I just moved to a rural area that has no gym for 100 miles, so I bought this elliptical out of necessity. I needed something with a small footprint that would give me a good cardio workout and that wouldn't break the bank. This machine delivers on all of these, but with a few caveats.
I was impressed with the fast delivery. It arrived to my house just a few days after I ordered it online. Assembled it last night, took me about 2.5 hours only because I took my time and didn't want to rush it. Instructions were fairly easy, I didn't run into any snags at all.
I decided to give the unit a test run after work the next day. The first thing I noticed is that it shakes from side to side quite a bit while you are exercising ( I am 5'11, 175). However, as some other reviewers here have mentioned, it's not enough to feel unsafe or that the machine is going to tip over. Also, as you get used to how it operates, you can mitigate the shaking by compensating with your body movement. It's really not that big of a deal.
Another issue is that the 'computer' unit is basically useless. Except for tracking your time, everything else from the calorie counter to the heart rate monitor to the distance counter seems way off and definitely doesn't work correctly. The heart rate monitor fluctuates up and down all the time, so it's not even worth bothering with.
All that being said, I didn't buy this machine for the frills. I bought it for a good cardio workout, and it definitely accomplishes that goal. After I was done I felt like I got just as good of a workout as I do on the ellipticals in the gym that cost thousands of dollars. That alone makes this thing a great deal at $250. At the end of the day, getting the workout you want is what matters most to people who buy gym equipment anyway.
Bottom line - if you want a no frills elliptical that will give you a good workout, this is a great choice. Sure you could get a better machine if you spent more money, but as my headline says "you get what you pay for". And the best part is, you'll walk away from it sweating!
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