Precor EFX 833 Elliptical Trainer – Club Quality for Home Gyms
The Precor EFX 833 is a luxury-class elliptical trainer for home use. When certain brands claim commercial quality, we’re disappointed by the reality. But Precor is the industry leader: Precor invented the elliptical machine, patented the ultimate stride and is unsurpassed in overall quality.
You’ll get a long adjustable footpath, a ramp that adjusts between 13° and 40°, and a Muscle Monitor that shows which major muscles are being recruited. Other top specs include ergonomically angled footplates and wireless heart rate monitoring. The EFX 833 is sold with ten years of protection on all components and wear parts.
Note: This elliptical machine only exercises the lower body. For a luxury crosstrainer instead, see the EFX 835 instead.
Features of the Precor EFX 833 Luxury Elliptical
The EFX 833’s slim LED console provides thorough exercise feedback: distance, total time elapsed, time remaining, time per segment, total calories burned, calories burned per minute, number of strides taken, and more. You’ll also get:
- A 40° workout ramp
- Precor’s patented Muscle Monitor
- 13 workouts targeting various muscle groups
- 2 heart rate workouts
- 20 resistance levels
- Grip & wireless pulse monitors
- Lifetime frame warranty
- 10-years parts warranty
- 1-year labor warranty
Another feature of note is this trainer’s power generator. By harnessing the trainee’s energy, this elliptical avoids the need for a power cord.
Along with the good, we see two potential drawbacks of the 833. One, this isn’t a crosstrainer; the handlebars are stationary. Two, it has an 80”x32” footprint. It’s about a foot longer than many other elliptical trainers.
Customer Comments about the Precor EFX 833
Precor receives overwhelmingly positive customer reviews. The brand’s practice of including professional assembly in the selling price helps ensure that Precor ellipticals operate at peak capacity from day one.
New owners of the EFX 833 find the console user-friendly and can get started exercising within a few minutes. The patented Precor stride is biomechanically ideal for almost everyone, excluding only the smallest 5% of women and the largest 5% of men. Plus, thanks to the CrossRamp technology, most trainees see results more quickly than they’d hoped.
The only drawback we’ve heard from customers is that this model lacks a Smart Rate button. Unlike many other Precor elliptical machines, it doesn’t assess your target heart rate before a workout and tailor any workout accordingly. Two heart rate control workouts are included.
Our Overall Review of Precor’s EFX 833 Crosstrainer
Precor’s EFX trainers offer the ultimate in low-impact cardiovascular exercise. Studies show that the EFX 833 is unsurpassed by any cardio trainer (elliptical or otherwise) in terms of having the lowest perceived exertion rate. This is why Precor owners expend more calories per minute yet endure exercise for longer time periods.
If you’d be satisfied with a lower-body elliptical only, this trainer is highly recommended. If you’d prefer a crosstrainer with moveable arms, then the Precor EFX 835 would be a better choice. You can expect either unit to provide club-quality exercise sessions until the 2020s and maybe beyond.