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There are a few key features that separate a high-end treadmill from the rest of the pack: motor size, durability, and programming. Looking at the specs on those factors alone can paint you a pretty clear picture of whether or not a machine is going to support your fitness goals and be there for you in the long run.
We’ve spent a significant amount of time with ProForm treadmills, putting them through various cardio workouts and comparing them with others in the industry. As you’ll see in our in-depth ProForm Carbon T14 Treadmill review, this machine has a lot of features you’ll find on commercial treadmills, but makes sacrifices in some areas to keep the price lower.
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Our team has tested nearly every treadmill ProForm has available. We have also been on most NordicTrack treadmills as well as dozens of machines from other brands.
Those of us testing treadmills (and bikes, ellipticals, rowers, and every other kind of fitness equipment you can imagine) are experts in the area. We are certified personal trainers, USA Weightlifting coaches, and CrossFit L-1 trainers who have run marathons, completed triathlons, and competed on the national stage. We don’t just talk the talk; we truly walk the walk (sometimes on treadmills).
ProForm Carbon T14
The ProForm Carbon T14 is the top-tier treadmill in ProForm’s Carbon series which has three treadmills: T14, T10 and T7. The Carbon T14 has a 14 inch HD touchscreen used to stream interactive iFit workouts.iFit is a virtual training program that syncs with your treadmill. When using iFit workouts the iFit trainers can adjust the speed and incline of your machine so you can focus on your workout. You can also use iFit without your treadmill with strength training, yoga and HIIT classes.The T14 has a 2.75 CHP motor, which is not as strong as other treadmills at this price-point. This weaker motor leads to a speed range of 0-10 MPH which is also not as good as other similarly priced treadmills. The T14 has an incline range of 0-12 degrees and the belt is 20” x 55”. The 55” long belt is a little shorter than competitors and may not be ideal for taller users. The tread belt also has IsoFlex cushioning for a comfortable ride. The T14 folds up for storage using EasyLift assist.At the time of publishing there are no customer reviews online. So we cannot speak to how users feel about the product.
A Quick Look at the ProForm Carbon T14
ProForm has three treadmill series: the ProForm Pro series, marked by incline and decline training capabilities; the ProForm City series, which is compact and budget-friendly; and the ProForm Carbon series, which marries some of the fancy features of the Pro with some of the affordability of the City.
The T14 is the most advanced in the Carbon series treadmill lineup, touting the biggest touchscreen and the most powerful motor along with some other technology advantages like Bluetooth speakers.
- If you want to save a little money, the ProForm Carbon T10 is significantly more affordable and doesn’t sacrifice much.
- Take advantage of the 30-day free iFIT trial, trying both the running workouts as well as the off-treadmill classes like strength training and yoga.
- 14” touchscreen
- Compatible with iFIT memberships
- Free 30-day trial of iFIT
- Bluetooth speakers
- Up to 12% incline
- 0% financing available
- 2.75 CHP motor isn’t the best for serious runners
- Top speed is 10 MPH
- Shorter running deck at 55”
- Pricey at $1,599
Is the ProForm Carbon T14 Worth It?
If you just look at the T14 treadmill alone, with its about-$1,600 price tag, it meets a lot of the standards you’d see compared to some of the best treadmills in this price range. It has a touchscreen, can stream interactive workouts, provides incline training, and has the fun extras like a cooling fan and accessory tray.
However, if you consider the T14 alongside just the other treadmills that ProForm offers, it pales a little in comparison. For example, the ProForm Pro 2000 is currently the same price but has a more powerful motor, more spacious running deck, faster top speed, and offers decline training.
To know whether or not the T14 is worth it, you’d have to really stack it against your personal fitness goals.
- People who want interactive training
- Those looking for a incline treadmill
- Recreational runners
Not recommended for:
- Serious runners who need a high-power motor
- People on a budget
- Tall runners
ProForm Carbon T14 Treadmill Specs
|Footprint||35.2” W x 73.5” L x 57.5” H|
|Weight Capacity||300 lbs|
|Walking Belt||20” W x 55” L|
|Display||14” HD touchscreen|
|Incline||0 to 12%|
|Speed||0 to 10 MPH|
|Warranty||10-year frame, 1-year parts and labor|
Our Experience with the ProForm Carbon T14
Nicole Davis, editor at GGR and certified personal trainer, worked out on the ProForm Carbon T14. She said that the machine didn’t shake at all while it was in use, even at top speeds. That’s a good sign of quality construction. Nicole has also tested the ProForm Carbon T7. Both machines feature ProForm’s trademarked ISO Flex cushioning system, which Nicole said felt great under her feet.
One feature we love to see on treadmills in this price range is the incline. The Carbon T14 can incline up to 12%, allowing for variety in workouts and a challenge to your legs.
Perhaps the standout trait on this machine is iFIT. The T14 has a 14-inch touchscreen that streams iFIT workouts, which include live and on-demand classes. iFIT auto-adjusts the treadmill as you climb hills or increase speed. Using Google Maps technology, iFIT can take you on a run literally anywhere in the world. Note: You must have WiFi in order to use iFIT on your machine.
Where the T14 may fall short, performance-wise, is with a 2.75 CHP treadmill motor and a maximum speed of 10 MPH. These are just fine for recreational runners who don’t plan on using the machine for speed workouts.
However, if you’re a serious runner who likes to hit hard sprints and use the treadmill every day, you might not find the durability or speed you want from this machine. Instead, check out the ProForm Pro 9000, which has everything a runner could ask for.
