Ironman 250E Elliptical
The low-priced Ironman 250E Elliptical by Keys Fitness has been discontinued but can be found online for about $600. It features a durable rear drive design, solid construction and a few perks that are unusual for low-priced crosstrainers.
This model is worth considering if you can accept a 14” stride. Otherwise, check out some of the newer Ironman crosstrainers with longer footpaths.
Features of the Ironman 250E Crosstrainer (Discontinued)
Specs on the 250E elliptical include:
- Upper-body workout arms
- 14” stride
- Reverse motion
- 16 programmable resistance levels
- 12 preset programs
- One pulse rate recovery program
- One heart rate workout
- Two-window LCD console
- Rear flywheel
- Magnetic brake
- Warranty: Lifetime frame, one year parts
The Specs Interpreted
The 250E is a noticeable upgrade over most of Ironman’s even cheaper crosstrainers. Though it still has a 14” stride, it has additional preset programs and double the resistance settings compared with models like the 130E. Its programmable resistance is a unique option that we haven’t seen during hundreds of elliptical reviews; most trainers just provide resistance in preset increments.
This model also
has a rear flywheel. All things being equal, rear drive machines are more durable and more comfortable to use than are front drive machines. Still, this trainer doesn’t compare to a Precor or other Ironman ellipticals with longer strides.
A one-year parts warranty usually seems too cheap, but given this trainer’s reputation for durability it seems fair enough when product is sold at a discount.
Customer Reviews of the Ironman 250E Elliptical Trainer
Personal trainers like the option of personalizing resistance levels. This feature helps people make steady improvements every day instead of having to choose between a level that’s too easy or too challenging. Despite this praise, the machine’s short stride usually makes it a dealbreaker among professionals. They prefer strides of at least 18”. Adjustable strides and machines with inclines are even better because they can stimulate muscle fibers in different ways.
Customers are more open to the Ironman elliptical’s short stride. As long as they aren’t tall, they find it to be smooth despite its substandard length. Thus this machine can be considered a great stair-stepper that especially challenges the glutes and thigh muscles.
Our Overall Review of the Ironman 250E Elliptical Trainer
This trainer competes very well in the budget elliptical category. For the money, a customer gets a good deal of durability plus perks like programmable resistance and reverse motion. It’s unfortunate and kind of puzzling though that Keys Fitness would design an otherwise good-quality trainer while using a 14” stride. We can only recommend this as a budget buy for shorter adults or others who don’t mind actually getting a stairclimber instead of a long-glide elliptical trainer.
Other Ironman elliptical trainers have longer strides and still provide excellent value. One to check out is the Ironman 1840. It has an 18” stride, 20 preset programs, wireless heart rate monitoring and a better warranty than the Ironman 250E.