Fuel Fitness FE44 Elliptical

The FE44 is the simpler of Fuel Fitness’s two elliptical models. It’s inexpensive yet durable enough to give shorter, lightweight exercisers a challenging workout. The FE44 has an 18” stride, good program variety, and an iPod port for audio entertainment.

The FE44 has an MSRP of $999, but Fuel Fitness has been known to offer an online price of $599.99 with shipping included.

Elliptical Hits: Best Features of Fuel’s FE44 Elliptical Trainer

  • OK stride The FE46 has an 18” stride, which isn’t bad for a cheaper elliptical trainer. However, people taller than 5’4” or so might find the movement choppy.
  • Good program variety
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    This machine features 14 preset workouts.

  • iPod compatible – The FE44 has speakers and a port for iPods and other MP3 players.
  • Heart rate monitors – Fuel ellipticals have hand pulse heart rate monitors.
  • Water bottle holder This nice little feature can make all the difference in an exerciser’s endurance.
  • Acceptable warranty – These machines have lifetime warranties on the frames and brakes. There’s just a year of coverage for other parts and labor, but that’s not bad for a machine that costs less than $600.

Elliptical Misses: Where Fuel Could Improve

  • Footplates – The footplates on Fuel ellipticals are superior for their articulation, or rotation, but they aren’t padded. Most other elliptical brands cushion their footplates to promote a more comfortable workout. Another strike against these footplates is their spacing. At more than 4” apart, they’re too wide-set to support optimal hip placement.
  • Squeakiness Like other low-cost ellipticals, Fuel’s are known to squeak if they aren’t frequently lubricated. They may also need to have their bolds tightened after just a few exercise sessions.

Overall Rating for the Fuel FE44 Elliptical Trainer

Fuel ellipticals provide good value when bought on sale. Otherwise, their relatively short one-year parts warranty signifies a gamble not worth taking. The ProForm brand has a similar warranty on its cheaper ellipticals, but it offers more exciting options. The ProForm 790E, for example, includes iFit and incline training.