Matrix E30 Elliptical Review 4

Matrix E30 Elliptical Rating

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Pros The Matrix E30 accomplishes a popular but hard-to-reach goal in home elliptical design: merging a club-sized stride with a compact frame. Highlights of the new E30 elliptical are a comfortable 20” stride, a very small footprint, quiet magnetic resistance, and excellent options for workout programming and entertainment.
Cons Elliptical machines are built with either fixed or adjustable strides. The E30 has its stride fixed at 20”, which isn’t ideal for trainees with shorter legs, nor for anyone who’d like more variation in the lower body motion. (In contrast some brands offer shorter strides, and Matrix Ascent Trainers have adjustable 20” to 24” strides.) Another possible disadvantage is the 23-pound flywheel, which is respectable but not ideal for advanced trainees. Finally, consider that Virtual Active videos generally aren’t included at the E30’s advertised price.
Summary The Matrix E30 is feature-rich, high quality and backed by a good warranty. This durable machine isn’t optimal for advanced trainees but is likely to please novices and those with moderate elliptical training experience. For even greater challenge and control, check out the Matrix E50.

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Matrix E30 Elliptical Detailed Overview

The Matrix E30 is a high-end residential elliptical from a brand that previously was devoted just to commercial fitness machinery. Main points to consider are the customized console (choose from simple to advanced), a heavy yet ultra-compact frame, the industry’s standard 20” stride, and 20 levels of resistance with easy digital control. The E30 elliptical has moving handlebars as well.

The Matrix E30 uses magnetic braking, also known as eddy current braking. This is the type of resistance used on most high-end home elliptical machines. Compared with old-fashioned contact braking, two benefits of this friction-free technology are greater durability and silent operation.

The magnetic drive is housed at the center of the machine, which helps conserve floor space. The Matrix E30’s static footprint is just 59.5” x 29.5” and its active footprint isn’t much larger at 68.9” x 29.5”.

While Matrix ellipticals have many practical selling points, the fun of their consoles helps explain their success. Choices range from the standard XR with 8.5” LCD to the XIR with 10” touch screen. Each console has a wireless heart rate receiver, an app for sharing workout data, a reading rack, an accessory tray and a bottle holder. Here are details about the workout programming and special features:

  • The Matrix XR console has an 8.5” LCD and five standard preset workout programs. It’s also Passport-ready for showing Virtual Active video on a big-screen TV. Accessing these interactive video tours requires the separate purchase of a Passport Media Player.
  • The XER console is outfitted with the same functions as the XR, plus it has a 6” touch screen, 10 preset workouts instead of five, three built-in video tours (no Passport Media Player required), Sprint8 high intensity interval training, mobile apps such as Facebook and MyFitnessPal, and integrated speakers with an MP3 player port.
  • The XIR is the most advanced option for the Matrix E30. It has the same features as the XER except it’s equipped with 11 preset workout programs, a high-definition 10” touch screen and a web browser.

To help anyone find time for fitness, high intensity interval training called Sprint8 is included with the XER and XIR consoles. The Sprint8 app delivers eight-week training courses at different difficulty levels. These courses require just 20 minutes of elliptical exercise every other day. The Sprint8 app, which was developed by Matrix’s manufacturer, has been proven to efficiently increase lean muscle mass, reduce in fat, and lower LDL cholesterol.

Our Favorite Features

  • Compact for home use
  • 20” stride
  • Quiet magnetic braking
  • Wireless and grip heart rate monitors
  • Wireless data sharing
  • Preset classic workouts
  • Eight-week high intensity interval training (optional)
  • Virtual Active video tours (optional)
  • Speakers (optional)
  • Mobile apps and web browser (optional)
  • Reading rack
  • High weight capacity
  • Competitive warranty

Our Least Favorite Features

  • Above-average price
  • Fixed stride
  • Pedals aren’t cushioned
  • Not portable

The Bottom Line

The Matrix E30 is one of the higher quality home elliptical options for beginners through intermediate trainees. Highlights include excellent custom choices for programming and entertainment, 20 resistance settings, a compact size and virtually silent operation. We tend to favor elliptical trainers with inclines and adjustable stride, but we can’t deny that the new E30 is impressive.

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