ProForm Carbon T7 Review – 2020

Kristen (Kacey) NelsonKristen (Kacey) Nelson

Last Updated: August 20, 2020
ProForm Carbon T7 folding treadmill review 2020
The Carbon T7 is a folding treadmill from ProForm that is currently being offered free when you buy a 3-year membership to iFit. This is a great deal since most users will pay for iFit anyway — which means you are essentially getting the treadmill for free. The Carbon T7 has a 7″ touchscreen display, ProShox deck cushioning, and 2.75HP motor. It also inclines to a 12% grade and supports speeds up to 12 miles per hour. The Carbon T7 is designed to showcase iFit content on the full-color touchscreen. iFit has class-based workouts on the treadmill as well as outdoor routes all over the world. We also love the hiking and walking tours which are perfect on this machine. The Carbon T7 is a great option for those who plan to walk, jog or run short distances.

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Who It’s For: Those who want a great treadmill for free with a 3-year iFit membership

The Carbon T7 is a folding treadmill that offers:

  • Full color 7” touchscreen
  • Impressive 12% incline range
  • 12mph top speed
  • A folding frame that locks in place vertically
  • Cushioned deck provide a soft running surface
Pros
  • Get the treadmill free when you purchase a 3-year subscription to iFit
  • iFit includes over 16,000 workout options
  • Incline range up to 12% for walking or jogging
  • ProShox Cushioning in the deck reduces some of the impact
  • Folds up to reduce space when not in use
  • Present control buttons for incline and speed on the console
  • EasyLift Assist hydraulic system supports the deck as it is locked and lowered
Cons
  • No fan
  • This is a compact treadmill at 55” long — it may be too short for users over 6 feet tall
  • Not the most cushioned deck, but better than nothing
  • The deck needs to be manually supported as it lowers to your floor or it may drop with a thud.

FeaturesSpecifications
  • 3-Year iFit Subscription + Free Treadmill
    • The Carbon T7 is available for no cost when you purchase a 3-year family subscription to iFit.
  • 0-12% Power Incline
    • You get varied training on the Carbon T7 with multiple incline levels that range from a flat road up to a 12% grade.
  • 0 – 12 MPH Digital QuickSpeed® Control
    • The 2.75HP 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 T7 is designed to reduce impact so you can run longer and train harder. While this isn’t the most cushioned deck on the market, you get some gentle cushioning which is a nice feature, especially on a folding treadmill.
  • 2.75 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 2.75HP motor on the Carbon T7 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.
  • 7″ Smart HD Touchscreen
    • The 7″ 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 T7 uses a full color touchscreen, much of the functionality of the console is incorporated into the screen. The Carbon T7 console is easy to navigate and operate.

Construction:

  • 2.75 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:

  • 7” 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 T7 is a compact folding treadmill that is currently being offered free with a 3-year iFit subscription. The T7 has a 7” touchscreen that displays all the iFit videos and programs. While this is a bit small for a touchscreen, it’s nice to have the video options on a treadmill that is essentially free. Users need to be able to see small icons on the screen so those with visual limitations may find the 7” too small. However, the programs in iFit are automated, so you don’t need to adjust speed and incline manually — which allows you to walk/jog hands-free. The preset buttons on the control panel also allow you to override the automation at any time. These are easier to see than the small icons in the touchscreen. The 12% incline and 12mph max speed also provide plenty of training options on the T7. In general, this is a good entry-level treadmill that you can get at a great price which includes an expansive library of programs and videos.

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In-depth Review of ProForm Carbon T7 Treadmill


Construction

Frame

ProForm Carbon T7 folding treadmill frame
The Carbon T7 has a steel frame with powder coated uprights and plastic covered handrails. 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. The deck does not have hydraulic support as it lowers down, so make sure and guide it gently as it connects with the floor.

Deck

  • 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. This is an entry-level treadmill, so we recommend it for walking and light jogging. The cushioning is probably not sufficient to support large users (over 300 pounds) or extensive training.
  • Length/Width
    • The belt is 20” wide and 55” long. 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.
  • Belt/Rollers
    • The rollers are 1.9” wide and precision based to help move the belt along the top of the deck. Larger rollers provide more surface area for the belt so there is less tension. These rollers are slightly smaller than 2” which is our recommended size, so you may find the belt tension is higher on the T7.

