A Deep-Discount Elliptical Trainer; Not Worth the Price
The Weslo G 3.1 is one of the most inexpensive elliptical trainers on the market. If you’re considering buying a very cheap elliptical trainer, remember that you’ll get what you pay for. Weslos are known for having cheap components and becoming inoperable rather quickly. At least you won’t spend much; the G 3.1 sells for less than $200.
People do report feeling challenged and losing weight, but in our review the ergonomics aren’t good enough for this machine to be taken seriously.
Specs include a very short (12”) stride and moving handlebars. There are no built-in programs and Weslo does not advertise the number of intensity levels or the watts.
Specs List for the Weslo G 3.1 Elliptical
The G 3.1 is the most basic cross trainer you can buy. Here are the specs:
- 12” stride
- Manual mode only
- Mid-workout resistance adjustment
- LCD display console
- Compact design
- 90 days parts & labor warranty
This above list is pretty paltry. The only appealing feature is this elliptical trainer’s compact footprint, and that could be a down side too, depending on your own size. If you’re a heavy person you might topple the machine.
The 12” stride is very short and makes the G 3.1 feel much more like a stair climber than an elliptical trainer. You will not be moving your legs along a full elliptical path.
It’s virtually unheard of to have an elliptical trainer without any preset workouts. If you chose just about any other elliptical on the market, you’d get better quality and more features.
This product gets negative customer reviews. Usually when we read customer reviews of cheap ellipticals, a good percentage of buyers are satisfied because they weren’t expecting much or just don’t know what they’re missing. In the case of the Weslo G 3.1, people usually know that they haven’t made a good decision.
Weslo’s customer service is reportedly poor, as is their craftsmanship. Many customers have reported that not all of the required components are necessarily in the box! Once you’ve received all the parts, in order to assemble this machine you’ll need several of your own tools and more than the amount of grease that’s provided.
Our Verdict: Skip the G 3.1 Elliptical
Most customers would not recommend this product to a friend, and neither would we! You might tell yourself that it’s “only” $200, but that’s $200 you could put toward exercises classes or a better elliptical trainer. You definitely shouldn’t buy a product that only has a 90-day guarantee. Look for at least a year of labor and parts protection.
Fitness equipment reviewers generally agree that a good-enough cross trainer for beginners costs $800 or more. Many elliptical trainers with MSRPs of $1000 and more are deeply discounted on a regular basis; in this industry there almost always seems to be a reason for a “sale.” However, if you must keep expenses below $500, then the Horizon EX-57might be a good option. Schwinn also makes entry-level elliptical trainers that get good reviews.