ProForm 520 E Elliptical Review 3

Proform 520e Elliptical

ProForm 520 E Elliptical Rating

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ProForm 520 E Elliptical Detailed Overview

With a reasonable price of $999 (and frequently on sale for less), the iFit enabled ProForm Endurance 520 E is one of the cheapest ellipticals available from a major brand. The combination of very low price and surprising special features makes it one of the world’s bestselling fitness machines for low-impact workouts at home.

Most customer reviews for the ProForm 520 E are positive, but some owners have issues with 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 that won’t break your bank balance.

Impressively for an elliptical under $1000, the 520 E lets you vary the flat 19” footpath through a manual incline with a maximum setting of 20 degrees. This helps boost the challenge from the machine’s light 15-pound flywheel. With each increase in incline you can feel how your muscles are targeted a bit differently. Using the incline is a great way to tone your lower body and it can more than double your metabolic rate.

Moving up to the console, the new Endurance 520 E has an adjustable tablet holder and is ready to run iFit Coach, a popular personal training subscription 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 be easily 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 your 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 2019. 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, which boasts a 25-pound drive and an HD touchscreen for workouts and web browsing.

Our Favorite Features

  • Multiple incline settings let you focus on different muscle groups and prepare for outdoor treks.
  • The 19” stride length is a good match for most trainees and not easy to find on an elliptical under $600.
  • The tablet computer holder and iPod-compatible speakers help keep workout time interesting.
  • 18 built-in workout apps designed by credentialed trainers help users 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.
  • The upper body workout arms move to support extra calorie burn and strength building.

ProForm 520 E Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:3-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Incline:0-20 degrees
Stride Length:19 inches
Flywheel:16 LBS
Programs:18 workout apps
Weight Capacity:300 LBS
Dimensions:68.25" L x 25.7" W x 68.5" H

Our Least Favorite Features

  • The one-year warranty on parts and labor is pretty short, even if it’s standard for this price range.
  • Incline adjustments are manual instead of controlled with preset programs or console buttons.
  • The 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 the 920 E, 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. These machines can breakdown and if you have any problems with your 520 E, any savings from the initial purchase will quickly disappear on repairs.

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1 Comment

  • destitch March 14, 2019 at 7:37 pm
    Is it reasonably easy to assemble or do you recommend professional assembly?

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