Stamina InMotion E1000 Elliptical Reviewed and Rated

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Stamina InMotion E1000 Elliptical Reviewed and Rated Review Facts

Not a lot of people out there have the time to consistently exercise and stay fit. Going to the gym takes time, and home gym equipment can be large and expensive. You may lack the space to fit a treadmill or an elliptical in your home. The Stamina Inmotion E1000 is an elliptical machine, but it’s so small and lightweight that you can easily fit it even in your cupboard! The E1000 has a comfy handle that allows you to carry it with you no matter where you go. Just slide it underneath your table, be it one in your home or at your job, and pedal away into your new, fit self!

Editor's Pros & Cons

Can be used sitting and standing

Adjustable tension knob

Reverse-motion foot pedals

Electronic simple fitness monitor

Free online access to instructional videos

Non-slip wide pedals

Sturdy steel frame

Very small and compact


Quick and easy assembly


Short stride

Becomes noisy


The E1000 is one of the smallest elliptical machines that you can find. The machine is also very lightweight, so it makes sense to wonder whether something so small can withstand everyday use. This dainty elliptical is small, but it's also very sturdy, so you don't have to worry about breaking it when you pedal a bit harder. The frame of the E1000 is rugged and durable. The frame is made out of steel, including the bar of the rear base, the frame that supports the pedals, and the plate on the front which gives it the stability it needs. These steel parts will be in direct contact with your floor, and because of that, the rear base handle has rubberized feet, while the steel plate in the front has foam padding. Some users reported that even though the frame has protection, it still left dents and scratches on their floor, so we advise you use a rubber mat for extra protection. The foam padding serves as extra stabilization for the little E1000.

The flywheel which powers the strider is protected by a plastic shell, strong enough to withstand a lot of wear and tear damage. The top of the flywheel is adorned with a handle for easy transportation. The E1000 has an axle and a crank, both made out of steel. The pedals are made out of hardened polyurethane. They are very wide and comfy, and they have ridges that make them non-slip, so don't worry about losing your footing if you decide to use it while standing up. The pedals sit about 7" from the ground. The E1000 is classified as a mini-stepper, so do not expect to have a long stride when using it. Users that have bought the elliptical often complain about the short stride, but you must test it out to see whether it's bothersome to you as well. The pedals rest on metal arms, each equipped with silicone rollers, built to last years. The E1000 can support users up to 250 pounds. This means that if you weigh less than 250 pounds, you can safely stand up when you pedal, but if you exceed the weight limit, you will have to use it while sitting down.

Drive System

The E1000 relies on the flywheel for power. The resistance you feel, when you pedal, is friction-based. A felt pad is connected to a tension knob. When you turn the tension knob, the felt pad slowly approaches the flywheel, and the closer it gets, the more resistance it will generate. There are no marks on the knob which tell you just how much you tightened it, so you will have to experiment until you find that perfect resistance level. The flywheel is the heaviest component on the E1000, weighing almost 10 pounds. The whole unit weighs about 24 pounds, so the flywheel makes up almost half of that weight. This will give the mini elliptical the stability it needs to perform. The pedals and the flywheel are joined by a sturdy leather belt, resistant to stretching. Belt-driven fitness machines are among the most silent ones and the E1000 will remain silent no matter how fast and hard you pedal! You will have to take care of the belt to make it last your while. It does not require any lubrication, unlike chain-driven flywheels. However, some users reported that the E1000 becomes squeaky after awhile, and harder to pedal. You can fix this by tightening the screws, or by lubricating the bearings. Speaking of the bearings, they are sturdy and sealed. Thanks to their construction, you can pedal the E1000 in both the directions and the stats will still be counted as if you were pedaling in one direction.

The Stamina InMotion differs from the E1000 in one way. The standard InMotion has cords where comfortable grips are attached, allowing you to target your upper body as well. The E1000 does not have any cords or handles, so you'll be able to work on only your lower body. You will still get a good workout out of it, but you will need to find a different way to activate your upper body!


The E1000 has one very small console, found right on top of the flywheel, between the pedals. The console is controlled via a red button. The button can turn the machine on and off, it can restart it, and you can navigate the simple menu. Although the console is simple, it will still track important data, like the time, distance traveled, and the number of calories burned. The display of the console is even smaller, so you won't see the important data all at once. Instead, the numbers will change every six seconds, giving you time to see the information you need. If you wish to focus on only one number, you can set the console to show you the number you need without cycling through the others. The console is powered by a battery, which is included with the order. The E1000 also comes with a DVD, showing you how to get started, along with some more advanced exercises. You will also get free online access to two instructional videos.

Noise Level

As mentioned above, the Stamina InMotion E1000 is powered by a flywheel, connected to the pedals via a leather belt. Belts tend to be much more silent than chains! If you ever had the chance to use an upright bike or any other fitness machine that had a chain instead of a belt, you will be familiar with the amount of noise they can create. You might need to replace the belt now and again, but the minimal noise level makes up for it! You can use the elliptical in any setting you'd like without affecting the people around you. A lot of users bought the machine to use it while they work, and they reported that none of their colleagues were bothered by the noise. The pedals will probably start to squeak after a few months though, and that can get on your nerves. You can fix this by lubricating the bearings, or by tightening the screws if they become too loose.


The Stamina Inmotion E1000 is a very popular elliptical because of its size and weight. When you fully assemble the strider, its footprint will not be bigger than 23.5" x 17", which is much, much smaller compared to most elliptical machines. The E1000 weighs an amazing 24 pounds! Anyone can easily pick it up by the handle and move it around, without the help of other people. You can easily move the elliptical from room to room, even from place to place. The E1000 requires a minimum amount of floor space, so you will find its spot very fast.


As the E1000 is small and compact, the stride is also short, and the pedaling motion can seem cramped up and uncomfortable. Users that are taller than 5'9" will have issues when using the elliptical, as their knees won't be able to adjust to the shorter stride. If you decide to use the E1000 standing up, you can also experience a share of troubles. Once upright on the pedals, you will have nothing to grab hold off, and if you have issues with balance, you might fall over. You can easily move the strider closer to a wall or any surface that can give you stability. So, you either need to find a spot for it where you can remain balanced, or you just have to be secure on your feet when using it.

Setup & Maintenance

The E1000 is super small and lightweight, so the assembly is very simple and fast. It shouldn't take you more than 15 minutes to get the elliptical up and running! The setup is simple and quick, and there is a detailed manual that shows you exactly what you need to do to make it functional. Every tool you may need to put it together comes with the strider. The flywheel and the belt mechanism arrive pre-assembled. You will need to attach them to the frame along with the pedals, and that's it! Maintaining the E1000 is easy too. You will need to wipe down the pedals now and then and tighten the screws if the machine starts to make noise. Compared to ellipticals which can take hours to assemble, and that's with the help of others, the E1000 is a gem!


The E1000 is one of the cheapest fitness machines out there. It shouldn't cost you more than 200 dollars, and even some gym sneakers are pricier than that! The small price tag is related to the very small size, the simple console, the lack of handles and cords, so you do get what you pay for! The E1000 will last for a long time, but it won't give you a full-body workout, it's really only good for not sitting still all the time while you work!

The Final Word

The E1000 is one of the most popular mini ellipticals. The machine is small, lightweight, and portable, and you can easily fit it in any room you wish, and easily store it in a closet once you're done using it. The assembly is straightforward and quick, while the steel frame supporting it is sturdy and durable. The leather belt driving the pedals is stretch-proof, although the drive system can become squeaky. The stride is also rather short, and taller users might struggle with using it. The E1000 is very affordable though, and we believe that anyone will be lucky to have it!