Proform Performance 400 or Proform 850T?
~~Side-By-Side Treadmill Comparison Review~~
Motor: When it comes to the treadmill motor, it is important to note that having a stronger motor is always a better choice. That is why in this category, the Proform 850T wins over the Proform Performance 400. Although the Performance 400’s 2.25HP motor lost, it is still considered above average, the average being 1.6HP to 1.9HP. However, the Proform 850T’s 2.5HP is stronger,
Belt Width: It is a tie between the Performance 400 and the Proform 850T when it comes to the belt width category. They both have a 20” belt width and it should be noted that most treadmills especially those more expensive ones also feature a 20” belt width since this is the standard. However, there are also a lot of budget treadmills which offer only 18” to 19” belt width.
Belt Length: In terms of belt length, both models are tied. They both offer a 55” belt length. Considering that they belong in the budget treadmills category, their length is already thought to be above average because most models in this group only have a 53” belt length.
Preprogrammed Workouts: These two budget treadmills both offer an average number of preprogrammed workouts. However, the Proform 850T wins this one with a 24-15 advantage over the Performance 400.
Notable Features: In this category, it is hard to choose between the two models because both offer something different and unique to the user so it would be best to let you decide which one you prefer.
Both models have ProShox cushioning, quick adjustment buttons and a SpaceSaver folding design which is Icon’s trademark. However, the Performance 400 features a built-in sound system which you can plug your MP3 players to. It also offers a Workout Intensity Contro feature which enables you to adjust the intensity of your workouts.
The 850T on the other hand, has a cooling fan which can make you feel comfortable and refreshed during your workouts by giving you a gentle breeze. It also offers a limited time offer of adding an extra one year to your parts and labor warranties when you register with Proform. What’s more, this machine runs faster at 12MPH and has an incline of 12% max as opposed to Performance 400’s 10MPH and up to 10% incline.
Parts Warranty: The Proform 850T wins this category because upon registration, you get another extra year which makes it a total of 2 years compared to Performance 400’s only 1 year in parts warranty.
Labor Warranty: When it comes to labor warranty, the Proform 850T gets another win because upon registration, you get to have another 1 year for a total of 2 years while the Performance 400 only has 1 year offer.
Machine Weight: It is a tie between the two models because both have disregarded to mention their machine weight. This is disappointing because the actual weight of the machine is an important buying factor since it determines how sturdy a treadmill is.
Machine User Weight Capacity: The Proform 850T wins this round with a 325-lb weight capacity over the Performance 400’s 300lbs. However, it should be noted that both models did not indicate their machine weight so this information cannot be confirmed. However, to be safe, you should make sure that there is not more than a 100-lb difference between the user’s weight and the weight capacity in this case.
Money Back Guarantee: It is a tie between the two models when it comes to the money back guarantee. This is a great option for users who later on realize that they are not satisfied with the machine. As long as it is within the given time period, you can return the product and get a refund.
Conclusion: At the time of the review, both models are on sale and are priced at $599 each. However, if you compare them side by side, the Proform 850T is a much better choice simply because it has more superior features than the Performance 400. For one, it has a faster max speed of 12MPH while the Performance 400 only has 10MPH. The former also has a higher max incline of 12% as opposed to the latter’s 10%. The Proform 850T also has a stronger motor at 2.5HP and has 24 options in terms of preprogrammed workouts.
It may not have the Performance 400’s Workout Intensity Control and Intermix Acoustic 2.0 sound system with MP3 player support, the Proform 850T has a built-in fan and has a unique offer of a 1-year extension on parts and labor warranties when you register with Proform.
Apart from the little chance that you would choose the Performance 400 depending on the discount Proform will give these treadmills and the fact that it is still a decent machine because of its above average features, there is no doubt that the Proform 850T is the better treadmill choice.