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Ironman 1815 Elliptical

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The Ironman 1815 elliptical just doesn’t live up to its name. Considering its substandard components and weak warranty, we find the machine’s Ironman title rather ironic. The financial woes of parent company Keys Fitness Products don’t sweeten the deal. Better budget brands are available at this price. What You Get with the Ironman 1815 Programs […]

 

The Ironman 1815 elliptical just doesn’t live up to its name. Considering its substandard components and weak warranty, we find the machine’s Ironman title rather ironic. The financial woes of parent company Keys Fitness Products don’t sweeten the deal. Better budget brands are available at this price.

What You Get with the Ironman 1815

  • Programs – Users get a decent range of workout options with 12 programs and 16 resistance levels.

 

  • Heart rate monitor – Pulse grip sensors are built into the handlebars to provide constant feedback.

 

  • Short stride –The 16” stride may suit some small users, but it denies most exercisers a full range of motion.

Elliptical Misses: What You Don’t Get

  • Stability – Keys advertises a 250-pound user capacity, but that seems unlikely from a 75-pound machine.
  • A long warranty – Only 90 days of labor are included, which suggests Ironman’s lack of confidence in its product. Buyers also get a 2-year warranty on the frame, 1 year on mechanics, and six months on the electronics.
  • Articulating pedals – Articulating or slightly rotating pedals are an important contributor to comfort, but with the Ironman 1815 elliptical, the user’s feet are locked into one position.
  • Extras – The Ironman 1815 lacks the little extras that can help people exercise more, such as workout fans, bottle holders, and built-in speakers.

Overall Rating for the Ironman 1815

 

This machine lacks any stand-out features. Its short stride makes most users feel like they’re using a stairclimber instead of an elliptical, and its 3-month labor warranty is substandard. Some better brands to consider include ProForm, Schwinn, and Spirit.