Last Updated on May 13, 2022
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EDITOR’S NOTE: To read our review of another Aldi treadmill, the ProForm Cadence LT Smart Treadmill, click here.
Aldi sells a variety of exercise equipment at the beginning of the year, both in January and into February. The grocer sells everything from kettle bells to stationary bikes, and while Aldi won’t be confused for a fitness store, you can add a decent collection of cardio and strength training tools to your workout space.
In our time as a website — going back to 2016 — the one thing we’ve never seen at Aldi is a treadmill. It wasn’t hard to figure out why. They’re big and they’re expensive, both of which are an obstacle for a grocery store that lives and breathes on low prices and limited inventory space.
Well, Aldi now has a treadmill.
What We Know:
The ProForm 205 CST Smart Treadmill (Product Code: 702765, Model Number: PFTL32920) is an Aldi Find, which means its only in stores for a limited time. Once it’s gone, it’s gone, and it won’t be back anytime soon. ProForm is not an Aldi product label; it’s an established treadmill brand under Utah-based exercise equipment company Icon Health and Fitness. Icon’s other brands include Gold’s Gym and NordicTrack. Icon was formerly known as Weslo, and some stores still carry Weslo-branded equipment, including treadmills.
At the time of this post, this treadmill costs $249.99. If you’ve done any research into treadmills, you know that this is about as cheap as it gets. Very few treadmills sell for under $300, so if you’re in the market for a treadmill, you’re unlikely to find one less expensive than this one.
A few other vendors online sell the ProForm 205, but all of them are outside the United States. Inside the U.S, there do not appear to be any other retailers currently selling the 205. I found plenty of examples of other, more expensive ProForm models, including the 505, but I couldn’t find any active listings anywhere else for the 205. In addition, ProForm makes no mention of the 205 on its website.
Adding to the confusion, there appear to be some differences between the ProForm models on some websites and what Aldi sells. For example, this video of a ProForm 205 from a major UK fitness equipment retailer shows a glossy lineup of settings and a pulse-measuring handlebar, both of which are absent from the Aldi model. In other words, this appears to be a stripped-down version even of the ProForm 205 sold in other places. To be fair, though, those versions of the 205 retail for more than twice the cost of the Aldi version.
I reached out to ProForm to see if I could learn more about the Aldi model. At the time of publication, the company has not responded.
According to Aldi, the treadmill’s features include:
- Dimensions: 29.8″ W x 64.5″ D x 52.6″ H
- Foldable Design
- 16″ x 50″ tread belt
- 1.6″ precision machined rollers
- 1.75 CHP motor
- 0–10 mph speed
- Adjustable Incline: 0–6% manual incline
- Two manually adjustable incline positions
- LCD Display
- Rebound cushioning
- Integrated device shelf
- A 90 day warranty on parts and a 1 year warranty on the motor (you can find warranty information here)
One other note: the Aldi ProForm comes with a free 6-month iFit membership. iFit is Icon’s answer to Peloton’s digital classes, with “on-demand workouts, trainer-led classes, and auto-adjusting personalized speed.” iFit currently runs $15 a month for an individual membership and $33 a month for a family membership of up to 5 people, so 6 months of iFit is worth $75. Not a bad extra for what is already a pretty inexpensive treadmill. Keep in mind, though, that you would need another device, such as a smartphone or tablet, to watch the iFit classes.
What We Don’t Know:
Because treadmills take a lot of punishment, durability is an issue. Even expensive treadmills can develop problems over time, but cheap ones are often more likely to because of the way they’re built. You don’t have to look far to read horror stories of budget treadmills breaking down after just a short period of use.
What does that mean for this treadmill? We don’t know. It certainly is a budget model, but it’s also from an established brand. We’re still learning more about warranties and other support, and we’ll update this post as we do.
Have experience with the ProForm 205? Let us know in the comments.