ProForm 710E Elliptical
The low-budget ProForm 710E Elliptical Trainer was
introduced in 2012 with a fun selection of features. Because of its shorter-than-expected stride and lower quality parts, it would be most practical and durable for trainees who are relatively small.
Unfortunately, the 710E’s components are substandard and the parts and labor warranty is short. Read our honest review before laying out cash for this questionable crosstrainer. You might prefer one of the affordable alternatives suggested below.
Features of the ProForm 719E Elliptical
It’s not surprising that this trainer catches interest. A good-sized 5″ console window with backlighting shows feedback for time, speed, distance, resistance, calories burned and pulse. A racetrack graphic shows progress around a quarter-mile track.
Other features of the ProForm 710E elliptical include:
- 18″ to 20″ Adjustable Stride
- Cushioned Pedals
- 20° Incline
- 20 Digital Resistance Levels
- 18-Pound Flywheel
- 20 Workout Programs
- iFit Live™ Compatibility
- Dual-Grip EKG™ Heart Rate Monitoring
- 2-Speed CoolAire Workout Fan
- iPod-Compatible Music Port
- iPod Shelf & Headphone Jack
- Intermix Acoustics™ 2.0 Speakers
- Transport Wheels
- 300-lb. User Capacity
- Warranty: Lifetime Frame, 1 Year Parts & Labor
What Do the Specs Mean?
Until the short warranty is noticed, the 710E’s specs signal a good buy. The stride should fit about 95% of adults, the incline is relatively steep and ample programming is included. You even get a pulse monitor, a workout fan and music.
A more careful read notices two main drawbacks: 1) The short warranty calls the quality of this elliptical’s components into question. 2) The cost of an iFit Live wireless adapter isn’t included. iFit Live has an MSRP of $199 but you can easily find it for less. One year of an iFit membership is included with the
purchase price of a new adapter.
A third concern is the flywheel. Eighteen pounds isn’t awful but it’s not associated with ultra-smooth resistance. Since the 710E is a front drive elliptical, it should have a heavier drive to promote stability too. The claim of a 300-pound user weight capacity is likely a stretch.
Some customers raise a fourth issue: The stride is shorter than expected. The ProForm’s adjustable stride feels about 2” shorter than advertised, making this model not quite right for tall trainees.
Our Overall Review of the ProForm 710E
If you’re not so tall or heavy, then the ProForm 710E elliptical might meet your exercise needs for a year or two. However, it won’t feel as good to use as competitors’ models do and you shouldn’t expect great reliability.
Paying full price for this trainer is not advised. Buying it in sale is risky too. Remember, the parts and labor won’t be included after one year. Plus, you might have a lot of frustrating down time waiting for parts to arrive.
For better comfort and reliability in a budget elliptical trainer, we suggest you look at LifeCoreand Horizon options priced around $800. For example the LifeCore LC985VG has a 25-pound flywheel and a five year parts warranty. The Horizon EX79 was awarded Six Star Certification for excellent ergonomics. Other suggestions can be found in our blog about this year’s best values in elliptical training.