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It can be easy to get stuck in a fitness rut––after all, doing the same type of exercise every single day can start to get yawn-worthy. If this is the case for you, it can be beneficial to use different machines to shake it up a bit. Enter the unique ProForm Pro HIIT H14, which combines a stepper and an elliptical machine into one.

In this ProForm Pro HIIT H14 review, I’ll tell you everything you could possibly want to know about this vertical elliptical. Whether you’re curious about the warranty, general useability, or overall footprint, I have you covered with in-depth information you can count on. 

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ProForm Pro HIIT H14
ProForm Pro HIIT H14
ProForm Pro HIIT H14

The ProForm HIIT H14 is a hybrid trainer that combines strong upper-body punching movements with an elliptical stepping path to create an intense workout that engages the entire body. It comes equipped with oversized cushioned pedals, multifunctional handlebars that target different upper body muscles, a cooling fan, dual Bluetooth speakers, front transport wheels, and a water bottle holder. The H14’s 30 pound flywheel and 26 levels of resistance result in a variety of training options and intensities on a smooth and quiet trainer. To that end, the ProForm HIIT H14 is iFIT-enabled and comes with a free 30-day family membership, providing an immersive training experience that can be enjoyed on its 14-inch swiveling HD touchscreen. Membership provides access to thousands of workouts led by world-class trainers. Beyond the 30 days, a paid subscription is required to utilize iFIT. But if you choose to forgo the membership, there are over 50 pre-programmed workouts that vary in length and intensity. The H14 does require WiFi to utilize these programs. The H14 measures just 29 inches wide, 66 inches deep, and 52 inches high. Its compact footprint may be attractive to those in small spaces. Despite its compact nature, it boasts a 325-pound max user weight capacity. Assembly is reportedly challenging so recruit some help if possible.

A Quick Look at the ProForm Pro HIIT H14 

The ProForm Pro HIIT H14 is part of ProForm’s HIIT Trainer Series, which also currently features the previous model of the H14, and the Carbon HIIT H7

ProForm is known for producing solid, mid-range cardio machines for home fitness enthusiasts around the globe. The brand is a part of a larger parent company, formerly known as Icon Health & Fitness, which also owns sister brand NordicTrack.

My Tips:

Pros:

  • 14” touchscreen works with iFIT programming
  • Screen swivels 
  • 325-lb user weight capacity
  • 30-lb flywheel
  • 26 levels of resistance
  • Feels sturdy and didn’t shift while being used
  • Quiet machine

Cons:

  • Complicated assembly process
  • More like a stepper than an elliptical
  • Handlebars are shaped weirdly
  • Lacks a media or device shelf
proform pro hiit h14 caroline using

Is the ProForm Pro HIIT H14 Worth It?

Curious if the ProForm Pro HIIT H14 might be a hi(i)t with you? Take a look at who I think would be head over heels for this vertical elliptical and who should look at something else.

Great for:

  • Interactive programming lovers
  • Heavier people
  • Someone who needs a quiet machine

Not recommended for:

  • Someone who wants a traditional elliptical machine
  • A foldable cardio machine
  • A budget elliptical option

ProForm Pro HIIT H14 Elliptical Specs

PriceUnder $1,600
Adjustable resistance26 levels
Automatic trainer controlYes
Display14” smart HD touchscreen
Flywheel30 lbs
Footprint66″ L x 29″ W x 52″ H
ProgrammingiFIT (subscription sold separately)
Stride10” vertical and 5” horizontal
Type of resistanceSilent magnetic resistance (SMR)
Warranty10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year labor warranty
Weight capacity325 lbs
Wi-FiRequired for iFIT use

Going Up (and Horizontally) on the ProForm Pro HIIT H14  

proform pro hiit h14 rear view

Sturdiness is one of the main components I take into account when testing a piece of cardio equipment. Sure, I can analyze the specs ahead of time, but you can’t really know how a machine will operate until you’ve been on it.

The ProForm Pro HIIT H14 impressed me with its general sturdiness. Nothing is more irritating than a shaky screen or rocking frame when you’re exercising, and luckily, the H14 has neither.

Besides the solidly built frame, the sturdiness likely has to do with the heavy flywheel. The H14 has a 30-pound flywheel, which is above the industry standard of 16 to 20 pounds. It is super apparent that the flywheel is above average––when you use the H14, it’s shockingly quiet. If you’re looking for a machine that can be used in a shared space without disturbing others, this is a great option.

proform pro hiit h14 close up

I will say that the H14 is not your traditional elliptical. You won’t be able to take long strides by any stretch of the imagination. Instead, the H14 acts as more of a stepper machine, since it has a 10-inch vertical and a 5-inch horizontal stride.

If you’re a heavier individual, you’ll appreciate the 325-pound user weight capacity of the H14. Most ellipticals tap out at 275 pounds, so this is above the industry average. I love machines that have a higher weight capacity than normal. I believe everyone should have the opportunity to exercise if they choose and not be limited by their weight. 

Some higher-end ellipticals have incline and decline options. The H14 doesn’t but it does have a whopping 26 levels of resistance, which is far better than the industry standard of 12. 

Footprint and Portability

proform pro hiit h14

Surprisingly, the ProForm Pro HIIT H14 has a slightly bulky footprint. Don’t get it twisted––this machine isn’t as space-consuming as a traditional rear-drive elliptical. It is, however, a taller machine that doesn’t fold or compact in any way. 

You’ll need to have a dedicated home gym or space for this machine to live. It is also worth noting that the garage shouldn’t be one of those potential places––ProForm will void the HIIT H14’s warranty if it is placed in the garage.

