Proform 320 Elliptical
Proform 320 Elliptical – A Very Basic Crosstrainer
The 320 elliptical machine is one of ProForm Fitness’s most inexpensive crosstrainers. This model has been discontinued and was last priced at around $399. With most budget elliptical machines costing at least $799 when new, the 320’s low clearance price might draw your positive attention – but buyer beware! The exceptionally low price should be taken as a warning sign. Indeed, the ProForm 320E is a wobbly and noisy contraption with a mere 90-day warranty. Even a budget elliptical trainer should have a one-year warranty.
This elliptical review presents features of the ProForm 320E and various critiques. It ends by suggesting some specific alternatives. You can also check our elliptical review comparison charts to find better elliptical trainers in any price category.
Features of the ProForm 320E Elliptical Machine (Discontinued)
The 320E elliptical is among ProForm’s most basic fitness machines. Features include:
- Moving handlebars
- Magnetic resistance
- 10 resistance levels
- 6 personal training programs
- LCD console
- Hand grip pulse monitor
- Cool Aire workout fan
- Warranty: 90 days
The console shows speed, time, distance, calories and pulse. The workout fan has two speeds.
ProForm doesn’t indicate the weight of this elliptical trainer’s rear drive. When an elliptical’s drive (the flywheel) is heavy enough to provide good resistance and a smooth ride, manufacturers are quick to point it out. This machine’s light drive helps explain its poor ergonomics.
Popular Opinion of the ProForm 320
Physical trainers consistently disapprove of cheap elliptical trainers and especially give the ProForm 320E a thumb’s down. It’s too light to provide safe or efficient workouts.
Customers complain about this model’s noisiness. ProForm’s advertising a “Silent Magnetic Resistance” braking system is laughable. In fact, customer reviews say that their ProForm 320Es have become so loud, it’s almost impossible to enjoy music or follow TV programs while working out.
Our Overall Review
The inexpensive ProForm 320E elliptical is very cheaply made. With its paltry three-month warranty, it’s simply not a good value. You’d be better off spending the $299 on a gym membership or putting it towards a more reliable fitness machine.
What are some better buys? ProForm does fill an important niche in the elliptical trainer industry; the company produces plenty of sub-$1000 crosstrainers while many competitors start at $1200 and up. Among clearance models, a better-quality yet affordable ProForm is the StrideSelect. It offers three fixed strides (11”, 13” and 16”) for highly targeted muscle toning. This unit costs about $599 or less since it’s been discontinued.
A few other brands offer good discount elliptical trainers. We especially like Ironman Fitness, a company known for its not-so-flashy yet remarkably durable models. A four-star rating goes to the Ironman’s 420E. This discontinued elliptical trainer has a short but very smooth stride and now sells for less than $700.