ProForm Smart Strider 895 CSE Review

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Pros The 895 CSE is made to motivate by keeping your elliptical workouts varied. It’s iFit-enabled so you can experience a new workout program anytime, and it has an Android browser and MP3 speakers built into the dash. Smart Striders have a rear drive design, which brings less opportunity for maintenance problems and also makes it easy to keep your balance. With 18” strides, they’re especially comfortable for riders who find that other elliptical trainers are oversized. The handlebars have grip sensors to provide a heart rate readout and the machine is also paired with a wireless chest strap. Other highlights are a 10% power incline, a foldable frame, and the option to use the machine without a power cord.
Cons The Smart Strider is nearly 7’ long when unfolded for use. If you have a small living space you might prefer the more compact dimensions of a center drive elliptical machine. Also note that the parts warranty for the 895 CSE is valid for 36 months. That’s not bad, but it’s not as strong as other ProForm warranties on comparably priced equipment.
Summary The ProForm 895 CSE can be a very satisfying match for newcomers to elliptical training. Still, if getting the best deal is a concern we’d wait for a discount (or choose another model) rather than spend $1,999. ProForm frequently has online sales and there’s no need to pay full price.

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ProForm Smart Strider 895 CSE Detailed Overview

The ProForm Smart Strider 895 CSE ($1,999) with touchscreen and web browser is a new option for beginning to intermediate elliptical training. It’s one of the higher model numbers in the Smart Strider collection, and unlike the cheaper units it has a touchscreen control panel with Android web browser. This foldable rear-drive elliptical arrives nearly ready-to-go, taking just about 15 minutes of your time for assembly.

To help you start exercising efficiently right away the 895 CSE is loaded with 24 personal training workouts that emphasize weight loss/maintenance and performance. These programs control the pedals’ resistance (24 levels) and incline (zero to 10 percent). A full-color touch screen shows heart rate along with other standard data. You can wear a wireless chest strap (included) or measure your pulse by gripping sensors on the handlebars.

The touch screen is this Smart Strider’s most attention-getting feature. It’s 7-inches wide and can provide high-def views of iFit programming (iFit membership required) and also has an Android browser, so all on one screen you can see your stats and surf the web. Additionally the 895 CSE has iPod-compatible speakers and an integrated shelf for easy view of your own tablet computer. Other small touches help promote comfort for successful training: a personal cooling fan, a drink holder, cushioned pedals and cushioned handgrips for the moving arm bars.

Warranty coverage for the new ProForm 895 CSE includes lifetime protection for the frame, three years for parts and a year for labor.

ProForm Smart Strider 895 CSE - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:Yes
Incline:Yes
Stride Length:18"
Flywheel:18 lbs
Programs:32
Fan:Yes
Weight Capacity:325 lbs
Dimensions:65" L x 32" W x 80" H

Our Favorite Features

  • Low-impact training for the whole body so you can keep fit with minimal risk of discomfort or exercise-related strain
  • 7" touch screen control panel with web browser
  • Folding frame with transport wheels for easy storage
  • Rear drive design promotes your balance and a natural walking gait
  • 18" stride is ideal for smaller trainees and, for taller trainees, puts more emphasis on toning the thighs
  • 10 percent max power incline to help target-tone different muscle groups
  • 24 resistance levels for a tailored challenge
  • 24 preset workout programs designed by a certified personal trainer
  • Enabled with iFit Coach for simulated outdoor training with Google Maps and Google Street View, unlimited workout downloads, automated data logging, and personalized fitness recommendations that adapt to your activity (membership required)
  • Wireless and contact pulse monitors to help you train within your target heart rate zone
  • Tablet computer holder and iPod-compatible sound system
  • Water bottle holder and workout fan
  • Commercial-gauge steel frame with 325-pound user weight capacity
  • Warranty package with three years on parts, one year of labor and lifetime protection for the frame

Our Least Favorite Features

  • Full price isn't competitive considering the relatively light drive. Only worth it when on sale.
  • Foldable but has a large footprint; rear drive ellipticals have great advantages but they need more space compared with front drive and center drive alternatives

The Bottom Line

The Smart Strider 895 CSE elliptical is a noticeable upgrade over the 695 CSE, being equipped with wireless pulse monitoring and a 7″ touch screen with web browser. It can be a satisfying match for people seeking not-so-powerful force, a slightly shorter than average stride, and a bit of incline for extra muscle sculpting. This trainer offers the convenience of a foldable frame and seamless access to iFit, plus it has a useful suite of features to help make workout time “your time.”

We wouldn’t necessarily pay full price for this elliptical, but if you like the 895, do check the ProForm site for discounts. You might also see a discount on a similar Smart Strider model.

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