TruPace E250 Elliptical

A Budget Elliptical Trainer with Audio & Touch Screen

The TruPace E250 elliptical is distinguished from other TruPace models (the E200 and E220) by its color touch screen. The original MSRP was $999 and as of 2012 it’s been selling online for $799.

Besides having a color touch screen, the TruPace E250 stands out from other brands’ cheap ellipticals for having a TruSound audio system, the ability to save four users’ profiles, and 22 programs. This inexpensive elliptical model could also theoretically help you save money in the long run because it doesn’t require electricity. However, we’re suspicious of the lightweight frame; we suspect that unless you’re tiny, the machine might break down before you get enough use from it. We recommend looking into other fitness equipment brands. Some affordable alternatives are suggested at the end of this elliptical machine review.

What You Get

This machine is a true cross trainer. It has moving handlebars that synchronize with the lower body.

The E250’s touch screen display lets you easily change speed, intensity and other settings with a light touch. It also provides readouts for speed, time, distance, watt, pulse and calories burned. Unlike the console displays for the TruPace E200 and E220, this one adjusts to show a track, heart rate and other data. Up to four users can store their workout information.

The specs for the TruPace E250 are:

  • 18″ Stride
  • Magnetic Brake Resistance
  • 22 Preset Programs
  • 16 Intensity Levels
  • Front Drive
  • Pivoting Pedals
  • Contact Heart Rate Sensors
  • TruSound System
  • 300-lb. User Capacity
  • Self-Generating Power
  • Unit Weight/Dimensions — 116 lbs; 64.8″L x 24.8″W
  • Warranty: Lifetime on frame, two years on parts, one year of labor

As mentioned above, we’re suspicious of the lightweight frame. We don’t understand how a 116-pound machine could safely support a 300-pound trainee. TruPace doesn’t explain why their cheapest elliptical trainer in this series (the E200) has the same frame weight as this one but a different user weight capacity, 175 pounds.

The Word on the Street

Those who choose the TruPace 250 tend to give it good reviews despite our cautions about the low user weight capacity. People generally know what they’re in for and aren’t expecting club quality. The main customer complaints about this series are that the heart rate monitors are inaccurate.

Our Thoughts

The TruPace E250 has the same frame and flywheel weights as the cheaper E200 and E220 models. The extra money therefore doesn’t go into better basics; the biggest difference you’ll notice is the touch screen. For the best TruPace value, opt for the E220. Better yet, skip the TruPace elliptical lineup entirely and opt for a Horizon, Livestrong or NordicTrack machine. We especially like the Horizon EX-57 or EX-59 for customers on a tighter budget. These units weigh a sturdier 163 pounds and feature

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SixStar Certification, a sign of healthy ergonomic design.

TruPace E220 Elliptical

An Inexpensive Elliptical with Audio Entertainment

The TruPace E220 elliptical trainer typically sells for about $600. That sets it well below most elliptical trainers and just slightly above its simpler sibling, the E200. These two models are

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nearly identical. The difference is that the TruPace E220 has a TruSound system, the ability to save four users’ profiles, and a better warranty than the TruPace E200. In this review we downplay the hype about what a great value this model is. Basically, the lightweight frame probably isn’t sturdy for most people, despite the manufacturer’s claim of handling 275 pounds. Some alternatives are suggested below.

What You Get

The TruPace E220’s LCD display with backlighting provides readouts for speed, time, distance, watt, pulse and calories burned. Its 22 programs include a body fat test, a heart rate recovery test, room for one custom program, four heart rate control workouts (each targeting a different capacity), three goal programs (for time, distance and calories that you set), a constant watts program, and ten additional workouts. Four users’ profiles can be saved.

Here are the specs:

  • 18″ Stride
  • Magnetic Brake Resistance
  • 22 Programs
  • 16 Intensity Levels
  • Front Drive
  • Pivoting Pedals
  • Integrated Heart Rate Sensors
  • TruSound System
  • Self-Generating Power
  • 275-lb. User Capacity
  • Unit Weight:116 lbs
  • Dimensions: 64.8″L x 24.8″W
  • Warranty: Lifetime on frame, 1-year parts and labor

The Word on the Street

Customer reviews of the TruPace E220 have been good to above average. People generally believe that they secured a good value at a low price, especially given the great program variety and a body fat test. Of course, people who expected health club quality or didn’t understand that this machine is built for smaller people were disappointed. The main customer complaint about the E220 is that the heart rate monitor seems inaccurate, which makes the heart rate control and heart rate recovery programs almost moot… Actually though, these complaints are pretty light as far as complaints about cheap elliptical trainers go. With other brands you hear a lot about broken pedals and excruciating squeakiness.

