Best ProForm Elliptical Trainers 2016

ProForm have been leaders in the home fitness equipment industry for 30 plus years. Their range of ellipticals are innovators in adjustable stride technology, are iFit ready to customize your workouts with unlimited options, and feature large Smart HD Touchscreen displays. ProForm are a proven mid range elliptical manufacturer with an impressive range to suit everybody. In this article we zoom in on the top 3 ProForm ellipticals. We then consider 3 great ProForm alternatives.

The Best ProForm Elliptical Trainers

The ProForm range of home fitness ellipticals includes both the Endurance and Pro Series. Top performing models include the ProForm 6.0 ZE elliptical, the ProForm 14.0 CE elliptical, the ProForm 10.0 CE Endurance, and the ProForm 935 SmartStrider elliptical. Our three favorites, however, are the Smart Strider 735, the ProForm Hybrid Trainer 2-in-1 elliptical and recumbent bike, and the ProForm 650 LE.

ProForm Smart Strider 735

ProForm Smart Strider 735

The ProForm SmartRider 735 is ProForm’s showcase mid range model. It has a very stylish, sleek appearance, though the footprint is a little large. This model features power adjustable incline with ultra quick adjustments to allow you to focus on target muscles. You get an impressive 22 workout apps, including fat loss, heart rate and endurance programs. There are 20 digital resistance levels, offering appropriate intensity levels for every family member.

The ProForm SmartRider elliptical trainer has an 18 pound inertia enhanced flywheel that ensures a smooth, glide like elliptical motion. The frame is commercial grade, allowing for a max user weight of 300 pounds. You also get oversized levels to ensure a very secure and stable base.

PROS

  • Very stylish looking
  • 22 workout apps
  • 300 pound max user weight

CONS

  • Squeaky

ProForm Hybrid Trainer

ProForm Hybrid Trainer

The ProForm Hybrid trainer is a combination between an upright elliptical and a recumbent exercise bike. The Hybrid trainer features iFit technology, allowing you to train anywhere in the world. It takes just two quick steps to transform from the elliptical feature to the recumbent bike. A 13 pound inertia enhanced flywheel provides a smooth steady stride on the elliptical and a jerk free pedal motion on the bike.

The ProForm Elliptical Hybrid trainer provides 16 variable resistance levels, along with another 16 workout apps. Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR) technology provides a silent exercise operation. Soft grip and a built in sensor provide comfort while tracking your pulse rate. This machine also features transport wheels and oversized levellers.

PROS

  • iFit technology
  • Quick change between features
  • 16 resistance levels

CONS

  • Only 15 inch stride length

ProForm 650 LE

ProForm 650 LE

The ProForm 650LE is a mid range trainer that provides you with power packed features that you normally don’t get in this price range. There are 16 levels of variable resistance, that adjusts automatically. The console is large, providing a user friendly interface. You get a clear readout of all of your essential training data. 16 workout programs are available, 8 of which are weight loss related.

Grip sensors on the handles of the 650LE allow you to quickly and accurately take your pulse rate. The console is iPod compatible, and includes an 8 week training program with top trainer Jillian Michaels. You also get a Coolaire workout fan. The max user weight on this elliptical is 250 pounds.

PROS

  • 16 resistance levels
  • Large console
  • 16 workout programs

CONS

  • Limited stride length and user weight

ProForm Alternatives

While the ProForm range of home ellipticals provides some fantastic options for the mid range buyer, we believe that there are other brands that are very competitive. The NordicTrack C7.5 offers 26 workout programs, a 20 pound flywheel and 22 digital resistance levels. Schwinn’s 470 model comes with an even more impressive 29 workout apps, 27 resistance levels and feature 25 eddy current brake technology.

Finally, the E35 from Sole Fitness provides a huge 25 pound flywheel, 30 incline adjustments and features superior lower body ergonomics.

NordicTrack C7.5

NordicTrack C7.5

The NordicTrack C7.5 is a little more expensive than the ProForm SmartRider 735, yet provides four more workout programs (26 total) and a flywheel 2 pounds heavier, at 20 pounds. You’ll notice an improvement in elliptical motion for a more natural free range of movement. You get 22 digital resistance levels, compared with 20 on the ProForm SmartRider 735.

The NordicTrack C7.5 is a front drive elliptical. This allows for an adjustable stride and incline, while being able to maintain a modest overall footprint - in contrast to the ProForm range. A 5 inch back-lit display is a couple of inches smaller than you get with ProForm, but offers very similar technical functionality. It is i-Fit enabled and features a secure tablet holder.

PROS

  • 26 workout programs
  • 20 pound flywheel
  • 22 digital resistance levels

CONS

  • Difficult to assemble

Schwinn 470

Schwinn 470

The Schwinn 470 is more compact than the ProForm range and provides slightly more functionality. It has 29 programs, including 4 user settings and goal tracking. 27 levels of variable resistance provide you with a huge intensity progression. It features 25 Eddy Current Brake technology to allow you to get a very smooth exercise motion. There is an automated incline up to 10 degrees.

Schwinn dual track technology provide you with a more user friendly interface than any of the ProForm machines provide. You are able to view 13 separate data displays at any one time. The maximum user weight of the Schwinn 470 is 300 pounds, testifying to the sturdiness of the frame. In fact, you get a 10 year frame warranty!

PROS

  • 29 workout programs
  • 27 resistance levels
  • 25 Eddy Current Brake technology

Sole Fitness E35

Sole Fitness E35

The Sole Fitness E35 is a higher end alternative to the ProForm range for the home buyer looking for a commercial grade elliptical. It has a front drive design with a 25 pound flywheel, which is 25% more than anything offered by ProForm. This delivers a smoother, more natural exercise movement. The 20 inch stride has forward / backward movement, along with a power adjustable ramp that gives you an impressive 30 angle adjustments.

The Sole Fitness E35 has superior ergonomics, as evidenced by the inward sloping handles, pedal cushioning, and your choice of three pedal angles. The unit has a compact footprint. The 7.5 inch LCD screen allows you to view 10 data points all at once. It comes with a lifetime frame warranty.

PROS

  • 25 pound flywheel
  • 30 incline adjustments
  • Fantastic ergonomics

CONS

  • Makes knocking noises

Conclusion

​The ProForm range of mid range ellipticals provide you with three great home fitness training options. The best ProForm elliptical is the SmartRider 735, which looks great and provides you with 22 workout apps and a 300 pound maximum user weight. The ProForm Hybrid Trainer gives you very quick transitions between an elliptical and a recumbent bike, along with iFit technology and 16 resistance levels.

The ProForm 650 LE has the largest console of the Proforms that we reviewed. It also delivers 16 resistance levels and workout apps.

Alternatives to ProForm that we think are highly competitive option are the NordicTrack C7.5, which delivers 26 workout programs, a 20 pound flywheel and 22 digital resistance levels. The Schwinn 470 provides you with a beefed up 29 workout apps, 27 levels of variable resistance and is enhanced by 25 Eddy Current Brake technology.

Finally The Sole Fitness E35 features a huge 25 pound flywheel, an impressive 30 incline angle adjustments and has the best ergonomics of any machine we tested.​