Which is the best treadmill for you?
These are two very popular treadmills that have been around for several years now (However both models are updated every couple of years).
They both pack a lot of value into a small price tag.
Both come iFit Coach-compatible with multi-color, HD consoles and both are customer-favorites.
So what’s the difference between them?
And which should you choose?
Let’s take a look at some of the key differences between them to help you decide on the best option for you.
Proform 2000 vs Nordictrack C990 Treadmill – Price
The Nordictrack C990 Treadmill is just slightly more affordable than the Proform Pro 2000, coming in around $1099 with Free Shipping here.
The Proform Pro 2000 treadmill comes in a bit higher. You can get it for around $1399 with Free Shipping here.
This makes sense.
The Nordictrack C990 treadmill is technically one of Nordictrack’s starter treadmills. The Proform Pro 2000 is the most affordable model in Proform’s “Pro” series.
The “Pro” series are treadmills that are built to be tougher than Proform’s starter treadmills with stronger decks, higher-powered motors and superior construction than Proform’s starter models.
So technically these two treadmills are in two different price classes – the Nordictrack C990 is a starter treadmill and the Proform Pro 2000 is more of a mid-range treadmill.
Comparing the Consoles…
While both treadmills give you a 7-inch, multi-color, touch-screen console, there are a few differences you may want to consider. Here is the Nordictrack C990 Console:
And here’s the Proform Pro 2000 console:
(Note – The Proform 2000 console used to be dual-color only but Proform updated the console this year).
Note also that the Proform 2000 console does come with a tablet holder above the console – it’s just not shown in the above picture.
As you can see the display is pretty much the same – but there are some differences in layout.
Personally I think the Proform 2000 console is a bit more streamlined and attractive looking – but it really comes down to a personal preference. They both have quick-touch buttons, built-in fans and console speakers.
Nordictrack C990 vs Proform Pro 2000 – Motor Power
The Nordictrack C990 treadmill comes with a very respectable 3.0 HP motor.
Considering the price point this is excellent. It’s also covered by a lifetime motor warranty.
The Proform Pro 2000 treadmill steps it up to a 3.5 HP motor with a lifetime warranty.
So overall the Proform Pro 2000 treadmill can handle a bit more stress and pressure than the Nordictrack C990 – making it great for multiple-user families or runners.
Incline and Decline Differences
The Nordictrack C990 comes with up to 12% incline (no decline). This is pretty good and in line with what you usually get for starter treadmills.
However the Proform Pro 2000 again outdoes the C990 with up to 15% incline and even 3% decline. So you have a lot more room to grow with the higher incline on the Proform 2000 treadmill.
And a lot of people like walking on a decline, especially after intense interval training. So it’s a nice option to have.
Proform 2000 vs Nordictrack C990 – Belt Size
While both treadmills give you extra-long 60 inch belts, there’s a difference in the width. You get a 22 inch belt width on the Proform 2000 whereas on the Nordictrack C990 it’s only 20 inches across.
So you have slightly more room to stretch out on the Proform 2000 treadmill.
Differences in Construction Quality
Let’s talk about rollers for a second. I know, boring right?
No worries – we won’t get too technical. What you really need to know is this: larger rollers help to reduce static on the treadmill belt and ultimately help prolong the life of your treadmill.
Translation: larger rollers mean a better quality machine.
The Nordictrack C990 treadmill comes with 1.9 inch rollers – which isn’t bad.
However the Proform Pro 2000 treadmill is designed with larger 2.5 inch rollers – which is better.
This is an example of how the construction quality is a bit better on the Proform 2000 Pro treadmill.
Another example? Look at the length of warranty.
The Nordictrack C990 treadmill comes with 1 year on labor and 3 years on parts.
The Proform Pro 2000 treadmill comes with 2 years on labor and 5 years on parts. Again, this is an indication of higher construction quality.
Proform 2000 vs Nordictrack C990 – Cushioning
This is one area where the Nordictrack C990 treadmill outshines the Proform 2000.
It comes with adjustable cushioning (Flex Select). So you can turn the cushioning up for more protection on your hips, knees and ankles. Or turn the cushioning down for a more road-like feel.
The Proform Pro 2000 does not have adjustable cushioning – although it does come with Proform’s Proshox cushioning – which is excellent.
When it comes to the Proform 2000 vs Nordictrack C990 – both treadmills have their advantages.
The Nordictrack C990 has some great basics including the strong motor and extra-long belt. It also comes with adjustable cushioning. And it’s more affordable than the Proform 2000 treadmill.
However the Proform Pro 2000 treadmill has better overall construction including the stronger motor and wider belt. You also get a longer warranty and better incline/decline options.
So at the end of the day it comes down to your preferences, budget and goals.
Want to learn more?
See the links below for specs, pictures and videos on each individual treadmill.