Wisconsin-based Vision Fitness has won dozens of consumer awards for its elliptical trainers, treadmills, and other fitness equipment. The company’s residential and commercial ellipticals are designed for a wide variety of budgets. Some have MSRPs around $1000, but others cost more than $3000. Most Vision elliptical trainers are available with Simple, Deluxe, and Premier console options; keep in mind that each console option will vary in price (usually a few hundred dollars) due to its capabilities.
Features of Vision Elliptical Trainers
- Ergonomic stride – Vision’s patented PerfectStride™ motion is behind many of this brand’s “best buy” awards. On the Suspension Elliptical™ trainer, for example, an adjustable stride is combined with optimally angled pedals and an ideal elliptical footpath.
- Long strides – Vision’s shortest stride is on the X1500, which is a compact elliptical – and at 18”, it competes well in the compact category. The brand’s folding ellipticals have 19.75” strides, and its full-sized ellipticals have strides of 20” or more.
- Comfortable pedals – Pedals on Vision trainers rotate with natural body movement and some are narrowly spaced (2”) to reduce stress on hips.
- Adjustable handlebars – Some models, like the Vision Suspension, have adjustable handlebars to accommodate users of different heights and help people target different muscle groups.
- Heavy flywheels – Vision ellipticals have up to 24-pound flywheels, so they have above-average drives that offer a smooth ride and great resistance.
- Durable frames – While some brands use cheap plastic frames, Vision features steel frames even on the X6200 and other folding ellipticals.
- Programming – With three console options, users get up to 18 programs to combine with 20 resistance levels. With the Premier version, three programs can be used interactively with a wireless heart rate monitor.
- OK warranties – A typical Vision Fitness elliptical warranty includes a lifetime guarantee on the frame and brake, one or two years on parts, and a year of labor.
Overall Rating for Vision Elliptical Trainers
Vision offers some of the best ergonomics around – and getting healthy, low-impact exercise is the point of buying an elliptical. Look to Vision for a quiet, well-running elliptical that lets you tone your body with less stress than other cross trainers. The brand’s three console options – simple, deluxe, and premier – help customers get just the right amount of machine and programming for their money.
These machines aren’t big on entertainment. For instance, they have convenient MP3 holders, but not MP3 speaker systems or TVs like some brands. But with Vision ellipticals, customers get superior ergonomics, high-quality components, and machines that won’t soon be squeaking for a replacement.