BladeZ 7.0 Elliptical Trainer

The BladeZ 7.0 is part of an elliptical trainer series that also includes the 7.5 and 7.9E. Each of these ellipticals has attractive features including a 21” stride, a heavy flywheel, and movable handlebars. However, the 7.0 has few resistance levels and doesn’t include any preset programs – just readouts showing workout data.

Elliptical Hits: Nice Features of the BladeZ 7.0

  • Comfortable pedals The 7.0 has oversized and well-cushioned pedals. BladeZ pedals also have texturized rubber to improve traction.
  • Heavy frame – The durable frame is sold with a lifetime warranty. It can support a 300 pound user at higher speeds and a 350 pound user at lower speeds.
  • Heart rate monitor – BladeZ ellipticals have contact heart rate monitors.
  • OK warranty – The BladeZ 7.0 warranty includes a lifetime guarantee on the frame, three years on parts, and a year of labor.

Elliptical Misses: Why to Pass Up the BladeZ 7.0

  • No preset programs – BladeZ machines typically have 12 workout programs built into the console. It has an LCD showing time, distance, speed, and calories expended.
  • Few resistance levels – The eight resistance levels don’t provide enough variety for some users. The 7.5 and 7.9 have 16 resistance levels.

Overall Rating for the BladeZ 7.0 Elliptical Trainer

Unlike most elliptical machines, the BladeZ 7.0 lacks preset programs. Upgrading to the 7.5 cross trainer, which at least has six programs, seems worth the small increase in MSRP. The Schwinn 460 is also a good alternative.