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ProForm Carbon T7 Review

Quick Summary

The ProForm Carbon T7 is a solid treadmill choice if interactive training is your top priority. This is because you get the actual treadmill for free if you pay a monthly membership to iFit across 3 years ($39/month, totaling $1,403). Its 7” Smart HD touchscreen immerses you in iFit workout videos and Google Maps trails across the world with a 12% incline grade and top speed of 12 mph. Compact and easily foldable, the T7 will suit most home gym spaces. However, this also means that the machine has a shorter running track (20” x 55”). Also, its 2.75 CHP motor makes it best suited to walkers and joggers; it won’t cut it for advanced trainees. Read on for an in-depth review of the ProForm Carbon T7 treadmill.

 

Specifications

Model ProForm Carbon T7
Rating

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89.1%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$1403*
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$1403*
Speed

Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

0 – 12 MPH
Incline

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

0 – 12%
Motor

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

2.75 CHP
Deck

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

20” x 55”
Belt

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

ProShox Cushioning
Folding?

Some treadmills are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Programs

Treadmill Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

0
Max. Weight

Treadmill Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

300 lbs.
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

EKG Grip Pulse Heart Rate Sensor
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this treadmill will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

74.62” L x 35.24” W x 64.39” H
Display

Treadmill Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

7” Smart HD Touchscreen
Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

Some treadmills include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame: 10 Years
Motor: 2 Years
Parts: 2 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 89.1%

Our Rating

Rating: 89.1/100

If you’re on a budget and want an entry-level treadmill for interactive training at home, the ProForm Carbon T7 is a fantastic option for you. With ProForm’s current deal, you are only paying a monthly iFit membership cost over three years: the actual machine is free. We assume you would be paying the iFit membership fee if interactive training is a top priority for you anyway, so with this in mind it’s a great deal. After that, you own the machine.

 

The Carbon T7 is best suited to beginners or intermediate users, and is best for walking and jogging routines. Its 2.75 CHP motor isn’t powerful enough for advanced runners. That said, it does support a top speed of 12 MPH and an incline grade up to 12% to add challenge and variety to your training regime. Just keep in mind this is not a treadmill for consistent running, if that’s your primary training preference.

 

With iFit, you’ll have a huge variety of trainer-led videos at your fingertips, as well as Google Maps trails so you can virtually visit any location on the planet. iFit trainers will automatically control your incline and speed within workout programs. In virtual trails, the machine automatically syncs with the elevation of your chosen terrain. This is perfect for staying motivated, as the trainers and terrains push you through your workout without you having to lift a finger. That said, the 7″ screen is a bit small for our liking. It works well enough with iFit, but it isn’t as immersive as the 10″ or larger screens found on other ProForm or NordicTrack treadmills. But for the essentially free price, it’s hard to complain. It’s a plus that you don’t have to bring your device to the machine anyhow.

 

Another thing to be wary of is the track size. At 20” x 55”, it’s compact. It probably won’t cut it for taller trainees. That said, if saving space is your top priority, the T7 is a fantastic choice. It’s just 74.62” long by 35.24” wide and folds easily after workouts. Having a smaller running track is a sacrifice you have to make for the compact size. Read on for the key pros and cons of the ProForm Carbon T7 treadmill.

 

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Free: The T7 is free with your monthly iFit membership over three years.
  • Screen: The 7” touchscreen allows you to view iFit workouts directly on your T7.
  • Incline: The 12% incline allows you to add challenge and diversity to your workouts.
  • iFit: iFit offers a huge variety of workouts. You’ll never be bored of training again.
  • Sound System: You can plug in your device to the T7’s audio auxiliary port to play music through the treadmill’s set of speakers if you just want to jog to music.
  • Foldable: It’s easily foldable, allowing you to pack it away after workouts.
  • Compact: At just 74.62” by 35.24”, the T7 is compact enough for most home gyms.
  • Warranty: The 10-year frame warranty and 2-year parts warranty is a good deal considering the treadmill is technically free.

