The ProForm SMART 920 E is the newest elliptical in the series, top of the line model in the Endurance Series featuring a sleek, updated new, a full-color touch screen display and a good number of extra features.
If you're looking for an affordable elliptical with lots of workouts, incline capability and plenty of adjustability, this might be the perfect cardio machine for you.
The 920 E is made from commercial gauge solid steel and has a 7" Smart HD touch display showing you your workout stats such as calories burned, heart rate, distance, time and other metrics.
It is also web-enabled so you can surf the internet, watch movies or post on your social pages while you work out, which really helps to pass the time.
Let's take a look at the most important specs...
UPDATE: As of late 2020/early 2021 the ProForm 920E and the rest of the Endurance Series ellipticals have been discontinued. Check out the model that replaced it: ProForm Carbon E7.
The ProForm SMART Endurance 920 E elliptical was first introduced for the 2016 model year, redesigned for 2017 and updated for 2018, and customer reviews have been very positive thus far.
The other Endurance Series models, the 520E and 720E, have always been popular with critics and users for the value that they offer.
So it follows that the 920 E continues this tradition, as it simply improves upon those well established models. And from the looks of things, this just might become the most popular elliptical in the series.
The other upgrade is the fact that this machine is iFit Coach enabled, meaning you don't have to use your tablet as you do on an iFit compatible machine.
All you need is a subscription to tap into all that iFit has to offer...additional trainer designed workouts, tracking and sharing capability, and Google maps so you can run anywhere in the world that you desire.
You get to choose from 32 different workouts, another improvement, as well as up to 20 degrees of incline and 24 digital resistance levels. So there are endless possibilities for varying your workouts.
Some of the other alluring features of the ProForm 920 E are the integrated tablet holder, dual heart rate monitors with wireless capability for more accurate readings, adjustable pedals, a water bottle holder and adjustable leveling feet to ensure the machine is level regardless of whether your floor is or not.
The ProForm SMART Endurance 920E elliptical is the top model in the Endurance Series, which is the most advanced series in the lineup besides the top of the line Pro Series.
Let's take a brief look at all of the ProForm ellipticals to see how the 920E compares to the rest of the pack....
The least expensive models the company offers are the Hybrid Trainers, which are half elliptical and half recumbent bike. They do give you two workouts for the price of one, but they are strictly entry level machines for very light use.
Moving up you have the CSE Series, with three Smart Striders (495 CSE, 695 CSE and 895 CSE). These ellipticals are rear-drive, meaning the flywheel is in the back as opposed to in front as it is on the 920E. They also fold unlike all of the others. However, they all have 18" strides, which may be a tad uncomfortable for taller users.
Another step up and you have the Endurance Series, which includes the base 520E, mid-level 720E and top of the line 920E that you've been reading about here. These are non-folding front drive ellipticals, with longer strides that the CSE Series and increased incline capability.
We'll discuss all three Enudrance Series models here so you can see the difference...
ProForm 520E - You get a 19" stride, manual 20 degree incline, 18 built in workout programs, 18 resistance levels, 15 lb. flywheel, a 5" LCD display and a 300 lb. max user weight.
ProForm 720E - You get a 19" stride, power 20 degree incline, 24 built in workout programs, 20 resistance levels, 20 lb. flywheel, a 5" LCD display and a 325 lb. max user weight.
ProForm 920E - You get a 19" stride, power 20 degree incline, 32 built in workout programs, 24 resistance levels, 25 lb. flywheel, a 7" Smart HD display, Bluetooth compatibility and the same 325 lb. max user weight.
So you're simply getting more of everything as you move up in the Endurance Series, with the 920E having the most workouts and resistance levels, heaviest flywheel for smoother performance and it's the only model with the Smart HD touch screen with Bluetooth.
As we mentioned, the only ProForm ellipticals that are more advanced than the 920E are the Pro Series models: Pro 9.9, 12.9 and 16.9.
The Pro models are the most durable and have the longest stride lengths (20" +), the highest max weight capacities, the heaviest flywheels, multi position grips for your hands and free wireless chest straps included. They also have the most extensive warranties due to their premium builds.
To sum up...the ProForm SMART Endurance 920E is a more advanced elliptical than any of the Hybrids, CSE or other Endurance Series models. However it doesn't quite reach the level of any of the Pro Series ellipticals, as these are all more commercial grade than the others.
The Endurance Series is great for the home gym, as it gives you all of the features you need for a great workout. You have the large variety of built in programming, additional workouts through iFit, incline capability, and a number of resistance levels.
If you're more of a beginner, on a budget or will just be using the machine lightly, then any of the Endurance Series ellipticals will work for you.
The 920E will give you more of everything, as well as the 7" Smart HD touch screen with Bluetooth that the other models don't have, so if that is something that appeals to you, opt for the 920E.
The prices of all three are pretty close when they are on sale, so it makes sense to upgrade if it makes sense.
We don't recommend the Smart Striders here at All Ellipticals, simply because the strides are too short to accommodate all users, and you get less incline levels to choose from. Unless you need to fold and store your machine, we recommend the Endurance models instead.
Now, if your budget is more open, we definitely recommend the Pro Series, especially if there will be multiple users in your household or if any users plan to use the machine heavily.
The Pro 9.9, 12.9 and 16.9 are built to handle heavier usage, with stronger components, heavier flywheels and heavier max user weight capacities.
Still, if you don't need a more durable machine, and aren't going to hammer away at it on a regular basis, then the ProForm 920E elliptical is going to be your best bet of all.
The ProForm SMART 920 E is definitely the best choice of the three Endurance Series models. It's usually only a couple hundred more than the 720 E, but gives you a large touch screen with internet, iFit right on the machine and pretty much more of everything: more resistance levels, more workout apps, heavier flywheel and better warranty.
It's definitely an improvement on the already strong series, so if you are in the market for a front drive elliptical under $1000, this one is definitely worth considering for sure.
Again, if you can stretch your dollars a little bit, take a look at the top of the line ProForm Pro Series, which will give you stronger machines that can stand up to heavier use and last longer.
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