The ProForm ZE5 elliptical is a step above the ZE3. In addition to having preset programs, the ZE5 reads iFit cards to deliver personalized cross training.
Elliptical Hits: What You Get with the ZE5
- 18” stride – This is a good basic stride for shorter to average-height people.
- High capacity – The ProForm ZE5 has a 300-pound user weight limit.
- Ample programming – Sixteen built-in programs plus the option to use iFit cards provide plenty of workout routines.
- iPod port – The elliptical accepts input from an iPod or other MP3 player.
Elliptical Misses: Why to Just Say No to the ProForm ZE5
- Resistance – With only 12 levels of resistance and a 13-pound flywheel, this trainer is best for lightweight users and beginners.
- Warranty – This machine’s standard parts warranty is only valid for 90 days. Extended service plans are available, but money might be better spent on a different unit.
- Frequent maintenance required – Customers report frequently needing to tighten bolts in order to avoid unbearable sounds from this cross trainer.
Overall Rating for ProForm ZE5 Ellipticals
This is a definite upgrade over the poorly constructed ZE3, but it’s still a noisy machine that gets little confidence from its own manufacturer. For comparison, check out cross trainers by Horizon and Schwinn. They have superior warranties and are of better quality.