Precor EFX 221 Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer Review 4

Precor EFX 221 Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer Rating

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Pros The EFX 221 is one of the most basic models available through the Precor EFX elliptical line. However, this is a positive when you are looking for a straightforward and simple machine that yields noticeable results. It is also as adjustable as some of the newer models, providing varying ramp angles and stride lengths.
Cons The EFX 221 is a heavy machine inspired by health club units. This means it requires ample space and a committed user willing to purchase a $2000 machine.
Summary The EFX 221 has revolutionized the fitness world, along with its sister models. It comes with stationary handlebars that target the lower body for an effective and motivating workout. This machine has been proven to build up cardio endurance while keeping muscles toned and tight.

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Precor EFX 221 Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer Detailed Overview

The EFX 221 features a high contrast LCD screen that allows for manual console controls. You can create personal preferences on two separate user profiles, so the machine can be used by various members of the household. Track your caloric burn, heart rate and more on the exercise options available for change during your workout.

Our Favorite Features

Some of our favorite parts of the Precor EFX 221:

  • 5-inch high contrast screen makes for easy viewing in the thick of your workout
  • Tap style dome keys make it simple to adjust CrossRamp and Resistance levels during your workout
  • Stationary handlebars give you a total ab workout that yields wonderful results.

Precor EFX 221 Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Incline:15, 20 and 25 Degrees
Stride Length:3 Stride Lengths
Programs:10 preset workouts
Weight Capacity:300 LBS
Dimensions:75" L x 29" W x 65" H

Our Least Favorite Features

A few downsides to the EFX 221:

  • Some newer models in the EFX line have moving handlebars. The 221’s handlebars are stationary, which limits the muscle groups you can target.
  • 10 preset workouts, but no room for customized workout plans.

The Bottom Line

The EFX 221 is a powerful, basic machine able to get you fit and moving. Like all Precor machines, this one comes with a lifetime frame warranty and a limited parts and labor guarantee, which allows you to count on this machine for years to come. With commercial-grade technology wrapped into a house-friendly design, the EFX 221 is reliable, user-friendly and adaptable for multiple household members. Best of all, for those who are serious about fitness, it’s reasonably priced based upon what you get. Commercial-grade machines are never “affordable”, but this one is a realistic investment for those who wish to get started with elliptical fitness in a convenient, effective way.

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