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ProForm SMART PRO 12.9 Elliptical Trainer Review

Brand: ProForm
Expert Rating: 3 stars

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Total Body Fitness with Motivational Technology!


The ProForm SMART PRO 12.9 overwhelms the competition with leading edge motivational technology and a slew of features. And this total package comes at a value price. A popular consumer magazine recently gave the Pro 12.9 machine an “Excellent” rating in the category of User Safety.

When we were at the ProForm headquarters we tried all of the Smart Series and we found the Smart Pro 12.9 to be the best value. It is a solid machine that gives you a smooth, natural stride. With this elliptical, you are getting a 32 lb flywheel, 35 workout programs, and an iFit ready machine along with a 7″ full color touchscreen.  This machine out-specs the ProForm PRO 9.9 and compares well to the ProForm SMART PRO 16.9 with a slightly smaller display screen (The SMART PRO 16.9 has a 10″ screen.)

ProForm is part of parent company ICON fitness, who are also the makers of NordicTrack machines. They offer machines with more bells and whistles than a lot of the competition at a really low price. Their flagship technology is iFit, which is fully available on the ProForm SMART PRO 12.9.

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What’s New on the SMART Series Ellipticals?

The SMART series from ProForm was released back in Spring 2018.  It comes with an upgraded console that works better with iFit Live.  This includes a better quality HD touchscreen with a faster and more responsive touchscreen.  The SMART series ellipticals also come with 1-year iFit membership included in the price.

ProForm SMART Pro 12.9 Elliptical Trainer Features

proform_pro12-9_console32 Lb. Flywheel — This is one the heaviest flywheels you will find on the market.  A heavier flywheel will provide a more natural and fluid-like elliptical motion. It makes you feel like you are running in the air.

Full Color 7″ Smart HD Touchscreen —  A bright 7″ touchscreen will make it easy to navigate through your programs with a familiar Android browser.  Swipe your finger to check your speed and distance stats.  For comparison, the ProForm SMART Pro 16.9 has a larger 10″ HD Touchscreen for around $200 more.

20 Degree Incline – Target your glutes, quads, and calves with the incline feature on the ProForm SMART PRO 12.9.  We found that it adjusts easily and quickly.

Tablet Holder — It may seem strange to rave about this simple feature, but it’s actually extremely useful.  You’ll never need to balance your expensive device while you workout again!  This shelf will keep it safe and secure.  The lower model, the ProForm Pro 9.9, doesn’t have a tablet holder.

iFit Ready— iFit Live is the star technology on all NordicTrack and ProForm machines. It allows you to create an online account, set goals, and track progress over time. Best of all, you can create custom workouts that simulate terrains in fun locations like Paris, the Swiss Alps, or the coast of Chili. ifitThe incline will adjust through a Google Maps syncing feature to mimic the actual hills and valleys. Be aware that iFit does require an extra subscription fee. If you’re unwilling to pay this regular fee, then there’s no need to pay for a machine with this level of technology. Of course, most of the nicer machines from ProForm and NordicTrack come with iFit whether you like it or not!

Note:  At the time of this writing, this machine comes with a FREE 1-year iFit Membership.

35 Installed Workout Programs — “Just Press Start and You’re Off!”  The PRO SMART 12.9 has 35 programs designed by personal trainers.  They will help add variety to your daily workout.

Multi gripsMulti-Grip Handlebars — Challenge your arms, shoulders, back and core by adjusting your grip while you workout.

Speakers & iPod Input —  Speakers are common on these types of machines, but ProForm has speakers that are better than most.

Easy Assembly — The ProForm SMART Pro 12.9 comes with easy out-of-the-box assembly so you don’t need to spend hours putting your machine together.  Our team members have spent up to two hours on some machines so this is a breath of fresh air!

Cool Air Fan – The fan comes with two speed settings.

Extensive Warranty —Lifetime Frame, 5 years parts, 2 years labor.  Great warranty!

Heart Control – The PRO 12.9 comes with pulse grip sensors and a free wireless chest strap. This is a ~$50 value for FREE.  Not bad!

Check out a comparison chart of all ProForm Ellipticals here.

Our Review — ProForm SMART PRO 12.9 Elliptical Trainer

If you’re looking for a machine with a wide range of technology features at a reasonable price, then this is a great machine to check out.  It compares well to the other PRO line models.

Proform pro 16.9

ProForm SMART PRO 16.9 – Read full review here.

The ProForm SMART Pro 12.9 is a better value than the Pro 9.9 because it has a heavier 32 lb flyweel, more programs, a 7″ HD Touchscreen (vs a 6″ backlit LCD screen) and a stronger warranty.

It has similar features to the SMART PRO 16.9 from ProForm.  The main difference is that the PRO 16.9 has a 10″ color HD touchscreen instead of only a 7″.  But let’s face it, we’re on the machine to work out, not enjoy a cinematic feature, so a smaller screen may be worth it for a few hundred dollars in savings.  Plus, you can spend the extra money you save on a smart tablet of your own.  It’s up to you!

Regardless which PRO model you select all are good values which is why NordicTrack is the largest fitness equipment manufacturer in the world.

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6 thoughts on “ProForm SMART PRO 12.9”

    1. Site Admin

      Hi Rodney. 20″ stride would probably feel constraining at your height. I would recommend a machine with a longer/adjustable stride, like the NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS10i or FS14i. Hope this helps.


  1. victor grinblat

    Have a new elliptical proform 12.9. When I use the manual workout, the minimum resistance 1 is hard. It doesn’t feel like the ones at the gym that are loose and easy to pedal until adjusted. It also shows 1 as resistance on the screen (incline is always 0 for me). What can I do?


  2. Ron Cary Rosenzweig

    Max weight for user?
    Any assembly?
    Can the elliptical be dropped off at an office space?


    1. Site Admin

      Hi Ron, the max user weight is 375 lbs. You can get it shipped anywhere, and it claims to have out of the box assembly so it should be a fairly simple process. Hope this helps


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