BodyCraft ECT-2500 Elliptical

The discontinued ECT-2500 is BodyCraft’s better cross trainer. It originally had an MSRP of about $1500 but now sells for less. Some high points include a heavy drive, great resistance, and a wireless heart rate monitor. This model is considerably more sturdy than the ECT-2100 and has a 50-pound greater user capacity.

Elliptical Hits: Good Features of the ECT-2500

  • Adjustable pedals – This is a nice feature that’s normally reserved for pricier cross trainers. It enables exercisers to rotate their ankles more naturally than with fixed pedals.

  • Resistance – BodyCraft ellipticals have remarkably strong drives. The ECT-2500 has a 61-pound flywheel, which is more than enough weight to provide smooth resistance and a challenging workout.
  • Sturdiness – The steel-framed ECT-2500 elliptical weighs 185 pounds and can accommodate a 350-pound user.
  • Heart rate monitors – A grip pulse monitor and a wireless chest strap heart rate monitor are included.
  • Good warranty – BodyCraft’s residential ellipticals are sold with a lifetime warranty on the frame, three years on parts, and a year of labor. That shows pretty good corporate confidence in the products.

Elliptical Misses: Where BodyCraft Went Wrong

  • Short stride Because these machines have small strides, BodyCraft ellipticals can only be recommended to shorter people. The strides adjust from 14” to 16”, so shorter individuals can choose between stairclimbing motions and a fuller stride.
  • Few programs – When it comes to programming, these machines disappoint. The ECT-2500 only has 6 programs. Other budget ellipticals offer significantly more variety.

Overall Rating for the BodyCraft ECT-2500 Elliptical Trainer

The BodyCraft ECT-2500 loses some points because it’s a discontinued machine. Since it might be hard to service or resell, it’s only worth purchasing at a very deep discount. Some other drawbacks of this model include few programs and a short stride. However, if sold at a great price, this machine could offer good value to a shorter person who’s serious about getting fit – that is, if he or she can stand the paucity of programs. Some better budget elliptical brands to consider are Schwinn, Smooth, and Spirit.

BodyCraft ECT-2100 Elliptical

The discontinued ECT-2100 cross trainer was designed for the middle market and originally sold for about $1200. This is a very basic elliptical trainer. For an upgraded version, see the ECT-2500.

Elliptical Hits: Good Features of the ECT-2100

  • Lower price This BodyCraft trainer originally sold for about $1200, so the discontinued elliptical should be inexpensive.

  • Resistance – These are strong trainers for any class, and especially for budget ellipticals. They have eddy current brake systems and the resistance is strong enough for just about anyone.

  • Adjustable pedals – This is a nice feature that’s normally reserved for pricier cross trainers. It enables exercisers to rotate their ankles more naturally than with fixed pedals.
  • Heart rate monitor – A grip pulse monitor is included.
  • Good warranty – BodyCraft’s residential ellipticals are sold with a lifetime warranty on the frame, three years on parts, and a year of labor. That shows some corporate confidence in the products.

Elliptical Misses: Where BodyCraft Went Wrong

  • Short stride Because these machines have short strides, BodyCraft ellipticals can only be recommended to shorter people. The strides adjust from 14” to 16”, so shorter individuals can choose between a stairclimbing motion and a fuller stride.
  • Few programs – When it comes to programming, these machines disappoint. The ECT-2100 only has 4 programs. Other budget ellipticals offer double or triple the variety.

Overall Rating for the BodyCraft ECT-2100 Elliptical Trainer

The BodyCraft ECT-2100 is a discontinued machine. Since it’s very basic and might be hard to service, it’s only worth purchasing at a very deep discount. Some drawbacks of this model include few programs and a short stride. Some better budget elliptical brands to consider are Schwinn, Smooth, and Spirit.

BodyCraft Ellipticals

The BodyCraft name is best known for full home gyms and free weights rather than elliptical trainers. The company manufactured ellipticals for a few years, but all models have now been discontinued. Discontinued BodyCraft ellipticals include the ECT-2100 and the ECT-2500. They are basic cross trainers but stand out for their strong resistance.

Brand Features of BodyCraft Ellipticals

  • Lower price BodyCraft trainers originally sold for about $1200-$1500 and are now sold for less than their MSRPs.

  • Short stride Because these machines have short strides, BodyCraft ellipticals can only be recommended to shorter people. The strides adjust from 14” to 16”, so shorter individuals can choose between stairclimbing motions and a fuller stride.
  • Adjustable pedals – This is a nice feature that’s normally reserved for pricier cross trainers. It enables exercisers to rotate their ankles more naturally than they could with fixed pedals.
  • Few programs – When it comes to programming, these machines disappoint. BodyCraft’s best elliptical trainer, the ECT-2500, only has 6 programs. Other budget ellipticals offer double or triple the variety.
  • Resistance – These are especially strong trainers and feature eddy current brake systems. The resistance is strong enough for any serious athlete who fits the 16” stride.
  • Heart rate monitors – Grip pulse monitors and/or wireless chest strap heart rate monitors are included with the ECT-2100 and ECT-2500.
  • Good warranty – BodyCraft’s residential ellipticals are sold with lifetime warranties on the frame, three years on parts, and a year of labor.

Overall Rating for BodyCraft Elliptical Trainers

BodyCraft ellipticals would receive a higher rating if 1) they had more programs, and 2) they weren’t discontinued. For many exercisers, the short stride would also be a drawback. While these machines aren’t bad, they probably aren’t worth an investment. BodyCraft has discontinued its ellipticals, so who knows if replacement parts will be available? Some better budget elliptical brands to consider are Schwinn, Smooth, and Spirit.