Proform Elliptical Reviews
ProForm elliptical trainers are a division of ICON Fitness, backed by the company's considerable resources. The line fills an otherwise relatively empty field in the fitness industry.
There are a lot of high-end elliptical machines and a lot of budget models, but the $500-$900 price range is pretty sparse for some reason. ProForm recognized this and has strived to fill this niche with an impressive assortment of elliptical machines for those who don’t want to break the $1,000 mark, but are willing to pay a bit more for some extra features. You could say these are for exercise beginners with a few extra bucks.
Another reason to like ProForm elliptical trainers is the many different models currently offered. This includes elliptical machines that fold up for storage, ones with incline capability and even ones with touch screen displays with internet built in.
Almost no other manufacturer offers such a wide variety, let alone in this price range.
The current lineup starts with the front-drive Endurance 520E, 720E and 920E. (Prices range from $599-$999)
You then have the rear-drive Smart Strider series, including the 495 CSE, 695 CSE and 895 CSE (all new for 2017), and the holdover 935 for now. They also offer the ProForm Hybrid Trainers, which combine an elliptical with a recumbent bike. (Prices range from $349-$999)
At the top of the line you have the front-drive Pro 9.9, new for 2017, and the Pro 12.9 and Pro 16.9, both introduced in 2016. The Pro 16.0NE looks to be on its way out. (Prices range from $1299-$1499)
There are also two HIIT Trainers which combine an elliptical and a stepper, similar to the Bowflex Max Trainer, which cost $999 for the base model and $1599 for the Pro version.
Trainers usually recommend ProForm ellipticals for people who are looking for a good, mid-priced machine that comes with a few of the extras usually reserved for higher priced versions.
ProForm can offer these extras because the cost of research and development is spread out at ICON over several different brand names, and ProForm benefits from the trickle-down effect from the top lines.
Trainers compare these elliptical machines to lower priced ones and find that Proform models consistently out-perform them and have innovative features that are rare in machines under $1,000.
The average buyer recognizes Proform elliptical trainers as an excellent value for the money. You may want to buy one of these if you’ve been disappointed with a budget elliptical machine that didn’t hold up well over the long haul, especially when you simply aren’t able or willing to spend thousands of dollars on a machine at the high end of the scale – and that’s a lot of the buying public.
The only down side that is mentioned frequently is that the overall design doesn’t seem to accommodate you if you are over six feet tall; it still functions well, but the comfort level is somewhat compromised because the design seems to cater to shorter individuals.
ProForm Ellipticals User Reviews - Comments we have received from consumers who bought a ProForm elliptical trainer.
Most Popular Models
Endurance Series - Front Drive
ProForm 520E - the entry level model in the Energy series, this machine is packed with great features such as incline, iFit, music compatibility and generous stride and workouts built in.
ProForm 720 E- the middle Energy series model with a 20" stride, 24 workouts and adjustable incline.
ProForm 920 E- introduced in 2016 a great improvement on the 520 E and 720 E with a color touch screen, iFit enabled and tons of great features.
Pro Series - Front Drive
ProForm Pro 9.9 - brand new for 2017, replacing the Pro 9.0 NE with a longer stride, more workouts and iFit Coach technology.
ProForm Pro 12.9 - improving on the 12.0 NE with a 7" web-enabled touch screen, heavier flywheel and more built in workouts.
ProForm Pro 16.9 - an improvement on the 16.0 NE with an enhanced 10" touch screen and increased weight capacity, among other new features.
CSE Series - Rear Drive
ProForm Smart Strider 495 CSE - entry level rear drive model with easy assembly and an 18" stride.
ProForm Smart Strider 695 CSE - new middle of the series model with nice upgrades from the base model and a Round Watts display.
ProForm Smart Strider 895 CSE - new for 2017, this is the top of the line rear drive model with iFit Coach and touch screen technology.
ProForm HIIT Trainer - a new hybrid elliptical with high intensity intervals and lots of built in workouts.
ProForm HIIT Trainer Pro - new for 2016, a hybrid elliptical/stepper for full body workouts and interval training.
ProForm Hybrid Trainers - half elliptical, half recumbent bike in two series: Base and Pro. Nice features and iFit Bluetooth technology.
ProForm Smart Strider 735 - a budget model with front drive and the addition of an adjustable incline.
ProForm Smart Strider 935 - a great elliptical from ProForm’s front drive series.
ProForm PRO 9.0 NE - the base model in the PRO series with some good features that make it a great value elliptical.
ProForm PRO 16.0 NE - one of the most popular front-drive models with web-enabled touch screen, 40 workout apps, generous incline and adjustable stride length.
ProForm Smart Strider 535 - a budget model that looks great and boasts the benefit of a quick out of box assembly.
Here is your chance to rant or rave about the elliptical you use at home or at the fitness center.