These treadmills look remarkably similar and come in around the same price point. This isn’t really surprising since the same company – ICON Health and Fitness – makes them both.
The Proform Pro 2000 garnered a “Best Buy” award from a leading Consumer Magazine for 2017 and is a very popular treadmill in the mid-range market.
The Freemotion 850 treadmill is not as well known or as highly rated – but ICON does sell it through the discount chain stores quite a bit.
So it’s become pretty well known on the marketplace as a discount model.
Both of these treadmills come with a bright, backlit console and extra large 22 x 60 inch decks. Runners will also appreciate the high 15% incline and 3% decline found on both treadmills.
There are however some subtle differences between these two models buyers will want to know.
What are they? And which is best for you?
Here’s a review of the key differences between the Proform 2000 vs Freemotion 850 treadmills to help you decide.
Proform 2000 vs Freemotion 850 – Console
You see a few small differences between these two treadmills when it comes to the console.
The Proform 2000 has a bright, backlit console that is easy to read. It also has a sleek layout and one touch speed/incline keys along the bottom for quick, on-the-fly changes.
The Freemotion 850 Console looks similar – with a bright blue backlit console as well showing you your workout stats.
The layouts are a bit different.
You’ll notice that the fans on the Proform console are front and center whereas the fans on the Freemotion 850 console are more spaced out on either side of the console. This makes them a bit less effective than the fans on the Proform console – but it’s nothing major.
You may also notice that there’s an adjustable holder for your tablet above the console on the Proform 2000 treadmlll. So you can easily attach your tablet and watch your favorite shows or movies as you walk.
You don’t get the tablet holder on the Freemotion 850 treadmill. So there’s no way to watch movies or TV shows or surf the net on your tablet with the Freemotion 850 treadmill like you can on the Proform 2000.
This can also make a big difference if you want to use your tablet to connect to iFit and watch the real life trails pass you by (more on that below).
Proform 2000 vs Nordictrack 1650 – Heart Rate Monitor
The Freemotion 850 treadmill is compatible with a wireless heart rate chest strap – but it is not included with your treadmill.
However if you get the Proform Pro 2000 treadmill direct from the Manufacturer here, you can get a Free wireless heart rate chest strap included with your treadmill.
A lot of people prefer the wireless monitor over the hand grip sensors (found on both treadmills) because it tends to give you more accurate results. It’s also a lot more convenient than having to continually grasp the hand sensors to get feedback.
Proform 2000 vs Freemotion 850 Treadmill – iFit Scenery
Both treadmills are iFit compatible. iFit is an online subscription you can add to your treadmill. It will track your workouts for you and help you see how far you’ve come.
You can also run famous trails all over the world with iFit – from Paris to Sydney and watch real life landmarks pass you by in your tablet screen (see below).
Because the Freemotion 850 doesn’t come with the tablet holder, you won’t be able to do this (unless you hold your tablet – or build your own tablet holder).
Also, if you get an iFit subscription with the Proform 2000, you can also get a Free iFit wearable with your subscription (a $129 Value). It can help you track your activity, food and even sleep patterns throughout the day.
Proform 2000 vs Freemotion 850 – Extra Storage Space
Both treadmills have the extra stability bar under the console to help keep the console shake-free. However on the Proform Pro 2000 treadmill, you actually get some extra storage space for your remote, keys, phone etc.
It’s a small thing but it’s worth nothing nonetheless.
Proform 2000 vs Freemotion 850 – Stability
The Proform 2000 treadmill comes in at 291 pounds which is pretty heavy and helps to add stability to the machine.
The Freemotion 850 treadmill is a bit lighter at 284 pounds – not much of a difference. But if you’re looking for the most stable treadmill, the Proform 2000 would have the slight edge.
When it comes to the Proform 2000 vs Freemotion 850 treadmill comparison it can be hard to tell the difference between them since they look quite similar on paper.
But when you look closer you’ll see that there are a few differences that can affect the enjoyment of your workouts.
The Proform 2000 gives you an adjustable holder for your tablet that you don’t get with the Freemotion 850 treadmill. This allows you to easily connect with iFit and watch the iFit scenery as you run.
It also edges out the Freemotion 850 in terms of stability, storage space and heart rate options.
At the end of the day however it’s up to you. Both treadmills are great value for the money.
Want to learn more?