ProForm Carbon EX Elliptical Review



ProForm Carbon EX Elliptical Rating

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Detailed Overview

Part of an award-winning family of fitness equipment, the ProForm Carbon EX Elliptical comes in with numerous features that make it stand out from the crowd of competitors, particularly those priced under $1,000. The ProForm Carbon EX is an upgrade from the slightly lower cost El, bringing a larger screen and heavier flywheel. Priced at $999, the unit can be purchased online with free curbside delivery and comes with a 30-day money back guarantee. Ready to roll, it comes built for iFit, a subscription for which is required.

Key features users will like include the high-quality, solid steel construction with front drive design, the 19-inch power adjustable stride, and the 20 levels of Silent Magnetic Resistance. The elliptical also brings a 20-pound flywheel and QuickSpeed® Buttons to control resistance levels. In addition to an integrated tablet holder, the unit is equipped with a 6-inch high contrast display  which allow users to interact with the iFit experience. The iFit program affords subscribers a virtual library of workouts to suit any level and interest, as well as live personal trainers who can adjust the machine’s resistance from remote locations. Moreover, users can participate in the iFit Global Workouts which allow them to virtually stroll about the world with either the screen or their own tablet.

Size-wise, the ProForm Carbon EX Elliptical measures 25 inches wide, by 68.5 inches deep, and 67.5 inches tall, while supporting up to 325 pounds of user weight. The manufacturer warranties the frame up to 10 years, parts up to two, and labor for one, making it one of the better plans on the market.

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Our Favorite Features

  • Adjustable stride up to 19″ to support most users’ gait
  • 20-pound flywheel for a smooth user experience and a solid range of resistance offerings for training
  • iFit-ready means subscribers will have access to live, and pre-constructed, workouts to suit their goals
  • Heart rate monitoring comes by way of EKG Grip Pulse Sensors
  • Smaller footprint relative to larger rear-drive ellipticals
  • 6” High Contrast Display for use with iFit workouts in high definition
  • Automated incline with range from zero to 20 degrees for variety of exercise
  • Audio Auxiliary Port with Dual 2-inch Speakers
  • User weight capacity of 325 pounds

ProForm Carbon EX Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Incline:20-degree power adjustable
Stride Length:0-19"
Flywheel:20 lbs
Programs:iFit
Fan:No
Weight Capacity:325 lbs
Dimensions:68.5" L x 25" W x 67.75" H

Our Least Favorite Features

  • Lacks a workout fan
  • Wifi and a subscription are needed to access iFit, which is clearly a focal point

The Bottom Line

At $999, with financing available, the ProForm Carbon EX is a terrific model for homeowners wanting to earn the burn. Yes, it’s missing a few bells and whistles and is clearly designed to work with the iFit community as it doesn’t come loaded with pre-programmed routines, but for the price, customers are getting a solid machine with a small footprint and a strong warranty. The next model up in the family is the ProForm Carbon E7, which is priced at $1,403 and comes complete with a 3-year iFit Family Membership plan included in the package. The extra money brings customers a heavier flywheel, more resistance levels, and a larger screen. Depending on the goals of the user though, they can’t really go wrong with the ProForm Carbon EX.

 

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