ProForm Cardio HIIT H14 Trainer Elliptical Machine

Last updated date: January 27, 2022

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ProForm Cardio HIIT H14 Trainer Elliptical Machine

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We looked at the top Elliptical Machines and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Elliptical Machine you should buy.

Editor's Note : 

This product appears to be discontinued, but you can get the newer Pro-Form Carbon HIIT H7 here. If that’s not what you are looking for, visit The Best Elliptical Machine for a detailed review of all the top elliptical machines in stock and ready to ship.

Update as January 27, 2022:
Checkout The Best Elliptical Machine for a detailed review of all the top elliptical machines.

Overall Take

This high-intensity interval training (HIIT) elliptical is perfect for fitness buffs looking for a new challenge. The challenging 10" vertical climbing path activates your major muscle groups without irritating your joints. It offers unique workouts through the company's subscription service.

In our analysis of 116 expert reviews, the ProForm Cardio HIIT H14 Trainer Elliptical Machine placed 9th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Feel the burn when you step up on the Cardio HIIT Trainer. Between 24 resistance levels and the 4-inch elliptical path, your legs will get a great workout-without actually having to climb up a mountain. And with the new technology you have the tools to work out anywhere in the world via Google Maps. Simply draw a route, and then go there with street view scenes. Plus, you can access an unlimited workout library for fresh daily routines. Power Requirements – 9 Volt, 2 Amp

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

10 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

378 user reviews

What experts liked

The HIIT Trainer offers extraordinary joint protection while outperforming traditional steppers, ellipticals and treadmills in a variety of ways.
- Fit Rated
A 28 pound flywheel provides necessary resistance that adds to the challenging aspect of your workout.
- Fitness Geko
August 29, 2018 | Full review
The display is immaculate from top to bottom and is simply stunning. It is 7″ in size and works like a charm. The display is not only easy on the eyes, but it is also impressive to use while working out at higher speeds.
- Flex Master General
The advantage of using this unit is that it was produced by a reputable fitness equipment company that has a pedigree.
- How To Build That Body
Activates major muscle groups across the body. Apart from its resistance training, the machine supports a much higher speed of calorie burn as compared to a regular treadmill merely by adding upper body movement
- Home Gyms 101
This fun and unique elliptical trainer is the best home elliptical machine for small spaces.
- Garage Gym Power
The unit is made of commercial-grade steel for the best support, steadiness, and longevity.
- The 10 Pro
August 29, 2019 | Full review
Unlike other stepper machines, the HIIT Trainer is designed such a way that your feet can travel on a 10-inch vertical and 5-inch horizontal elliptical path simulating stair climbing and boxing at a time.
- Fitness Gears Lab
We also like the adjustable resistance for the arm bars so you can enjoy a low impact upper body workout and a tougher lower body workout or vice versa.
- Home Fitness Up
January 17, 2018 | Full review
Speaking of the devil, with its 24 levels of resistance, this contraption is well-adjusted to a wide variety of users – from total beginners who haven’t had a run in 5 years, to experienced marathon runners who can’t be bothered to run outside, because it’s – 20° Celsius, example.
- Brandon Heath

What experts didn't like

Pulse sensors are built into the handlebars, but wireless pulse monitoring isn’t an option.
- Fit Rated
Grip pulse monitors are always less accurate than wireless monitors in their readings so there is a likelihood that your heart readings on the display would be 10% more or less than the actual reading.
- Fitness Geko
August 29, 2018 | Full review
Yes, the handlebars are great to hold onto but they’re not as responsive when it comes to the EKG monitor. The built-in monitor doesn’t work as fluently as it is supposed to and that can be challenging for those who want to keep tabs on their heart rate.
- Flex Master General
Well, the ProForm Cardio HIIT Pro Trainer may not be the best for those that are seeking for low-intensity workouts because this is basically for high-intensity interval training and other vigorous routines.
- How To Build That Body
HIIT can be excessively unpleasant on certain bodies.
- Home Gyms 101
iFit App requires a subscription and there are no customizable routines, only fixed ones.
- Garage Gym Power
High-intensity interval training is not recommended for everyone
- Fitness Gears Lab
In order to use iFit, you must pay a monthly membership fee. Additionally, you’ll need to hook up a table for the iFit display.
- Home Fitness Up
January 17, 2018 | Full review
Some users have reported problems with motor
- Brandon Heath

Our Expert Consultant

Stephanie Mansour   
Certified Personal Trainer, Health and Wellness Expert

Stephanie Mansour, host of “Step It Up with Steph” on public broadcasting, has been coaching women for over a decade on how to lose weight and make it last. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis on women’s studies and psychology from the University of Michigan. She holds certifications in life coaching, personal training, yoga and Pilates.

An Overview On Elliptical Machines

You already know about the mental and physical benefits of exercise, but it’s tougher for some people to break a sweat. If you’re recovering from an injury, exercising with chronic pain or just new to working out, you’ll want a routine that’s simple to learn and easy on your joints. Elliptical machines are an accessible alternative to treadmills, stair climbers and stationary bikes.

Elliptical machines are standalone exercise machines that mimic the movements of running, stair climbing or skiing. They are very low-impact, so they won’t aggravate existing injuries to your joints, and you don’t need any special training to use one. 

“An elliptical machine is a fantastic piece of cardio equipment that is simple to use and great for burning calories,” says Stephanie Mansour, personal trainer and host of “Step It Up With Steph” on public broadcasting. “It’s great for people with knee issues, joint pain, hip issues, or anything preventing them from walking or running.”

