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.
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
SixStar Certification, a sign of healthy ergonomic design.