The tread belt on the T14 is 55 inches long. Nicole is shorter, so she didn’t mind the deck. However, people 6 feet or taller may need to make stride adjustments while running.
Foldable and Portable
Because ProForm doesn’t list the weight of its treadmills online, we reached out to a representative from the company who told us that the Carbon T14 weighs 223 pounds. That is far from making it a light treadmill, but also not as heavy as you’ll see commercial-grade treadmills reach. Even still, it touts a 300-pound weight capacity, which is a little below what we would want from a machine in this price range, but still acceptable.
Nicole had no problem folding the T14 using the so-called EasyLift Assist hydraulics system. She could then use the transport wheels to move the machine around herself.
Technology Benefits and Conveniences
In addition to a full-color, 14-inch smart HD touchscreen, the Carbon T14 has a few additional “wow” factors. For example, the Bluetooth speakers can stream music by connecting to your smart device. You can also sync your own Bluetooth headphones with the machine.
There is no built-in heart rate monitor, though you can pair Bluetooth heart rate devices with the machine using iFIT’s trademarked ActivePulse technology. ActivePulse is pretty amazing, actually. It measures your heart rate and adjusts your workout to keep you training in the correct heart rate zone. If you are overdoing it, ActivePulse dials back the speed. If you aren’t pushing it hard enough, it might increase the intensity of your workout.
Other extras on the Carbon T14 include a cooling fan and two water bottle holders. There is a vertical tray under the console for storage as well.
ProForm Carbon T14 vs NordicTrack Commercial 1750
NordicTrack Commercial 1750
The NordicTrack 1750 treadmill features a 14-inch HD adjustable touchscreen with which you can stream iFIT programming on (sold separately). The under $2,000 machine can be financed through the NordicTrack website where you can get deals as low as $49 per month with 0% for 39 months.Models from 2013-2021 of the 1750 had adjustable cushioning, but the 2023 model no longer has this feature.iFIT workouts incorporate Automatic Trainer Control, which allows your trainer to digitally adjust your incline, decline, and speed. This is a nice feature to have because all you have to do is focus on the workout at hand versus frantically switching the controls.
While there is currently a price discrepancy of about $400 between these two machines, comparing the Carbon T14 against the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 is a worthwhile exercise because both would satisfy runners looking for interactive programming from a mid-range machine.
The key advantage to the ProForm is that it is more affordable. It also weighs less and is easier to move around.
The NordicTrack Commercial 1750, however, features a longer running deck, has both incline and decline training options, and has a higher top speed.
If you want more variety in your training options, go with the 1750. If you want affordability, choose ProForm.
|ProForm Carbon T14||NordicTrack Commercial 1750|
|Footprint||73.5” L x 35.2” W x 57.5” H||80” L x 38” W x 65” H|
|Weight||223 lbs||340 lbs|
|Weight Capacity||300 lbs||300 lbs|
|Motor||2.75 CHP||3.5 CHP|
|Walking Belt||20” W x 55” L||22” W x 60” L|
|Display||14” HD touchscreen||14” HD tilting touchscreen|
|Incline||0 to 12%||-3 to 15%|
|Speed||0 to 10 MPH||0 to 12 MPH|
|Warranty||10-year frame, 1-year parts and labor||10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year labor|
Warranty and Customer Service
The warranty on the Carbon T14 is a little subpar: There is a 10-year frame warranty, one-year parts warranty, and one-year labor warranty. Many home treadmills from ProForm and NordicTrack have similar warranties. Higher-end machines tend to have a 15-year to lifetime warranty on the frame, and some even extend longer warranties to the motor.
For customer service, there is a live chat function on the website, though if you have technology issues, you’re better off calling. We have emailed support before and found that ProForm customer service may take as long as a week to respond.
Ordering and Assembling the ProForm Carbon T14 Treadmill
One key benefit to buying home gym treadmills from ProForm is the 0% financing. If you order directly from the ProForm website, the T14 can be financed at 0% APR over 39 months—not a bad deal. If you go through something like Amazon, however, you may not get quite that deal. Also, ProForm offers free shipping.
Assembling the T14 might require a few people, because it is a heavy machine. You can opt for delivery to the room of your choice and professional assembly for an additional $199.
As of this writing, ProForm does not have any customer reviews for the T14 on its website, and there are none to be found on third-party sites either.
Final Verdict of Our ProForm Carbon T14 Treadmill Review
Is the T14 worth the price tag? Maybe. If you’re a taller runner or someone who needs a powerful motor, I’d look at a different machine. However, if you really like iFIT programming and want a mid-range machine that comes with some cool features, this could be a good fit.
I’d encourage people to use the “Compare” function on ProForm’s website to stack its machines side-by-side before making a purchasing decision.
ProForm Carbon T14 Treadmill Rating
ProForm Carbon T14 Treadmill
ProForm Carbon T14 Treadmill Review (2023) | Garage Gym Reviews
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ProForm Carbon T14 Treadmill FAQs
Is a ProForm treadmill worth it?
ProForm is known for making high-quality machines with high-end features without super high prices. We have tested the majority of ProForm treadmills available and can attest to their durability, functionality, and performance.
Is ProForm owned by NordicTrack?
No. ProForm and NordicTrack are sister companies under the iFIT umbrella. The parent company used to be called ICON Fitness.
How much does ProForm iFIT cost?
There are a few ways to pay for iFIT. One is to opt for a yearly individual subscription and pay $180 or $15/month. You can also do an iFIT family membership for $396 a year, or you can pay for a family membership monthly at $39/month.
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