ProForm 520 E Elliptical

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Bladez E300 Elliptical Review


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Detailed Overview

The entry-level model in the Bladez Fitness rear-drive elliptical trainers, the E300 model is an affordable choice coming in at just under $400. The drive system features a 14 pound flywheel and has a weight maximum capacity of 275 pounds, which is a bit below the average for trainers of this design.

There are 16 electronic resistance levels to choose from, along with 23 workout programs built-in. The stride is fixed at 14 inches, which is also below the average 18 inches for most trainers. The console features very basic options that include 6 electronic workout readouts, contact grips to monitor heart rate and a reading rack. This model does lack any audio capabilities or speakers, and does not come with a water bottle holder. The E300 also lacks any wireless heart rate monitoring capabilities.

This model does feature a light-weight, compact design and a low step-on height of 5.8 inches, along with transport wheels so it can be easily moved and stored as needed. Bladez Fitness offers a lifetime warranty on the frame and magnet, and 1 year on parts and labor.

Our Favorite Features

  • Price
  • Free shipping
  • 30-day guarantee
  • Lifetime warranty on frame and magnet
  • Variety of workout programs
  • Transport wheels

Our Least Favorite Features

  • No wireless heart rate monitoring capabilities
  • No built-in cooling fan
  • No water bottle holder
  • Shorter than average stride
  • Lacks a quick start key on the console
  • No audio options/speakers
  • Lighter flywheel
  • Lower than average weight capacity maximum

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for an affordable way to get in some exercise, this E300 entry-level isn’t terrible but it’s not really good either. The shorter than average stride makes for a cramped feeling that isn’t comfortable for most people, and the lighter than average flywheel means a noisier machine with a less than smooth, natural feel. The warranty is nice, so it might be worth taking a chance but if you spend just a few hundred dollars more, you can get a trainer by a more well-known brand with additional features and a more ergonomically sound designed frame.

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