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ProForm 910 E Elliptical

ProForm 910 E Elliptical Review – A Cross Trainer with Incline & Decline

The ProForm 910 E elliptical appears to be a noticeable step up from the 810 E – but looks are deceiving. Customer complaints have been strong about this product. Common complaints are noisiness and easily broken components. This explains why ProForm has drastically reduced the price, making this model cost less than the 810 E.

Main features: The ProForm 910 E has both incline and decline capabilities to better replicate terrain. The stride extends to 22” yet the machine is considered a compact elliptical trainer. Your workout data will be shown on a 7” display. In addition to seeing speed, time, distance, resistance, pulse, and calories burned, you’ll get a ¼-mile RaceTrack™ graphic that depicts your progress around a loop.

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Elliptical Hits: What You Get with the ProForm 910 E

  • Incline/Decline – When your muscles must adapt to different slopes, you get in shape more quickly and get more defined. This trainer can decline down by ten degrees and up to 20 degrees.
  • Adjustable stride –The adjustable 20”-22” stride is electronically controlled so you can make changes during workouts.
  • Workout variety – The 910 E has 24 preset workouts that were designed by a certified personal trainer. You can use these at 22 levels of digitally-altered resistance. Additionally, you have the iFit option. You can purchase an iFit module and iFit membership to use your elliptical trainer with online services. These include downloading additional personal trainer workouts, racing against Facebook friends, using Google Maps to simulate outdoor training (chart any route for your exercise), and more.
  • Heavy flywheel – The 910 E has a heavy flywheel to support a smooth ride.

Elliptical Misses: What’s Not to Like?

  • Poor construction – From what we’ve heard, more customers are disappointed than satisfied after making this purchase. Noisy operation and broken parts figure into the complaints, with some customers saying that the elliptical was damaged upon arrival.
  • Warranty – ProForm has skimpy warranties compared to Smooth Fitness and other competitors. For the ProForm 910 E elliptical, the manufacturer provides lifetime coverage on the frame, three years on parts and a year of labor.

Overall Rating for the ProForm 910 E Elliptical

The ProForm 910 E elliptical has lots of appealing features, and in particular the steep incline/decline. We nonetheless prefer ellipticals by competitors such as Sole and Smooth, who have better warranties and far fewer customer complaints.

ProForm 810 E Elliptical

ProForm 810 E Elliptical Review – A Midpriced Trainer with Incline

The 810 E is a mid-priced elliptical trainer by ProForm Fitness. Priced at $1499 online, the ProForm 810 E features 26 built-in workout apps, an iFit-compatible console, an incline, and an 18”-20” adjustable stride. A heavy flywheel distinguishes this ProForm from cheaper ProForm ellipticals and supports a smooth ride.

The 810 E sounds great on paper until you read the warranty. We haven’t heard many customer complaints about this trainer, but it’s smart to buy an alternative with better consumer protections.

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Elliptical Hits: What You Get with the ProForm 810 E

  • Workout variety – The 810 E has 26 preset workouts that were designed by a certified personal trainer. You can use these at 22 levels of digitally-altered resistance.
  • iFit option — This elliptical machine can also be used
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    with iFit (sold separately), which uses your home’s wireless Internet connection to connect with Google Maps and other online services. Map your neighborhood or a famous trail, and the 810E will automatically adjust to simulate changes in the terrain! An iFit membership will also get you access to additional personal training programs and let you participate in online races with Facebook friends.

  • Adjustable stride –The adjustable 18”-20” lets just about anyone take a natural stride, plus you can alter it to target different muscle groups. The stride is electronically controlled so you can make changes during workouts.
  • Incline – Incline training increases your rate of calorie burn and helps tone your muscles quickly. This trainer can be used at several incline levels up to 20 degrees.
  • Heavy flywheel – The 810 E has a 24-pound flywheel to support a smooth ride. Cheaper elliptical trainers advertise flywheels ten pounds lighter or keep quiet on the matter!