Our Thoughts

The TruPace E220 elliptical is definitely a better value than the E200. For one thing, getting an extended warranty for the E200 would cost you $79, and then you’re practically at this unit’s price. Nonetheless, we recommend that you look outside of this brand entirely. Even if you upgraded to the TruPace E250, the light unit weight and cheap parts would pose too much risk for breakdowns.

We suggest checking out the Horizon EX-57 or EX-59 since these machines weigh a more sturdy 163 pounds and feature SixStar Certification for ergonomics. Also, Schwinn is known for making durable yet inexpensive elliptical trainers.

If you were drawn to this model’s compact size and are willing to spend a bit more, you’re in luck! Plenty of compact elliptical trainers deliver durability. The ultra-small LifeCore LC2000, for one, has a high weight capacity and a seven-year parts warranty.

TruPace E200 Elliptical

A Budget-Priced Elliptical for Smaller Trainees

The front drive TruPace E200 elliptical is a compact and lightweight fitness machine made for the 2012 model year. It’s best for smaller individuals; larger people might eventually feel strain in their knees, plus they’ll wear out this entry-level model rather quickly. Highlights include 22 preset programs and articulating pedals. Also, this machine is “green.” It harnesses the user’s power instead of sucking energy through a power cord.

The TruPace E200 initially had a too-high MSRP of $1200 but is now sold new for less than half the original price. Given this model’s short warranty and plastic parts, we only recommend buying it for $500 or less. Most vendors include free curbside delivery.

What You Get

The elliptical machine’s backlit LCD display lets you monitor speed, time, distance, watts, calories and heart rate. The 22 program selections

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include manual mode, three goal-oriented routines targeting time, distance, and calories, four heart rate control programs, a constant watts workout, room for user-designed routines, plus 12 additional programs that have 16 intensity levels each.

Other features of the TruPace E200 include:

  • 18″ Stride
  • Magnetic Brake Resistance
  • Pivoting Pedals
  • Integrated Heart Rate Sensors
  • Transport Wheels
  • 250-lb. Weight Capacity
  • Self-Generating Power
  • Weighs 116 lbs.
  • Footprint: 64.8″L x 24.8″W
  • Warranty: 90 days parts and labor

A quick review of the specs list: The light weight and short warranty are disappointing. On the other hand, this model offers lots more workouts than most discount ellipticals do. Cheap ellipticals are also unlikely to include pivoting pedals, but here they are!

The Word on the Street

Most customers purchased this unit on sale. They were drawn to the combination of a low price and lots of built-in programs. Once they became owners, people most liked the program variety and the heart rate sensors on the handlebars, and they reported that the pivoting foot pedals eased strain on the Achilles tendon to help them work out longer than they could with other discount ellipticals. The self-generating power supply was also appreciated, as it eliminates paying extra for electricity each month. Some people regretted that they couldn’t share this fitness equipment with their heavier friends and family.

Our Thoughts

We can’t emphasize enough that the TruPace E200 elliptical suits small folks only. Petite women and men with small frames are the only ones who won’t make this 116-machine wobble and quickly get loose bolts. Furthermore, the 18″ stride length is just right for shorter individuals but won’t allow taller people to use a full range of motion.

We do think that if you’re sized right, you won’t find many comparable or better values for $500. However, do check out the Horizon EX-57. It weighs more and has a one year warranty. The TruPace only has a 90-day warranty. In the event that your elliptical trainer became inoperable, suddenly your $500 bargain would look like a big disappointment.

TruPace Ellipticals

TruPace is a European fitness equipment manufacturer founded in the 1990s. Their mission is to provide well-engineered products at affordable prices, and to our surprise they seem to be meeting their goal among lighter-weight customers. Why “to our surprise?” Just because these products are European doesn’t mean they’re manufactured in Germany or another country known for expert engineering and quality control. They’re made in China and only weigh around 120 pounds. In any case, the brand recently gained entry to the US market. Its elliptical trainers are sold primarily through 1800Treadmill.com and Amazon.

Three TruPace elliptical models are available: E200, E220 and E250. Each has an 18” stride. The entry-level E200 gets poor reviews but the others have been called durable and good values by customers. Highlights on the TruPace E220 and E250 include MP3 player ports and speakers, articulating pedals and, on the E250, 22 preset programs and a color touch screen.

We’re skeptical of the positive customer reviews posted online because TruPace

machines contain lots of plastic. Have you used a TruPace elliptical? We’d love to hear from you.