The Reebok RL 1500 Elliptical - Upper End Model with Solid Feel
The Reebok RL 1500 elliptical is a good machine to tone and strength your core and leg muscles in a regular home exercise program. It’s made by Icon Fitness -- the same company that makes Nordic Track, Proform, Weslo, Image, and Healthrider ellipticals. The Reebok RL 1500 is one of their upper end models in the $700 to $2000 range but it fails to distinguish itself from the rest of the pack.
What You Get
The Reebok RL 1500 elliptical trainer comes with a nice package of features including a higher profile console and a ClearView backlit display. It also offers a very roomy stride length and 1-Touch resistance so you can change difficulty settings at the touch of a button. The full list of features includes:
- 20" stride length
- 15 built-in workouts
- Cardio grip heart rate monitor
- Backlit console display
- Silent magnetic resistance
- Upperbody handlebars
- Oversized pedals
- Cooling fan
- 350 lb. user capacity
- One year motor, parts and labor warranty
The Word on the Street
Experts rate this front flywheel Reebok RL 1500 Elliptical as being an overall attractive package with a nice 6-window LED display. But quality-wise, industry pros will point out that Icon fitness is notorious for using cheap parts to keep prices low and their limited warranties reflect that. And you should also take note that the Reebok RL 1500 weighs 220 lbs but lists its user weight capacity at 350 lbs max. In other words, you should pass on this elliptical if you’re a larger person.
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Consumers remark that the dual 3-speed fans on the front keep them cool while working out, and the 15 programs (10 smart courses, 2 heart rate, and 3 calorie rate) and reverse track offer a wide variety of exercise. The console and display are beautiful and the entire unit has a solid ergonomic feel. One minor drawback of the Reebok RL 1500 is the 30-minute limit on the timed program, but that’s about it. Most people like an elliptical workout session to run 20-25 minutes. If you need more, just start a new program.
As long as an elliptical can kick our butt it will generally get a “thumbs up” from us but the machine has to be equal to its price tag. The Reebok RL 1500 is listed at an eye-popping $1999 MSRP but we’ve seen it on sale for less than half that price, which is its true value. Icon’s Reebok line is not recommended for purchase when matched head-to-head with other ellipticals in the same price range, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t suggest an alternative to the Reebok RL 1500 elliptical -- in this case, take a look at the Sole E25 and the Sole E35.
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