XTerra FS220E Elliptical
The XTerra FS220E elliptical is an entry-level cross trainer in a series from Dyaco. It features a basic 18” stride, an MP3 player, and a heart rate monitor that can be integrated with workouts. Upgrades include the FS320E and the FS420E.
Elliptical Hits: Good Features of the XTerra FS220E
- Average strides – The FS220E has an 18” stride. This is too short for tall users, but it’s not bad for most people and exceeds the paltry 14” or 16” sometimes seen on cheaper ellipticals. For longer strides, see the 320E and 420E.
- Comfortable pedals – The pedals are oversized and self-leveling to promote comfort.
- Heavy flywheels – The 19-pound flywheel isn’t great for heavier people, but it provides a very smooth ride for others. It’s also heavier than the flywheels in comparably-priced models.
- Stable frames – XTerras have well-balanced, heavy frames that are normally associated with more expensive machines.
- Extras – Extras include a console fan and an audio jack and speakers for MP3 players.
- Good warranties – The warranty package includes a lifetime warranty on the frame, a year on parts, and a year of in-home labor. It’s advisable to purchase an extended warranty – or better yet, upgrade to a better XTerra model and automatically get a better parts warranty.
Overall Rating for XTerra Elliptical Trainers
The XTerra FS220E isn’t a bad machine, but it’s basic. Among XTerras, the 320E and 420E provide more appealing features and better components, and thus they’d probably get more use. The 420E stands out for its reverse motion and incline, which help users target a variety of muscle groups with just one machine.