In the past 30+ years, I have put together everything from furniture kits to motorcycles. Never have I come across anything that was so well thought out. On a scale from 1 to 10, the process of putting it together rates a 11! The instruction manual is the best I have ever seen. Pictures are sharp and instructions are very clear. The nuts and bolts are not thrown together in one big bag like every other kit you have seen. Each Step in the manual has it's own bag of nuts & bolts. As you complete a step, you open up the next bag of parts for the next step. This brings me to the hardware. The quality of the nuts and bolts are perfect. 90%+ of them are allen head. All of them are lubricated. All of the parts were packaged very well. There were no scratches on anything upon unpacking everything. This is a very heavy, well built and stable machine. You have to spend well over $1,000 to get one built as well. Some of the key features of the Quest Edge 1400 are: 1. Not only does this elliptical have a 21" stide (which is impossible to find in this price range), but because of the design, it takes up less room than most of the other ellipticals 2. Many ellipticals are unstable, especially when working out hard on the machine. They will rock side to side, which not only feels unstable, but is annoying. Not this machine. It doesn't budge, and with 6 adjustable feet on the bottom, you can level it out on almost any surface. 3. This is a very smooth and whisper quiet machine. You do not have to turn up the radio or TV when using it. It does not creak and make annoying sounds like so many other ellipticals. 4. The rear entry to the machine is great. It is a nice, low, forward entry which seems very natural. I don't care for other ellipticals that have a side entry. This is most noticable when exiting the machine (if you have been working out for a good length of time), because the legs take a while (a few minutes) to retrain after using an elliptical for a long time. That being said, there are a couple of things that I would like to see better quality: 1. The shoe pads are made of plastic with no rubber cushion. Other machines that I like (1k+) have nice big pads with rubber cushions for your feet. Now this is a NO impact machine, so really, they are not needed, which is why they might have cut corners there. 2. The Control Panel does not have the quality look of some others. There is no fan, or TV (not needed anyway), but the panel could look a bit beefier, and have easier buttons to operate. However, there are some nice things built in like current temperature. 3. To get descent resistance, you have to go to about level 9. Keep in mind that there are about 18 levels, so that is about half way. However, at level 18, it still does not have the resistance of some other machines. If you are wanting something with very high resistance, you will be disappointed with this machine. However, I tend to work out often, and even at level 9, this is a great machine. If I want to build leg muscle, I use my Weider Home Gym. I use my elliptical stickly for cardio and to get my heart rate up for a good length of time. I give this machine a perfect rating based on price, overall quality and features. You simply can not find a better elliptical for even $200 above the price of this elliptical (at time of purchase - $400).
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