Life Fitness E3 Elliptical Cross-Trainer Review 4

Life Fitness E3 Elliptical Cross-Trainer Rating

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Pros The overall design of the frame, and added attention to comfort features, stand as major pros on this model. From the free floating design to the WhisperStride™ Technology, which features a series of ball bearings and no moving parts, this trainer offers notable design decisions intended to make this trainer more comfortable and ergonomically sound. The high weight capacity of 400 pounds also means a strong drive system and motor, and this model even features removable pedal inserts for additional comfort as needed.
Cons This model is pretty pricy for having no adjustable features to speak of. The stride length isn’t bad at 20 inches, but it’s fixed. The console and pedals are also standard, with no customizable options. The Go Console also features a few “cons” like no audio compatibility or speakers.
Summary If you go with the Go Console option, you will find some missing features like speakers and audio options. This console also lacks any sort of entertainment options. Overall, the design of the E300 boasts a comfortable set-up with oversized pedals, dual handle bars, a heavy-duty motor and free floating design with no moving parts to cause noise or friction. All of these features result in an elliptical trainer that replicates a smooth, natural feel that is easy on joints and quiet when in operation.

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Life Fitness E3 Elliptical Cross-Trainer Detailed Overview

This model is the mid-range series in the line new 2015 line of elliptical cross-trainers by LifeFitness. In this series, which also features the entry-level E1 and top-model E5, the trainers are equipped with the option for two consoles: the Go Console or the Track + Console.

The Track + Console option retails for $3,399 and the Go Console retails for $2,999. The Go Console is the basic console, featuring 13 built-in workout programs, wireless heart rate monitoring capabilities (and dual-grip sensors), two user profiles and the HeartSync™ program. The Track + console takes it one step further offering audio capabilities, a docking station that is compatible with both Apple and Android devices, and access to LF Connect. This console allow works with 3rd party apps. Both consoles feature a 4×6 inch LCD display with blue background and white characters, but the screens are divided differently and have a few different options when it comes to the controls. Both consoles also feature the Energy Saving button, and the Go Console is self-powered.

This trainer is built with a fixed 20 inch stride and can withstand up to 400 pounds. Users can choose from 20 levels of resistance and there are sensors in both of the moving handlebars for quick resistance changes. On the stationary handlebars is the Coach Zone program panel which features targeted workouts that focus on specific muscle groups for easier muscle toning and training. Built with WhisperStride™ Technology, the E3 is incredibly quiet and smooth when in operation, and the free floating design allows users to go forward and backward on this model, with no clicking or friction from a lot of moving parts.

LifeFitness offers warranty coverage of 5 years on electrical and mechanical parts, 1 year on labor, and the frame is covered for life.

Our Favorite Features

  • Coach Zone targeted workouts program
  • Lifetime warranty on frame
  • Track + Console features LF Connect
  • Track + Console features a docking station for devices (and connects to Apple and Android devices)
  • Thumb resistance controls/ multi-grip handlebars
  • Energy Saver button

Life Fitness E3 Elliptical Cross-Trainer - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Stride Length:20"
Programs:16 Programs
Weight Capacity:400 LBS
Dimensions:82" L x 34" W x 61" H

Our Least Favorite Features

  • Lacks adjustable features
  • No built-in cooling fan
  • No audio options/speakers on Go Console option
  • Lacks transport wheels

The Bottom Line

The E3 is new for 2015. This year, some features were removed that make this model earn a slightly lower rating. This includes the omission of any adjustable features. With this price tag, we would expect some additional customizable options. If you go with the Go Console, you sacrifice entertainment and advanced workout tracking options, but you also save $1,000, so unless you really, really need a docking station and access to fitness apps, we suggest going with the E3 with the Go Console.

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