Weslo Momentum 750 Elliptical
A Compact Low-Budget Elliptical Trainer
The Weslo Momentum 750 is among the few sub-$500 elliptical trainers. It’s been discontinued but still catches attention when it appears at yard sales or on Amazon. And what else is on Amazon? Weslo replacement parts! Weslos break down quickly and should not be considered investments for the long term. In our review, it only makes sense to have one around as backup for when you can’t exercise outside – and you should not pay more than $200.
The Weslo Momentum 750 has a short stride, four preset workout programs and a hand grip pulse monitor. The handlebars are stationary. For comparison, the Weslo Momentum 950 (also discontinued) has moving handlebars and ten preset programs.
Features of the Weslo Momentum 750
This model has been discontinued.
The Momentum 750 is about as basic as an elliptical can get. Here are the specs:
- 17” stride
- 4 pre-set programs
- Hand grip heart rate monitor
- LCD display console
- Manually adjustable resistance
- Compact design
- Warranty: 90 days parts &
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What do these specs mean? The good news is that the machine demands little space in your home. However, after that the specs are looking dismal:
- A 17” stride is very short. After a while it’s not healthy for people of average or taller height because they can’t fully extend their legs on this machine.
- Four programs hardly compare with the literally unlimited options you’ll get with other elliptical machines.
- The heart rate monitoring isn’t so fancy either; don’t expect it to deliver accurate reports.
- The manual adjustment system also marks this as a discount elliptical trainer. Most other ellipticals are adjusted electronically, letting you easily use various resistance levels during one workout.
The Word on the Street
Personal trainers would not recommend an elliptical machine in the Momentum’s price category. They know that reliability is not assured – there’s only a three month warranty – and these units aren’t stable either. This reviewer has witnessed one Weslo Momentum “walk” across the floor when used by a not-so-large man. Since the machine also isn’t stable on carpeting, it really needs to be fastened to the floor for safety.
The stride on this particular model is also a cause for complaint. A 17” stride is very short and some who’ve tried this product believe its stride is even shorter than advertised.
Some things seem too good to be true. Once upon a time in college, this reviewer gladly accepted a free Weslo when a neighbor moved away. The console ran through batteries very quickly. (The machine cannot be plugged in.) The noise level was disturbing. Soon the elliptical machine earned a new spot at the local recycling center. It did serve to spark interest in elliptical training on better equipment, which usually costs at least $800.
The money spent on a cheap Weslo would be better directed toward a health club membership or a better-quality discount elliptical. They’re out there! If you must keep expenses below $500, then the Horizon EX-57might be a good option.