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ProForm 6.0 RT Treadmill Review

Not to be confused with ProForm’s Sport 6.0 treadmill, the 6.0 RT model is one of ProForms lowest levels of treadmill often priced below $500. For those who were originally going to buy a budget machine but are prepared to spend a little bit more for additional features, then the ProForm 6.0 RT Treadmill will peak your interest.

Overall Treadmill Rating: 3/5


  • Relatively cheap
  • Incline controls
  • Small and compact
  • Foldable
  • Compatible with iPod


  • You can get much better machines for around a $100 more
  • Not the largest running area
  • Warranty could be longer
  • Can be quite loud

Key Features

  • 2.0 CHP mach motor
  • 8 built-in-workouts
  • EKG heart rate monitor
  • 0-10 MPH top speed
  • Treadsoft cushioning

What is the ProForm 6.0 RT Treadmill?

The ProForm 6.0 RT is a treadmill manufactured by reputable fitness brand ProForm and represents their entry-level machine. Built as a light, small and compact machine this foldable treadmill will interest those looking for quality at a bargain price.

It is one of the most popular treadmills due to its many features, relatively small size, and the fact that it doesn’t cost too much.

Price: 3/5

The ProForm 6.0 RT Treadmill price seems to hover around the $600 mark and often dips down to $500. Whilst the 6.0 RT is a drastic upgrade in quality over budget treadmills, it could be argued that there are much better alternatives to this treadmill should you be paying around $600.

You may want to look at Proform’s 505 CST Treadmill.

There are other treadmills around this price point that have more powerful motors, more features and better warranties. However, if you manage to get this for close to $400 then it could be considered a good deal. At the end of the day, it depends on how much you want to spend.

Reliability & Warranty: 2.5/5

From the outset, it is a reliable machine. The 2.0 CHP motor will be able to handle walking and light jogging, but you may find that the reliability may decrease if you are using this to run on a daily basis.

The warranty is slightly on the disappointing side. On the frame and motor, there is a 5-year warranty and only a 90-day parts and labour warranty. Contrast this with other treadmills which offer a lifetime warranty on frame and motor, and up to a year of labour. To sum up, the warranty isn’t particularly that great.

Stability and Quality: 3.5/5

Generally, it’s a well-built machine and relatively sturdy. It’s not as sturdy as some of the other mid-level models but it still has a steel frame that won’t wobble too much.

There could be some stability issues if using this machine for heavy running.

Power & Noise: 3/5

The ProForm 6.0 RT Treadmill at 2.0 CHP isn’t the most powerful motor and may struggle to satisfy larger users who wish to run a lot on this machine. That being said it can reach top speeds of 10 MPH which is enough to get a decent run. The motor, however, has more than enough power to satisfy walking and light jogging.

Users on Amazon have reported that the machine can be quite loud at times. If you’re conscious about the amount of noise your treadmill makes then this is something to consider.

Size: 3/5

The machine is pretty light compared to other machines in this price bracket which is a good thing for a foldable treadmill. However lighter treadmills usually have to make compromises in other areas, one being the belt area.

The belt area is smaller than most treadmills that cater for walking, running and jogging. If you want to run on this treadmill then it’s not going to be entirely comfortable. To run comfortably you want at least a running area of 20 x 55 inches, the ProForm 6.0 RT Treadmill measures at 16 x 50 inches only. You may find that you have to keep focused on staying within the belt area, particularly at high speeds.

In addition, taller individuals over 6ft may find that their strides are too long for the machine. However, it depends entirely on what you are using the machine for whether that be walking or running. If you’re over 6ft and plan to do a lot of running, then you should try out this treadmill before buying just to be sure.

Features: 3.5/5

There are a number of features which will attract buyers. The machine has a panel with 8 built-in workout programs, which is an adequate amount, however, we’ve seen other treadmills offering 20 or more workouts around this price range.

The specs suggest that the ProForm 6.0 RT Treadmill could satisfy training to a high level, most notably that it has the ability to control the incline should you wish to increase the intensity.

The extra non-running benefit that everyone loves is built-in speakers. The ProForm 6.0 RT Treadmill is compatible with MP3 players.

Should I Buy The ProForm 6.0 RT Treadmill?

For someone who plans for intensity and to push themselves hard consistently, the ProForm 6.0 RT Treadmill may not live up to expectations. The small area of the running belt would make this uncomfortable to run on and is much more suited to walking. It is this factor which means that the 6.0 RT treadmill is better suited for smaller and lighter people. Larger and heavier users may require a machine with a larger running deck and a more powerful motor.

The other thing to bear in mind is that for a couple hundred dollars more you can get a more powerful motor, a better build and a much better warranty. As an alternative, you may want to look at the Proform 505 CST Treadmill.

However, if you’re only looking to use this machine for walking and possibly light jogging, then this machine is more than capable of providing you with a good experience.

It’s relatively small and light and makes the ProForm 6.0 RT Treadmill perfect for users who only plan to do light workouts.