The rear-drive and dual-action Bladez Fitness X350 elliptical trainer is an entry-level model with a 17" stride length. If you can find it on sale, it is a good choice for light to moderate workouts.
The Bladez Fitness X350 elliptical trainer has an LCD touch display showing feedback on time, speed, distance, calories, and heart rate. It features 12 preset programs and pulse sensors in the hand grips to take heart measurements during exercise.
The list of features includes:
UPDATE: Bladez X350 elliptical is no longer being sold. Check out the new Bladez ellipticals here.
The Bladez Fitness X350 elliptical trainer is a budget machine with many key features such as a 17" stride length suitable for smaller users, a compact footprint and transport wheels for easy movement and storage, large footboards, padded handlebars for dual-action training, and a magnetic flywheel system with 16 levels of electronically controlled resistance.
There are few if any reviews done on the Bladez Fitness X350 since it is not one of the top models at this price range. This model is probably a better option than a ProForm Spacesaver or some of the other trainers at this price, including ICON Fitness products.
Just be aware that elliptical trainers under $500 tend to be noticeably wobbly and will disappoint a lot of new buyers. Also, several websites list this product as weighing 235 pounds, which is a misprint.
It is probably around 103 to 112 pounds, which means it should not be used regularly by anyone who weighs over 175 pounds. Another point is that the narrow frame and shorter stride length limits the size of person who can ride this elliptical comfortably.
If you are taller than 5’7” or 5’8”, you will want a larger, more stable machine.
At the $499 price point, it is frustrating to find the best value for your money. If you don’t want to spend a lot, save $150 and go with a Schwinn A40 or a Merit 725 elliptical, but if you want better quality and fewer headaches, you need to step up in price to about $699 to a higher priced Schwinn or perhaps a Horizon machine. (And above $700-$800, the ellipticals get even better.)
Bladez, now owned by BH Fitness, doesn’t have much market share for their ellipticals in North America so you have to wonder if that nice 3-year warranty will hold up when you have a problem.
Overall, if you can find it for under $400 and you are a lightweight user, the Bladez Fitness X350 elliptical trainer is an okay choice.
UPDATE: September Elliptical Sales are on!
Here is your chance to rant or rave about the elliptical you use at home or at the fitness center.