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Last Updated: December 2, 2023
The ProForm Carbon HIIT H10 is in ProForm’s lineup of HIIT Trainers. Along with its compact design and unique workout experience, the H10 is also a great deal. It’s part of the ProForm+ Program, so when you purchase a 3-year membership to iFit, you get the HIIT H10 for free! Yes, really. iFit is an interactive training platform available on equipment from ProForm. It includes an expansive library of thousands of workouts filmed indoors and outdoors. The Carbon HIIT H10 has a 10” touch screen for streaming iFit.
This HIIT Trainer provides a full-body workout as well that has a unique twist to traditional ellipticals. The pedals move in a more vertical pattern so it’s kind of like an elliptical and a stair-stepper. We’ve used the higher-end Pro HIIT H14 model, and let me tell you, it’s intense! So, if you’re looking for a good deal on an elliptical that has interactive training while targeting your hammies and glutes a bit more, the ProForm Carbon HIIT H10 might be for you. Keep reading our review of the ProForm Carbon HIIT H10 Elliptical to learn more.
Why Trust Our Review Of The ProForm Carbon HIIT H10 Elliptical
Although we don’t have the Carbon HIIT H10 Elliptical in our studio yet, we’ve extensively tested and have a full review of the ProForm Pro HIIT H14, which is the premium model of the H10. Because of our thorough experience using the H14, we’re able to compile this spec review of the H10 so you know what to expect. I’m excited to bring you this review because I enjoy using the H14 and find it to be one of my favorite ellipticals. It also has earned a spot on our best ellipticals list. We have high hopes for the H10, as well as high expectations since both of these machines are very similar.
- 10” Touchscreen
- Free with a 3-year iFit Membership
- Dual 2” Bluetooth Speakers
- Audio Auxiliary Port
- CoolAire Fan
- Water Bottle Holder
- Front-Mounted Transportation Wheels
- Footprint: 52” L x 29.25” W x 66.7” H
- Weight Capacity: 325 lbs
- Inertia-Enhanced Flywheel
- Stride: 10” Vertical 5” Horizontal
- 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 HIIT H10 Elliptical
A subscription to iFit is extra appealing on the Carbon HIIT H10 because when you purchase a 3-year membership to iFit, you get the H10 for free. This is a great deal if you’re looking for a piece of exercise equipment to stream iFit from. Here’s what you can expect with a subscription to iFit.
iFit is a complete, interactive training platform that offers over 17,000 on-demand workout classes and counting. These classes are led by over 180 instructors who guide you through each workout. The classes are filmed indoors and outdoors. What makes iFit, iFit, is the outdoor-filmed workout classes. These take place in locations all over the world.
No matter which format you like better (indoors or outdoors), all of iFit’s workouts feature a trainer who guides you through providing motivation along the way. iFit is available on other equipment from ProForm, like their treadmills. On the ellipticals and HIIT Trainers, such as the H10 though, you can take treadmill, running, walking, jogging, hiking, and even snow-shoeing, and ice-skating classes. iFit includes a wide variety so you don’t have to worry about getting bored on the Carbon HIIT H10.
A really nice feature that iFit comes with is AutoAdjust. This is where the resistance on the H10 automatically changes to match the format of the iFit workout. You can bypass this at any time, but it’s nice to have for hands-free training.
There is a manual mode for you to do your own thing, too. If you want something besides a white track and your metrics to watch though, you can use the Google Map feature. Here is where you can draw your own route at any location on Earth. Once you create the route, Google Images of the area are shown on the screen as you go. This is a fun way to explore on your own without an instructor.
The one aspect we’d like to see improved in iFit is the music. Currently, the music plays in the background, kind of like a radio, of each class. It isn’t integrated into the workout, so preselected playlists of songs that fall into different genre stations play in the background. You can change between the stations while you workout. We wish that some of the indoor workouts had music integrated into them, this way you can hear the music with the instructor. Having music built into workout classes helps to add to the overall energy.
Overall though, iFit is a definitely valuable training platform for guidance and structure in your workouts when you need it. It also makes for an even more interactive and entertaining workout on equipment like the H10. We like using it on ellipticals, especially the H14. It also doesn’t hurt that iFit is a part of the sweet deal that ProForm includes with the HIIT H10.
The ProForm Carbon HIIT H10 has a 10” touchscreen. This is where you track your workout metrics and stream iFit. This isn’t the largest screen we see on ellipticals, the largest however, is only about 14-15”. The 10” touch screen should be sufficient to clearly navigate and view iFit workouts. It’s unclear whether the screen can tilt up and down slightly like the H14. It doesn’t pivot to either side though, so if you want to utilize iFit’s mat classes from the screen, they might be harder to see when you’re off the elliptical.
