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Star Trac E-CT Elliptical Review

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Star Trac E-CT Elliptical Detailed Overview

The Star Trac E-CT doesn’t tout as many programs and features as higher-priced models within the line (E-CTi, E-CTe, S-CTx), but it is a solid, straightforward machine with enough technology and reliability built in to ensure a purchase you can feel good about. Since it’s self-powered, it won’t hike up your energy costs either.

The Star Trac E-CT comes ready with an entertainment system option, allowing you to incorporate your own smart phone, tablet or other media device into your workout.

Oversized pedals that are cushioned with impressive comfort are one of the telltale signs you’ve purchased a Star Trac machine, combined with its easy 7-inch step up height for easy use. Track your workout progress with its large LED display that keeps you motivated with up-to-the-second read outs on your heart rate, calories burned, speed distance and many other pertinent workout stats.

The Star Trac E-CT also comes with the brand’s signature adjustable cooling fan, which truly keeps you comfortable and refreshed rather than having to twist or lean into the air wherever it happens to blow – a common issue with other ellipticals.

While there aren’t a lot of programs to choose from with the Star Trac E-CT, the eight that are included are quality. From heart rate programs to more specialized focuses, each workout program will work well for a member of the family. Save your data and store it for your next session, or keep things simple on general settings so the whole household can hop right on and get in shape.

Our Favorite Features

Some of our favorite parts of the Star Trac E-CT elliptical cross-trainer:

  • Low step-up height of 7”
  • Smaller footprint than other machines (76”L x 30” W x 71.5” H)
  • Cushioned oversized pedals
  • 350 weight limit
  • Self-generated so energy costs stay low
  • 20 levels of resistance
  • Large LED screen with clearly listed stats
  • Adjustable cooling fan
  • Polar telemetry heart rate system
  • Touch screen console

Our Least Favorite Features

A few downsides to the Star Trac E-CT elliptical:

  • Expensive
  • Fixed stride length
  • Only 8 workout programs – other elliptical machines have up to 20.

The Bottom Line

The Star Trac E-CT is a top pick for those who want to make a serious investment in their home gym. One of the most effective cross trainers on the market today, the E-CT is durable, challenging and able to handle anything thrown at it. Teens through older adults will appreciate this elliptical’s ability to stand by a family for the long haul, all the while producing commercial-gym level results.

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