I had researched many elliptical machines online and based on prior reviews and price I decided to purchase this model. Its not the top of the line of machines but you get your money's worth and a good workout. I break a sweat every time. I only have had this item for a short period of time so I can't speak about the longevity of quality but for what I paid for and shipping was free, it was a great purchase. No regrets. I get a great workout while watching tv. I'm 5'2 so the stride works fine for me. The resistance knob works (make sure you pay attention to the instruction when assembling the resistence chords and it will do the job). No squeaky noise. Fairly quite. Make sure bolts are fasten well and you won't have any issues with squeaking or rattling. I have a busy schedule so it's nice to be able to work in some cardio while I'm at home. Enjoy your purchase.
A good basic piece of equipment for the beginner or intermediate user. Smaller footprint than most. Time-consuming to assemble but probably no worse than others. Heart rate monitor doesn't work but I've had at least 5 different pieces of equipment from various manufacturers and they have all been just as useless. Ditto with calorie counters--unless the machine takes into account your height, weight, age, etc. it is a poor estimator of calories burned. Data on the console is big enough to read easily. Overall it suits my purpose very well.
This was easy to assemble. I do wish the instructions had more words but it was not too hard to put together. The machine works fine it gets me to break a sweat. I do agree with some of the reviews that the pedals are a bit pointed so the top of your shoe runs into them but it's a good machine at a good price.
I wanted something that would not take up a lot of room. I was a bit skeptical because of reviews regarding the hand grips, but have found them to be adequate. I am not tall (about 5'5") but they are sufficient and I can use them. You may need to be a bit creative in how you use them but I think that actually makes for a better workout. This is something that I can hop on while watching TV, talking on the phone, etc (I have even used it while brushing my teeth--just 2 minutes, but, hey--every little bit helps). It is sturdy and does not move on the floor. It was simple to put together. I have no complaints. I have had it for about 6-8 weeks now. I rated it 4 stars on durability solely because I think it needs more time than that to adequately judge but so far it seems durable. I also bought the mini-elliptical sold by OS, and MUCH prefer this, although they are both good and I could recommend either. This was cheaper which is a plus.
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