Octane XR4 Elliptical Review

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Pros The Octane XR4 burns more calories and engages more muscles than a recumbent bike, pulling elliptical fitness to the front of the pack once again. The XR4 features an Active Seat technology that promises a comfortable fit that customizes to your own unique body type.
Cons There are two different consoles to choose from, and the price difference really determines the feature differences. If you’re looking for all the bells and whistles, prepare to pay significantly more. Also, the warranty, as with many elliptical trainers, is not impressive.
Summary The Octane XR4 is leading the way toward new fitness results with its unique seated design. Available in two different models – the XR4c and XR4ci, you can choose how many features you get, as well as how advanced your experience is. Both versions of the Octane XR4 contain fantastic ergonomics, able to provide roomy pedal space, versatile workout styles and a safety mode that prevents young children from getting injured on the machine.

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Octane XR4 Elliptical Detailed Overview

The XR4 is not the newest Octane recumbent elliptical, but it is still considered to be top-notch. This is a fantastic in-home option from a brand that is so highly regarded in the fitness world. For those with back issues, the seated elliptical is very appealing and ends up being much more effective both in terms of physical results and personal comfort.

Our Favorite Features

Some of our favorite parts of the Octane XR4:

  • Advanced ergonomics with oversized foot pedals.
  • Smooth motion and a quiet ride.
  • Seat is adjustable with many height and angle combinations to choose from.
  • This machine has a 300-lb user capacity, which is generous for a recumbent elliptical.
  • The XR has 6 different programs and 20 resistance levels – it also comes with four heart rate control programs.
  • A wireless heart rate monitor may be added on to this machine.
  • Great for users with back pain or weak ankles
  • Adjustable enough for users of all sizes

Octane XR4 Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Stride Length:N/A
Programs:6 workout programs
Weight Capacity:300 LBS
Dimensions:53" L x 35" W x 51" H

Our Least Favorite Features

A few downsides to the XR4:

  • With two different console options, it can be difficult to choose which features you actually need versus what looks impressive.
  • The warranty is decent with three years on parts and one year on labor, but should probably be more generous considering the standard asking price.
  • While the 6 program count is an improvement upon other older octane models that only hold up to 5, it is still quite inferior to standing elliptical machines by Octane, which usually tout around 20.

The Bottom Line

The Octane XR4 is a desirable machine thanks to its unique focus on upper body fitness and its ability to adjust by height and angle. With impressive ergonomics and challenging resistance levels, this is a top pick for those who want a real workout without injury or undue stress.

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