ProForm Carbon T10 Review – 2020

Kristen (Kacey) NelsonKristen (Kacey) Nelson

Last Updated: November 23, 2020
ProForm Carbon T10 review 2020
The Carbon T10 is one of ProForm’s most popular treadmills based on its affordable price point, 10” touchscreen display, iFit video library, ProShox deck cushioning and 3.0HP motor. The Carbon T10 also inclines to a 12% grade and supports speeds up to 12 miles per hour. ProForm includes a subscription to iFit free for the first year, which provides hundreds of workouts. iFit has class-based workouts on the treadmill as well as outdoor routes all over the world. We also love hiking and walking tours which are perfect on this machine. The Carbon T10 is a great buy for those who plan to walk, jog or run short distances. The Carbon T10 has a slightly shorter deck at just 55” long, but you still get 20” of width and it folds, so you can lock the deck vertically when not in use.

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Who It’s For: Users looking for a quality, affordable treadmill that folds up when not in use

This is a solid machine and a good introduction to the Carbon Series line. It features:

  • Impressive 12% incline range
  • 12mph top speed
  • Includes iFit free for one year
  • Built in fans and speakers
  • A secure tablet holder
  • A folding frame that locks in place vertically
  • Cushioned deck provide a soft running surface
  • A full color 10” touchscreen
Pros
  • 1-Year Free iFit subscription included
  • 16,000+ workout options
  • Incline range up to 12% for varied training
  • ProShox Cushioning in the deck
  • Strong treadmill motor for this price point
  • Foldable when not in use
  • Built in fans and speakers
  • EasyLift Assist hydraulic system supports the deck as it is locked and lowered.
Cons
  • Deck length of 55” may be too short for users over 6 feet tall
  • Fans are a bit noisy

FeaturesSpecifications
  • 0-12% Power Incline
    • You get varied training on the Carbon T10 with multiple incline levels that range from a flat road up to a 12% grade.
  • 0 – 12 MPH Digital QuickSpeed® Control
    • The 3.0HP motor will support speeds up to 12mph. This machine is best suited for walking, jogging or running shorter distances such as a 5K. But feel free to throw some sprints in there with the top speed of 12mph.
  • ProShox™ Cushioning
    • The ProShox cushioning on the Carbon T10 is designed to reduce impact so you can run longer and train harder. I found the cushioning to be sufficient but not outstanding; however, it is certainly better than outdoor surfaces. Even gentle cushioning is a beneficial feature — especially on a folding treadmill.
  • iFit® Coach 1-Year Membership Included*
    • ProForm includes a free Family membership to iFit which includes up to 5 profiles, so multiple family members can use it. Online subscription services are in demand by consumers and ProForm now offers iFit programs such as in-studio workouts led by a personal trainer or any number of outdoor routes world wide.
  • 3.0 CHP Mach Z™ Commercial Pro Motor
    • This is a good size motor. While it is not as large as some of the higher priced models, for general use it works fine. If you have multiple users and anticipate heavy training, we recommend a treadmill motor of 3.5HP or more. However, the 3.0HP motor on the Carbon T10 is quiet and provides smooth speed and incline transitions.
  • 22” x 55” Tread Belt
    • This is a typical deck size for a folding treadmill. You can find folding treadmills that offer 60” of length, but that’s the longest we see on most folding units. The 55” of length is sufficient for most users. We recommend 60” if you are 6 feet or taller.
  • 10” Smart HD Touchscreen
    • The 10” touchscreen makes all the difference on this treadmill. iFit has impressive classes and routes that make using the treadmill much more fun. We love the outdoor routes led by a personal trainer.
  • Streamlined Console
    • Since the Carbon T10 uses a full color touchscreen, much of the functionality of the console is incorporated into the screen. This cleans up the console nicely so there are not extra buttons and words all over it. The Carbon T10 console is easy to navigate and operate.

Construction:

  • 3.0 CHP Mach Z™ Commercial Pro Motor
  • 1.9” Precision-Balanced Rollers
  • 22” x 55” Tread Belt
  • 35” wide by 75” long by 64” high

Console:

  • 10” Smart HD Touchscreen
  • CoolAire™ Fan
  • Audio Auxiliary Port with Dual 2” Bluetooth Speakers

Functionality:

  • 0 – 12% Power Incline
  • 0 – 12 MPH Digital QuickSpeed® Control
  • ProShox™ Cushioning
  • iFit® Coach 1-Year Membership Included*
  • Heart Rate EKG Grip Pulse Heart Rate Sensor*
  • Weight Capacity 300 Lb.

Warranty:

  • 10-Year Frame Warranty
  • 2-Year Parts Warranty
  • 1-Year Labor Warranty

Summary

The Carbon T10 is a solid treadmill for general use with a handy folding frame and 10” touchscreen with iFit. As with all iFit enabled treadmills, the incline and speed controls are automated through the app so you can run or walk hands free without having to control everything yourself. iFit has an extensive library with classes and routes all over the world. The Carbon T10 also has a 3.0HP motor that supports a 12mph max speed and inclines to a 12% grade. We don’t recommend this treadmill for households with multiple users or for those who plan to do heavy training. Also, the 55” belt may be a bit short for runners over six feet tall. But, in general this is a good mid-range treadmill with an impressive data library.

