ProForm Carbon T7 Treadmill Review – 2020

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Curious about the "free" treadmill ProForm is currently offering? Currently available as a zero money down with financing purchase—and the free three years of iFit thrown in to sweeten the deal—the ProForm Carbon T7 can make bringing home a treadmill easier.

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Features

8/10

Tech Specs

8/10

Build Quailty

9/10

Treadmill Review

Last Updated: 11-4-2020

For walkers and joggers looking to bring a compact new treadmill home, the ProForm Carbon T7 treadmill is one to consider. Similar to the ProForm Performance series treadmills, the Carbon T7 has a 2.75 CHP motor and 22" wide by 55" long treadmill deck. Serious runners should look to upgrade to the Pro series treadmills if they are set on a ProForm treadmill, but other users can be happy with what the Carbon T7 offers.

Even better, the Carbon T7 is part of ProForm Plus. It is a financing program that allows you to finance the Carbon T7, rather than paying for everything upfront, and receiving extended iFit Coach membership when you finance.

Price

Generally, the ProForm Carbon T7 treadmill is priced at $1,499. However, ProForm is running a special deal that allows you to purchase this treadmill with zero money down, on a three-year payment plan of $39 per month. When you choose to finance, you will receive three years of free iFit Coach membership.

The Carbon T7 Is Built For Users who:

  • Need a compact treadmill - The Carbon T7 has a compact footprint for a treadmill and is able to be folded up.
  • Want to walk or jog - This treadmill is best suited to accommodate walkers and joggers, and the cushioning can help to protect joints as you exercise.
  • Like workout variety - With iFit Coach, you unlock thousands of workout programs, giving you more options than any other treadmills that lack iFit Coach access.

Why The Carbon T7 earned 4 Stars

The ProForm Carbon T7 earn its star rating due to multiple factors, of which the top considerations were:

  • Decent amount of fitness technology - A 7" HD touchscreen is embedded into the console, allowing you to easily access iFit Coach and check workout data. The speakers and free iFit Coach membership is also a good addition to this treadmill.
  • Lack of hydraulic folding - A standard feature on most ProForm treadmills is a hydraulic folding system, which offers greater protection. However, the Carbon T7 comes with a spring-loaded pin. It is serviceable, but not ideal.
  • Best option when financing - If you are already looking to finance a ProForm treadmill, the Carbon T7 offers an excellent deal with the added value of three free years of iFit Coach. However, without that deal, this treadmill is a little overpriced for what is included.

Overall, while the Carbon T7 isn't the most impressive treadmill that we've reviewed here at Treadmill Reviews, it is a good addition to the ProForm lineup and an affordable financing option.


Main Specs - x/10

Specs “Quick Review”:

  • Motor Size: 2.75 CHP
  • Running Area: 20" W x 55" L
  • Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Folding: Yes
  • Footprint In Use (W, L, H): 35.24" x 74.62" x 64.39"
  • Incline Range: 0-12%
  • Max Speed: 0.5-12 MPH
  • Treadmill Best For: Walking, Jogging
  • Electrical Requirements: 120V

Motor Size - With the Carbon T7, you get a 2.75 CHP motor. This motor operates relatively quietly, and we found it pretty responsive as we tested it, changing speeds and inclines. It can still heat up a room, so you will want good ventilation or at least circulation.

Running Area - A decent amount of running area is available on the Carbon T7. The area itself measures 20" wide and 55" long. While the width should not be a problem for most users, the length can be restrictive for taller users, especially if you use the incline features. So, if you are over 6'1", you might want to get a treadmill with at least a 60" long deck.

Weight Capacity - Surprisingly sturdy, the Carbon T7 can accommodate a user who weighs up to 300 pounds. We don't recommend users who are over this weight to use this treadmill, even if it is only by 15-20 pounds. Often, the added stress will wear out your treadmill faster. Instead, SOLE treadmills are similarly-priced and offer higher weight capacities.

Folding - One of two ProForm treadmills that don't offer hydraulic folding—the other being the SMART Performance 400i—the Carbon T7 can fold up. But, you need to use a spring-loaded pin to secure the deck. The use of a spring-loaded pin can make it a bit more difficult to fold and unfold the deck, especially if you are tired.

