Endurance E300 Elliptical Trainer
Body Solid manufactures mid-priced fitness equipment for home and gym use. Their line of elliptical trainers includes 8 models. The Endurance E300 elliptical is a relatively basic model. This rugged, compact machine offers rigorous workouts, but it’s probably not the best value available. The Endurance E400 adds significant value.
Elliptical Hits: What You Get
The Body Solid Endurance E300 scores well in the following areas:
- Long stride –The 21” stride is ideal for most average-height adults.
- Lower pedal height – The low step-up height is easy on the knees.
- Programs – The Body Solid E300 adds interest to workouts with seven built-in programs and space for two user-designed programs. Resistance levels can easily be changed mid-program with the More/Less buttons. However, since the number of resistance levels is not advertised, it’s probably not outstanding.
- Upper body exercise – Ergonomic handgrips let elliptical users cross-train.
- Space–saving – The E300 takes up about 2½” x 5” of floor space, which is about half the space taken by other elliptical machines.
- Strong warranty – The Endurance E300 gets a lifetime warranty on the frame, five years on parts, and a year of in-home labor.
Elliptical Errors: What’s Missing
- High-quality flywheel – Body Solid doesn’t advertise the flywheel weight of the E300, nor do they tout its having electromagnetic resistance. Signs point to a relatively light flywheel and mechanical resistance, which is more likely to break down than magnetic resistance.
- Pedals – It’s not clear whether the Endurance E300 has optimal pedal spacing or not. Body Solid does advertise close pedal spacing on some of its other models, such as the Endurance E5000.
- Extras – For the same price, it’s possible to find a machine of comparable quality that also includes a speaker system, an incline, and other extras.
Overall Rating for the Body Solid Endurance E300
Body Solid’s E300 elliptical could be just right for average-height adults seeking a reliable, space-saving exercise machine. However, there are few consumer reviews available, and some technical specs aren’t advertised. It’s worth investigating whether a comparably-priced machine, from Body Solid or elsewhere, would offer better resistance, better pedals, and more value. The Sole 95 elliptical, for instance, includes a heavier flywheel, power incline, and an additional year of in-home service. The Body Solid Endurance E400 also offers a better value.