personal trainers and new workout options. To use this function you’ll have to connect your tablet (or smartphone), which can be placed in the integrated tablet holder.

The connected tablet will then function as a screen and allows you to display a Google Maps route or navigate through the iFit options. Keep in mind that iFit is a paid membership, which normally isn’t included when you purchase the treadmill.

Ease of Use: 3.5/5

The round Watts LED display is mainly designed to give you a clear overview about the intensity of your workout. This treadmill separates your workout in three workout ‘zones’; endurance, tempo and the peak zone.

When you are working out at a low pace you’ll probably be in the endurance zone. According to ProForm, the tempo zone is a good zone if you want to train at your ideal heart rate based on your weight. Lastly, when you train in the peak zone you will likely be training at your maximum intensity.

Additionally, this treadmill does still have the possibility to show other information about your training, which is the; incline level, speed, elapsed time, calories burned, distance covered and your current heart rate. However, you can’t display all of this information at the same time.

"HOW DOES IT COMPARE?"

ProForm Power 1295i

The ProForm Power 1295i is the upgraded version of the 995i. The main differences are the; stronger 3.5 CHP motor and the built-in 7-inch HD touchscreen display.

The Power 1295i might be a good option for someone who is a more serious runner, although 0.5 extra CHP probably doesn’t make much of a difference.

It also might be a good choice if you don’t have a smartphone or tablet to connect to the treadmill because this treadmill does already have an integrated HD touchscreen which you could use to watch television or display your workout stats.

Nautilus T618

There are a lot of similarities between the Power 995i and the Nautilus T618. However, there are also a few differences which are worth mentioning.

One of the biggest differences is the 3-ply belt. This means the belt consist of 3 different layers. The 995i has a 1-ply belt. This might influence your running comfort a bit. Plus, it also has a stronger 3.5 CHP motor, just like the 1295i.

LifeSpan TR2000e

The LifeSpan TR2000e is worth a consideration if you are looking for a treadmill as a less serious runner. It has a smaller 55- by 20-inch tread belt, a 2.5 CHP motor and a maximum speed of 11 MPH. So compared to the 995i the specifications aren’t as good, but probably still good enough for a recreational runner.

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