The ProForm 520E is a very popular elliptical machine due to its price and the fact that you get a lot of nice features included that you don't typically find elsewhere. For the casual user it's a solid choice, and as such is one of our 2018 Best Budget Elliptical Trainers.
You get a 5" backlit display which shows you all of the relevant metrics such as distance, time, incline and calories burned. The 520E has a very generous 19" stride, suitable for all sized users, as well as a nice amount of built in workouts and resistance levels.
Let's take a closer look at the specs....
Most expert reviews note the fact the 520E is a very nice upgrade to the previous 510E model. Users appreciate the new touches as well.
The 520E comes with a lot of features that you just don't find on an elliptical under $1000. You get incline capability up to 20 degrees to target different muscle groups, as you do on the up-level 720 E model as well.
You have a generous 19" stride length, rather than the 18" you often find on elliptical machines at this price level. You also get 18 built in workouts to choose from and 18 different resistance levels. So you can really change up your workouts from one day to the next.
One of the best features on the ProForm 520E is iFit technology. Although it's not built into the machine as it is on pricier models such as the 920E, the machine is iFit Coach Ready.
This just means you have to use your tablet or phone to access it, but users agree it's well worth it to tap into even more professionally designed workouts, tracking and monitoring of your results and Google maps to train in any location around the world.
So this machine is truly packed with every feature you could want. You can also plug in your iPod or other music player to listen to your favorite songs as you work out.
The 520E comes with oversized pedals, heart rate monitoring, commercial gauge construction and SMR silent resistance.
There's also a water bottle holder, adjustable tablet holder, USB charger and transport wheels to easily move the machine from one place to another.
The 520E is a great choice and remains on of our Best Buy picks in the price category for the simple fact that you get a ton of great features and capabilities all for under $600.
There's incline, a nice array of built-in workouts, a generous stride length, 18 resistance levels, iFit compatibility and music ports with a sound system. That's just about everything covered.
Is it built of the same quality and durability as a $2000 elliptical? Of course not. But if you are looking for an affordable machine to use a few times a week for an enjoyable workout, you can't do too much better than the ProForm 520E.