Proform Elliptical Trainers Reviewed

I’m going to review two of the most popular Proform elliptical trainers. I’ll tell you about the features, specs and all about the pros and cons of each so hopefully you can make a more informed purchasing decision. The two models I’ll be reviewing are the Proform 850 elliptical with GameFit and the Proform Ergostride 3.0. They’re both at fairly close price points to each other so it allows for a fair comparison of the two since they also differ a bit both in features and in size.

The Proform 850. Let’s begin with the Proform 850 Elliptical Trainer with GameFit technology. This elliptical machine as the model name indicates has what Proform calls “GameFit Technology”. GameFit adds two games that are played as you exercise. It definitely adds a level of fun and excitement to your routine by challenging you to win the games. Interestingly, the game actually gets easier the harder you work out. This means if you keep up a high pace, you’ll have no trouble winning the game. The two games available are Fat Blocker and Calorie Destroyer. This model also features 12 different workout routines to help you burn calories and lose weight. This is a very solid unit that gives a gym quality workout. You will feel it the next day, trust me. The very nice display on this model also gives you your heart rate at all times thanks to sensors in the handle bars. It also has an Interplay music port with allows you to connect your iPod so you’ll be able to listen to your favorite tunes through the built-in sound system while you workout. Unfortunately, as promised it’s now for the cons of the machine. Assembly seems to be quite a challenge for most people. Part of that issue is caused by the fact that most of the screws are hex screws and strip easily if you are not careful. The only other issue is sometimes the heart rate monitor appears to be inaccurate. This is not a deal breaker but since it does happen from time to time, I felt the need to mention it in this review. While not perfect, with the music port, games and 12 workout levels, this unit is sure to make your cardio training a lot more fun.

The Proform Ergostride 3.0. This unit is setup for a totally different sort of individual. This one is much smaller and compact in size than the one in the first review. If you are limited on space, this one is a fantastic machine for you. However, to fit the machine into a smaller package means you’ll lose a few features. Compared to the machine above, it does have an LED pace trainer, 1-10 digital resistance settings, 6 preset workout routines, a built-in fan and also has the heart rate monitor built into the grips of the handle bars. What it’s missing is the GameFit technology so you lose the two games. That may or may not be a big deal to you depending on whether or not you need the distraction while you workout. You lose a few workout routines and ability to listen to your iPod through the machine’s speakers as this one doesn’t have speakers. This machine is also difficult to assemble. It will take on average 2-3 hours from reviews I’ve seen from other customers.

I think if you weigh out the pros and cons to each and basically decide if you need games and music which for the most part is the difference, you’ll know which you want. If you don’t care about music or games and would like the extra space, go for the Ergostride 3.0. If you do care about that sort of thing, go for the 850. Both are capable of giving you a great workout which should be the main goal. Both are solidly constructed and both come with a 3-year warranty.