Space / Footprint - If you don't have a lot of space for a beefy treadmill, the Carbon T7 is a good compromise. While not as slim as other fitness machines, the Carbon T7 doesn't take up as much space as other treadmills in its price range. Its footprint measures 35.24” wide, by 74.62” long, and 64.39” tall.

Max Speed - The max speed on the Carbon T7 is 12 MPH. We don't recommend you use the higher speeds much, as the Carbon T7 isn't really designed to be a running treadmill. Also, many individuals are surprised how fast speeds above 7 MPH really are, and you don't want to fall off your treadmill.

Incline - You can go from 0% incline up to 12% incline on the Carbon T7. With this kind of incline range, you can increase the calorie burn on any workout.


Features - x/10

Features “Quick Review”

  • Display: 7" Smart HD Touchscreen
  • PreInstalled Workout Apps: iFit Coach
  • Speakers: Yes
  • Fans: No
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: EKG Handlebar Grips
  • USB port: No
  • Audio Jack: Yes
  • Water bottle cubbies: Yes
  • Device holder: Shelf

Workout Apps - Built into the Carbon T7 is the personal training program iFit Coach. This personal training program gives you access to world-class personal trainers, who coach you through workouts ranging from studio-style classes to hikes, walks, and runs recorded around the world.

The immersive nature of iFit Coach makes using your Carbon T7 more likely, as it takes away some of the drudgery that many people associate with treadmill use. Also, with your free three years of iFit Coach when you finance the Carbon T7, you can access not only treadmill workouts, but other exercise programs ranging from yoga to kickboxing classes.

Display - To access iFit Coach, as well as your treadmill workout data, the Carbon T7 comes with a 7" smart, high-definition touchscreen. This touchscreen can take a little sweat or water being splashed, though you want to avoid lots of moisture. You can also tilt the touchscreen display a little higher or lower, depending on your needs.

One drawback that is true for all ProForm treadmills is how the quick controls for the incline and speed are laid out on the console. As they are stacked right on top of each other, it is a little too easy to mistakenly push speed when you meant to press incline and vice versa.

Speakers - The dual speakers on the Carbon T7 provide a good amount of sound with great clarity. They can be turned up loud enough even if you are jogging, but the sound clarity does start to deteriorate at the highest levels.

Fans - There are no fans built into the Carbon T7.

Heart Rate Monitoring - You can use the handlebar EKG grips on the Carbon T7 to check your heart rate. However, these grips are not very accurate, like all treadmill handlebar heart rate monitoring grips.

Other Features

  • 3-years iFit Coach (when financed)
  • Safety key clip
  • Console has small shelf for devices

Build Quality - x/10

Carbon T7 Review: Build Quality

  • Warranties - 10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year labor
  • Belt - Quality tested
  • Roller Size - 1.9 precision-balanced
  • Cushioning - ProShox Cushioning
  • Customer Support - Email, phone
  • Return Policy - 30-day trial period

The Carbon T7 is one of the slimmer frame treadmills. We prefer the sturdier frames of the Pro series treadmills from ProForm, but the Carbon T7 frame is deceptively thin. It is still well-constructed and should be fine for walkers and joggers, though runners are better off upgrading to at least the SMART Pro 2000 or one of the NordicTrack Commercial series treadmills.

As we mentioned above, we aren't a huge fan of the spring-loaded pin, as it isn't as secure or safe as the hydraulic folding system found on other ProForm treadmills. However, it is adequate, and just requires a little more care and attention.

ProShox cushioning is standard on all ProForm treadmills, and the Carbon T7 is no exception. It comes with the cushioning built into the deck along with dual shock absorbers on either side of the treadmill deck to reduce your impact.

Bottom Line Review Of The ProForm Carbon T7 Treadmill

Overall, the ProForm Carbon T7 treadmill is an average offering from ProForm. It doesn't have any truly standout features among a fairly impressive treadmill lineup. However, the accessible financing option and three free years of iFit Coach do make the Carbon T7 a better deal.

So, if you are interested in years of free access to iFit Coach paired with a walking and jogging treadmill, then the Carbon T7 should be one you should be considering bringing home.

Best Place To Buy The ProForm Carbon T7 Treadmill

If you want the financing deal and free iFit Coach years, then you will need to go through ProForm directly to purchase the Carbon T7. Also, as we have seen, not many third-party sellers are even carrying the Carbon t7, so it is best to go directly to the manufacturer on this one.

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