Elliptical Trainer Review

Proform 1280 Elliptical Trainer Review

Proform 1280 Elliptical Trainer
Manufacturer Proform
Price Est. $699
Compare To Proform 700
Reebok 525

Proform 650
Nordictrack 938
Recommended
Yes (best elliptical under $700 on market)
Reason Innovative technology, power incline
Special Features iFit technology, power incline ramp, built in CD player
# of Programs Adjustable Resistance Heart Rate Monitor? Upper Body Handlebars? Warranty
12 Yes/magnetic Yes Yes 90 Days

Proform 1280 Elliptical Review

The Proform 1280 elliptical trainer is my pick as best elliptical in the under $700 price range. The 1280 is miles ahead of the other budget ellipticals from Proform including the Proform 700, Proform 850 and the Proform 900.

Some elliptical shoppers will make the mistake of overlooking the Proform 1280 because it falls into the no mans land of ellipticals in the $500-900 price range, where there doesn't seem to be that many values.

If you're looking for an elliptical in this price range, be sure to put the Proform 1280 at the top of your shopping list, here's why...

Three of the key reasons I like the 1280 over any other elliptical in this price range are:

1 - Power incline and ramp control: use the one touch power ramp incline control to automatically change the incline on the machine on the fly during your workout.

2 - iFit Technology with 2 included CD's that come standard with a built in CD player right on the elliptical console.

3 - 5 position pedals: adjustable pedals with reflex step technology that provide a natural and more effective workout than standard elliptical machines.

4 - 18" stride length: The stride length on the 1280 is a comfortable 18" and is manually adjustable down to 15" for shorter users...

There's a lot to like about the Proform 1280, but there is one drawback.

One of the things common in this price range is a shorter warranty - you'll have to jump up into the $1000 plus price range to find anything more than a simple 90 day warranty, so the Proform is only average in that respect.

I wouldn't let the shorter warranty stop me from buying this elliptical, as it matches or exceeds the warranty of every machine in this price range, and surpasses all others in benefits, features and design...

 

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