Octane Fitness Elliptical Trainers Review 2019

updated January 1, 2019

Octane Fitness are the only home fitness manufacturer in the world dedicated to zero impact cardio trainers. Founded in 2001, they are solely invested in manufacturing the best elliptical machines on the market. The combination of uncompromised quality, dedicated resources and personalized customer service have made Octane a market leader. In this article we review the best of the Octane range, along with 3 Octane alternatives.

The Best of Octane

There are 11 models in the Octane elliptical range. These zero fitness machines are arranged in four categories. The first is the Zero Runner, which features a patented hip and knee joint. The second category is standing ellipticals, which includes the XT1. The Q series line-up includes the Octane Q37e, the Octane Q35, and the Octane Q47. Finally, there is the X-Ride recumbent elliptical series.

Octane Q35x

The Octane Q35 is an entry level elliptical that is easy to get on and off of with its small step up height. Its compact size makes it a great fit for any room in the home. It has a very smooth, natural motion. The close pedal spacing keeps you properly aligned. The handle-bars move in a wide range of motion, allowing for full activation of the muscles of your upper body and increased calorie burn.

The contact heart rate sensors are comfortably located on the stationary handle bars. Octane Q35x allows for easy and accurate heart rate reading. These handles also allow for unique body positioning, providing maximum lower body burn. The Q35 console features a large LED screen that displays all of your workout stats. This makes it easy for you to track your progress throughout your workout. The keypad features signature workout boosters.

The Q35 has 8 workout programs to intensify your training, including adjustable goal programs like calories burn and 10K. When you’re done working out, you can put the Q35 in MOM mode, which disables all functionality to prevent kids from playing on it.


  • Zero impact
  • Workout boosters
  • MOM mode


  • Expensive
Octane ZR7

The Octane ZR7 introduces to the market absolute zero impact running. On this machine, you are running without ever hitting the ground. Just like the human body, this machine has a knee and hip joint. The ZR7 has Smartlink connectivity, allowing you to plan and track your workouts. It also has instructional videos and entertainment options. It even provides you with stride data. There is also a cross trainer video library of workouts.

The Octane ZR7 provides a natural motion that perfectly replicates running, jogging or walking. It has a dynamic stride length up to 58 inches to accommodate users of all sizes. A built in intelligence feature traces your stride, providing feedback on your performance. You also get Bluetooth 4.0 mobile device connectivity. Your heart rate is precisely monitored by way of Polar, Ant+ and Bluetooth 4.0.

The pedals of the ZR7 are independant, providing free motion and flexibility to create the customized stride that works best for you. This machine is self powered and whisper quiet. Your purchase includes a free set of resistance bands so that you can perform the cross circuit programs that are included.


  • Knee and hip joint
  • Smartlink connectivity
  • 58 inch stride length


  • Takes a little time to get used to the unique motion

Octane Alternatives

The Octane range of elliptical trainers are high spec, high performance machines that deliver a great workout every time. On the downside, they are pretty expensive. We’ve found 3 alternatives, that provide you with similar performance, but without the pricetag. The Schwinn 470 Elliptical Trainer offers a 20 inch stride length, motorized ramp and backlit screen. The Nautilus E616 features 29 workout apps, 25 resistance levels and dual performance tracking.

Finally, the NordicTrack C 7.5 provides a 0-20 degree adjustable ramp, soft pad foot cushioning and instant customizable adjustment.

Schwinn 470 Elliptical Trainer

The Schwinn 470 Elliptical Trainer has a 20 inch stride length, allowing for glute and hamstring stimulation.The 13 training programs allow you to train in a variety of ways. A motorized ramp delivers instant incline adjustment, while front positioned flywheel means that the pedals can be positioned more closely together for a better, more natural motion. Schwinn Connect Goal Tracking allows you to upload your training data to your computer.

The Schwinn 470 has a large, easy to read LCD monitor with backlit screen. Cushioned, articulated foot pedals provide you with more comfort, while allowing for ideal lower body positioning. It also delivers a very low impact workout. Schwinn offer a full manufacturer’s guarantee on this product.


  • 20 inch stride length
  • Motorized ramp
  • Backlit screen


  • Inaccurate calorie counter
Nautilus E616

The Nautilus E616 provides 25 levels of eddy current resistance for a very smooth, natural resistance movement. The auto incline ramp allows you to instantly up the intensity. You also get an impressive 29 workout apps. The console on the E616 features a backlit dualtrack LCD monitor. The screen tracks your time, calories, speed, distance and heart rate. The monitor allows you to monitor 13 data points at once.

The Nautilus E616 gives you a 20 inch stride length. The perimeter weighted flywheel helps to deliver a very smooth, natural elliptical striding motion. Grip sensors on the handlebars allow you to monitor your training heart rate. Bluetooth connectivity on this machine means that you can seamlessly transfer all of your training data to your device.


  • 29 workout apps
  • 25 resistance levels
  • Dual track LCD screen


  • Difficult to assemble
NordicTrack C7.5

The NordicTrack C 7.5 is a mid-priced model elliptical that delivers 26 workout apps that have been designed by top training experts. The 20 pound flywheel provides a natural, jerk free striding motion. An impressive 0-20 degree auto incline adjustment provides intensity immediate enhancement. The large, plush foot pedals provide you with a zero impact motion. The sturdy frame gives you an impressive max user weight of 325 pounds.

You get an impressive display panel on the console of the NordicTrack C7.5. It is fitted with iFit connectivity, bringing the world into your home. Google maps allows you to train virtually at any location on earth. You also get a secure tablet holder to allow you to enjoy your favorite entertainment while training.


  • Instant customizable adjustment
  • Foot pedal cushioning
  • 0-20 degree adjustable ramp


  • Very heavy


The Octane Fitness elliptical range provide very high spec, zero impact training capability that is suitable for novices and elite athletes alike. The Octane Q35X delivers a zero impact workout, along with cool workout boosters and has a MOM mode to make the machine child safe. The Octane ZR7 provides a unique knee and hip joint technology, Smartlink connectivity and a truly impressive 58 inch stride length.

As alternatives to the Octane range, the Schwinn 470 provides a 20 inch stride length, motorized ramp and backlit screen. The Nautilus E616 delivers 29 workout apps, 25 resistance levels and a dual track LCD screen. Finally, the NordicTrack C 7.5 featuresinstant customizable adjustment, foot pedal cushioning and 0-20 a degree adjustable ramp.

Octane Q35x

Our #1. Recommendation

​Octane Q35x

jim roose

My name is Jim Roose. I'm a former competitive power lifter and gym owner. I've bought millions of dollars of fitness equipment over the last 20 years. This site is my way of giving back to the fitness community that's done so much for me. Every article on here is carefully researched and written by me. Leave a comment if you have any questions.