ProForm Carbon HIIT H7 Trainer Review
With its 24 levels of smooth and quiet magnetic resistance from a 30-pound flywheel, the Carbon HIIT H7 will keep most trainees challenged. It will also suit basically any budget, as currently, you get the machine for free if you pay for a 3-year iFit membership. With a machine like this, you would likely want to pay for interactive training anyway. So the fact that you can get the trainer for free with just the $39/month iFit subscription over 3 years is a real steal. Payments will total $1,403.
You can take advantage of the world-class iFit training on the Carbon HIIT H7’s 7″ HD touchscreen. The discontinued model was a bring-your-own-tech machine. The H7 makes it easy to hop on, choose an iFit workout and get to work. We love that the iFit trainers can automatically adjust the resistance for you mid-workout. It adds a whole new dimension to your at-home training routine as it feels like there is someone pushing you along to reach your goals and take your workouts up a notch every time. There are also 32 onboard programs for when your 3-year iFit subscription is paid up. You’ll have these at your fingertips for free, for life.
One thing to keep in mind here is the return policy. It’s worth looking at this in more detail because the brand’s general return policy doesn’t apply here. According to the ProForm website, “your monthly payment is $39 for 36 months until you pay the full price of $1403… You may return your ProForm equipment and cancel your iFit membership within 30 days of receipt of the product. After 30 days, you may cancel your iFit membership at any time, but your remaining balance will then be due.”
Dig into the detailed specs, as well as our favorite and least favorite features of the machine below.
ProForm Carbon HIIT H7 Trainer - Notable Specs:
|Compact / Folding:||Yes|
|Stride Length:||10” Vertical, 5” Horizontal|
|Weight Capacity:||325 lbs|
|Dimensions:||66.7" L x 29.25" W x 52" H|
Our Favorite Features
- Full-Body Training for fast calorie burn, and strength and cardiovascular toning
- Low Impact by design, to minimize the risk of exercise-related discomfort
- Price is a real steal as you get this machine for free with a 3-year iFit subscription (which we would want anyway)
- Pedals are oversized and cushioned for comfort, and to allow foot re-positioning
- Multi-Function Handlebars help the machine fit different body sizes and allow you to diversify upper-body training
- Resistance has 24 levels (from a 30-lb. flywheel) to suit a wide range of trainees
- 32 Onboard Programs for when your 3-year iFit membership is up
- Contact & Wireless Pulse Monitors are included so you can track your pulse with or without a wireless chest strap
- 7” HD Touchscreen for iFit workouts
- Speakers are Bluetooth enabled so you can listen to your playlists wirelessly
- Compact at 66.7" long by 29.25" wide, when compared with traditional cross-trainers and treadmills
- Fan and water bottle holder included to keep you cool and hydrated
- Warranty is good for the price, including 10 years on the frame, 2 years on parts, and 1 year on labor
Our Least Favorite Features
- Fixed Stride rather than variable, with a 10” vertical path and a 5” horizontal one
- HIIT is fantastic for sparking the metabolism and sculpting the body, but it’s not for everyone, for example, those with high blood pressure
- Labor Warranty isn’t great at 1 year, even if the warranty package is good on the whole
The Bottom Line
The Carbon HIIT H7 is a top-of-the-line trainer that earns major points for its stellar combination of components, entertainment, and comfort features. Add in the fact that the machine is free with a 3-year iFit membership (which we would want to pay for anyway) and you have a top-value hybrid elliptical machine. The 30-pound drive and wide selection of resistance levels make it suitable for a wide range of trainees’ strength levels, much like a health club cross-trainer. Just keep in mind that its strengths lie in the HIIT training capability. You will be able to build strength with the vertical step design as well as working on your cardio and endurance. It’s best for people who will use it for this HIIT training capacity, and who are already willing to pay for iFit on a monthly basis.