Elliptical Misses: What’s Not to Like?

Overall Rating for the ProForm 810 E Elliptical

The 810 E elliptical has lots of appealing features and includes more steel than plastic – but we’re not convinced that it’s a best buy. What makes the 810 E stand out is the 20 degree incline, which you won’t get from a main competitor, Smooth Fitness — but in our review, the much longer consumer warranties and long adjustable strides from Smooth are a good trade-off. Be sure to see the Smooth 9.0 before making your decision.

ProForm 510 EX Elliptical

ProForm 510 EX Elliptical Review – A Basic Trainer with Adjustable Stride

The 510 EX is a low-priced elliptical trainer by ProForm Fitness. Priced at $799 or less online, it features 18 built-in

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workout apps, an iFit-compatible console and an adjustable stride (16”, 18” and 20”). You can’t say that about many cheap ellipticals! Unfortunately, ProForm has incorporated lots of cheap plastic components that could render the machine worthless. The 510 EX doesn’t hold up well — and the warranty is for just one year. See the Smooth Fitness brand for a better product that provides peace of mind.

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Elliptical Hits: What You Get with the ProForm 510 EX

  • Workout variety – The 510 EX has 18 pre-programmed workouts designed by a certified personal trainer. Nine are focused on calorie burn and nine are for performance. You can use these at 18 levels
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    of digitally-altered resistance.

  • iFit option — This elliptical trainer can also be used with iFit (sold separately), which provides unlimited training along Google Maps routes. Map your neighborhood or a famous park, and the elliptical machine will automatically adjust to mimic changes in the terrain. An iFit membership will also get you access to additional workout programs, let you participate in online races, easily track your progress online, and otherwise allow you to use your elliptical trainer with wireless Internet.
  • Adjustable stride – Choose from 16”, 18” and 20” to experience everything from a stepping motion to a glide. The adjustable stride helps you target different muscles groups.
  • Music port – An iPod-compatible port lets you play music through the console’s 2” Intermix Acoustics speakers.
  • Extras – An iPad holder and water bottle holder are included for convenience.

Elliptical Misses: What’s Not to Like?

  • Warranty – This ProForm elliptical has a relatively skimpy warranty compared to a main competitor, Smooth. For this unit ProForm provides lifetime coverage on the frame, three years on parts, and a year of labor.
  • Overall quality – Common customer complaints are about this machine’s wobble factor and its noisiness. Expect to tighten the bolts often. Also, the grip EKG monitor isn’t so accurate.

Overall Rating for the ProForm 510 EX Elliptical

The 510 EX elliptical has lots of appealing features, but it isn’t so durable and the warranty is short. Plus, using iFit requires further financial investment. For a similar price and much better consumer protection, buy an entry-level elliptical machine from Smooth Fitness.

ProForm 19.0 RE Elliptical

ProForm 19.0 RE Elliptical Review – Good Value on a Mid-Priced Trainer

The ProForm 19.0 RE is a relatively affordable compact elliptical from ProForm. Priced at $1499, it provides smooth operation, 26 preset programs and iFit compatibility. The 30-degree workout ramp and adjustable stride are other top selling points. In our review this fine product misses just half a star. We think that Smooth offers slightly better values.

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Elliptical Hits: What You Get with the ProForm 19.0 RE

  • Workout variety – The 19.0 RE has 28 pre-programmed cross trainer workouts designed by a certified personal trainer. You can use these at 23 levels of digitally-altered resistance. The elliptical trainer can also be used with iFit (sold separately), which provides unlimited training with Google Maps routes that you set! The elliptical trainer will automatically adjust to mimic changes in the terrain. An iFit module and membership will also get you access additional workout programs, participate in online races, and otherwise use your elliptical trainer more interactively.
  • Adjustable stride – The stride automatically becomes shorter as the incline is increased up to 30 degrees. You can adjust it from 18” to 21” with power controls too, and a third way you can adjust your stride is by repositioning your feet on the oversized pedals.
  • Workout fan – A CoolAire fan is built into the console.
  • Music port – An iPod-compatible port lets you play music through the console’s speaker.
  • Solid construction – This ProForm fitness equipment is made from steel, not plastic, and has a maximum user weight capacity of 350 pounds.
  • Heavy flywheel – With a 20-pound flywheel, this unit beats cheap competitors.
  • Extras – An iPad holder and water bottle holder are included for convenience.

