The Ironman 1860 Elliptical is the most advanced cross trainer from Ironman. It has a 19” stride, a sturdy steel frame, and a remarkably smooth glide. However, it’s barely an improvement over its lackluster predecessor, the 1850. Both machines have good basics but are low on extras that keep exercisers motivated. The 1860’s main upgrades are a larger console window and additional heart rate control programs.
Elliptical Hits: What You Get with the Ironman 1860
- Healthy stride – The 19” stride lets people make full elliptical motions, and aluminum rails with two wheels per side promote a smooth ride.
- Comfortable pedals – To promote comfort and safety, the 1860 has padded, anti-slip pedals that fit shoes of all different sizes.
- Sturdiness – Weighing nearly 160 pounds, the 1860 Elliptical has an advertised user capacity of 300 pounds.
- Heart rate monitoring – The Ironman 1860 includes grip pulse heart rate sensors.
- Programs – Sixteen resistance levels, twelve standard built-in programs, four heart rate control programs, and a manual mode provide variety in workout routines. 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 1860 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 Smooth Fitness, ProForm, and other elliptical brands.
Overall Rating for the Ironman 1860 Elliptical Trainer
Ironman ellipticals score high for ergonomics, but they’re no match for competitors in the same price class. For example, feature-rich machines with adjustable strides, built-in entertainment, and great program variety are offered by Smooth and ProForm.