ProForm Carbon T7 Treadmill Review

At an appealing price point, the Carbon T7 also comes with an impressive iFit deal.

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The ProForm Carbon T7 Treadmill is a smart solution for many home gyms with its affordable price tag and array of useful features. It’s one of the few treadmills on the market in this price range that has a touchscreen display with interactive classes. In addition, the treadmill includes a cooling fan, full-deck cushioning with shock absorbers, and foldability to save space when you aren’t using it. Plus, the dual speakers allow you to enjoy the free one-month iFit membership without using headphones

On top of all of that, it doesn’t take up a whole lot of space, which can be great for those working with an apartment or confined to a corner of the garage. If you’re looking for a basic build with high-tech features at a low price point, the ProForm Carbon T7 should check most of your boxes. 

Main Takeaways

  • The ProForm Carbon T7 comes with a free month of iFit, which gives you access to 16,000+ interactive instructor-led classes.
  • ProForm prides itself on its ISO Flex cushioning system that offers comfort throughout the belt’s surface.
  • This ProForm is an affordable treadmill that’s great for small spaces while still providing high-tech features like a seven-inch touchscreen display.
ProForm Carbon T7 Treadmill
ProForm Carbon T7 Treadmill
ProForm Carbon T7 Treadmill

The ProForm Carbon T7 treadmill is affordable, solid and comes with a free one-year membership to iFit, making it a great value for those looking to buy an entry-level treadmill that will last. 

ProForm Carbon T7 Treadmill Highlights

There are many reasons to love the ProForm Carbon T7, but it may not be for everyone. This treadmill is a smart buy if you want a model that is cost-effective and can supplement your weightlifting. It’s also ideal if you’re working with a small space — it’s got a fairly small build in comparison to some of the more expensive, higher-tech options on the market that have longer decks and wider consoles to accommodate more technology.

However, you might want to splurge on something more expensive if you have a long stride or are tall as this tread’s running deck is a bit short at 55 inches. It also has limitations when it comes to speed and incline — while many more expensive treads go up to 15 percent in incline and 12 mph in speed, this tread only hits 10 percent incline and 10mph in speed.

Who Should Buy the ProForm Carbon T7 Treadmill 

  • Runners who want to be challenged by trainers in interactive classes. This tread comes with a free month of iFit as well as iFit technology built into the touchscreen display. 
  • Anyone looking for a high-tech treadmill for under $1,000. A lot of treadmills in this price range don’t offer touchscreen displays or iFit compatibility. 
  • People building out their home gym in a small space will appreciate the small footprint of this treadmill — its dimensions are only 35.2 inches wide by 73.5 inches deep by 57.5 inches tall. 

Who Shouldn’t Buy the ProForm Carbon T7 Treadmill 

  • Someone looking for built-in workout programs. While this tread is equipped with iFit technology, it doesn’t have basic workouts built into the console like a lot of standard treadmills do have. 
  • Elite athletes who may need to hit speeds higher than 10mph and 10 percent incline — this tread’s speed and incline are limited to that. 
  • Individuals with longer strides may need a running deck longer than 55 inches. 

Price

When looking at the features included with the ProForm Carbon T7, you may be surprised to find it only costs $999. Included in the price of the treadmill is a one-month iFit membership, a $39 value. After your one month is up, you’ll need to pay for the iFit membership yourself if you want to continue using that technology (which we highly recommend).

Overall Build and Quality

The frame on the ProForm Carbon T7 is built-to-last and guaranteed with a 10-year warranty. Plus, it’s foldable and has wheels for easy movability. It’s a fairly small treadmill, which means it’s great for small spaces, but it also means the running area is only 55 inches long, which could be a little short for taller athletes. While running quietly, the motor achieves speeds of 10 mph and inclines up to 10 percent. While these numbers are great for your average athlete, elite athletes may need to hit higher numbers. 

Features

In addition to basic features like speakers, a fan, speed/incline jump buttons, and volume control, the Carbon T7 also comes with a seven-inch HD touchscreen display, which allows you to follow along with the interactive iFit workouts and keep track of your calories burned, time, distance, and more while you run. The ProForm Carbon T7 also has Bluetooth compatibility and two water bottle holders to round out its functional console. 

