ProForm 205 CST Treadmill Review

Proform treadmills have a reputation for great specs at sensible prices without compromising on build quality. The competition at around this price is fierce with many other manufacturers, and indeed other models within Proform’s own range, providing plenty of options to choose from. We took a look at their 205 CST model to see what you get for your money.

Like most treadmills, the 205 CST needs to be set up before you can use it but unlike most treadmills, it doesn’t need to be assembled. It’s just a case of taking it out of the box, unfolding it and locking it into position with less than a handful of screws. It’s as easy as these things get.

At 165cm x 74cm (64.9″ x 29.1″) the footprint is roughly 20cm shorter and 20cm narrower than that you’d normally see on a standard treadmill making it compact enough to fit into a lot of spare rooms. But this model isn’t aimed at space saving and because of that it’s bigger than many compact machines. The idea here is to keep the budget under control while still providing a good running experience, not to save space, so we find things here you wouldn’t expect to see on a treadmill at this price point. In exchange for accepting a  smaller, less sturdy frame you get adjustable cushioning which for this money is practically unheard of. It uses Proform’s ProShox cushioning system too which is a system we like and features on many of their higher priced models.

Another compromise is the 41cm x 147cm running area which seems to be caught in between two worlds. At 41cm in width, the 205 CST is narrower than some of the most compact treadmills we’ve reviewed, while with a length of 127cm it’s significantly longer than a compact but not as long as a deck you’d find on the full-size machine. It all feels a bit confused because if you were trying to save space, given a choice you’d want to keep the width and lose the length (unless you happen to be particularly tall) and not the other way around as we find things here. In any event, the run isn’t at all bad and that’s mainly down to the excellent cushioning employed here.

In terms of how much of a challenge this treadmill can deliver, there’s a top speed of 16kph (9.9mph) which is fine as this model isn’t designed to focus on high-speed sprints, though this does mean if you’re an experienced runner that keeps a faster sort of pace on longer runs that you may find it’s a bit noisier than you’d expect. With a 1.75hp motor and relatively small diameter 1.6″ rollers, the 205 CST does make a bit of noise at higher speeds, like a lot of compact machines. The maximum 10% incline will almost certainly provide enough of a challenge to anyone thinking of purchasing this model so overall this tread will give you a good workout and let you work up a proper sweat.

The console features a standard 5″ LCD display and is iFit compatible. There are 16 preset workouts built into the console as well as a manual mode which, while not pulling up trees, is enough to be getting on with certainly. If you do want more programmes, it’s possible to sign up to the iFit interactive training service. Download the app onto a tablet, and then connect to the treadmill. Place the tablet in the holder and you can access HD workout videos led by personal trainers and a whole lot more, though this does come at a price via a subscription that’s currently in the region of £100 a year and requires a reasonably fast internet connection.

The Proform 205 CST is covered by a lifetime frame, 5-year motor and 2-year parts and labour warranty.

Best Price

Currently available for £499.99 from Argos

Review Summary - In Brief

The Proform 205 CST is a treadmill that's built well enough but that feels like it's lacking in direction. It's not as compact as a true compact, but it's not as well specced as some large machines, yet, the price is definitely at a point where the simple fact is you'll get more for your money elsewhere. Take the Proform Power 545i for example. For a few extra pounds you get a full sized deck, larger motor, better console, Proshox cushioning, larger rollers, many more programs and a bigger, sturdier frame. Or if space saving is what you need, the Viavito LunaRun is vastly more compact when folded yet has a wider running deck and is available for a good deal less.

ProForm 205 CST Specifications

  • 1.75 HP motor (continuous)
  • 0 – 16kph (0 – 10mph) top speed with Quick Speed™ controls
  • 0-10% incline with Quick Incline™ controls
  • 41cm (16.1”) x 132cm (52”) running area
  • 16 preset workout programmes (include incline, speed, calorie and interval)
  • 5″ high contrast multi-colour display
  • Feedback: time, distance, speed, incline, calories, HR
  • ProShox™ cushioning technology
  • Heart Rate Measurement via hand pulse grips
  • iFit® Bluetooth Smart Enabled (subscription optional)
  • Space Saver folding design with Easy Lift Assist
  • Extras: iPod/MP3 compatible, built-in speakers, auto stop safety system, transportation wheels
  • Dimensions in use (L x W x H): 168cm (66.1”) x 81cm (31.9”) x 140cm (55.1”)
  • Dimensions folded (L x W x H): 82cm (32.3”) x 81cm (31.9”) x 153cm (60.2”)
  • Max. user weight: 115kg (253.5lbs)
  • Product weight: 72kg (158.7lbs)
  • Power Supply: Mains
  • Warranty: 2 years for parts and labour.

ProForm 205 CST Treadmill - Console / Display Unit

ProForm 205 CST Treadmill - User Reviews

The Pros

  • Adjustable cushioning
  • iFit compatible
  • Easy assembly

The Cons

  • Limited for the money
ProForm 205 CST Treadmill Reviewer Ratings

Power - 5
Appearance - 5
Running Area - 6.5
Comfort - 6
Reliability - 7
Noise - 6.5
Ease Of Use - 7
Controls - 7
Warranty - 8.5
Value for Money - 4
Best Price

Currently available for £499.99 from Argos

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