Ironman Elliptical Reviews
Ironman elliptical trainers are designed and built with durability and stability in mind to appeal to the serious fitness buff. The entire line is actually developed by Keys Fitness, a U.S. company based out of Dallas, Texas which has the exclusive rights to the Ironman name for fitness equipment.
Ironman elliptical trainers are solidly built machines made from heavy gauge steel. They’re made to take a beating and last for years. Although many of the parts are made in Taiwan, they are generally of good quality. “Solid” is the word that comes to mind when you check out Ironman elliptical machines.
They have the heft and balance needed to keep even the lower end ones stable on the floor. The upper body handlebars are well-constructed as well, with attention to angle and pivot joints so that they perform smoothly and are comfortable for users of a variety of heights.
Ironman elliptical cross trainers come in several models ranging in price from $350 to about $1,500. Within this range you’ll find a variance in stride length from a rather cramping 14” to a really generous 21” (amazing in this price range). You’ll also need to take a look at how many levels of resistance you want, number of pre-set programs and what you feel is essential on your LCD display.
UPDATE: As of 2016 there are only two ellipticals being sold by Ironman Fitness, which is now a part of Paradigm Health & Wellness.
You have the H Class 610, at around $799, and the X Class 610, at around $1000. They are certainly not what they used to be, and you have much better choices in the $500-$1000 price category.
There are a few features that you can find on every Ironman elliptical model that we feel sets this brand apart. The LCD display is generously sized and extremely accurate on every model, and is always backlit for easy reading if you want to work out on your machine at night or in low light conditions. The backlighting varies from model to model – sometimes blue, sometimes blue and yellow, but it’s a nice touch on all of these elliptical trainers.
Style is something that Keys Fitness really focused on with the Ironman elliptical brand. They have a sleek, aerodynamic look in silver, black and red that makes them attractive in any setting. Add to that the especially small footprint, and you have elliptical machines that are ideal for an apartment or a small home.
Part of the credit goes to the elliptical trainer’s forward flywheel design and the unique positioning of the foot pedals, which are quite close together (comfortably so), considering the front flywheel. The engineering that went into meshing these two features so well is impressive.
Will you find quieter machines than Ironman cross trainers? Probably, but certainly not in this price range. The plusses of this company’s line include the size and durability along with a nice array of affordable choices. Take a look at Ironman elliptical trainers – they are definitely worth consideration.
Ironman 1811 - Don't expect to get a lot of mileage out of this model.
Ironman 1815 - Probably one of the better deals you'll find at this price level.
Ironman 1840 - Padded foot pedals for better comfort, a wireless chest strap HR monitor, big 18" stride length, better parts and labor warranty coverage.
Ironman 1850 - The 1850 gets generally favorable reviews for its solid design, general quality, and overall appeal. If you get it on sale for under $1000, it might be a good deal.
Ironman 1860 - An advanced design over the 1850 sister model. It includes touch sensitive console buttons and heart rate control programming.
Ironman Achiever - A center-drive elliptical with biomechanically correct body positioning for a superior workout.
Ironman Harmony - Center-drive system provides stability and comfort for individuals who feel awkward or out of balance using a front or rear drive design.
UPDATE: New Year's Elliptical Sales are on!
Here is your chance to rant or rave about the elliptical you use at home or at the fitness center.