The Best Fitness E1 Elliptical, with its 21-inch stride, 17 resistances levels, 12 built-in workout programs, and also offering the ability to work out your upper body, is the ideal elliptical trainer for both shorter and taller individuals who are looking for a technologically advanced exercise machine.
The Best Fitness E1 stride measures 21-inches, making it suitable for both short and very tall individuals. For example, one user who is 5′ 3” stated that it seemed like the E1 was “made for me”, whereas taller users have made similar remarks.
As you might expect from an elliptical that retails for over $1,000, the stride is both smooth and feels very natural. This is down to the center drive system that makes sure that the shape of the ellipse is biomechanically correct. This also has the added benefit of ensuring you will be kept in a balanced upright position during your workout for a stable and secure feel.
Programs & Resistance
The Best Fitness E1 Elliptical has a generous number of built-in workout programs and resistance levels to choose from, ensuring that you can tailor your workout exactly to your liking.
In total, there are 17 resistance levels, with the lowest level of resistance offering a very gentle workout, whereas the highest level of resistance provides quite the challenge for the even the fittest of users. There are 12 built-in workout programs, including a manual program.
Perhaps best of all, however, are the “SynchroStride” handles, as these allow you to work out both your upper and lower body simultaneously.
As mentioned, the stride of the Best Fitness E1 feels both smooth and natural. However, there are other things that come into play to ensure that users are offered a better, more comfortable workout experience than usual.
For one, the balanced powder-coated steel frame with low center of gravity prevents rocking for greater safety and stability purposes. The pedals are spaced closely together in order to help decrease hip fatigue. They are also placed closer to the ground to allow for easy step-on and step-off access.
The blue backlit LCD computer monitor is easy to read thanks to the large white letters appearing on a dark background. You are provided with feedback on distance, time, speed and calories burned.
While there isn’t a wireless heart rate monitoring system, your are able to record your pulse due to the contact heart rate monitoring system. Simply place your hands on the contact heart rate grips for a few seconds and your pulse will be recorded.
While the Best Fitness E1 Elliptical is on the heavy side, weighing 215 pounds, it can be stored without a great deal of difficulty due to the unit’s front transport wheels. The fact that the machine leaves a small footprint also works to its advantage.
The Best Fitness E1 is backed by a warranty which gives us confidence in the durability of the machine. It is backed by a 15-year frame, 10-year motor, 2-year electronics and parts, 6-month wear parts, and 1-year labor warranty.
48 x 30 x 66 inches
Maximum User Weight Capacity: 275 pounds
Best Fitness E1 Elliptical User Reviews
The reviews for the E1 have been very good. Users appreciate just how easy the elliptical is to assemble, even though it may take them a couple of hours to do so. The E1’s quietness when in operation is one of the most frequently cited advantages. As is its smooth and natural stride, compact size and ability to work out your upper body.
However, there have been a few complaints, although they appear to be minor. One user stated that the pedals seem to be too close together, resulting in his foot “rubbing on the right side.” Whereas another said that the water bottle holder is in a hard to reach location as you work out.
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When the highest two or three resistance levels are selected there appears to be some slight jerkiness as you exercise. However, there is no reason to think that this would affect your workout. At worse, the smoothness of the stride will decrease slightly.
Anything Else You Should Know?
As mentioned, if you’re looking for a technologically advanced elliptical that gives you the ability to work out both your lower and upper body, then the E1 is a good choice. Besides the slight jerkiness at the highest resistance levels, Best Fitness have pretty much got everything right with the E1 Model.