ProForm 520 E Elliptical Review
ProForm 520 E Elliptical Rating
ProForm 520 E Elliptical Detailed Overview
Most customer reviews for the ProForm 520 E are positive, but some owners assign low ratings for quality control problems and customer service. Even knowing these risks, you might still be drawn to the new 520 E because it’s an especially feature-rich total body trainer for the price.
Most impressive for an elliptical under $600, the 520 E lets you vary the flat 19” footpath by using a manual incline with maximum setting of 20 degrees. This helps boost the challenge from the machine’s light 15-pound flywheel, and with each increase in incline you can feel how your muscles are recruited a bit differently. Using the incline is a great way to tone your lower body, plus it can more than double your metabolic rate!
Moving up to the console, the new Endurance 520 E for 2017 has an adjustable-angle tablet holder and is ready to run iFit Coach, a popular personal training membership service. iFit Coach provides tips in response to your activity, supports simulated outdoor tours with views of Google Maps routes, lets you download unlimited workout plans, and offers many other fitness-related supports. iFit Coach features can all be accessed with your own tablet computer attached to the 520 E elliptical console.
Besides being enabled for iFit Coach personal training, which costs $9/month and up, the Endurance 520 E has 18 quick-start workout programs to help you exercise efficiently. These programs adjust the pedals’ resistance for set durations based on goals for calorie burn, intensity and speed. Progress and your workout stats are shown on a 5” screen with backlighting.
The 520 E is the entry-level elliptical in ProForm’s Endurance Series for 2017. The next step up is the 720 E, which has a 20-pound drive and a power incline that makes workouts more dynamic. The top-of-the-line model is the 920 E with 25-pound drive and an HD touchscreen for workouts and the web.
Our Favorite Features
Some of our favorite parts of the 2017 Endurance 520 E elliptical:
- Multiple incline settings let you focus on different muscle groups and prepare for outdoor treks
- 19” stride length is a good match for most trainees and not easy to find on an elliptical under $600
- Tablet computer holder and iPod-compatible speakers help keep workout time interesting
- 18 built-in workout apps designed by credentialed trainers let you quickly start training for goals based on calorie burn, speed and intensity
- iFit Coach enabled to keep you motivated with virtual workout destinations all around the world
- Upper body workout arms move to support extra calorie burn and strength building
ProForm 520 E Elliptical - Notable Specs:
|Compact / Folding:||No|
|Stride Length:||19 inches|
|Programs:||18 workout apps|
|Weight Capacity:||300 LBS|
|Dimensions:||68.25" L x 25.7" W x 68.5" H|
Our Least Favorite Features
Some drawbacks to choosing the new 520 E:
- One-year warranty on parts and labor, although that’s standard or above average for this price range
- Incline adjustments are manual instead of controlled with preset programs or console buttons
- Flywheel is only 15 lbs, so it won’t give you the smooth resistance of a commercial elliptical machine
The Bottom Line
The new ProForm Endurance 520 E isn’t built for heavy use or the long term, but for a low price it lets you benefit from incline training, iFit Coach and other modern features that help make ProForm Fitness a world leader.
Keep in mind that although very cheap ellipticals like the 520 E cost little up-front, mid-priced trainers tend to bring better value down the road. If you spend a couple hundred more on the ProForm 720 E, or bump up to the 920 E ($999 on sale), you’ll get significantly more advanced components and you can train to a higher level. These machines are also better value for the dedicated exerciser because they have more generous warranty coverage per dollar.