Most ellipticals offer a full-body workout. You can push your legs, glutes and calves to the limit with the machine’s gliding pedals, then you tone your biceps, triceps and upper back with the elliptical’s ski pole-inspired handles. 

“Look for the arm handles,” says Mansour. “Do they move or are they stationary? If you’re looking for an arm workout, look for the arm handles that move.”

There are three major categories of elliptical machines. “Rear drive” ellipticals have a large flywheel behind the foot pedals. The pedals are usually in a track-and-roller configuration or they’re suspended on long arms between the drive wheel and handgrips. Some users say that rear-drive ellipticals feel more like natural walking or running than other types of ellipticals. They tend to have the longest “strides” of all ellipticals, with more lateral movement and less vertical motion. Many rear-wheel-drive models also offer an incline feature to add another layer of difficulty to your workout.

“Center drive” ellipticals have drive wheels in the middle of the machine. The pedals ride on cylindrical rollers and a crankshaft. Center-drive ellipticals have a rounder, bouncier and shorter stride than rear-drive ellipticals. 

The flywheel on “front-drive” ellipticals is stationed in front of the pedals. The pedals glide forward and backward on tracks. Front-drive ellipticals have much shorter stride lengths than rear or center-drive ellipticals. This makes them very compact, and the motion feels more like a stair climber. Front-drive ellipticals are more affordable than most rear or center-drive machines. 

There are a few other types of ellipticals that fall outside of these three categories. Some ellipticals don’t have a flywheel at all. These machines rely on the momentum from your feet, hands and arms to get moving. Sometimes they’ll have a support pad for your abdominals to help you keep your spine straight and maintain your balance as you exercise. These ellipticals are very lightweight and convenient, but they don’t have any digital settings to play with.

Under-desk ellipticals are portable machines with two pedal footpads on tracks. You can use them standing in place or sneak them under your desk for a workout at the office. They have very short strides, creating a round, energetic gait. They’re incredibly popular due to their convenience and easy setup.

Now that you know your elliptical basics, stride over to the Tips & Advice section for more detailed notes.

The Elliptical Machine Buying Guide

  • Elliptical machines can be your best friend if you’ve just started exercising or if you have problems with your knees, hips and back. However, you should always ask your doctor before you start or change a workout program, especially if you have joint problems or nagging injuries.
  • Ellipticals are for everyone! “The elliptical machine is so beneficial for people looking for a good form of cardio that anyone at any age could benefit from using it to exercise,” says Mansour. “Elderly people and teenagers alike can work this easy-to-understand machine to speed up their metabolism, burn fat, build muscle, and get their heart rate up.”
  • Your elliptical machine’s stride length is one of its most important features. A too-short stride length creates tight, awkward movement. A too-long stride length can pull muscles in your legs or hyperextend your knees. Your height determines the stride length you should look for. If you’re 5’3” or shorter, shoot for an elliptical with a stride length of 18 inches or less. If you’re 5’7” or taller, look for an elliptical with a minimum stride length of 20 inches. 
  • Many elliptical machines have a screen with digital controls. You can modify the resistance and incline, time your laps, track your distance, choose from custom workout programs and more. Go for an elliptical with many different settings options if you want to track your progress and change up your routines. 
  • Measure the length, width and height of your available space before you buy. Make sure to include estimates for any extra room you’ll need to accommodate moving pedals and handles. “Keep in mind that this is not a small piece of equipment; you’ll need to find a space for it in your home, office, basement, or wherever,” Mansour says. “You cannot fold it to make it smaller. However, this does mean that it’s very sturdy and durable and will last a very long time.”
    Fear not; you can almost certainly find one for a smaller space if you opt for a front-wheel-drive model or a portable under-desk version. 
  • Many elliptical trainers have heart rate monitors built into the handgrips. This isn’t as helpful as it sounds: handgrip heart rate monitors are notoriously unreliable. If you want to track your heart rate throughout your workout, use your smartwatch (or better yet, a chest-strap monitor). 
  • You should feel challenged at the mid-range settings on your elliptical trainer. That way you have room to increase the difficulty as you get stronger, and you can drop down to lower settings when you need a break. 
  • Check out your elliptical’s weight before you order it. Full-size elliptical trainers can be well over 100 pounds. Make sure that you have another person at home to help you if you need to lift it or assemble heavy parts.
  • All ellipticals should have a weight limit listed in their specifications. Make sure that your current weight falls under that limit before you buy. If you use a machine that you’re too heavy for, you could wind up damaging the elliptical or hurting yourself.
  • Mansour recommends testing ellipticals out in person by going very fast to make sure you feel sturdy on the machine. “If the machine feels or sounds wobbly, look for a sturdier machine,” she says.
  • Try to check out the assembly instructions before you buy your elliptical. You can find many instruction manuals with a quick internet search. Do you have all of the tools you need? Will you need a second person to “spot” you? Is it too complicated to put together without professional help? Answering these questions before you buy will save you time and stress later. 
  • Wipe down your elliptical regularly with disinfectant wipes or spray cleaners. Follow any included instructions for cleaning the pedal tracks and flywheel, too. 
  • Carefully examine the warranty and return policy before you click “Complete Purchase.” Ellipticals can be heavy and expensive, and you want to make sure you understand all of the fine print before you pay.