Eclipse Elliptical 4100 HRA

The 4100 HRA Eclipse Elliptical is a mid-priced fitness machine by Fitness Quest. It rates above the company’s economy-priced 1100 and 2100 models.

Elliptical Hits: What You Get

  • Smooth glide Elliptical trainers are an especially good investment for people with joint problems, and the 4100 gets positive reviews from this group of exercisers. 

  • Electromagnetic resistance – The tension on Eclipse machines is regulated by electromagnetism. This is more reliable than mechanical resistance because there are fewer moving parts that could break down.
  • Extras – The 4100 elliptical includes hand grip pulse sensors, eight programs, a reading rack, and a drink holder.
  • Good warranty – The 4100 HRA has a one-year warranty with labor included. That isn’t very long, but it beats the 90-day warranties of some other budget brands.

Elliptical Uncertainties:

  • Odd sizing – The Eclipse 4100 HRA, like other Fitness Quest ellipticals, has just a 15” stride. This means that it only affords small users a full range of motion. At the same time, the arm grips are placed relatively high. Ideally, you would try using this elliptical machine before you buy it.

What’s Missing

  • Few bells and whistles — Unlike NordicTrack, Icon, and some other elliptical brands, Eclipse doesn’t offer fancy entertainment options, personal training, or an incline option. However, machines with these features usually cost more.
  • Silence – If you’re looking for a quiet machine, then Eclipse isn’t your ideal brand.

Overall Rating for the Eclipse Elliptical 4100 HRA

The Eclipse 4100 HRA is a reasonably-priced elliptical for home use. It offers an adequate number of workout programs and is ideally sized for certain small users. Still, it would be worth comparing Fitness Quest’s 4100 elliptical with mid-priced machines by Schwinn, Smooth, and other companies.

Eclipse Elliptical 2100 HRA

The 2100 Eclipse Elliptical is nominally a step up from the 1100 HRA, but its reviews are not as positive. The primary difference between the machines is the 2100’s longer base, which provides more stability for heavier users.

Elliptical Hits: What You Get

  • Smooth glide Elliptical trainers are an especially good investment for people with joint problems, and the 2100 gets positive reviews from this group of exercisers. 
  • Shorter stride – The Eclipse 2100 HRA, like other Fitness Quest ellipticals, has just a 15” stride. Adults of average height usually have a natural stride of 17” to 20”, so they might feel constricted.
  • Electromagnetic resistance – The tension on Eclipse machines is regulated by electromagnetism. This is more reliable than mechanical resistance because there are fewer moving parts that could break down.
  • Extras – The 2100 elliptical includes handgrip pulse sensors, twelve programs, a reading rack, and a drink holder.
  • Good warranty – The 2100 HRA has a limited one-year warranty, which isn’t very long but beats the 90-day warranties of some other budget machines.

Elliptical Uncertainties:

  • Sturdiness The 2100 is essentially a slightly longer machine than the 1100. Despite the added length, its advertised user weight capacity of 275 seems a bit generous.

What’s Missing

  • Silence – If you’re looking for a quiet machine, then Eclipse ellipticals aren’t your brand.
  • Few bells and whistles — Unlike NordicTrack, Icon, and some other elliptical brands, Eclipse doesn’t offer fancy entertainment options, personal training, or an incline option. However, machines with these features usually cost more.

Overall Rating for the Eclipse Elliptical 2100 HRA

Although the Eclipse 2100 HRA has received positive customer reviews, it’s probably not the best buy. The Eclipse 1100 HRA, which is almost the same machine, costs less. At the same time, other brands of elliptical trainers offer better value for just $100 or so more.

Some other low-cost elliptical brands include ProForm, Schwinn, and Weslo.

Eclipse Elliptical 1100 HRA

The Eclipse Elliptical 1100 HRA trainer, a Fitness Quest product, is especially designed for budget-minded consumers. The small unit is best suited to smaller individuals who aren’t ready to invest in a pricier machine. Consumer reviews are mixed: some people emphasize the machine’s smooth glide, but others complain about its noisy operation.