As far as adjusting the H10, you can do this on the screen during a workout, and with the quick-adjusting buttons below the screen. These let you jump to specific resistance levels with a press of a button. The plus and minus buttons on either side of the numbered buttons adjust to the levels that aren’t available on the console.
You can also adjust the fan and speaker volume on the screen and on the console. We’re unsure of how effective the fan will be until we get the Carbon HIIT H10 in for testing. It’s larger than the H14’s which isn’t very powerful so we’re hopeful that it provides a good amount of airflow.
We also aren’t sure how powerful the speakers are. We’ve had good luck when testing all kinds of other equipment from ProForm like treadmills, exercise bikes, rowers, and other ellipticals, so these speakers most likely offer a good volume range with clear sound. They’re Bluetooth-enabled to pair with compatible headphones. You can’t play music from your device through them though. You’re locked into streaming iFit from them.
As far as storage, there is a large oversized water bottle holder below the console for your water. There isn’t exactly a designated device rack for your phone or tablet, but the ledge below the screen looks to be big enough to put your phone or tablet to stream content of your own when you want to.
Construction Quality & Durability
We anticipate the ProForm Carbon HIIT H10 Elliptical to be very similar to the higher-end Pro HIIT H14. As far as the construction and components, these machines are very similar. They have the same sized footprints so the H10 is pretty compact, especially compared to traditional ellipticals. The H10 also has a nice weight limit of 325 lbs so it should handle people up to that limit.
The H10 has two long steel floor stabilizers that give the machine a great base of support. We don’t experience any rocking when using the H14, so the H10 shouldn’t rock either. There are adjustable leveling feet under each stabilizer so you can plant the H10 to the floor. Plus, if you lift up the rear part of the stabilizers, you engage the two front transport wheels to move the Carbon HIIT H10 around when needed.
It shouldn’t be too hard to move for most people.
The pedals are oversized so they should work for most people. It doesn’t look like they’re as padded as other ellipticals, so they should feel firm underfoot, but comfortable. We find the slight angle of the pedals on the H14 good to help with foot numbness which is common on ellipticals, and considering the pedals are very similar on the H10, they should be good for this, too.
They are textured and have a front and inner ridge on each pedal to prevent your feet from sliding off.
What makes the H14 feel so challenging is the pedal motion. The Carbon HIIT H10 has the same 10” vertical and 5” horizontal pedal stroke, so this elliptical will target the backs of your legs and glutes a bit more than a standard elliptical. It’s the nature of the pedal stroke that also makes the H10 a fairly compact machine as well. Keep in mind, if you’re looking for a traditional elliptical, this one might not be what you’re looking for due to its unique pedal motion. It kind of feels like a stair-stepper crossed with an elliptical to use.
The handles move more laterally so this is the part of the machine that will feel more like an elliptical. The H10’s handles are the same as the H14. I like that they have multiple areas to grip so you can target your upper body muscles differently. You can grip the inner or outer part of the moving handles, or the lower part. I’m only about 5’1” and the lower half of the handles is most comfortable for me to use on the H14, while the upper half is most comfortable for our taller reviewers over 6’.
The inner handles are stationary. They don’t appear to have pulse grips to read your heart rate. These handles are good for targeting your lower body, which is really effective on ProForm’s HIIT Trainers. They are also helpful for getting on and off of the machine. The pedals move even when it’s unplugged and the moving handles move in conjunction with the pedals to provide that full-body workout. So, we recommend grabbing the non-moving, inner handles when getting on and off to help keep your balance.
The flywheel is on the front directly under the console, just like the H14. Unfortunately, ProForm doesn’t list the weight of the H10’s flywheel. The H14 has a 30 lb flywheel which helps to provide support and stability to the machine, it also contributes to the smooth pedal motion. The flywheel is what adds more stability to ellipticals in general, so we’re hoping the H10 has a solid and heavy flywheel of over 20 lbs. Without hopping on it ourselves, we don’t know for sure that the pedal motion is smooth. Considering the Carbon HIIT H10 has a very similar construction to the H14 though, we’re assuming it is as quiet, smooth, and stable to use as the H14.
The ProForm Carbon HIIT H10 Elliptical uses adjustable magnetic resistance, like most other ellipticals on the market. Magnetic resistance is quiet and smooth. It also provides numbered resistance levels so you can adjust the machine to vary your training and track where you are on the resistance-level scale. The H10 offers 24 levels of resistance versus the 26 levels the H14 has. We have found this range to provide an excellent amount of resistance on the H14, so the 24 levels on the H10 should too.
ProForm includes their standard warranty of 10-years for the frame, 2 years for parts, and 1 year for labor with the purchase of the Carbon HIIT H10. 10 years is good coverage for the frame. It’s also probably a good idea for at least 2 people to put together the H10, to help the process go more smoothly.