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Last Updated: December 1, 2023
In our review of the ProForm Carbon E10 Elliptical, we go over what you can expect from this tech-enhanced machine. One thing about ProForm is this brand manufactures high-quality fitness equipment that has nice features at reasonable prices. The Carbon E10 Elliptical takes reasonable to another level though. It comes free when you purchase a 3-year membership to iFit. iFit offers thousands of trainer-led workouts on the 10” touchscreen to help you stay motivated and engaged while getting a full-body, low-impact workout. The E10 is a front-drive elliptical with oversized pedals, 24 levels of adjustable magnetic resistance, and a 20% incline range. It’s comparable to other ellipticals on the market, but is it right for you? Let’s find out!
Why Trust Our Review Of The ProForm Carbon E10 Elliptical
Here at TRG, we work to review all kinds of fitness equipment. Ellipticals are popular machines and we work with brands to bring the latest models into our studio for testing. While we don’t have the ProForm Carbon E10 Elliptical in for testing yet, we’ve tested all other types of machines from ProForm as well as their other ellipticals. We’ve extensively used the ProForm Pro HIIT H14 Elliptical, as well as various ProForm Treadmills such as the Pro 9000 and Carbon T7. We’ve also tested several ellipticals including the Sole E25 and E35, NordicTrack FS14i FreeStride Trainer, and NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 Elliptical, to name a handful. So, in this spec review of the Carbon E10, you can trust that we have thorough experience testing and using ellipticals and other equipment from ProForm that has helped us to accurately assess this elliptical.
- 10” Touchscreen
- Free with a 3-year iFit Membership
- Dual 2” Bluetooth Speakers Headphone Compatible
- CoolAire Fan
- Water Bottle Holder
- Front-Mounted Transportation Wheels
- Footprint: 68.5” L x 25” W x 67.75” H
- Weight Capacity: 275 lbs
- Flywheel: 25 lbs
- Stride: 19” Power Adjustable
- Oversized Cushioned Pedals
- Multi-Function Handlebars
- Oversized Leveling Feet
- Magnetic Resistance: 24 levels
- Warranty: 10-years frame, 2-year parts, and 1-year labor
In-depth Review of ProForm Carbon E10 Elliptical
iFit comes enabled on the Carbon E10 Elliptical, as it does on other ProForm equipment. We’ve been taking workouts on iFit and reviewing enabled equipment for years, so I’m going to break down what you can expect from a subscription. Since the ProForm Carbon E10 comes free when you purchase a 3-year subscription to iFit, iFit is a big reason why the price tag of the E10 is so appealing. If you want to stream content like iFit on an elliptical, the E10 is one to consider because of this sweet deal.
A subscription to iFit gives you full access to thousands of trainer-led workouts. Each workout features an instructor who guides you through, providing motivation and instruction while you train. All of the workouts are filmed either indoors in professional studios or outdoors all around the world.
The outdoor workouts are where iFit really showcases everything it has to offer. The workouts are filmed on every continent. When using iFit on elliptical machines, you can take them in a variety of disciplines. You’re not limited to only following along with workouts that take place on ellipticals. You can take running, hiking, walking, and even unique workouts like rollerblading and snowshoeing. Of course, these workouts are filmed outside, but the nature of the workouts translates well on ellipticals. I have especially liked taking guided walks and workouts where the instructor was trekking through trails on snowshoes on other iFit-enabled elliptical machines.
If you want to explore the world on your own, you can with the Google Map feature. This lets you pick anywhere on the map to draw your own route. Once you’re following the route, Google Images of the location pop up. I’ve taken workouts through my tiny hometown as well as remote areas I’ve never been to.
The music plays through a FEED.fm. This functions like a radio. There are different genre stations that have preset playlists of songs that play in the background of each iFit workout. We would like to see some of the music be incorporated into the indoor workouts so you listen to each song with the instructor. I think this would help add more value to the indoor workouts on iFit.
Along with all of this, the Carbon E10 will also automatically adjust the resistance and incline of the elliptical during iFit workouts. The machine will adjust to match the format of the workout and iFit takes into account your previous workout history to help gauge appropriate resistance levels for you.
Overall, iFit is a popular and valuable fitness platform. It’s one of our favorites because of its wide variety of content options, integrated features, and engaging experience it provides.
The console on the Carbon E10 is similar to other ProForm equipment. It comes with a 10” touchscreen that should be plenty large for most people. The largest screen we see on ellipticals is around 14-15”, so 10” isn’t too much smaller. It’s unclear whether the screen tilts up and down slightly, or if it’s fixed.
The numbered adjustment buttons below the screen let you adjust to specific resistance levels quickly. They skip some levels, but they’re nice to have and should make the Carbon E10 fairly intuitive to use. I would like to see some of these buttons for the incline added to a future model. The other buttons for the incline and resistance should be well within reach to adjust to specific levels when you want to though. You can also adjust the elliptical on the touchscreen in iFit workouts.