Elliptical Misses: What’s Not to Like?

  • Warranty – This ProForm elliptical has a relatively skimpy warranty compared to a main competitor, Smooth. For this unit ProForm provides lifetime coverage on the frame, three years on parts, and a year of labor.

Overall Rating for the ProForm 19.0 RE Elliptical

The 19.0 RE is well-built elliptical trainer with lots of appealing features. Since the iFit console and iFit memberships are sold separately, using this product to its fullest has some hidden costs. This is nearly a five star elliptical but we recommend comparing it with the Smooth 5.5 or Smooth 9.0, which have better warranties. Smooth has a program that’s similar to iFit. It requires a tablet computer.

ProForm Hybrid Trainer

A Discount Elliptical Trainer & Bike Combo

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer delivers low-impact workouts for people with sensitive knees or lower back pain. It easily converts from a recumbent bike to a stand-up cross trainer, but note that it shouldn’t be imagined as a fancy fitness machine. It is very low-budget and not intended for intense workouts.

A single console adjusts to be easily read in either workout mode. Other highlights include 14 preset workout modes, moving handlebars and a grip heart rate monitor.

The Hybrid sells for about $400 online during promotional periods. The low price is a good indicator of this fitness machine’s relatively low quality. One important shortcoming is the 15” stride. You should expect at least an 18” stride on an elliptical, and that’s for small folks. To get yourself or another loved one a truly effective, hassle-free elliptical machine, you generally need to spend at least $800. Some alternatives are mentioned at the end of this review.

About the ProForm Hybrid Trainer

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer is made of steel and plastic. The display shows speed, time, distance, resistance, heart rate and calories burned. A color-coded light and RPM indicator help you monitor your pace.

Here’s the specs list:

  • Hybrid design – Two-in-one seated bike and standard elliptical
  • Cushioned seat
  • 15″ stride
  • 14 resistance levels
  • 14 workout programs
  • Oversized pedals
  • Grip heart rate monitor
  • 350-lb. capacity
  • Water bottle holder
  • Transport wheels
  • Warranty: Five years on frame, 90 days parts & labor

Customer Opinions of the ProForm Hybrid

The Hybrid makes some people happy and leaves others disappointed. It certainly wouldn’t be mistaken for a commercial cross trainer. It might even move across the floor during use. The console requires AA batteries and drains them quickly.

Customers confirm the advertised set-up time, which is long. Expect two people to collaborate for 2.5 hours or more. (High-end ellipticals like Yowzas, in contrast, arrive ready to use.) You can pay extra for assembly and that’s recommended by many buyers – but if you’re willing to pay extra for assembly, maybe you should spend more on a better elliptical instead.

Our Overall Review

The ProForm Hybrid looks OK on paper, except for the short 15” stride, which is only going to feel right for most people in bike mode. We wouldn’t confidently recommend any fitness machine that’s only protected for 90 days, and especially not one from ProForm. Their customer service has improved in recent years but not enough to give us confidence.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many recumbent bikes in this price range. Schwinn is one brand to try, and we have reviews. Some more expensive seated ellipticals are made by HCI and Stridewell.

If you’re concerned about reducing the load on your back or knees, remember that training on an incline can reduce stress on the body by about 25%. You might be just as happy with an elliptical with an incline as you’d be with a recumbent bike.

  • December 22, 2012
  • ProForm
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