ProForm 900 CardioCross Elliptical
ProForm 900 CardioCross Elliptical – Durable & a Good Bargain
The ProForm 900 CardioCross elliptical saves its family’s reputation. While the ultra-cheap 650 and 675 CardioCross models are sad cases, the 900 CardioCross has remarkably better ergonomics and programming. Highlights include a 17” stride, a pacing coach and iFit compatibility. We recommend it to beginners who aren’t so tall.
This unit, now discontinued, sells for just $600 or less online. That’s an unusually low price for a decent cross trainer. The 900 CardioCross is comparable
to other models that sell for about $800.
Features of the ProForm 900 CardioCross Elliptical (Discontinued)
This beginner’s fitness machine has the following features:
- Moving handlebars for an upper body workout
- 17” stride
- Manually adjustable resistance (10 levels)
- LCD console with pacing coach
- 6 or 8 preset workouts (varies with model year)
- iFit compatibility
- Grip heart rate monitor
- Cooling fan
- Compact size
- Warranty: 90 days
The Specs Interpreted
The short warranty excepted, for $600 or less this trainer’s features are surprisingly good. First,
the rear drive is generally preferable in the very low budget category because it’s more durable. Second, the resistance is smooth enough and can get a beginner into effective cardio training. Third, the preset programs and pacing coach help beginners ease into elliptical training and learn to adjust their effort levels for maximum efficiency.
The 17” stride is a bit shorter than we like to see, but it’s adequate for shorter people and most average-height adults. Taller trainees might feel restricted. If you spend just a bit more you can get an elliptical trainer with an 18” or possibly 20” stride instead.
The programming options on the 900 CardioCross are especially appealing. Enough basic workouts are presented to show trainees their elliptical exercise options. Further training can be done in manual mode or by activating the iFit workout technology. The iFit card reader lets people add eight weeks’ worth of personal training. iFit cards sell for as little as $5 on Amazon and are available at three workout levels (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced).
The grip heart rate monitor seems attractive but should be checked occasionally for accuracy. Unlike the wireless monitors you’ll see on more expensive trainers, grip pulse monitors aren’t 99.99% accurate.
Finally, the cooling fan is a nice touch but isn’t so powerful. Some trainees will still want to keep a separate fan in their home gym.
Our Overall Review of ProForm’s CardioCross 900
We’re pleasantly surprised by ProForm’s CardioCross 900. If you know how awful the CardioCross 650 and 675 models are, don’t let that turn you away from this offer! Still, be sure to protect your purchase with an extended warranty. The standard 90 days of protection is essentially worthless.
If you don’t buy the 900 CardioCross, remember this truism: Of all the budget elliptical makers, ProForm is the least consistent. Don’t choose a different ProForm without reading reviews first. Some other recommended closeout bargains are the 1200E and the ProForm StrideSelect.