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45 reviews | 3 out of 5
…product! I am an avid physical trainer and sometimes elliptical machines at the gym are a three-deep wait. So, I wanted one at home to finish my workout. True, this is no PROFORM $3000 machine but it worked just fine with a bit of TLC. I heard the squeaks common to these reviews, I have a mechanical background so I identified the sound as metal-on-metal (the grease the machine comes with is not adequate). For a $2.85 investment at Walmart in the auto section I picked up some high temperature auto grease. In about 20 minutes I generously applied the lubricant to all of the moving joints and a small amount of Pam cooking oil on the wheel tracks. My machine is almost completely silent and works perfectly even for hour plus workouts.
My husband bought this about a month ago and loves it. He uses it every other day and loves it. It fits his needs and gives him a great workout. When we got it home it took my husband just over an hour to put it together and that was with the help of several kittens and watching tv. We have not had any problems with this elliptical at all. We did buy the ac adapter, but that was only to save on batteries. For those that had problems within the 90 day return period I don't understand why you didn't just return the product instead of giving it a bad review. As I said we have had no problems the price was great and the elliptical is everything we expected of it. We have not had one regret with this purchase.
Real axle broke while using after not even 2 months of use!!! We were within the weight limits, very disappointing. Now I have to figure out how I am going to get my money back - I dont even want a replacement for this one.
we had the product for about a month then it started to squeak and grind, hubby checked nuts and bolts all was fine, then mid stride, snap the rear axle snapped right in half...i have read other reviews too little too late..same problem all around.
We just purchased the Gold's Gym 500 Elliptical today. It took a couple hours to assemble it, but it wasn't difficult. The children extended the time a bit I suppose. I have given it about a 20-minute test workout, and it functions quite nicely. I don't like that I have to buy a separate power adapter for it, but that's not a deciding factor in my eyes. The fan is nice, not strong, but strong enough to just help. I haven't tried out the speakers with an mp3 player yet. Overall, I would say it was money well spent and recommend it to others.
We did extensive research and found this buy to be the best value. What you probably didn't know is that about 80% of elliptical equipment is manufactured by ICONN (believe is the name, out of China). Anyway, purchase a product that is backed when considering the costs more than $500. Other stores did not back there elliptical's the way Walmart does. Walmart offers a service plan for very little - thinking about 30$ or so.
The machine is very sturdy. After using it for about 3 days started to get the 'squeak'. It is very annoying. Went to Lowe's purchased rubber washers/grommets -- installed them on each side of bolt on the legs. Prevents the plastic from rubbing. Also, it offers a little more cushion to prevent the frame from breaking. Assembly was pretty easy. Took about an hour.
Great workout - accurate calorie count - a plus!
CONS - if your tall and half blind like I am - the screen is super small which is a disadvantage. Also, power plug sold separately. Purchased one at Radio Shack instead of special ordering -- correct DC adapter sold separate of that. Should be included with the product.
Screen is dark - hard to see the numbers in poor lighting.
Purchased two weeks ago and use it every day. Assembly, by myself, was not a problem. Had to stop running due to back problems and this worked out great. Used a high quality automotive grease during assembly. Still started sqeaking a little, just recently, but sprayed a little lithium grease on the pivot points and cleared it up. Don't think I'm burning the amount of calories it says I am but still a good workout. Batteries still fine after two weeks but purchased an A/C power adapter on amazon.com for $15, so I don't have to keep buying batteries when the time comes. I am 5'7" and weigh about 215 and have had no issues. I would highly recommend this machine. Will post later if anything significant comes up...
I like the eliptical and it works great. The only problem I had was when I got it the side cover was broke. Wal-mart was very helpful and willing to pick up immediately. The manufacturer not so much. They were willing to send me the replacement part but wanted to charge me a handling fee to do so. Not good customer service from them.
The machine worked well for about 1 month except for an occasional grinding sound in the rear. After that residue from the belt appeared on the floor, followed by the belt falling off. I removed the sides and put the belt back on and tightened it according to directions in manual. While screwing the side back on, the connector in the rear of the machine broke off. I finally got it back together and it continued to make a grinding sound. Then the axle broke in two rendering the machine useless. I would not buy another nor would I take a new one free. An absolute piece of junk.
