I was looking for a cheapy elliptical that would be sturdy and this was just right. I was concerned about the assembly after reading previous reviews, but after understanding how the instructions were pictured, it went together in about 30 min. I did need help attaching the front pole while connecting the cable inside at the same time. All the parts are separated into bags based on what assembly step you are on, so when you are on step 2, you grab corresponding bag 2 and everything is in there. They really thought through how to help you assemble. The front pole has a little tiny (VERY tiny) bit of wobble when I run on it, but it isnt anything that effects how I exercise. The rest of the machine is as sturdy as it could be and running on it is very smooth. I was surprised at the quality based on what I paid. It is well worth 2x as much. It is a great size and my bf who is 6 foot and a size 13 foot can use it in our low ceiling basement and his feet fit on the pedals. The only problem is the electric speed/pulse meter. It malfunctioned after the first use. I dont really need it, and the machine is such a good buy that I dont feel it takes away from the quality/value. I read a lot of reviews on a lot of elipticals and this sounded like the best and I am so happy it turned out to be what I expected. I have already recommended it to two friends.
The assembly wasn't bad at all. It works fine, you have to remember it is a $*** elliptical. So if you are expecting the nicest workout equipment ever, maybe not for you. If you want something that gets the job done and lets you workout inside, then it's a good buy
I really like this elliptical. I was so excited to get it. The box was a lot bigger than I was picturing in my head, so it was a little difficult to get in my apartment, being a single woman and all, but the pieces were all laid out nicely and the instructions were very easy to follow. I did have a problem with one of the bolts, but the Overstock customer service team got me a new one within a week. It was a little 'stiff' to use at first, but after my first session it was definitely smooth. It's not as stable as the elliptical's I've used in the gym, but then again, I wasn't expecting something like that for the price I paid. BUT, for the price I DID pay, this is an awesome elliptical and meets all the needs I was hoping for. Also, I wasn't paying attention to the details before buying about the fact that it had something to monitor your pulse on the handle bars, so that was a pleasant surprise.
The calorie counter is not accurate. Counts way way way to high! It is too difficult to fold up and put away which was one of the primary reasons I bought it. And the bars that are for the arms are not comfortable...too short.....so I just hold on to the middle area which is actually the only way it can measure my pulse. I find that odd as well. Anyway I do use it. And I do break a sweat! No impact on my knees which is awesome.
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