Elliptical Hits: What You Get

  • Smooth glide Elliptical trainers are an especially good investment for people with joint problems, and Eclipse gets positive reviews from this group of exercisers. 
  • Shorter stride – The Eclipse 1100 HRA, like other Fitness Quest ellipticals, has just a 15” stride. When buying an elliptical trainer, remember that adults of average height usually have a natural stride of 17” to 20”.
  • Extras – This machine includes handgrip pulse sensors, twelve programs, a reading rack, and a drink holder.
  • Spacesaving The unit measures 22.5”W x 41”L x 64”H and has wheels for easy transport.
  • Good warranty – The 1100 HRA has a limited one-year warranty, which isn’t very long but beats the 90-day warranties of some other budget machines.

Elliptical Uncertainties:

  • Durability – Fitness Quest advertises Eclipse ellipticals as durable machines, and many consumers agree. However, some reviews indicate a need for minor replacement parts.
  • Sturdiness Since the 1100 HRA weighs just 85 pounds, its advertised user weight capacity of 275 seems a bit generous. The next step up, Eclipse’s 2100 model, has a longer base to add stability.

What’s Missing

  • Few bells and whistles — Unlike NordicTrack, Icon, and some other elliptical brands, Eclipse doesn’t offer fancy entertainment options, personal training, or an incline option. However, machines with these features usually cost more.

Overall Rating for the Eclipse Elliptical 1100 HRA

 

Complaints about noisiness and minor repair issues would normally knock our rating down to two stars. However, the Eclipse 1100 HRA has received overwhelmingly positive customer reviews. It seems to be a satisfactory budget buy for people with smaller strides.

Some other low-cost elliptical brands include ProForm, Schwinn, and Weslo.

Eclipse Ellipticals

Eclipse elliptical trainers by Fitness Quest, Inc. were introduced through televised infomercials. Today the machines can be purchased online, at major chain stores, and through catalogs. Eclipse ellipticals are relatively low priced, falling into the lower and middle price ranges. They are also relatively basic machines, but they tend to have better warranties than comparably priced ellipticals.

Ohio-based Fitness Quest also distributes other brands of fitness products such as Ab Lounge, Easy Shaper, and New Balance. Their Eclipse Ellipticals are made in the USA.

Brand Features of Eclipse Ellipticals

Some features common to all Eclipse elliptical machines include:

  • Sturdy construction – Fitness Quest and its customers seem to agree that Eclipse ellipticals are durable machines. This is despite the machines’ relatively small size and low price tags.
  • Smooth glide Elliptical trainers are an especially good investment for people with joint problems, and Eclipse gets positive reviews from this group of exercisers.  
  • Good warranty – Eclipse ellipticals have a one-year warranty, which isn’t very long but beats those of other budget machines.
  • Shorter stride – Eclipse elliptical machines are best for small users. A 15” stride length is offered on the 1100HRA, the 2100, and the 4100 HRA. If you’re especially short though, you might avoid the 4100; the cross-training arm grips are placed rather high.
  • Lightweight – When it comes to fitness machines, a light weight is not necessarily ideal. Eclipse ellipticals weigh less than 100 pounds each, so they may pose stability problems for heavy exercisers. On the other hand, the machines can be moved rather easily for storage.
  • Extras – Early models of Eclipse ellipticals lacked extras such as heart rate monitors and various built-in programs, but newer models have incorporated these features. For instance, the Eclipse 1100 HRA has pulse sensors built into the handles, and the 2100 design is loaded with ten workout programs.

Overall Rating for Eclipse Ellipticals

The newer models of Eclipse elliptical trainers may be good budget buys for shorter, lightweight people. These durable machines include an important basic – a smooth glide – and extras such as program variety, pulse rate sensors, reading racks, and drink holders. However, many consumers have complained that the 1100HRA is noisy. For comparison – and especially if you require a longer stride — consider some other budget fitness brands such as ProForm or Weslo.