We aren’t sure how powerful the fan and speakers will be until we get the ProForm Carbon E10 in for testing. For most other equipment from ProForm that we’ve tested, the fan and speakers are pretty effective so these should be too.
Like most ellipticals, the E10 has a large water bottle holder below the console. This is for your water or phone, or whatever you might need nearby. There is also a small ledge below the screen to put your phone or tablet for when you want to stream your own content, which is nice. Keep in mind that you’re locked into streaming iFit content only from the touch screen and speakers on the E10, you can’t stream your own content from the machine itself.
Construction Quality & Durability
The ProForm Carbon E10 is a standard front-drive elliptical from the brand. It has a lot of similarities to other front-drive ellipticals from brands such as NordicTrack and Sole.
The footprint is fairly compact for a traditional elliptical, but keep in mind that this machine still requires a good amount of floor space to use. It also only handles weight up to 275 lbs, which is a little lighter than other ellipticals. You might want to consider a higher-weight limit elliptical like one from Sole if you need an elliptical with a heavier capacity.
The frame has two steel stabilizers, one at the front and one at the back to support the elliptical. Under each stabilizer are adjustable leveling feet so you can plant the E10 on the floor to prevent any rocking.
There’s also a rear-mounted handle so you can lift the back end to engage the front wheels to move the Carbon E10. With machines of this size though, some people might not be able to move this elliptical. It’s also probably a good idea to keep it in a designated space where you plan on using it due to its size and heavy weight. ProForm doesn’t list the exact weight but it’s most likely a couple hundred pounds, so not exactly light.
The pedals are oversized and textured to work with athletic shoes. You also shouldn’t have a problem with your feet slipping because of the textured bottoms and the inner and front ridges. The pedals are adjustable with a handle behind each of them so you can angle the front of the pedals more forward to help with toe numbness. It’s unclear how many settings you can adjust the pedals to, but this feature is helpful on other ellipticals to get a more comfortable fit, so it should be helpful on the E10.
The pedal stride length is 19” long. This should be sufficient for users of most heights. I usually prefer around 18” stride lengths because of my short 5’1” frame, and our taller reviewers over 6’ prefer 20”. With this small of a difference, the Carbon E10 should appeal to most. ProForm says it’s “power adjustable”. This most likely means that the pedal stride length shortens automatically when inclined rather than the user being able to adjust it to various lengths up to 19”, like the NordicTrack FS14i FreeStride Trainer. If you’re looking for an elliptical trainer with an adjustable stride, I’d check out that one. This one most likely stays at 19” and isn’t noticeable when/if that stride shortens slightly.
For a total-body workout, the ProForm Carbon E10 has moving handles that move in conjunction with the pedals. The handle motion is primarily lateral, like the pedals. This is where the E10 should feel very similar to other traditional ellipticals. The moving handles don’t have many grip options, like other machines. I’m assuming shorter users, like myself, will be most comfortable grabbing the bottom part of the handles, while taller users will like to grip the top.
The inner stationary handles are nice to have for multiple reasons. If you want to target your lower body, they’re great for this and for getting on and off of the elliptical. The pedals most likely move even when it’s unplugged, so holding onto the non-moving handles is helpful when getting on and off, at least it is for us when we use other ellipticals.
The flywheel is positioned at the front of the elliptical, making this a front-drive elliptical. I prefer this design on home ellipticals because it helps to cut down on the footprint a little bit, and it provides a good base of support at the front of the machine under the console. The flywheel is intended to help provide extra stability and contribute to the smoothness of the pedal strokes.
The 25 lb flywheel on the Carbon E10 is a good weight so this elliptical should feel really stable and smooth to use. We like to see flywheels weigh at least 20 lbs.
Many home ellipticals nowadays include an incline range. This adds more variety to your workouts. It also often shifts your positioning slightly to target more of your posterior muscles than just working at a flat grade. The E10 offers a 20% incline range that’s adjustable. One thing to keep in mind is that using the incline will raise you higher on the machine, so you’ll want to factor in your ceiling height to use this feature. We aren’t sure about the step-up height of the pedals from a 0% grade up to the full incline, but once we have this elliptical in, we’ll measure and update this review with that information.
This ProForm Elliptical comes with 24 levels of adjustable magnetic resistance. We assume the resistance is quiet and smooth. 24 levels is a pretty standard range, so you should have enough tension to work against. This machine might not offer as much resistance as commercial ellipticals you’d use in public gyms, but for a home elliptical, it should provide enough.
ProForm includes their standard 10-year frame warranty, 2-year parts warranty, and 1-year labor warranty with the Carbon E10 Elliptical. This is the brand’s standard warranty that they typically include with most of their machines. This is pretty good coverage. We also recommend having 2 people at least set up this elliptical due to its large size.