ProForm Carbon T10

In-depth Review of ProForm Carbon T10 Treadmill


Construction

Frame

The Carbon T10 is constructed on a steel frame with two steel side beams and a mid-deck cross beam for stability. The grab bar at the end of the deck is also steel and provides a solid grip for folding the treadmill. Side rails are heavy molded plastic as are the handrails that extend out from the console. The frame also folds when not in use. ProForm’s proprietary EasyLift Assist system includes a shock that helps you lift the deck. When folded, the deck will lock into place next to the console and can only be released via the foot lever. The deck should not accidentally come unlocked. To lower, simply press your foot against the release bar and the deck will decline back to the floor.

Deck

ProForm Carbon T10 cushioning

  • Cushioning/Feel
    • The ProShox cushioning is great for walking and jogging. When running the impact is greater and the ProShox system isn’t quite as cushioned as others we’ve used. It certainly beats running outdoors however, and the ProShox absorption feature also helps mitigate impact noise from your foot strike.
  • Length/Width
    • The belt is 20” wide and 55” long. This is a pretty standard width and should work well for most users. The 55” is also mid-range for deck length. For users under 6 feet or those who plan to just walk or lightly jog, the deck will be fine. If you are tall, have a long stride or plan to do lots of running, we recommend a slightly longer deck. 55” is standard for folding treadmills though, so comparatively the Carbon T10 is on par with other machines.
  • Belt/Rollers
    • The rollers are 1.9” wide and precision based to help move the belt along the top of the deck. These aren’t as large as other rollers and the smaller size can affect belt life; but the rollers do move the belt along smoothly for an easy feel underfoot.

Motor

The Carbon T10 has a 3.0HP motor. This is perfect for walking, jogging or training by one user. The motor powers the speed and inclines and the Carbon T10 doesn’t lag when adjusting either metric. Speed picks up and slows down smoothly without any hiccups and the incline changes are gradual and steady.

Console/Controls

Screen

As mentioned, the 7” full-color HD touchscreen is new on the 2019 model. This feature certainly enhances what you get on the Carbon T10. I ran through Logan Canyon on an iFit route loaded on the 2000. I then did a preloaded hill workout on the SoleF80 for the same amount of time. Even though the screen is small, the iFit program on the Carbon T10 kept my interest longer and made the time go by faster. I could use a few more inches for visibility, but at this price point, the colorful, interactive screen enhances the value of the Carbon T10.

Layout

The console is streamlined so the buttons are easy to see and locate. Superfluous buttons that used to be on the console are now embedded in the iFit programming so there’s no excess clutter. The screen sits at the top of the console for easy visibility. There are preset control buttons for speed and incline beneath the screen. In front of this is a wide ledge where you could place a tablet.
Below the tablet edge are two more control buttons for fan power and volume. An AUX in port sits to the right side of this.
A lower panel below the speakers and fans has six simple buttons: two for incline (up and down), two for speed (+ and -) along with a green start and red stop button. The safety key is red and centered below this panel.

In general the console layout is simple and easy to use.
ProForm Carbon 10 console

Accessories

Fans

The Carbon T10 has two fans with four power settings. The first three settings move the fan speed from Low-Med-High for a constant air flow. If you hit the button four times it loads the “Auto” fan setting so the fan speed will correlate with belt speed. If you are working harder, fan power increases. When you slow down, it decreases. This reduces noise and is a nice feature when running intervals. However, I did hear a little more fan rattle on the Carbon T10 fan than on other machines. The fans on the Carbon T10 sit on either side of the speakers. Having two is a nice upgrade as they provide double the air flow.

Tablet Holder

As mentioned, there is a tablet holder in the center of the console just below the screen and preset control buttons. This is wide enough to support most tablets, iPads or books and has a lifted edge to hold things securely. However, if you place something here it will block part or all of the screen — depending on the size. If you are trying to watch an iFit workout, placing a device here will make it hard to see the screen. If you set the treadmill to manual mode and walk while reading, then it’s not a problem.

Water Bottle Holder

There are no water bottle cups or pockets on the Carbon T10. We’d like to see at least one. When working out at home you can often set water bottles to the side, but this can be dangerous if you reach off the treadmill while still walking. The addition of a water bottle pocket is helpful and increases safety on the treadmill.

Extra Storage

Aside from the tablet ledge — where you can place a phone — there isn’t much storage on the Carbon T10. Again, working out at home has advantages so maybe you don’t need every feature to be on the treadmill. But a little storage pocket helps as well as a water bottle area.

