The Precor EFX 447 is one of their most popular elliptical machines. Although it is on the expensive side, it's one of the few crosstrainers built for residential use that is as well-constructed as those you find in the gym.
The name Precor is synonymous with quality. With the EFX 447, the top model in the Precision Series, you get their patented CrossRamp technology to target specific muscle groups, up to 40 degrees of incline, and a 7 inch color display with 24 preset workouts.
Let's take a closer look at the specs...
Trainers and gym have always given rave reviews to Precor ellipticals, and the EFX 447 is no exception. As the top Precision Series model it gives you exactly the same machine that you find in the gym, so you're getting the very best quality money can buy.
Besides the unmatched quality, you get the CrossRamp technology which allows you to change the path of your movement to target different muscle groups using something called Variable Stride Geometry. This is unique to Precor and really enhances your workouts.
You can go up to 40 degrees of incline, which really gets the heart rate going, even if you are moving at the lower end of the 20 available resistance levels.
The Precor EFX 447 has adjustable handlebars so you can choose stationary to concentrate on your lower body or moving for an upper body workout.
Users like the large number of workouts to choose from as well as the fact that there are 4 user profiles so the whole family is covered.
Another nice touch that isn't present on some of the other elliptical crosstrainers, like the EFX 425, is Preva workout tracking, which as the name suggests, tracks all of your workouts so you can see your progress and set goals for your next workout.
Some of the other highlights of user reviews include the wireless chest strap that's included for accurate heart rate monitoring, the tablet holder, iPod and iPad compatibilty, water bottle holder and magazine rack.
We've been using Precor ellipticals and treadmills in the gym for years, so we are definitely fans of the company and their machines.
The EFX 447 is essentially a gym machine manufactured for the home, with the same rock-solid build, features and capabilities we expect. The Variable Stride Geometry is a neat feature, even for those who like to just get on and go. Once you see how you can adjust the stride to hit different muscle groups you will be hooked.
The ramp capability up to 40 degrees is really great for feeling that burn, and Preva works seamlessly to track workout results for all users of the machine.
Any downsides? Sure. At around $5000, it's very expensive. You can get a very good elliptical machine for half the price. It won't be of the same quality, but it will likely suffice unless you have multiple users banging away at it every single day.
Also, it would be nice to have a web-enabled touchscreen for that price, especially since that is becoming more and more common. Of course you can just use your tablet or phone if you want/need the internet while you work out.
But the bottom line is, if you have the budget and you want one of the best elliptical machines you can buy, the Precor EFX 447 is a great choice.
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