Proform 650 CardioCross Elliptical – Low End & Lacking
ProForm’s 650 elliptical might seem like a low-risk buy considering its $300 price tag, but we advise shoppers to steer clear. This shameful model will soon shimmy with loose screws and won’t survive for long past its 90 day warranty. Really, ProForm, it seems irresponsible to pour valuable electronic bits and other resources into a product that’s soon destined for the dumpster.
As for other ProForm CardioCross models, the 675 CardioCross is also a dud but the 900 is durable. Now discontinued, it sells for about $600 or less. For other reliable ProForm values in the sub-$1000 category, look for a ProForm 20.0 or StrideSelect. These trainers have clearance prices but get good reviews.
Features of the ProForm 650 CardioCross (A discontinued elliptical trainer)
The Proform 650 CardioCross is billed as an affordable fat-burning cardio trainer. Its features include:
- Synchronized upper body/lower body workout
- Manually adjustable resistance
- LCD console
- Pulse monitor
- 4 preset workouts
- Warranty: 90 days
- MSRP: $299
This features list is typical for low-budget elliptical trainers.
What could you get for more money? Trainers priced at around $800 and up have digital resistance instead of manual resistance. Digital resistance enables a trainee to change their challenge level during a workout. Many ellipticals have programming that automatically changes the digital resistance to help trainees meet certain calorie-burning goals within a specified time period.
Some other advantages of more expensive trainers include durability, long warranties, greater program variety and adjustable strides.
Popular Opinion of the ProForm 650 CardioCross Elliptical
Personal trainers just say “No” to the ProForm 650. They know that at just 85 pounds it provides little resistance and a wobbly ride. The manufacturer’s decision to not publish a stride length is suspicious too.
Customer reviews indicate that plenty of these units break down within a few months of purchase. One common complaint is that the flywheel stops working and can only be repaired by a ProForm technician — a person who doesn’t necessarily arrive within a timely manner. Another common complaint is breakage along the frame’s welding. We’ve actually never heard that complaint with any other elliptical machine. Tip: Avoid plastic frames and insist on steel!
Our Overall Review of the
ProForm 650 CardioCross Elliptical
There’s no doubt about it: The ProForm 650 gets one of our lowest elliptical trainer ratings ever. It’s lighter than virtually any customer’s body weight, it’s squeaky, it has few programs and it breaks down within a few dozen workouts. This $300 contraption is a far cry from ProForm’s 900 CardioCross and other ProForm clearance items that we’d readily recommend.
Remember that when you’re buying an elliptical trainer, a few hundred dollars can make a big difference. Your body and your bank account will thank you in the long run if you invest in a more expensive machine. Just as you can’t buy a reliable car for less than a certain amount of money, you can’t get a good elliptical trainer for less than $700 or $800.