Motor

The Carbon T7 has a 2.75HP motor which will support walking, jogging or training by one user. The motor powers the speed and inclines and the Carbon T7 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. If you are looking for a treadmill that is compact and will fold up when not in use — and you plan to mostly walk or gently run — this is an excellent buy.

Console/Controls

Screen

As mentioned, the 7” full-color HD touchscreen certainly enhances what you get on the Carbon T7. Sometimes the iFit programs take a minute to load and buffer initially, but once they begin they feature good graphics. This is a small screen however, so even though the colors and graphics are crisp, it isn’t as easy to see as larger screens. Also, because this is a touchscreen, you need to be able to navigate the screen to select a program, adjust your workout metrics, load your profile, etc. For those with vision limitations, this screen may be too small.

Layout

ProForm Carbon T7 console
The console is streamlined so the buttons are easy to see and locate. The screen sits in the center 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. The preset buttons help a lot on the T7 because the screen is so small. You can control speed, incline, and volume on the console as well as on the screen. So, if the touchscreen buttons are too small, the console buttons provide a good substitute.

Below the tablet edge are the control buttons for 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.

Accessories

Tablet Holder
There is a tablet holder in the center of the console just below the screen and preset control buttons. 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. But, the ledge is wide enough to support most tablets, iPads or books and has a lifted edge to hold things securely. If you set the treadmill to manual mode and walk while reading, then it’s not a problem.

Water Bottle Holder
There are two water bottle pockets on the Carbon T7. These are located on either side of the console and provide enough room for a regular water bottle and/or other items that you may want on hand during your workout.

Extra Storage
There is not an extra storage tray on Carbon T7. Again, working out at home has advantages so maybe you don’t need every feature to be on the treadmill. But you can use the water bottle pockets for storage if needed.

Functionality

Performance

The Carbon T7 is a nice entry-level treadmill with some good features. 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. While the treadmill itself is an entry-level model, it is still well suited for those who want to walk or jog at home and have access to the entire iFit workout. Considering the fact that ProForm is currently offering the T7 free with a 3-year subscription to iFit, we find this to be a great buy for those looking for their first home treadmill. You really get a lot of training options with iFit; many of which can be viewed on a TV or computer screen if the T7 screen is too small.

12% Incline range

The Carbon T7 inclines to a 12% grade. This is a respectable grade for an entry-level treadmill. 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 T7 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 boot camp 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 T7 produces some foot noise when in use — but this is determined by the size and gait of the user. Smaller, lighter users will generate less foot noise since there is less impact on the deck. Walking is quieter than running. The motor itself is very quiet — so that isn’t a concern. The main sound generated when the treadmill is in use is a “swishing” sound as the belt moves across the deck, and whatever foot noise is generated by the user. You can easily use this machine while watching a show or the news on your TV.

Storage / Folding

Schwinn Airdyne AD7 pedals
The Carbon T7 folds up easily. Just lift the deck and it will lock into place against the console. 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. This treadmill doesn’t have a hydraulic assist release arm that supports the deck as it lowers back down, so you’ll want to make sure it doesn’t hit your floor with a thud. 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.

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Bottom Line:

The Carbon T7 is a good entry-level treadmill that is currently being offered for free if you purchase a 3-year subscription to iFit. The 2.75HP motor works well 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. You also get a 10-year frame warranty. The ProShox cushioning system absorbs some of the foot shock from walking. While this isn’t the most cushioned surface ever, it’s certainly better than exercising on hard surfaces outdoors. The deck is mid-sized at 20” wide and 55” long. The 20” width is just wide enough for most users but the 55” of length may be a bit limiting for taller users. We recommend a minimum of 60” in length for users over 6 feet. For smaller users, or those who plan to mostly walk, the 55” is sufficient. The Carbon T7 also has a top speed of 12mph and 12% max incline so you can train different muscle systems and vary your workouts to prevent boredom. The inclusion of the iFit library enhances the functionality of the Carbon T7 because it offers tons of classes, as well as runs, hikes, walking tours and other training programs to keep you motivated. However, the 7” touchscreen is a bit small. For an entry-level treadmill that you can currently get for free, the ProForm Carbon T7 is an excellent buy with some updated tech and gentle deck cushioning.