Proform 675 CardioCross Elliptical
Proform 675 CardioCross Elliptical – A Limited & Limiting Crosstrainer
ProForm’s 675 CardioCross elliptical is supposedly an upgrade to the lowly one-star 650 CardioCross. Both models have been discontinued and
sell for about $300 online. Loose bolts, cheap components and an awkward stride make both options untenable. Read this review to learn about what to avoid and which cheap ellipticals are better alternatives.
Tip: The best ProForm CardioCross model is the 900 CardioCross. Also discontinued, it’s a much more durable option that sells for about twice the price of the 675. As for other reliable ProForm elliptical trainers in the sub-$1000 category, we recommend the 20.0 or the StrideSelect. These four-star trainers have clearance prices.
Features of the ProForm 675 CardioCross (A discontinued elliptical trainer)
The Proform 675 CardioCross has the following basic features:
- Synchronized upper body/lower body workout
- 14” stride
- Reverse motion
- Manually adjustable resistance
- LCD console
- Pulse monitor
- Warranty: 90 days
- MSRP: $299
Programming information isn’t available for this unit but likely includes four to six preset workouts; the CardioCross 650 has four preset workouts and the CardioCross 900 has six.
The features list is characteristic of most low-budget elliptical machines. Most owners would advise saving up for a more durable trainer with better ergonomics and possibly some entertainment (e.g., an iPod-compatible console).
Typical Reviews of the ProForm 675 CardioCross Elliptical
Fitness professionals are quick to dismiss most cheap ellipticals and especially ProForm’s 650 and 675 CardioCross contraptions. With a shipping weight of just 100 pounds each, these units can’t be expected to provide smooth resistance and a stable ride.
Customer reviews of the CardioCross are scathing. The consensus is that the machine isn’t built to withstand regular use and that customer service is horrible. Buyers report receiving damaged products or easily broken products that aren’t repaired by ProForm for months. Many claim that ProForm doesn’t honor its 30-day guarantee or “doesn’t seem to care” about customers’ problems with the product.
The most common complaints about the 675 CardioCross mention broken axels, a wobbling frame and awkward or malfunctioning resistance. Buyers also address the slippery pedals, broken digital displays and cheap handlebars. One wrote, “The right arm has got so loose that I have actually tied it with a scarf.”
Our Overall Review
Our elliptical reviews are honest. If we hand out a one-star review, you can trust that the product is junk. The ProForm 675 simply doesn’t have redeeming qualities: It doesn’t feel good to use, it lacks enjoyable features and it has a short life span. This is the type of product that people end up donating or foisting upon an unsuspecting garage sale shopper.
It’s virtually impossible to get a decent elliptical trainer for less than$700. Occasionally you’ll find a great deal on closeouts. Provided that an extended warranty is added, we consider the ProForm 900 CardioCross, the ProForm 1200E and the ProForm StrideSelect to be pretty smart alternatives.