I bought this elliptical machine because my gym membership was becoming useless since I couldn't find the time to get there anymore. I put the elliptical in my living room so I could watch television while I worked out. This machine has many of the options that are offered on the more expensive machines at the gym, like the heart rate monitor, resistance options and personal trainer programs. Overall, I can say that this machine is fairly quiet with operation.
The assembly does require two people. Do not think you can put it together alone, it cannot be done. My boyfriend helped me with assembly and it took us about two hours and we weren't in any rush. Directions were clear and easy to understand.
A few flaws the machine has:
The display is hard to see because it doesn't light up.
The machine tends to rock side to side. Maybe there is a way I can stop it from doing this, but I don't know.
Since the machine rocks back and forth, the water bottle shakes and bangs the ice around, which in turn makes for a very noisy exercise session.
The fan blades hit the plastic casing when it is turned on. When you push a button to switch resistances or programs, the fan noise gets even louder. Actually, I feel the fan is useless on this equipment because it is not adjustable and it points directly above my head and doesn't hit me at all. I ended up using a floor fan that I already had at my house.
The AC/DC power cord is not sold with this elliptical. However, they did include a piece of paper that has a phone number to call and order one. Why not just include it? I don't know, but it runs off of four D size batteries. I'm on the elliptical several times a week and the batteries are still going strong after about three weeks.
Pros about this elliptical:
Space saving design
Great deal for the cost
Easy to assemble
Provides a great workout
Many personal trainer designed programs to choose from
Many resistance levels to choose from
After working out on this elliptical, I would recommend it to a friend because it has served its purpose with my exercise needs. The flaws that I mentioned are minor and can probably be fixed with simple adjustments.
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