The BH Fitness brand is new to the North American market, but the Spanish company has been manufacturing fitness equipment for more than 100 years. It’s competing with the mid-priced elliptical market that’s dominated by brands such as Horizon, NordicTrack, Smooth Fitness, and Sole Fitness.
BH Fitness elliptical trainers are a continuation of the Bladez elliptical line. BH Fitness acquired Bladez in 2008 and has worked to improve upon Bladez products. Its offerings now
include the X and XS series of elliptical trainers. Of these, the XS series is higher quality.
Brand Features of BH Fitness Ellipticals
- Price – BH Fitness trainers are priced for the middle market. Newer models can be purchased for under $1000.
- Heavy flywheels – BH Fitness ellipticals have 24-pound flywheels to provide an especially smooth ride.
- Sturdy build – From their heavy flywheels to their steel frames, BH ellipticals are built to last. They have weight capacities of at least 325 pounds.
- Long strides – To support full muscle extension, BH Fitness’s cross trainers have 18” and 20” strides.
- Adjustable pedal width – The unique design of BH Fitness ellipticals in the XS series lets users adjust the space between pedals for the most natural stride possible.
- Upper–body workout – With the XS series, the handlebars can be can set to different resistance levels to provide challenging upper-body workouts.
- Good warranties – BH Fitness cross trainers are sold with lifetime warranties on the frame and generator, up to five years on parts, and a year of labor.
- Sub-par consoles – Customers have complained that consoles on the X4 and X5 models are difficult to read from afar, making exercisers lean forward whenever they want to read workout data.
- Adequate programs – The BH Fitness brand isn’t big on programs. Even their best ellipticals are limited to 12 programs. They have 16 resistance levels.
Overall Rating for BH Fitness Ellipticals
BH Fitness ellipticals aren’t as well-known as NordicTracks and others made by American brands. Still, the XS series has solid machines with nice features and good warranties. While models in the X series have hard-to-read consoles, the XS models have clearer displays in addition to adjustable pedals, wireless heart rate monitors, and upper-body resistance.