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Octane Q47 Elliptical

The Q47 is Octane’s premium cross trainer. This elliptical provides above-average training for the arms and a highly adjustable SmartStride feature for the legs.

Elliptical Hits: Features of the Octane Q47 Elliptical

  • Intense workouts – Octane ellipticals are designed for people who are already in shape. That is, they provide especially intense exercise for the whole body, even at the lowest level of resistance.
  • Adjustable stride – The stride ranges from 18”-26”, and the Q47 elliptical can even calculate a person’s ideal stride.
  • High capacity – Octanes are sturdy ellipticals. The Q47 weighs 280 pounds and has a 300-pound user capacity.

Elliptical Misses: Where Octane Went Wrong

  • Programs – The Q47 has just 5 programs. While the 16 levels of resistance are challenging, the lack of program options could lead to boredom with workout routines.
  • Pulse monitor – For a built-in heart rate monitor, a customer would need to upgrade to the Q47ce.

 

  • Warranty – Octane customers get a lifetime warranty on the frame, three years on parts, and a year of labor. This isn’t bad, but it seems that the machine’s high price tag should be accompanied by a longer parts warranty.

Overall Rating for the Octane Q47 Elliptical

 

The Q47 and Q47ce are high-quality ellipticals that seem a bit overpriced. While the ArmBlaster resistance programs provide great training, customers might get better value with Precor, Yowza, Sole, and other brands.

  • May 29, 2010
  • Octane

Octane Q37 Elliptical

Octane elliptical machines are preferred by customers who are already in good shape. The Octane Q37, a hefty upper-end cross trainer, is designed to give the upper body an especially rigorous workout.

Elliptical Hits: Features of the Octane Q37

  • Intense workouts – Octane ellipticals provide above-average workouts as a result of special engineering in the handlebars. By increasing handlebar resistance, people can exercise their abdominal muscles, arms, and legs simultaneously.

 

  • Great ergonomics – The pedals are spaced just 1.8” apart. Narrow pedal spacing promotes good movement in the knees and hips.
  • Programs – The Q37 has 16 programs and 20 levels of resistance.

 

  • Pulse monitors – The Q37 has a wireless monitor and contact sensors.

 

  • Long stride – The 20.5” stride is good for taller users.
  • High capacity – Octanes are sturdy ellipticals. The Q37 weighs 260 pounds and has a 300-pound user capacity.

Elliptical Misses

  • Warranty – Octane customers get a lifetime warranty on the frame, three years on parts, and a year of labor. Expensive cross trainers like the Q37 usually have better warranties.

Overall Rating for the Octane Q37 Elliptical

 

Octanes are very good ellipticals overall, but the Q37 doesn’t seem worth its high price tag. It does offer superior upper body workouts, and it’s a significant upgrade over the Q35. Still, customers can get more features for less money with other brands like Precor, Yowza, and Smooth.

  • May 29, 2010
  • Octane

Octane Q35 Elliptical

The Octane Q35 is a more affordable elliptical from the pricy Octane Fitness lineup. This upper-end cross trainer is designed for customers who are already in good shape. It can give both the upper body and lower body an especially rigorous workout.

Octane’s Q35ce is an upgraded version of this model. It features additional programs and a heart rate monitor.

Elliptical Hits: Features of the Octane Q35

  • Intense workouts – Octane ellipticals provide above-average workouts as a result of special engineering in the handlebars. With the Q35, users get 20 levels of eddy current resistance for upper and lower body training.

 

  • Great ergonomics – The pedals are spaced just 1.8” apart. Narrow pedal spacing promotes good movement in the knees and hips.

 

  • Long stride – The 20.5” stride is good for taller users.
  • High capacity – Octanes are sturdy ellipticals with 300-pound user capacities.

Elliptical Miss: Octane’s Oversight

  • Programs – The Q35 has just five programs. The Q35e has 10 programs, including some that use data from a heart rate monitor.
  • No pulse monitor – The Q35 lacks a heart rate monitor, a feature that is standard on many models that cost much less. The Q35e, which costs a bit more, includes a monitor.
  • Console – Although other Octane ellipticals have attractive consoles, the cheaper Q35 has a very basic display.

Overall Rating for the Q35 Octane Elliptical

 

Octanes are overall very good ellipticals, but the Q35 doesn’t seem worth its high price tag. It does offer superior upper body workouts, but it has only five programs and lacks a heart rate monitor. Customers can get more features for less money with other brands like Precor, Yowza, and Smooth.

  • May 29, 2010
  • Octane

Octane Ellipticals

Octane ellipticals are upper-end trainers made by Octane Fitness, a company that’s devoted exclusively to manufacturing and distributing elliptical machines. The company is in some ways an offshoot of Life Fitness, having been created by two former Life Fitness executives in 2001. Octane Fitness is known for offering especially smooth, stable, high-quality ellipticals at fair prices. The company also offers the only seated elliptical, the Octane XR6.

Since they provide relatively intense workouts, Octane elliptical machines are preferred by customers who are already in good shape.

Elliptical Hits: Brand Features of Octane Ellipticals

Some typical features of Octane elliptical machines include:

  • Intense workouts – Octane ellipticals provide above-average workouts as a result of special resistance engineering in the handlebars.

  • Great ergonomics – The elliptical pedals are spaced as narrowly as 1.8” apart to promote a comfortable workout. Octane’s Q47 gets especially high ratings for its smooth feel, and it actually adjusts its stride according to the user’s specific hip measurements.

  • Various strides Octane ellipticals have long or adjustable strides. The Q47 model has an adjustable 18”-26” stride. Thus the machine can be used by differently-sized users, and each user can adjust the stride for different kinds of workouts.
  • High capacity – Octanes are sturdy machines with 300-pound user capacities.
  • Programs – Octane elliptical models vary significantly when it comes to program choices. The Q35 and XR6 have just 5 programs each, but the Q37CE and Q47 have 16 and 20 programs respectively. The Q35e, which is an upgraded version of the Q35, includes ten programs.
  • Extras – Extras on some Octane trainers include adjustable fans, heart rate sensors, pivoting footplates, and water bottle holders.

Elliptical Miss: Octane’s Oversight

  • Warranty – Octane customers get a lifetime warranty on the frame, three years on parts, and a year of labor. This seems fair if the machines are purchased on sale, but their relatively high price tags warrant longer warranties on the parts.
  • Low on features — On some models, Octane Fitness has provided an odd combination of high quality and few features. For instance, the Octane Q35 is a well-built, expensive machine that lacks a heart rate monitor, and two of the machines have just five programs each.

Overall Rating for Octane Elliptical Machines

Octanes are overall very good ellipticals for in-shape exercisers. They offer superior upper body workouts, and their adjustable strides help people isolate different muscle groups of the lower body. These machines are well-built and are sold with adequate warranties. Still, they seem overpriced. Customers might get more features for less money with other brands like Precor, Smooth, and Yowza.