Precor Elliptical Reviews
Precor elliptical machines have one of the highest reputations in the fitness industry for good reason. The company has dedicated itself for thirty plus years to developing some of the finest workout equipment available, and they make sure they stand behind their product.
The company is international, based in Helsinki, but corporate headquarters are in the state of Washington. They pay particular attention to natural body movement and rhythm when developing items like Precor ellipticals.
The tag line, “Engineered to move the way you move,” indicates a lot about the philosophy behind their designs. With a lifetime frame and ten year parts and wear warranty, Precor’s elliptical trainers are built to last.
The cost of Precor elliptical machines is comparable to its competitors such as Matrix and Life Fitness. They start at around the $2,000 mark and go up from there, with a wide variety of models to choose from.
The current lineup consists of the Energy Series which includes the EFX 221, 222, 225 and the top of the line 245.
You then have the Precision Series which includes the EFX 423, 427, 443 and 447.
There's the new Assurance Series, featuring the EFX 532i and 536i.
At the top of the line are the Experience Series EFX 731, EFX 761, EFX 833, EFX 835, EFX 863 and EFX 865, with the ultimate construction and design.
You also have the Adaptive Motion Trainers, or AMT series, which is an even higher end collection featuring ellipticals with a completely open stride adjustable up to 36 inches which conform to your movement. The AMT 733, 763, 835 and 865 start at around $7,300 and go up to about $11,000+.
The AMT Series is amazing, but on the higher price end so better for those without budget constraints.
Precor is one of the few brands that makes its equipment so sturdy that it doesn’t require a weight limit, and most have child safety features to ensure against accidental injuries. Precor’s elliptical cross trainers are virtually silent and have a smooth, fluid movement that consumers rave about.
Fitness professionals love Precor’s elliptical exercise machines because they are so close to the models Precor manufactures for use in commercial gyms. They have most of the same features and plenty of extras that make using them a pleasure. As such they are a great choice for your home if you can afford it.
But with so many different model choices, it's hard to decide which one to choose. Here's a little help for you, with the bolded model in each series being your best choice.
Energy Series ($2,000-$3,700)
This is the most affordable series that Precor offers, and is a good way to get a gym-quality elliptical without spending top dollar. The EFX 221 is the only model without moving handlebars, so we would definitely recommend starting at the EFX 222 for a couple hundred dollars more to get that arm workout in. The EFX 225 and 245 will give you power incline instead of manual, with the 245 giving you many more workouts and a touch screen with workout tracking.
So if you can afford it, the EFX 245 is the best choice in the Energy Series, followed by the 225 and 222. The EFX 221 is the most affordable, but since the handles don't move you can't incorporate an upper body workout.
Precision Series ($4,300-$5,500)
This step up series is more advanced and gives you 20 resistance levels as opposed to 16 and motorized incline up to 40%, as opposed to 25% on the top Energy Series models. Here the EFX 423 is the most affordable, but it and the EFX 443 have stationary handlebars only.
So here we would opt for the EFX 427 or the top end EFX 447, which gives you the most workouts and Preva tracking just like the EFX 245.
Assurance Series ($5,200-$5,700)
Another level up from the Precision Series, the Assurance ellipticals share the same frame but include the commercial display console of the higher end Experience Series.
Here we would opt for the EFX 536i with the moving handlebars instead of the 532i with the fixed handlebars.
Experience Series ($5,600-$9,700)
This the the top of the line Precor elliptical series. You definitely do not need this for home use, unless you have a household of professional athletes. However, if you can afford it, these are as good as it gets and you will be beyond happy with your purchase.
The most affordable model in the series is the EFX 731, which gives you plenty of resistance levels and built in workouts. The EFX 761 adds a touch screen console to the mix. The 833 gives you more incline capability, but fixed handlebars only. The 835 gives you moving handlebars. The top of the line EFX 863 and 865 give you the most incline, workouts and touch screen console, the best of everything in the series, but only the EFX 865 has moving handlebars.
Adaptive Motion Trainers ($7,300-$11,000)
These Precor elliptical are so named because they adapt to your motion, giving you more freedom of movement than you get on the traditional models we discussed above, up to an impressive 36". All have moving handlebars and 20 resistance levels to choose from.
The AMT 733 is the most affordable model. The AMT 835 adds the ability to change your stride height in addition to the length. The AMT 763 adds a touch screen and more workouts to the mix. The top end AMT 865 gives you the ability to change your stride height. Since adjusting your height is not the most important thing, you don't need the top end 865, so the 763 is your best choice with the touch screen and many more workout options.
So the models that we highlighted above are going to be the best Precor ellipticals in each of the four series. That should definitely help you narrow it down. Decide what your budget is, then look at the top choices in each category.
There are so many advantages to owning an elliptical trainer made by Precor (considered by many to be among the best in the business) – smooth, quiet ride, a multitude of options, durability that will last for years, a great warranty and a natural, easy fit.
The two things that may be considered a negative are the price, which is out of reach for a lot of consumers at $2,000+, and the fact that these are big, bulky machines. You won’t be sticking a Precor back in an unobtrusive corner.
This is a serious piece of equipment; but if you have a home gym or a large room and are serious about your workout, the quality doesn’t get much better than Precor elliptical machines.
Below you will find more in-depth Precor elliptical reviews with specs, pricing, buying tips and more for each model in the different series.
Precor Consumer Reviews - Reviews submitted by our visitors: positive across the board!
Precor EFX 221 - the entry level model in the Energy Series, this one has CrossRamp technology and SmartRate heart rate monitoring among other great features.
Precor EFX 222 - a step up from the base EFX 221 with movable handlebars for a more total body workout. Otherwise it is identical.
Precor EFX 225 - similar to the 222 but with power CrossRamp technology rather than manual for more muscle targeting capability.
Precor EFX 245 - the top model in the Energy series with tons of workouts and Preva tracking technology.
Precor EFX 423 - the base model in the Precision series with fixed handlebars and 10 built in workouts.
Precor EFX 425 - the mid-level Precision Series cross-trainer model with CrossRamp and 20 levels of resistance.
Precor EFX 447 - the top of the line Precision Series model brings the gym right to your home with CrossRamp technology and up to 40 degrees of incline.
Precor EFX 731 - newer, more affordable Experience Series model introduced in 2017 with a fixed incline and moving handlebars.
Precor EFX 833 - This fixed handlebar elliptical trainer is priced too high for most home users, unless you can find it for around $2,000 as a remanufactured model.
Precor EFX 835 - A commercial-quality machine that is designed for heavy 24/7 public gym use.
Adaptive Motion Trainers - AMTs
Precor AMT 733 - The newest model in the series at a more affordable price point for 2017.
Precor AMT 813 - The base Adaptive Motion Trainer gives you up to 36 inches in stride length and 20 resistance levels to choose from.
Precor AMT 835 - The most popular Adaptive Motion Trainer with OpenStride technology giving you total freedom of movement.
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