Along with the Ironman 1860, the Ironman 1850 is one of the brand’s newest cross trainers. It has a 19” stride, which is one inch longer than that of the 1840. This mid-priced model boasts a stable steel frame, dual-wheel aluminum tracks for a smooth glide, and an adequate variety of workout programs. It also has a better warranty than some cheaper Ironman elliptical trainers.
Elliptical Hits: What You Get with the Ironman 1850
- Healthy stride – The 19” stride provides a true elliptical motion.
- Comfortable pedals – To promote comfort and safety, the 1850 has oversized, padded, anti-slip pedals.
- Better stability – At 157 pounds, the Ironman 1850 weighs more than double the cheaper 1811 and 1815 models, and it also has a bit more heft than the Ironman 1840. Its advertised weight limit is 300 pounds. Transport wheels are included.
- Heart rate monitoring – The Ironman 1850 includes grip pulse heart rate sensors.
- Programs – Twelve challenging built-in programs plus heart rate control, manual mode, and sixteen resistance levels provide adequate program variety for many users. After each workout, the pulse recovery system can be used to help ascertain cardiovascular fitness.
- Above-average warranty – Buyers get 50 years of frame protection, a 5-year warranty on mechanical parts and electronics, and a year of labor.
Elliptical Misses: What You Don’t Get with the Ironman 1850 Elliptical
- Articulating pedals – People who frequently work out with an elliptical will want articulating pedals, which rotate with the natural movement of the ankle. These can be found on brands such as Schwinn, Spirit, and Star Trac.
- Extras – Audio systems, inclines, and other enhancements have become standard with other elliptical brands.
Overall Rating for the Ironman 1850 Elliptical Trainer
The 1850 has good ergonomics and an adequate variety of workout programs. Still, some users will be disappointed by this machine and even the next step up, the Ironman 1860. Machines that are feature-rich and thus provide more incentive to exercise are offered by brands such as NordicTrack, Smooth, and Yowza.