ProForm 720 E Elliptical Review

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Pros The ProForm 720 E is one of the newest and lowest-priced ellipticals from a top-selling brand. Like any ProForm fitness machine, it has more amenities than just about any competitor for the price, plus it has a respectable 20-pound flywheel and 19” footpath. For just $799 with online promotions ($1299 full price) you can cross train at intensity levels that are just right for most novices and intermediate-level elliptical exercisers. The 720 E is also a best buy in its price category thanks to a maximum 20-degree automated incline. iFit Coach can control the incline with its highly customized workout routines, as can 24 built-in workout apps. Some other highlights of the Endurance 720 E are moving arm bars, premium pedals (cushioned and adjustable), an adjustable-angle tablet computer shelf, iPod-compatible speakers, a workout fan and a water bottle holder.
Cons The Endurance 720 E was upgraded a bit for 2017, but unlike the 920 E and some other ProForm ellipticals it didn’t receive an HD display with web browser. Here you get a 5” display window with single-color readout, easy to read with backlighting. You can use your own tablet computer as a full color web-enabled workout monitor, but only with an iFit Coach subscription. Another potential downside is slow customer service, which is the main complaint in customer reviews of ProForm Endurance ellipticals.
Summary The ProForm 720 E has a comfortable stride length for most adults, plus it provides good force and great amenities to train those who are getting serious about fitness. Its power incline is hard to find elsewhere for less than $799, and when you combine this feature with interactive Google Maps workouts from iFit Coach it’s easy to keep your motivation high. An adjustable tablet holder and integrated music speakers also help keep you on track toward fitness goals. The manufacturer doesn’t have the best track record for quality control, but when a ProForm 720 E works as intended its owner tends to be very satisfied.

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ProForm 720 E Elliptical Detailed Overview

The new Endurance 720 E is a front-drive elliptical machine that has plenty of perks yet keeps costs well under control at just $799 during promotions. The 720 E is the middle of three ellipticals in the ProForm Endurance Series, and it’s a big step up from the entry-level model in terms of power and value. Compared with the 520 E ($599) it’s enhanced with a heavier drive, electronic incline, and double the parts warranty. And while it lacks the HD display technology of the series leader, the 720 E’s more cost-conscious alternative is the option to connect your own tablet computer as a secondary high-definition display. Add your favorite entertainment apps and social media to workout time, and optionally add an iFit Coach membership for unlimited interactive workouts!

A favorite iFit Coach feature with the 720 E is training with landscape scenes from around the world: Virtually experience the topography of your chosen route as the 720 E auto-adjusts its slope by up to 20 degrees. Additionally 24 standard workouts built into the console can adjust the machine’s resistance and incline to help you efficiently reach goals for calorie burn, speed and workout intensity.

The new 720 E elliptical for 2017 is sized and powered to accommodate most beginners and intermediate-level trainees. It provides a 19” stride, which is a length that feels natural to adults of most sizes. It has a 20-pound flywheel resistance system, and for excellent training precision there are 20 resistance settings to choose from. Upper-body workout arms with soft grips help you get a low-impact workout that trains the whole body.

Other specs rounding out a comfortable ride include adjustable cushioned pedals, a workout fan and a water bottle holder. All in all, this new mid-level model is very attractive at the $799 sale price.

Our Favorite Features

Some of our favorite parts of the 720 E elliptical by ProForm:

  • 20-pound flywheel for smoother striding compared with competitors in its class
  • 19” elliptical path supports a natural stride and can be varied with incline to recruit muscles differently
  • Oversized, cushioned, adjustable pedals add to the comfort of low-impact training
  • Moving handlebars for a strengthened and toned upper body
  • Power incline can double your calorie burn, lets your target-tone your muscles, and can work with any iFit Coach Google Maps route for simulated outdoor treks
  • Enabled for iFit Coach for unlimited downloads of personal training routines, HD video workouts with famous personal trainers, wireless data logging and other fitness
  • benefits (membership required)
  • 24 workout apps built into the console to target calorie, intensity and speed goals
  • Adjustable tablet holder gives a perfect view of your apps
  • iPod-compatible speakers let you add music for motivation
  • CoolAire workout fan has two speed settings for climate control
  • Water bottle holder makes it convenient to stay well-hydrated as you exercise
  • 325-pound weight limit helps makes the Endurance elliptical a good choice for most families
  • Transport wheels for easy moving

ProForm 720 E Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:3-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Incline:0-20 degrees
Stride Length:19 inches
Flywheel:20 LBS
Programs:24 Workout Apps
Fan:Yes
Weight Capacity:325 LBS
Dimensions:68.25" L x 26" W x 70.7" H

Our Least Favorite Features

A few downsides to the 720 E Elliptical Trainer:

  • No integrated full-color display; for the most motivating programming, you’ll need to add your tablet computer and iFit Coach ($9/month and up)
  • Customer service from the manufacturer is likely to be slow if replacement parts are needed
  • The front-drive design might encourage you to lean into the machine (which would cut down on your calorie burn rate) so some people prefer the similar but pricier rear drive SpaceSaver SE7i ($999) from ProForm’s sister company NordicTrack.

The Bottom Line

The new Endurance 720 E is a best buy under $800 in terms of offering low-impact elliptical training with good biomechanics and plenty of motivational features. While it doesn’t have the buttery smoothness of a club-quality trainer, it has much better ergonomics than other cheap ellipticals and can be a rewarding option for home use. (For an even smoother ride, try the 920E). Especially nice for the price are the 20-degree power incline and the option to integrate iFit Coach for unlimited customized personal training… but even without iFit, the new 720 E can keep the whole family motivated to exercise with its preset workouts, adjustable-angle tablet computer holder, and sound system for MP3s. Protected with a two-year parts warranty and a year of labor, this trainer can be a valuable addition to your home for just $799.

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