LifeSpan E3i Elliptical Cross Trainer Review 4

LifeSpan E3i Elliptical Cross Trainer Rating

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Pros The E3i shines in its durability and smooth, natural feel. This model features a super heavy 34 pound flywheel and 375 pound weight capacity in addition to equipping each pedal with dual roller wheels. As with their other elliptical trainers, the E3i also features LifeSpan's own CoreBalance Technology that can detect the precise amount of force from each leg using integrated pedal sensors. This data can then be stored to your Club account that is also included with the purchase of this model. Another pro to this model is the great program variety that includes two customizable user profiles, an ideal feature if multiple people use the same machine.
Cons The cons to this model are pretty much the same cons to the entry-level E2i model: lack of adjustable features and a less than ergonomically-sound design to the console area. The stride is fixed at 20 inches, which is about average, but it's nice to be able to adjust this. When it comes to the overall design of this model, the console area/display screen and water bottle holder and pretty low. You really have to reach down pretty far to get your water bottle, and you may strain your neck looking down at the screen as it's not really eye-level at all. Another con to note is that while the console is Bluetooth enabled, the actual adapter is sold separately for $69.99 from LifeSpan.
Summary Overall, the E3i is a durable piece of workout equipment that takes extra steps to ensure a comfortable and reliable workout experience, but there are some areas where the E3i could improve. The console area is simply too low to be at a comfortable level and the lack of adjustable features can be a problem for some users. It's great that you can sync and store personalized workout data to the Club account that is free with this elliptical trainer, but the Bluetooth receiver that is necessary to do that is not included.

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LifeSpan E3i Elliptical Cross Trainer Detailed Overview

One up from the entry-level E2i model, the brand new E3i retails for $1,499 and provides one of the heaviest flywheels we’ve seen at 34 pounds. In addition, the weight capacity is also above average at 375 pounds. It’s a fairly sturdy model at 80″ long, 24″ wide and 69″ high, and the step-on height is just 13 inches.

As with the E2i, this model provides users with 20 grades of intensity and 20 distinct ramp levels, and the stride is fixed at 20 inches. Exclusive to the brand is LifeSpan’s own CoreBalance Technology. This is a unique and innovative feature that provides support where it’s needed the most by identifying effort imbalances based on your own personal stride using the integrated pedal sensors that can detect the amount of force from each leg and display that individualized data directly to the console. The E3i also provides an optional Bluetooth receiver that works with the ActiveTrac(TM) app that will wirelessly connect the elliptical to any Android/Apple device to automatically sync your personal workout results with your LifeSpan Club account that comes with this model.

To keep track of workout data, this model is equipped with a 7.5” blue backlit display that provides 17 built-in preset workout programs, two customizable user profiles and two hear rate based programs. To monitor heart rate, there are built-in contact heart rate sensors, and if you want to use a wireless chest strap receiver, this model is equipped but the actual receiver is not included. Other options on this console include a media holder, speakers and an audio jack, and a dual-purpose USB port that charges your favorite device and can save your workout results to the USB drive to be uploaded to your free Club account.

The E3i 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 under $1,500, fairly affordable
  • Extra heavy flywheel at 34 pounds
  • Sturdy frame and high weight capacity for additional reliability
  • Great program variety, with multiple customizable user profiles
  • Moving and stationary handlebars for the added benefits of upper body toning and training
  • Lifetime warranty on the frame

LifeSpan E3i Elliptical Cross Trainer - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Stride Length:20"
Flywheel:34 LBS
Programs:19 Programs
Weight Capacity:375 LBS
Dimensions:80" L x 24" W x 69" H

Our Least Favorite Features

  • Non-adjustable stride, fixed at 20″
  • Bluetooth adapter is not included, sold separately for $69.99 from LifeSpan
  • Heart rate monitoring chest strap not included, must be purchased separately
  • Lacks built-in cooling fan, a fairly basic feature
  • Lacks an ergonomically-sound design with the display screen/console area lower than average

See LifeSpan’s Promotional Video of the E3i Elliptical Trainer

The Bottom Line

Like the E2i, the E3i has some issues with the ergonomically-sound nature of its design, and it does lack customizable features, but it’s got all of the basics covered from great program variety to a dependable drive system. This model is a few hundred dollars more than the E2i but you get a heavier flywheel and higher weight capacity, in addition to a larger display screen, so between the two models we would recommend this E3i model over the E2i if you have a few extra hundred dollars to spend.

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