HealthRider Stride Trainer 900 Review 4

HealthRider Stride Trainer 900 Rating

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Pros The HealthRider Stride Trainer 900 is a simple machine that produces great workout results. It has front-drive technology and is compact enough to be used in even the smallest home gym. It maintains a target range for each workout, letting you know whether or not you’re on course for your specific needs.
Cons HealthRider has made machines that reach far beyond this one in terms of quality and features, but many still prefer the simple love they find with the HealthRider Stride Trainer 900. There is no heart rate program, and the resistance levels are quite low. These can, however, be overridden by programming in your own resisitance setting. Stride length is advertised as 20 inches, but that is only with the 30-degree incline. At all other times, there is only an 18 inch stride.
Summary The HealthRider Stride Trainer 900 is a decent machine with 16 OneTouch resistance levels and an adjustable stride length. However, the variations in both of these features is slight. Unlike other ellipticals in its price range, this one comes with a lifetime frame warranty, which is great when you’re looking for a machine that truly stands the test of time. The 900 is also iFit compatible, allowing you to connect between your elliptical and the Internet for the most in-depth workout around. Choose from 20 different built-in workout programs, ranging in difficulty and terrain. Finally, hook up your mp3 player to the compatible music port to jam to your favorite tunes as you get in shape.

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HealthRider Stride Trainer 900 Detailed Overview

You’ll bust some major calories on this machine, and with its 325 lb weight capacity, the frame is sturdy enough to hold larger individuals. Enjoy a power intensity ramp that will adjust your incline and stride length when you’re ready for more intensity, and switch up your workout plan by exploring the 20 different built-in apps. One touch controls are located within the handlebars for adjustments that won’t slow you down, and the Google Maps capability with tough trainer Jillian Michaels pushing you onward will yield real, definable results.

Our Favorite Features 

Some of our favorite parts of the HealthRider Stride Trainer 900:

  • Adjustable incline
  • Adjustable stride
  • Touch controlled handlebars
  • Commercial grade steel frame is very durable
  • Lifetime frame warranty
  • High weight capacity of 325 lbs.
  • 16 different resistance levels and 20 different workout programs
  • iFit compatible
  • Google Maps terrain plans
  • Included music port, cooling fan and water bottle holder

Our Least Favorite Features

A few downsides to the HealthRider Stride Trainer 900:

  • It’s noisy. Some report being able to hear it from several rooms away.
  • Only one year warranty for parts and labor
  • Difficult assembly
  • Preset resistance levels are all pretty low – though this can be overridden
  • Can only reach 20” stride on steepest incline
  • No heart rate monitor

The Bottom Line

The HealthRider Stride Trainer 900 is a machine that has all the right parts, but doesn’t seem to quite make the grade with a lot of folks. Many have complained about tough assembly experiences, as well as squeaky or noisy operation that leads to an impression of foundational instability. The 900 is a great bet though for those looking for a machine within its price range, and for those who need one that can support additional weight. With a 325 lb weight capacity, it’s ideal for novices just getting into the world of elliptical fitness. The preset workout programs are a great variety, including celebrity coaching and Google Maps real time terrain. For those of average stature, the stride length will work just fine, but for taller users there may be an issue. While this machine is advertised as having a 20” stride, it is, in actuality, closer to 18” unless you utilize the full 30-degree incline. HealthRider offers a lifetime warranty on its commercial grade steel frame, so you can rest assured that the frame will hold up quite well. However, with only a one year guarantee on parts and labor, you may be out of luck when things start to potentially show wear and tear.

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