The 2023 version of the HIIT H14 doesn’t have a weight listed on the ProForm website (although the 2021 edition does). However, according to QVC, the machine is 215 pounds, which I wouldn’t consider to be light. If you’re just moving the HIIT H14 around a room, the included set of front-mounted transport wheels can assist you. For those individuals who want to move this machine up or down a flight of stairs, grab an extra set of hands (or two).

proform pro hiit h14 base

Ergonomics

The H14 has two sets of handlebars: One is fixed and the other moves. The moving handlebars are shaped rather oddly––think giant rectangles that you can stick your hand through. The grip on them is fine, but nothing to write home about.

In terms of the foot pedals, ProForm claims that they are “oversized and cushioned.” However, I didn’t think they were particularly well-cushioned or super-sized––they were forgettable and pretty average. 

Technology Benefits and Conveniences

proform pro hiit h14 display

If you’re looking for a machine with a touchscreen, the ProForm Pro HIIT H14 can deliver. The 14-inch HD touchscreen is able to swivel for viewing programming off of the machine. However, the real star of the show is the iFIT interactive programming. 

Currently, ProForm will give you a free 30-day iFIT family membership when you purchase the H14. You’ll be able to take advantage of on-demand strength training, running, and yoga classes. If you decide you like the programming and want to continue after the trial is over, you can pay $180 per year (individual membership), or $396 (family membership with five profiles). 

Besides the touchscreen, take advantage of other convenient features like Bluetooth connectivity, a cooling fan, dual speakers, and a water bottle holder. 

proform pro hiit h14 cup holder

Comparison to Bowflex Max Trainer M6

The ProForm Pro HIIT H14 isn’t the only vertical elliptical trainer we’ve tried. The Bowflex Max Trainer M6 is similar in price, but has a few key differences. Check them out below:

Want to learn more? Check out our full Bowflex Max Trainer M6 review.

MachineProForm Pro HIIT H14Bowflex Max Trainer M6
PriceUnder $1,600Under $1,500
Warranty10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year labor2-year frame and parts, 90-day labor
Display14” HD touchscreenLCD display
Resistance26 levels16 levels
Compatible withiFITJRNY
Weight capacity325 lbs300 lbs

Customer Experience 

The ProForm Pro HIIT H14 has a below-average 10-year frame warranty. For context, the industry standard on ellipticals is at least a 15-year warranty on the frame. For $1,600, I would expect ProForm to hit the industry standards. Instead, you can add additional warranty years to your machine at checkout. Unfortunately, getting an extra three or five years will cost you––expect to pay an additional $240 to $490.

You can return your ProForm machine within 30 days if you’re not satisfied. However, it is worth noting that you’ll be charged a 10 percent restocking fee and $250 in shipping costs.

You can contact ProForm through a variety of methods: Calling, emailing, and live chatting are all available. I don’t think ProForm is the most responsive when it comes to customer service inquiries. They take a few days to get back to you (at least in my experience). 

Ordering and Assembling the ProForm Pro HIIT H14 

You can purchase the ProForm Pro HIIT H14 at a variety of retailers besides the ProForm website––think QVC, Best Buy, and Amazon. However, I think the best option is to buy through ProForm, especially since they have great financing options. 

Similarly to NordicTrack, ProForm offers financing options through TD Bank. If you qualify, you could pay just $41 per month for 39 months with 0% APR. This is a great option for people who don’t want to fork over almost $1,600 all at once.

When it comes to shipping, you can choose the free standard option, or pay an additional $199 for professional shipping and assembly. Our ProForm rep said the process is particularly difficult, and recommends setting aside a large chunk of time to complete the assembly. If this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, paying $199 for professionals to do it may be your best option. 

proform pro hiit h14 side view

Final Verdict of Our ProForm Pro HIIT H14 Review

The ProForm Pro HIIT H14 could be an excellent option for your home gym. Check out my final thoughts on this vertical elliptical:

  • For those of you who want a more traditional elliptical, this isn’t the machine for you. It feels more like a stepper.
  • This machine is both sturdy and quiet––a great recipe for people who share a space with others.
  • The 26 levels of resistance are excellent and take this machine from easy to challenging in a snap.
  • Don’t store this machine in a garage—the warranty will be voided if you do.

ProForm Pro HIIT H14 Rating

ProForm Pro HIIT H14

Want to see what we really think about this unique, vertical elliptical? Check out our ProForm Pro HIIT H14 review for the inside scoop.

Product Brand: ProForm

Product Currency: $

Product Price: 1599.00

Product In-Stock: InStock

Editor's Rating:
3.9

ProForm Pro HIIT H14

Footprint and Portability – 3.5

Delivery and Setup – 2

Durability – 5

Customizations – 3.8

Adjustability and Ergonomics – 4

Tech Capabilities – 4

Conveniences – 3.8

Dynamic Programming – 5

Customer Reviews – 5

Value – 3.5

Warranty, Financing, Returns – 4

Customer Service – 3.5

ProForm Pro HIIT H14 Review FAQs

Does the ProForm HIIT machine work without iFIT?

You are able to use the ProForm HIIT machine without iFIT. You’ll have the option to bypass iFIT when you start the machine. However, if you have no intentions to use iFIT, there are cheaper alternatives available without screens.

How heavy is the ProForm HIIT trainer?

For some reason, ProForm did not disclose the weight of the newest HIIT H14 machine. However, according to QVC, the trainer weighs 215 pounds.

Is the ProForm H14 good for HIIT workouts?

True to its name, the ProForm Pro HIIT H14 is good for HIIT (and getting your heart rate jacked up). Take advantage of the 26 resistance levels to really spice up your workout.

What is the best elliptical for a low-impact workout?

My favorite elliptical overall is the NordicTrack 14.9. However, there are quite a few solid ellipticals at reasonable prices. I’d recommend checking out the best ellipticals under $1,000 if you’re on a tight budget.

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