LifeSpan elliptical trainers have been launched with a steep challenge: they need to live up to the reputation equal to that of the company’s quality treadmills.
LifeSpan’s market plan seems to be to strive for affordability as well as functionality, which is working for them thus far. They have three models to choose from, and all have a lot of great features and are backed by a rock solid warranty.
Let's get into our review to see what this brand has to offer...
LifeSpan, a division of PCE Fitness, has been around since 1994. Reviewers have had decent reactions to the new LifeSpan elliptical trainers; in fact, they’ve been impressed by the efforts in most categories.
While these are stable machines with a sturdy steel frame that can hold larger users, they also have a very smooth pedal motion, although some don't love the unique profile.
The elliptical trainers offer closely spaced pedals, a roomy 20" stride, and a big user weight limit of 350-375 lbs.
Lifespan ellipticals have some quality components under the hood too, and offer a simple and attractive console with the patent-pending Intelli-Key™ lighting system.
They also offer an optional Bluetooth receiver which allows you to sync all of your workout data to your LifeSpan Club account, which you can access via your phone or tablet.
In 2019 LifeSpan added a new elliptical to their lineup, and they now have a total of three to choose from.
You have the E2i Elliptical Cross Trainer with a 20" stride, magnetic resistance, 20 incline levels, a 25 lb. flywheel, 6" blue backlit LCD and 21 built in workouts. It costs around $999 on sale.
Then there is the up-level E3i Elliptical Cross Trainer with all of the features of the the E2i plus a 34 lb. flywheel, 7.5" LCD and additional workout metrics. It costs around $1,299 on sale.
Lastly there's the new E5i Elliptical Cross Trainer, a commercial grade version of the E3i with multi grip handlebars and more durable/sturdy design. It costs just under $2,000 on sale.
All models have contact and wireless heart rate capability, but the chest strap is not included. It can be purchased from the company for an additional $40. There's a tablet holder as well as speakers with a headphone plug-in. There is also an optional Bluetooth adapter if you want to track and share your workout results.
The reviews are good for the most part on the LifeSpan elliptical trainers, but they simply do not stack up to other brands in this price category such as NordicTrack, Sole and Horizon.
Whereas those other companies give you plenty of model choices with tons of features and capabilities, Lifespan gives you just three decent machines with some nice features included.
We like their treadmill lineup very much, we just wish the company would put the same effort into their ellipticals...not sure why they don't.
So we can recommend LifeSpan ellipticals, but not over some of the other brand offerings.
LifeSpan E2i Elliptical - With 20 levels of incline and 20 resistance levels, a solid choice with ideal pedal spacing and CoreBalance technology.
LifeSpan E3i Elliptical - An upgraded model with a heavier flywheel and more advanced features than the E2i.
LifeSpan E5i Elliptical - The newest model in the lineup, debuting in 2019, a club quality version of the E3i that can stand up to heavier usage.
UPDATE: New Year's Elliptical Sales are still on!
Here is your chance to rant or rave about the elliptical you use at home or at the fitness center.