ProForm SMART Endurance 920E Elliptical Review
Healthy range of motion is a must-have for elliptical training, and it’s a strength of the new 920 E elliptical. Endurance Series trainers have a front drive design, which helps make them space-conscious, but even so the new 920 E can comfortably support even your tallest family member thanks to its adjustable stride up to 22” long. You can power-adjust down to 18” too, so the 920 E is an ideal match for teens and smaller adults as well. This versatility is uncommon on ellipticals under $1000.
Besides helping the machine fit anyone’s natural stride length, the 920 E’s power-adjustable length lets each user try out elliptical paths of different lengths. Trying a longer-than-average stride can increase your calorie burn without adding to your perceived effort, and trying a shorter-than-average stride can especially help tone your hamstrings and glutes. But best of all for targeted muscle toning, the ProForm 920 E has an electronic incline… Control the incline yourself or let a training program do the work. The most engaging option is to use the automated incline with any Google Maps workout, which you can build with an iFit Coach membership. You can experience the up/down simulations of real topography as you hike with a Google Street View of your chosen route.
Some other noteworthy qualities of the new 920 E elliptical are adjustable pedals (great for comfort and endurance) and multiple grip possibilities for the handlebars so you can hone in on specific muscle groups to work your upper body and core.
This model is built with a commercial-gauge solid steel frame and uses Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR) instead of contact braking. The frame is equipped with transport wheels and adjustable leveling feet you can use the machine on carpet or harder surfaces. For ease of placement the new 920 E console can be battery powered but an AC adaptor is included as well.
The factory-direct warranty covers the lifetime of the frame, three years for parts and one year for labor. See more specs on the list below.
Our Favorite Features
- A 25-pound effective flywheel supports a smooth and unhindered stride
- Power adjustable stride makes it easy for multiple people to enjoy the same fitness machine
- 7″ full color touchscreen display is upgraded with HD technology for 2017 and web-enabled with an Android browser
- Power adjustable incline offers wide range up to 20 degrees for a bigger cardio challenge, faster calorie burn and focused muscle sculpting
- Great preloaded program variety with 32 built-in workout apps that range from speed and incline training to heart rate and calorie burn options
- iFit Coach enabled console offers you access to unlimited workout programs, advanced fitness tracking options and ever-evolving customized advice
- 24 digital resistance levels give you a wide range of precise training options
- iPod-compatible console with 2” speakers for audio motivation
- Wireless and dual-grip heart rate monitoring help you train within a target heart rate zone and assess your long-term cardio fitness progress
- Integrated tablet holder keeps your mobile device secure and at eye level during workouts
- Warranty covers the lifetime of the frame, three years on parts/electronics and a year of labor
- AC adapter included plus you can use the machine without a power outlet, using batteries to power the console instead
ProForm SMART Endurance 920E Elliptical - Notable Specs:
|Compact / Folding:||No|
|Incline:||0-20 Degree Power Ramp|
|Stride Length:||20" Power Adjustable Stride|
|Programs:||32 Workout Apps|
|Fan:||CoolAire™ Workout Fan|
|Weight Capacity:||325 LBS|
|Dimensions:||67.1" L x 25" W x 69.1" H|
Our Least Favorite Features
- Front drive design can be uncomfortable for people with lower back issues
- Household iFit subscription not included, but it makes the most of any ProForm elliptical; prices start at $9/month
- Chest strap not included for wireless monitoring with the 2017 version, although new iFit members do get a free wearable device for stats tracking
The Bottom Line
ProForm designed the SMART Endurance 920 E to compete as a best buy elliptical under $1000 for 2018 and beyond. Although the retail price is higher, you can expect to pay around $999 during sales events throughout the year. For the price you won’t likely find another trainer with equivalent resistance, such great versatility motion-wise, and a comparable suite of electronics to help keep you motivated and entertained. The 920 E can be a fun investment in a family’s fitness, and for the price it’s a good buy for a single trainee too.