Ironman 1840 Elliptical
The 1840 cross trainer is one of Ironman’s newest models. The mid-priced model features a heavy steel frame for stability, a special wheel tracking system for smoothness, and a good variety of workout programs. It also has a better warranty than some cheaper Ironman ellipticals.
Elliptical Hits: What You Get with the Ironman 1840
- Healthy stride –The 18” stride is ideal for many short to average-height users.
- Cushioned pedals – Padded pedals provide extra comfort.
- Better stability – The Ironman 1840 is an improvement over the lightweight (75 pound) 1811 and 1815 models. The machine weighs about 140 pounds. It probably doesn’t support a 300-pound user as advertised, but it’s sturdier than many other ellipticals in its price class.
- Programs – Twenty built-in programs and 16 levels of resistance provide plenty of training options.
- Upper body exercise – The machine’s well-placed moving handlebars score well on ergonomics.
- Heart rate monitoring – The Ironman 1840 includes contact heart rate sensors and a wireless chest strap.
- Good enough warranty – Buyers get 5 years on the frame, 2 years on mechanical parts and electronics, and a year of labor.
Elliptical Misses: What You Don’t Get
- Articulating pedals – People who frequently work out with an elliptical will want articulating pedals, which rotate with the natural movement of the ankle. The Ironman 1840 doesn’t have especially ergonomic pedals, although they’re comfortably padded.
Overall Rating for the Ironman 1840 Elliptical
The 1840 can be expected to provide several years of dependable performance for a light to average-weight adult. It has good ergonomics and a variety of workout programs. This is a fine machine to buy on sale, but it lacks special appeal. Competitors such as NordicTrack might offer a better combination of price and features.