If you can get it assembled, the Weslo Momentum G3.1 elliptical will work for lightweight people for only very light use.
The Weslo Momentum G3.1 has an LCD window that displays speed, time, distance, watts, and calorie burned, plus an RPM (revolution per minute) meter.
The list of features includes:
UPDATE: As of 2016, it looks like Weslo is no longer making elliptical trainers.
Take a look at our list of Best Ellipticals Under $500 to find a good machine in this price range.
The Weslo Momentum G3.1 elliptical features cheap components and parts that often do not line up properly during assembly. User reviews have indicated it can take 2 to 3 hours to put together this small elliptical because of incomplete instructions and screws and bolts that don’t fit the pre-drilled holes.
You’ll need your own tools and a lot of patience to put this together. And if you can get it to work, it will start out fine and then tend to squeak fairly quickly.
Another issue is that this model is a very lightweight and extremely small elliptical. That may sound good if you think it will be portable (well, it is that) but it will not hold the listed 250-lb maximum user weight limit. The Weslo Momentum G3.1 is a 70-lb machine that will wobble with any adult over 5'6" and 140 lbs.
Also, the 12" stride length is so short it will feel like a stair stepper and not at all like an elliptical, as most average sized adults will hit their knees on the frame. And one final point: users report that resistance is practically nonexistent.
The $199 Weslo Momentum G3.1 elliptical is a horrendous waste of your time and money. It is poorly designed, badly manufactured, uncomfortable, ineffective, squeaky, offers nothing of a warranty, and is generally unreliable.
It would be a miracle to get $200 worth of workouts on this machine. To get a passable cheap elliptical, you should plan on spending at least $400; anything selling for less than that isn’t worth the trouble.
UPDATE: Spring Elliptical Sales have started!
Here is your chance to rant or rave about the elliptical you use at home or at the fitness center.