This product is built very poorly. The unit is stable and wont rock, but the quality of internal components is terrible. I used this machine for 2 months. for 3 weeks it was great. a little bit of noise from the rear drive components after that. almost 2 months in a scraping sound from rear then the shaft snapped. When this happened I was able to actually see how this was made. The belt housing is vinyl, no guards to keep the belt on and no stablizing bars to keep it aligned. I was working out 5 times a week for 30-45 minutes for 2 months and the shaft broke. Im 5'10 240lbs and this unit is supposed to handle 275lbs. There is no way this unit will last. I guarantee it wont. Buyer beware spend more like $1000.00 and get asole product. I love saving money but the time and aggrevation of putting together and returning is way to much.
I shopped around and decided to purchase this unit. After spending a couple hours getting it assembled I found myself very upset because the console unit had been smashed and does not work. Now, I have to spend $250 to replace the console. My advise is to look to better units, and not settle for cheap workmanship and packaging.
I did a lot of research before making my purchase. I gave this unit high markings because it fits my needs and didn't cost thousands. If you are addicted to working out, you will want something a little heavier. If you just trying to stay in shape 3-5 days a week, this is worth your money. Installation was easy, it slides very smoothly and the computer programs are more than the average person will use. Only complaint is the arm pulls are a little wobbly. Compared to a tredmill, I feel I get a much better work out in less time. Golds Gym is made by Proform who is made by Nordictrac, so the base knowledge is there. Good luck!
i bought this and now it makes squeeky sounds. and the motar is loud.
it runs on batteries , and speakers are not as loud as u want it .
overall, its not worth it, and i dont think its helping me loose weight, i dont have ache afterwards but i feeel its not really showing the accurate calories.
489 dollars wit tax.
It took three hours to put together, which you can do by yourself. Once it was assembled, the machine never worked. The console would turn on but nothing would happen the time would not start nor would a program. Eventually it would shut off. I called the manufactor and getting someone on the phone was the hardest thing ever. Their solution was to send me another console, once i got the new console it still did not work. They than told me to try fixing the turning wheel which is not east at all, by the time i got the cover off I still could not fix it. I returned the machince and bought one from sports authority. Also it does not come with a power cord you have to buy that for an extra $90.
I bought this machine for my girlfriend in October 2009 and she uses it religiously. The machine started squeaking after about two months and in January 2010 the left crank arm (axle) which is a major part snapped in half and this is a solid steal piece of metal!!! Fortunately I paid the extra $20 for a 2 year extended warranty through Walmart and I was able to get the technician to order the replacement part and he fixed it, but once it was fixed the machine was grinding and squeaking so now he is going to submit paperwork to the warranty company to send me a full refund ($299). But most likely I will have to disassemble this huge bulky machine and find a box big enough to ship this thing back to them. So long story short, if you want a product that is going to break down after a few months then this is the machine for you, but make sure you buy the extended warranty through Walmart.
These run on batteries YES u heard me c batteries
This is the worst product ever assembled. If you buy this product, you will be VERY upset. After you buy it and it breaks and you spent 3 hours putting it together, you might as well burn $500.
But go ahead, try it out and don't listen to me....just don't say I didn't warn you!!!!
This is a great piece of equipment! Take it froma guy who has spent thousands of hours at a gym and used some of the best exercise equipment, this is professional level at a great price. I like the fact that you can manipulate the incline angle manually vs. mechanically because you don't have to worry about a motor going out. Ok, so the little gadgets (i.e. fan, i pod connection, digital screen) are not the world's class; so what! What matters is that you are going to get a smoot action with variable resistance workout with low impact on joints. This machine is comparable to the $4,000.00 models at gyms. Finally, I put mine together in less that 2 hours by myself; it's worth the time!!!
We are pleased with the Gold Gym Stride Trainer. All four of us use it, and it gives a good work out. We do have a question about using the Wal-mart power supply/6 V adapter though. The directions say that you need to check the machine for the polarity so that you use the correct tip, either negative or postive. I was unable to find any indication on the machine or get any information from the manufacturer. Does anyone know which polarity tip is the correct one for the Elliptical Trainer 500? I don't want to ruin the console.
I just got this at my local walmart for 397.00. I really like it alot. Don't order the power cord on line for 90.00 instead just buy an universal power cord 6V for 15.00 and you are set to go without changing batteries when it goes dead on this machine. It does great for what it's worth One good thing about buying it at walmart is free assembly. Love it.