Incline range 

With an incline range from zero to 10 percent, the T7 has enough of an incline for most workouts. Plus, you can make easy adjustments using the quick jump button controls. However, more elite athletes may want to opt for a treadmill that reaches higher inclines
— many more expensive treads reach heights of 15 percent incline, and some even go all the way up to 40 percent incline. 

Speed range

The speeds range from zero to 10 miles per hour on the T7. This is a somewhat low upper limit, but it should be enough for most home gyms. And, as with the incline range, you can make instant adjustments using the quick buttons. However, if you’re looking to hit higher numbers, you can find a wide variety of treadmills that hit speeds of 12+mph. 

Included Workouts 

One of the biggest negatives of the ProForm Carbon T7 Treadmill is that it doesn’t come with any built-in workout programs. Fortunately, you get a free month of iFit, so you can pick from an array of interactive classes to help you lose weight, build muscle, or achieve other fitness goals during your first month of ownership. After that, if you want to continue using iFit (which we recommend to get full use out of your treadmill), you’ll have to pay the membership fee — $39 per month or $396 per year. 

Display

You can effortlessly view your workout stats with the seven-inch high-definition touchscreen display that comes with the T7. This allows you to watch instructor-led iFit classes, track your stats (like calories burned, time, and distance), and stay motivated.

Speakers 

Listen to music or videos with the built-in dual two-inch speakers. You can connect your mobile device through the audio auxiliary port or via Bluetooth. The speakers are a must if your earbuds tend to fall out from the jostling of jogging. In addition, these speakers will project your iFit workouts if you opt to conquer an instructor-led class.

Fans

You can keep your workout comfortable with two built-in fans. The fan features four speed settings you can switch between depending on how much your workout heats up. 

Heart Rate Monitoring 

When you use the T7, you can monitor your heart rate using the EKG grip pulse heart rate sensor. However, this isn’t super helpful when using the treadmill or trying to track your heart rate through iFit classes. If you want to consistently track your heart rate or use the heart rate zone training within iFit, you’ll have to connect your own separate heart rate monitor. 

HDMI, USB and Other Inputs

Other than the audio auxiliary port, the T7 doesn’t have any other inputs. Fortunately, with the audio port, you can plug in your headphones or mobile device.

Bluetooth and Audio Options 

You can use Bluetooth connectivity to listen to your favorite music or stream shows on the treadmill’s speakers. You can also use it to connect your personal heart rate monitor if you want to use those stats for your training. 

Water Bottle, Cup Holders, Tablet and Phone Holders 

On either side of the display, there are nooks for holding cups, water bottles, or any other accouterments you may need during your workout. However, it’s worth noting that these holders don’t keep your bottles or accessories very stable as you run — anything you put in the water bottle holders will move around quite a bit as you exercise. In addition to these water bottle holders, the T7 also has a spot for your tablet or phone located just above the bottom controls. 

Product Specs 

The ProForm Carbon T7 Treadmill has a solid list of specs for its affordable cost. It comes with a one-month iFit membership, has a small footprint, and offers patented shock absorbing technology. Additionally, folding the deck is hassle-free with this machine’s hydraulic lift system. Plus, the wheels along the bottom make it easy to move around, and the frame comes with a 10-year warranty, which ensures its high-quality build. 

Motor Size 

The average-sized 2.6 CHP Mach Z motor is designed from high quality components to keep it from overheating and provide you with a smooth conditioning workout. It’s fairly quiet, but it does make some noise, so you won’t have a fully silent machine for your early morning sessions. 

Running Area

With a running area of 20 inches wide by 55 inches long, the ProForm Carbon T7 is long enough for average athletes to reach their stride while providing plenty of room for side shuffling and other non-running activities. However, taller runners may find 55 inches too short, and clumsy runners may find 20 inches a bit narrow. You can find larger running areas out there if you fall into either of those categories. 

Weight Capacity 

This tread can support users who weigh up to 300 pounds. While that can accommodate a solid amount of athletes, you may want to look for something a little more rugged if you’re heftier and/or like to sport a weighted vest on your runs.

Folding Options

When you’re finished with your workout, the T7 folds up and out of the way. And, if you’re beat after a particularly intense HIIT workout, the easy-assist shock can help you lift the deck with just a push. When you’re lowering the deck, the hydraulics can allow the deck to float down to the ground even without manual assistance. 

