ProForm Hybrid Trainer Elliptical Review 4

Best Buy Award Winner:

Under $500

ProForm Hybrid Trainer Elliptical Rating

Display Console
Customer Service
Overall Rating


Pros This hybrid trainer is built to last with the commercial gauge steel frame that Pro-Form is known for. The Silent Magnetic Resistance training technology makes for a very quiet running machine and the cushioned upper-arm grips and oversized foot pedals make for a comfortable work out experience. New for 2016, there are also multiple adjustable features for fast and easy personalization. These features include oversized adjustable pedals, an adjustable seat, and adjustable console.
Cons If you are looking for lots of bells and whistles, this trainer might not be your best fit. The console is a bit lacking, missing a built-in cooling fan, and the screen is fairly small (though the actual dimensions of the display screen are not disclosed). And while the newer model does include an iFit Bluetooth smart enabled console, a subscription to the iFit program is required. The warranty for parts and labor is also only 90 days.
Summary At such an excellent price point for essentially two machines in one, this trainer comes with the basics and not too much else. The console lacks a few features like a built-in fan and speakers, but these aren't deal breakers since most people use their devices to stream music; and with the 2016 model, you'll get a new integrated tablet holder to do just that! The versatility of this machine is hard to beat and there are few things to say badly about this affordable trainer.

See Best Price

ProForm Hybrid Trainer Elliptical Detailed Overview

One of our top picks for best cheap ellipticals, the ProForm Hybrid can be transformed from a recumbent bike to an elliptical trainer in 3 easy steps. The new 2016 model has made a few changes that include a slightly heavier flywheel at 13 pounds (versus 12.4 pounds), additional adjustable features, and a more attractive, more functional console area. There are even a few minor changes like a ventilated seat back and sleek, more modern look of the machine overall.

This model includes 16 resistance levels, a 15″ elliptical stride that is not adjustable, and 16 built-in work out programs to choose from, that include both interval and manual training programs.The console is equipped with a basic LCD display screen and a new watts power meter so you always know your pacing and can make adjustments accordingly. The console is also iFit Bluetooth smart enabled, with an extra-wide integrated tablet holder as well iPod compatibility.

Multiple adjustable features on this model include oversized, adjustable pedals, an adjustable seat, and adjustable console. This trainer lacks some basic amenities on the console area and the screen is fairly small, but the cost is hard to beat. The ProForm Hybrid Trainer is protected with a 5-Year Frame Warranty and 90-Day Parts & Labor Warranty.

Our Favorite Features

  • 2-in-1 design; transforms from an elliptical trainer to a recumbent bike in 3 easy steps
  • Extra-wide, integrated tablet holder keeps devices safely in place and right at eye level for easy access while working out
  • iFit Bluetooth smart enabled console puts you in control of your workout with an unlimited workout library and workouts specifically designed by popular TV trainers Chris and Heidi Powell
  • Larger, adjustable and cushioned foot pedals for traction, comfort and joint support
  • Watts Power Meter alerts the user of pacing to meet and maintain weight loss goals
  • 16 built-in work out apps to choose from, designed by a certified personal trainer to customize work outs every time
  • Silent Magnetic Technology makes this trainer incredibly smooth and quiet, ideal for in-home use
  • Durable steel frame makes the trainer sturdy and safe for daily use
  • Very affordable at $399; the price is hard to beat for getting two pieces of equipment for the price of one

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)
  • Mildly lacking console does not include basic features such as a built-in fan
  • Shorter, non-adjustable stride which makes targeting specific muscle groups difficult
  • Cannot be folded up to store away, which is not ideal for small spaces
  • Lacks in-handle incline controls

The Bottom Line

The ProForm Hybrid trainer is a versatile piece of equipment that is affordable, reasonably durable and quiet; and while the 2015 model lacked customizable options, the 2016 model makes up for that top to bottom! The console is more attractive and easier to use, and now comes with an option to access iFit, which can open the door to unlimited workout programs and advanced workout tracking. The stride is still very compact at just 15” (non-adjustable), so it might not be a great fit for users of all shapes and sizes, but overall it’s an affordable and reliable buy.

See Best Price