TruPace E220 Elliptical
An Inexpensive Elliptical with Audio Entertainment
The TruPace E220 elliptical trainer typically sells for about $600. That sets it well below most elliptical trainers and just slightly above its simpler sibling, the E200. These two models are
nearly identical. The difference is that the TruPace E220 has a TruSound system, the ability to save four users’ profiles, and a better warranty than the TruPace E200. In this review we downplay the hype about what a great value this model is. Basically, the lightweight frame probably isn’t sturdy for most people, despite the manufacturer’s claim of handling 275 pounds. Some alternatives are suggested below.
What You Get
The TruPace E220’s LCD display with backlighting provides readouts for speed, time, distance, watt, pulse and calories burned. Its 22 programs include a body fat test, a heart rate recovery test, room for one custom program, four heart rate control workouts (each targeting a different capacity), three goal programs (for time, distance and calories that you set), a constant watts program, and ten additional workouts. Four users’ profiles can be saved.
Here are the specs:
- 18″ Stride
- Magnetic Brake Resistance
- 22 Programs
- 16 Intensity Levels
- Front Drive
- Pivoting Pedals
- Integrated Heart Rate Sensors
- TruSound System
- Self-Generating Power
- 275-lb. User Capacity
- Unit Weight:116 lbs
- Dimensions: 64.8″L x 24.8″W
- Warranty: Lifetime on frame, 1-year parts and labor
The Word on the Street
Customer reviews of the TruPace E220 have been good to above average. People generally believe that they secured a good value at a low price, especially given the great program variety and a body fat test. Of course, people who expected health club quality or didn’t understand that this machine is built for smaller people were disappointed. The main customer complaint about the E220 is that the heart rate monitor seems inaccurate, which makes the heart rate control and heart rate recovery programs almost moot… Actually though, these complaints are pretty light as far as complaints about cheap elliptical trainers go. With other brands you hear a lot about broken pedals and excruciating squeakiness.
The TruPace E220 elliptical is definitely a better value than the E200. For one thing, getting an extended warranty for the E200 would cost you $79, and then you’re practically at this unit’s price. Nonetheless, we recommend that you look outside of this brand entirely. Even if you upgraded to the TruPace E250, the light unit weight and cheap parts would pose too much risk for breakdowns.
We suggest checking out the Horizon EX-57 or EX-59 since these machines weigh a more sturdy 163 pounds and feature SixStar Certification for ergonomics. Also, Schwinn is known for making durable yet inexpensive elliptical trainers.
If you were drawn to this model’s compact size and are willing to spend a bit more, you’re in luck! Plenty of compact elliptical trainers deliver durability. The ultra-small LifeCore LC2000, for one, has a high weight capacity and a seven-year parts warranty.