Star Trac Elliptical Edge
A Reconditioned Commercial Elliptical Trainer
Reconditioned ellipticals like the Star Trac Elliptical Edge are deep-discount alternatives to brand-new fitness equipment. This Star Trac model sells for about $4000 new, but reconditioned versions are available for about $2000. A reconditioned commercial elliptical is a smart choice for a large family of exercisers or a small office’s workout center. Because it’s built for commercial gyms, it can withstand up to eight hours of daily use.
Note: This unit does not have moving handlebars. If you like the idea of getting a reconditioned Star Trac but want upper-body motion too, check out the StarTrac Elite.
About reconditioned ellipticals: Because these reconditioned machines are sold by the original manufacturer, you’re getting the same high quality you’d get with an original Star Trac. The cost is less because few new materials and much less labor is required compared with constructing a new unit. The trade-off is that you’re taking a slight gamble; the warranty on a reconditioned elliptical trainer is shorter than that on a brand-new model. Consumer protections are in place though for the odd event in which someone gets a lemon.
What You Get
The StarTrac Elliptical Edge is a relatively basic elliptical trainer. That is, it’s not full of extras – except for a cool reverse motion feature – but it has absolute gym-quality essentials. The specs include:
- 11 preset programs
- 15 resistance levels
- LED console display
- Ergonomically designed body positioning
- Oversized foot pedals
- Pulse grip heart monitor
- Reverse motion
- Extra-long stride
The Word on the Street
Consumers are ambivalent about this product. While they’re virtually all pleased with the smoothness and durability of the StarTrac Elliptical Edge, many say that they “over-purchased” in terms of what they needed for home use. Maybe they didn’t need a machine built to withstand eight hours of daily use. At the same time, they also said that some attractive “extras” seen on other brands’ ellipticals are missing. For instance, this unit doesn’t have an MP3 player, which is a perk that’s becoming standard on ellipticals at all price points. Either a power incline or adjustable stride would be a welcomed addition too.
If your primary concern is buying a powerful and dependable elliptical machine, then this remanufactured elliptical by StarTrac might be a good choice. For about $2000 you’ll get a fitness machine that’s bound to last for many years. On the other hand, you might tire of it long before it gives up on you. For most prospective customers we’d suggest looking instead at a brand that pours fewer resources into incredible durability and invests in other areas, like including moving handlebars and a power incline or variable stride.
Precor and Life Fitness are some other elliptical trainer brands that sell remanufactured equipment. Before you make a decision, we strongly recommend checking out the reconditioned Precor EFX 556.