ProForm Hybrid Trainer Elliptical Review

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Detailed Overview

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer Elliptical is routinely a top pick for the best budget elliptical on the market.  With impressive versatility, it can be transformed from a recumbent bike into an elliptical trainer with a few simple adjustments, allowing users to perform cross training on a single unit. For anyone struggling to decide which type of workout machine they want to own, the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Elliptical offers the best of both worlds.

The 13-pound flywheel is 0.6 pounds heavier than the previous model and offers greater adjustable features, making it more comfortable than ever to use. It also boasts a more user-friendly console and throws in a ventilated seat for maximum air-flow circulation.

This model features 16 different resistance levels to maximize workout progression by allowing users to dial up their resistance whenever the need strikes. The elliptical stride has been stretched to 15 inches, and with 16 built-in workout programs to choose from, as well as a LCD display screen that shows you how many watts of power you’re producing during your workout session, keeping track of progress has never been easier.

And, the machine practically has a built-in personal trainer. The console of this machine is also iFit and Bluetooth-enabled for seamless integration of workout app programs into sessions if the Proform Hybrid Trainer’s built-in programs get old. You also get a tablet holder built right into the console so that you can use the device of your choice to monitor your workout or provide mid-sweat entertainment.

When it comes to customization, this machine offers it all. You’ll get oversized adjustable pedals to keep your feet securely in place, an adjustable seat for maximum comfort, and even an adjustable console, for easy monitoring of your workout data no matter.

Now, where does the ProForm Hybrid Trainer Elliptical fall short? We feel that the biggest downfall fall of the machine is a fairly minor one: The screen is quite small overall. Many folks used to other machines will notice this immediately. Fortunately, that’s quite a mild failing when you consider the price and performance of the trainer. It also comes with a 5-year warranty on the frame and a 90 day of parts and labor warranty, which is a nice bonus that should help put your mind at ease.

Our Favorite Features

  • 2-in-1 Design. This trainer can transform from a bike into an elliptical in seconds.
  • Tablet Holder. This tablet holder is extra wide and very secure so you can comfortably rest your tablet or smart phone in place during a workout session. It’s built in right at eye-level too, making it comfortable to use mid-workout.
  • iFit Bluetooth Enabled. For easy tracking of workout data in conjunction with the workout programming options built in to help guide your sessions.
  • Superior Foot Pedals. You’ll get more cushioning and traction to smooth out your workout and ensure you can focus entirely on the burn.
  • Watts Power Meter. See exactly how many watts of power are burnt during the workout.
  • 16 Built-In Workout Sessions. No matter what your goals with this machine, you can find a built-in workout that will support them.
  • Silent Magnetic Technology. Exercise at any hour of the day or night without fear of the machine making a peep.
  • Sturdy Frame. Built with steel frame construction, this machine is made to last.
  • Affordability. Among the most budget-friendly units on the market.

ProForm Hybrid Trainer Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Stride Length:15 inches
Flywheel:12.4 LBS
Programs:16 workout apps
Weight Capacity:350 LBS
Dimensions:63" L x 26" W x 76" H

Our Least Favorite Features

  • Limited warranty. While other ProForm models offer lifetime warranties on the frame, this model offers only a 5-year warranty on the frame and only 90 day warranty on parts and labor
  • iFit Subscription Required. Not included with the machine, adding addition hidden cost for those intending to use iFit.
  • Mildly Lacking Console. Not nearly as many built in options as other machines.
  • Can’t Be Folded For Storage. Not ideal machine for small living spaces.
  • Lacks In-Handle Incline Controls. Any incline adjustments must be made pre-workout.

The Bottom Line

The ProForm Hybrid trainer is a versatile piece of equipment that is affordable, durable and quiet.  The stride is still very compact at just 15 inches, so it might not be a great fit for users of all shapes and sizes, but overall this is an affordable, versatile, and reliable option for anyone starting to assemble their home gym.

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  • Debra Kwiat April 17, 2019 at 4:52 am from Ferndale
    Being a former gym owner and personal trainer, this machine is even too difficult for me to ensure for more than 5 minutes! Display doesn't adjust, resistance is impossibly hard. What do we need to do to make it more doable?
    • Elliptical Reviews Pros April 18, 2019 at 2:33 pm
      Hi Debra, I would recommend starting with a lower resistance. Machines all differ in the intensity of the resistance, some allowing you to increase easily and others feeling heavy at a low resistance. Start lower and build it up. Since this machine accommodates two different workout options, the resistance will be different than your average bike or elliptical.
  • Charles Hughes April 7, 2019 at 12:08 pm from Auburn
    im trying to adjust the tension, the pedals are so hard to move
    • Elliptical Reviews Pros April 8, 2019 at 8:57 pm
      Hi Charles, do you still have your manual for this machine? If not there is a number you can call to speak to a representative from ProForm directly at 1-888-742-0128. We hope we can help you resolve this issue.
  • Joseph Sansone March 5, 2019 at 5:07 pm from New Jersey
    I like the trainer but the iFit doesn’t work for me. It is impossible to get in touch with anyone to cancel the $15.99 per month fee associated with this trainer. I’ve lost my patience with the customer service.
    • ER Editor March 5, 2019 at 8:46 pm
      Hi Joseph, Have you finished the first year free trial? Did you buy the machine new? Did you contact iFit or Proform customer service? I'll be better able to point you in the right direction with this info.

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