ProForm Carbon EL Elliptical

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  • 18 levels of silent magnetic resistance 
  • 0 to 20 degrees of manually adjustable incline 
  • 5” high-contrast multi-color display 
  • Tablet holder 
  • iFIT-compatible with SmartAdjust technology 
  • Steel frame 
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Pros & Cons

What we like ...
  • 18 levels of silent magnetic resistance
  • 0-20 degrees of incline
  • SmartAdjust technology allows iFIT trainer to adjust resistance
  • Free 30-day iFIT membership
  • Free shipping
What needs improvement ...
  • Incline adjusted manually
  • 275-lb user weight capacity
  • Long assembly process

Product Summary

The ProForm Carbon EL elliptical is the cheapest machine in the brand’s Carbon series. According to ProForm, the Carbon series ellipticals are characterized by adjustable, oversized, cushioned pedals and resistance and incline control.

The Carbon EL elliptical has a 19-inch adjustable stride, 18 levels of silent magnetic resistance, and 0 to 20 degrees of incline adjustment. The incline is adjusted manually, so you will not be able to change it within the workout. The Carbon EL is constructed with a steel frame. The elliptical also has a five-inch high-contrast multi-color display and an integrated table holder. There are also front-mounted transport wheels so you can put the machine away after your workout. 

ProForm machines are all compatible with iFIT programming, and the Carbon EL comes with a free 30-day family iFIT membership. iFIT is an interactive streaming workout platform; they offer elliptical specific workouts along with strength training, yoga, runs, walks and among other things. While using iFIT elliptical workouts with the Carbon EL, you’ll be able to utilize SmartAdjust technology. This allows iFIT’s trainers to adjust your resistance during the workout so you can focus on your workout and not the settings. You can also use the Carbon EL without the iFIT membership. 

Reviews of the Carbon EL are mostly positive. Users found that the Carbon EL was sturdy, compact, with smooth pedals and had a large easy-to-read display. A few reviewers were upset the incline was manually adjusted rather than motorized. They also found the lowest resistance level surprisingly difficult. A couple reviewers also found the elliptical to be shaky while in use. There are reviewers that experienced product dysfunction and failure; including, power adaptor breaking, the pedal jumping off the track, and grinding components. 

There were mixed reviews on the difficulty of assembling the elliptical. Some people noted that the assembly needed a second person. There are reviewers that assembled the Carbon EL alone but it took several hours. Most reviewers did note that the instructions were clear and easy to follow. 



25” W x 68.5” D x 67.75” H


202 lbs

Weight Capacity

275 lbs


18 levels of magnetic resistance


0-20 degrees

Stride Length

19" adjustable

Flywheel Weight

25 lbs


10-year frame warranty and 1-year parts and labor warranty

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      The ProForm Carbon EL elliptical is an affordable machine with both resistance and incline abilities if you’re looking for guided workouts. If you don’t think you’ll use iFIT, there’s probably a better machine for you.