Functionality

Performance

The Carbon T10 is an excellent mid-range treadmill with a comfortable walking deck and good speed and incline range. The motor held up well during our testing. We didn’t find it lagged during speed or incline adjustments. The preset buttons adjust speed and incline by one full metric (from 5mph to 6mph) but the smaller buttons on the lower panel will raise you smaller increments so you can find the perfect speed and incline for you. iFit offers extensive features and training and ProForm has designed the Carbon T10 to feature iFit videos.

12% Incline range

The Carbon T10 inclines to a 12% grade. Most folding treadmills incline to a max 15% grade, so the 12% you get on the T10 is a respectable level. Incline training has several benefits. When walking or running on an incline, you recruit more posterior muscles such as the glutes and hamstrings than when simply walking on a flat road. This provides more well-rounded training and helps offset quad dominance that is common in runners. Incline training also allows users to kick up their heart rate for a calorie torching workout — while you stay low impact. That 12% incline is challenging so you don’t have to run to get the results you want. Simply walking at varied inclines has been proven effective in both stimulating muscle strength, cardiovascular conditioning, and lowering body fat.

Incline training also adds training variables to your routine. Walking or running on a flat road in a straight line gets boring fast. With incline and speed variables, you can play around with the height of the deck and find a challenging speed at each level. This way it doesn’t get boring. iFit helps a lot with varied training since many of the programs are hiking routes that take you up and down trails and mountains all over the world. You don’t even notice you’re getting such a good workout until you find yourself out of breath 20 minutes in. The Carbon T10 is great for cardio conditioning with its multiple speed and incline settings.

Subscription Options: iFit Coach

iFit is constantly updated and offers over 16,000 different workouts.

  • Studio-based classes such as: bootcamp, interval training, and combo routines that alternate strength training with running segments. The trainer provides direction as he/she works alongside you and other participants in the studio. iFit automatically adjusts the speed and incline for you at the direction of the trainer. (You can override this at any point — just hit any QuickControl speed or incline button to adjust as needed.)
  • Outdoor routes in any number of exotic places. Select walking, running, or hiking routes all over the world. Each route is led by a personal trainer who gives cues about form and exercise as well as describes the local geography and culture while you walk.
  • Combo Classes: iFit also includes bootcamp and other combo classes where you get on and off the treadmill during the class for both cardio and strength training intervals.
  • Live Classes: iFit recently added a database of Live Classes you can sign up for each week. These are broadcast live so you can participate in the class as it happens.

Noise Level

The Carbon T10 is a mid-range treadmill with a mid-range noise output. This isn’t an overly noisy treadmill, but it does produce some foot noise from the deck while running. Most treadmills produce a characteristic “thudding” noise as you run, so this is just a feature of owning a treadmill. The motor on the T10 isn’t overly noisy, but the deck does create both noise and vibration as it reacts to each foot strike. You can use a treadmill in a shared space, but be aware of the noise output when you plan to use it. This would be fine in an adjacent workout room; it may not be ideal in a bedroom where someone is sleeping.

Storage / Folding

ProForm Carbon T10 folded
The Carbon T10 folds up easily. The EasyLift Assist helps when folding the machine. To fold it, just grab the steel bar at the base of the deck and lift. A support shock under the deck helps offset some of the weight so it isn’t that hard to fold. Once folded, the deck latches securely in place to clear floor space. There are two wheels under the front legs of the treadmill and when securely locked in a folded position, you can pull the machine towards you and roll it out of the way. When you want to unfold the treadmill, press a foot release on the underside of the deck and it will release the deck. The deck itself isn’t heavy; but we recommend using a treadmill mat underneath for both noise and shock absorption — a mat also protects your floors from vibration and impact.

ProForm Carbon T10

Bottom Line:

The Carbon T10 is a great mid-range treadmill. Priced at just under $1500, you get a lot of bang for your buck. The T10 has a 3.0HP motor which is great for jogging, light running as well as walking and hiking. It also supports a max user weight up to 300 pounds which is impressive on a folding treadmill of this size. The ProShox system mitigates foot impact as you walk or run on the deck. It isn’t the most cushioned surface ever, but it’s certainly better than exercising on hard surfaces outdoors and the ProShox system does absorb some of the foot noise as well. The deck is mid-sized at 20” wide and 55” long. The 20” width gives you enough room to run or walk comfortably without wandering all over the deck. 55” long is sufficient for most users under 6 feet tall and works fine for walking or jogging. The top speed of 12mph and 12% max incline also provide multiple training variables so you can train different muscle systems and vary your workouts to prevent boredom. Our favorite feature is the 10” touchscreen with the iFit library included free for the first year. iFit provides abundant classes, as well as runs, hikes, walking tours and other training programs to keep you motivated. The dual speakers and dual fans round out a nicely designed console. We’d like to see the addition of some storage and/or a water bottle holder on the console. But the foldable frame and overall functionality of the Carbon T10 are impressive. Take a look at this mid-range treadmill today to see if it is right for your home.