Cons:

  • Motor: The T7’s 2.75 CHP motor won’t cut it for advanced runners.
  • Track Size: With a 20” by 55” running surface, the T7 won’t work for taller users.
  • Screen Size: The 7″ screen doesn’t provide the most immersive iFit experience.
  • No Programs: There aren’t any preset workout programs. We would have liked to see some in case your connection goes down, or for when you have paid up the 3 years of iFit membership (so you could use the T7 for free).
  • Labor Warranty: Even though the treadmill is essentially free, we would have liked to see a longer labor warranty. It’s just 1 year.

Introduction

If you’re already willing to pay a monthly subscription cost for interactive training and want an entry-level treadmill to get you started, the Carbon T7 could be your perfect match. The actual treadmill is free when you commit to a 3-year monthly iFit membership. This makes it an impressive value purchase for your home gym.

 

It’s best suited to those who are new to fitness or intermediate trainees. Walking and jogging is the name of the game here, mainly due to the weaker 2.75 CHP motor. That doesn’t mean that the T7 won’t offer enough challenge and workout diversity for a lot of trainees, however. It can still support a top speed of 12 MPH and an incline up to 12%.

 

Not only can ramping up the speed and incline add challenge to your workouts as you progress, but it also works well with iFit. The iFit instructors can automatically change your speed and incline in workout programs. Essentially, it’s like having your own personal trainer, pushing you through your workout and helping you to progress. Read on for more details about the Carbon T7’s workout programs, features, and buyer protections.

 

Workout Programs

Unlike other ProForm models, the Carbon T7 treadmill does not have any preset workout programs. Interactive training via iFit is the key focus here, as demonstrated by the fact that you get the treadmill itself for free when you pay for an iFit membership (over 3 years).

 

With iFit, you’ll get access to a massive variety of on-demand workouts with certified personal trainers. These include outdoors and in-studio workouts. There’s also a Google Maps feature which allows you to virtually explore different landscapes across the globe. What’s more, with iFit, your incline and decline will change automatically to suit the trainer’s workout or the landscape you’re exploring. This unique feature allows for an immersive workout experience.

ProForm Carbon T7 Features

The T7 features a 2.75 CHP Mach Z motor. This won’t cut it for serious runners, but it’s a good match for walkers and joggers. It also features a 20” by 55” track and smaller 1.9” rollers. These features put it firmly in the light to moderate exerciser category. It isn’t a good match for intense training sessions or taller trainees.

 

That said, it can still support a top speed of 12 MPH and incline up to 12%. This will provide enough challenge for many casual trainees. The incline is an especially good feature to use with iFit. As you watch an iFit workout video on the T7’s 7” Smart HD touchscreen, the iFit trainer will automatically adjust the incline. Other entertainment features include an audio auxiliary port with dual 2” speakers for you to play music from your smartphone or tablet from the treadmill.

 

At 74.62” long by 35.24” wide, it’s compact enough for most home gym spaces. Its folding design allows you to pack it away after sessions too. But comfort is not sacrificed for the size. It still features ProForm’s comfortable ProShox Cushioning to protect your joints. What’s more, the weight capacity is 300 lbs., making it secure and stable enough for most users.

Warranty

The ProForm Carbon T7 treadmill ships with the following warranty package:

– Frame: 10 Years
– Motor: 2 Years
– Parts: 2 Years
– Labor: 1 Year

ProForm also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Conclusion

As the Carbon T7 treadmill is free with a 3-year iFit membership, it’s a good match for those who are already willing to commit to a monthly bill for interactive training. It’s an affordable, entry-level treadmill if interactive training is your top priority. Just keep in mind that the T7 is best for beginner and intermediate runners. Due to the weaker motor and shorter running surface, it’s best suited to moderate walking and jogging routines. That said, the incline combined with iFit will provide enough workout variety to keep most casual trainees motivated.

 

It really comes down to whether you are willing to sacrifice these features for the compact size and space-saving design, and whether you think you would be paying for iFit across 3 years anyway. If it’s a yes to these two questions, then the ProForm Carbon T7 is a solid choice for you. If you like what you see here but you’re looking for more power and a bigger screen, check out the ProForm Smart Pro 5000 and the Smart Pro 9000.