Footprint While In Use vs. Folded 

While in use, the T7 has a footprint of 35.2 inches wide by 73.5 inches deep by 57.5 inches tall. It folds up in a v shape when not in use, so while it is a smaller tread, you can’t press it straight up against a wall for storage purposes. 

Max Speed and Incline Range 

The 2.6 CHP motor of the Carbon T7 only supports inclines up to 10 percent and speeds up to 10 mph. Most users will find this is enough for their needs. However, you might want to shell out extra bucks for a more powerful treadmill if you are a competitive runner or do CrossFit. It’s worth noting that the 2.6 CHP motor moves between inclines fairly slowly, so if you’re looking to switch between different heights quickly for an interval workout, this may not be the best buy for you. 

Electrical Requirements 

All you need to operate the T7 is a grounded/three-prong 120-volt, 15-amp outlet in your workout area.

Warranties 

A 10-year warranty covers the frame of the T7. And parts and labor are covered for one year.

Belt Information and Roller Size 

ProForm tests each of its belts for one million cycles at twice the user weight before testing them so you can count on durability. The rollers are 1.9 inches and precision balanced, non-flex. This causes minimal wear and tear, reduces the noise, and improves the grip.

Cushioning and Feel

The ProForm has ISO Flex cushioning throughout the deck, as well as shock absorption to protect your joints. You can actually see the red shock absorbers working on either side of the deck as you run.

Workout Apps and Compatibility 

The Carbon T7 is not directly compatible with any fitness apps outside of iFit. However, you do get free access to the iFit program during your first month of ownership. Afterwards, you’ll have to pay $39 per month or $396 a year to continue to use iFit. 

Subscription Options

The ProForm Carbon T7 comes with a free month of iFit, which has a $39 value. iFit is one of the top interactive training programs available. The program tracks your training and automatically records your sessions for you. You can also stream studio class workouts or run through trails and cities across the globe — iFit has over 16,000 live and on-demand classes to choose from. Plus, you have the option to allow the trainers to control the incline and speed of your T7 as you follow along to a class.

Places to Buy 

The Carbon T7 Treadmill is available for purchase directly through ProForm.

Company Information 

ProForm is one of several brands owned and operated by iFit, the largest manufacturer of exercise equipment in the world. Recently rebranded from Icon Health and Fitness to iFit, ProForm is the more affordable option for cardio equipment under the iFit name — NordicTrack also sells similar equipment, but (most of the time) at higher price points. 

ProForm has a relatively strict return policy. You can return your treadmill within 30 days of receipt, but a 10 percent restocking fee and return shipping fee of $250 will be deducted from your refund. You may also incur charges for damage, or wear and tear. You can reach ProForm’s customer service team by calling 1-888-742-0128.

Final Word

The ProForm Carbon T7 is one of the more affordable treadmill options on the market, but what’s great about this machine is that it still comes with high-tech features, like the seven-inch HD touchscreen display. On top of that, you’ll get a month of iFit for free with your purchase, which you can access on the touchscreen display. 

It has a small build, which makes it ideal for apartments, or home gyms confined to the corner of a garage — but, since it’s smaller, its running deck is also shorter, which may not be ideal for taller athletes who have a longer stride. However, if you’re looking to stick to a budget, but you still like taking virtual classes, appreciate some solid technology, and need a tread that can fit into a smaller space, the ProForm Carbon T7 could be a great find for you.

FAQs 

How loud is the ProForm Carbon T7?

The treadmill’s motor is designed to run quietly, which makes it ideal for at-home workouts. However, it still makes some noise, so if you’re working out early in the morning, you’ll want to be sure you’re far enough away from the late sleepers in your household. 

Is the treadmill easy to assemble?

The instructions are easy to follow, but it’s easier to build if you have help. And even with help, it can still take a couple hours. You can choose to have white-glove assembly and leave the hard work to the pros if you’re willing to pay a little extra. 

How much does it cost to ship the ProForm Carbon T7?

When you order from the ProForm website, shipping is included in the cost of the treadmill. This makes the Carbon T7 an excellent, affordable solution.