If you’re shopping around for a reasonably priced elliptical trainer and one that offers the same type of versatility you could normally only expect from higher priced models, your search stops here.
The E5500XL elliptical machine by Fitness Reality is the perfect addition to any home gym and one of the best elliptical machines you’ll find in this price range. However, it still comes equipped with great features despite the lower price tag. This elliptical trainer is durable, reliable and highly customizable. The variety of resistance levels combined with the preset workouts provides users with the ability to mix up their workouts going from low-impact to high-intensity fat burning mode in no time at all.
Overview and Features
The machine consists of both tough ABS plastic and steel. The main body of the machine including the handlebars, frame, and arms are made out of steel, while the components made out of ABS mainly consists of cosmetic parts including the flywheel cover. All of the steel portions of the elliptical trainer are powder coated for increased durability.
This is a rear drive elliptical trainer that has a much smaller footprint than competing models, measuring in at twenty-four inches wide and fifty-four inches long.
The frame’s base features a simple, lightweight design, weighing just ninety-three pounds. The built-in transport wheels allow you to tip the machine forward and roll it from room to room or easily transport and store it when not in use.
This model comes equipped with both fixed and movable handlebars, both of which feature a multi-grip design. Each set of handlebars is made out of stainless steel. The fixed handlebars feature built-in heart rate sensors, so you can closely monitor your heart rate in order to reach your target heart rate zone.
What Makes This Elliptical Trainer Different from the Competition?
This model features a non-adjustable stride of eighteen inches, which will accommodate users between four feet, eleven inches, up to six feet, four inches. The distance between the pedals is six inches, allowing the user to place their feet at a comfortable distance apart, minimizing lateral stress on the knees. The step-up height is six inches, which is a great height for individuals with disabilities.
The dual action drive features two belts, two flywheels, and a double transmission. And the result? A smoother striding motion and increased momentum. The included heavy-duty belts promote a longer lifespan.
Because this is a magnetic resistance elliptical trainer it utilizes a belt-based drive system. During operation, this model is quiet-running, so you can enjoy working out any time of the day or night.
This elliptical trainer needs to be connected to a power source in order to operate the console and change resistance levels since it’s equipped with an eddy current magnetic brake system. Users will enjoy a total of twenty-four resistance level options. The lower resistance levels are perfect for low-impact workouts or recovery periods during an interval training workout. The top resistance levels will have your muscles screaming and your body burning calories at a faster rate.
The large five-inch LCD display features a blue backlight which makes the display much easier to read, even in direct sunlight.
The display will keep track of workout stats including watts, pulse, speed, RPM, calories burned, distance, and time. You can also set target goal functions for calories burned, distance, and time.
On the console, you can choose from the twenty preset workouts or the manual mode.
The recovery function will provide information regarding how quickly your heart rate recovers after a workout is completed. The user’s recovery rating is determined by calculating the difference between their peak heart rate at the end of a workout compared to their heart rate reading after a one-minute resting period. Users will be given a rating that ranges between F1 and F6 at the end of the recovery test. F1 is the top score and indicates excellent fitness.
- For much-needed workout variety, this elliptical trainer comes with twenty-one preset workout programs,
- The LCD backlit display is easy to read.
- Quiet running operation.
- The large pedals can accommodate users of all sizes.
- The dual belt driven system provides a smoother pedaling motion.
- Offering a sturdy construction and a solid frame, this elliptical trainer is built to last.
This elliptical doesn’t feature an adjustable incline setting.
If you’re tight on space, take a look at the Schwinn 430 Elliptical Machine, which received plenty of positive feedback from buyers in search of an elliptical machine with a space-saving design.
This is a mid-range elliptical machine designed for home use. It features a tough steel frame, an eddy current resistance system, a wide variety of preset workout programs and resistance levels, and an intuitive and easy to use interface that allows you to highly customize your workouts. A great buy for the price, we gave this model a rating of four out of five stars.