BH Fitness S3Xi Elliptical Review 4

BH Fitness S3Xi Elliptical Rating

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Pros The overall ergonomically-sound design combined with the i.Concept Console are the top two pros on this model. The upper front-drive design uses no rollers or wheels so it's virtually silent when in operation. It also makes for a smoother, more natural stride with a “suspension” design that's like walking on air. The handlebars (stationary and moving) are right in arms reach and the pedals are a narrow 1.5 inches apart for reduced impact on the joints. With the console, this model is equipped with BH Fitness' i.Concept Console that allows users to connect their favorite Apple device using blue tooth connectivity so you have access to all of your favorite apps, workout programs, play lists and more. Whats more: it's also very affordable at just under $2,000.
Cons There are few cons that we have found on this affordable mid-range model, but if we had to choose we would say the lack of basic console amenities like a fan and speakers can be problematic, especially for in-home use. As with other models in the series, there are no adjustable options on this trainer but at this price point, we really wouldn't expect to see any so that's a nominal “con.”
Summary This S3Xi model is incredibly affordable yet also well-built, durable and comfortable, which makes this model a great buy. However, if you are looking for adjustable options or additional console features, you may want to look elsewhere. The cons on this model lie in its minimalistic console, but of course the i.Concept Console makes up for some of these shortcomings.

BH Fitness S3Xi Elliptical Detailed Overview

The S3Xi is the mid-range model in the Signature Series by BH Fitness, featuring the new i.Concept Console.

Retailing for $1,999, users can enjoy an elliptical/arc trainer with upper front-drive design, specifically designed to reduce impact and stress on joints while simulating a natural, smooth stride. The narrow Q-factor of 1.5 inches means that the pedals are closer together and easier on the knees, and the oversized pedals are equipped with non-slip cushioning for additional joint support, comfort and safety. This model features a fixed stride of 20.5 inches and a low step-on height of 7.75 inches, with both stationary and moving handlebars. This design also boasts an incredibly quiet operation since there are no rollers or rails like traditional elliptical trainers.

With the console, you get the basics that include a water bottle holder and reading rack, but this model lacks a cooling fan and speakers. The display is a 6.5 inch LCD blue back-lit screen that will give the basic workout readouts like time, distance, etc. and offers up to 26 workout programs that include a heart rate program using the contact grip sensors or wireless monitor (strap not included). Users can choose from 24 electronic resistance levels to hit all muscle groups, and the i.Concept console means access to the web and all of your favorite apps and workout programs for even more variety. You can even play games, watch movies or stream music right from your device using the blue tooth wireless connectivity of the i.Concept console.

The S3Xi comes with a residential warranty which covers 1 year on labor, 5 years on parts and lifetime coverage on the frame.

Our Favorite Features

  • Price is just under $2,000
  • i.Concept Console for the ability to link your favorite device right to the trainer using blue tooth connectivity
  • Compact design at 60”x30”x60”
  • Moving and stationary handlebars (with dual-grip EKG heart rate monitoring on stationary handlebars)
  • Lifetime warranty on frame
  • 26 workout programs means more variety
  • Unique, ergonomically-sound design for extra comfort and safety

Our Least Favorite Features

  • Non-adjustable features
  • Lower weight capacity of under 350 pounds (average is 350 pounds or greater for a commercial-grade trainer at this price point)
  • No built-in cooling fan
  • No speakers

The Bottom Line

This is our favorite model in the series for its affordability and innovative i.Concept Console offerings. We also love the overall design and additional attention to comfort and safety features. The bottom line is that we highly recommend the S3Xi if you are looking for a trainer that is comfortable, built to last, and comes with a tech-friendly console.