Precor EFX 835 Commercial Series Elliptical Review
If you are looking to bring commercial-grade exercise equipment into your home then this Precor EFX 835 elliptical review might just help. This is real gym equipment – this actual model is one of the most popular ellipticals used in gyms and hotels around the world – and now you can have it at your home!
As you might expect though it will cost you more than the average trainer.
The Precor EFX 835 elliptical is really top of the range. From their commercial range, they have been selling it as a home elliptical trainer with some success. Definitely at the high end in terms of price it offers a superb experience all around - the quality is beyond doubt. If you are a very serious elliptical user who likes to have the best, you need look no further. Worth a look even if only to dream!
Precor Technology Helps
The Precor EFX 835 Crosstrainer is a self-powered unit and it comes with fully adjustable CrossRamp angles that span from 13 to 40 degrees, moving handlebar, a total of 15 pre-set workouts which are made to fit everyone’s workout plan, up to 20 resistance levels for variety in your exercise, as well as workout telemetry in the shape of a built in heart rate monitor with Smart Rate technology. By choosing the right combination of pre-programmed workout routines and resistance levels, you can vary your exercise and achieve the results you desire much faster.
As we mentioned, this model employs Precor’s CrossRamp technology (fully automatic) which allows you to change the height of the elliptical path along which your feet travel, allowing a more natural motion and a more intensive workout. Also, Variable Stride Geometry is there to help you work out your lower body more efficiently by targeting specific muscle groups.
Perhaps the biggest benefit you get with an elliptical trainer is the low-impact motion which relieves strain and stress on your joints and it is taken to a new level with the EFX 835. Their patented low-impact EFX motion is as close as it can be to a natural, fluid motion and it has the lowest rate of perceived exertion when compared to similar systems which are used for cardiovascular exercises.
Also, this motion is designed in such a way that it helps your feet maintain constant contact with foot pedals, which is essential for reducing impact and strains.
Top End Workout Programs
The EFX 835 Elliptical also helps you fine-tune your workout by providing you with vital exercise data gathered by the machine. All of this data is displayed on a streamlined LED panel on the central console which lets you control every major aspect of your training by giving you readouts such as resistance level, angle of the CrossRamp, distance travelled, the number of strides per minute, or a total number of strides, average speed, calories burned per minute/hour, heart rate, time elapsed/remaining and many more.
You can also select one of the preset programs – manual, interval, cross-country, gluteal, custom, hill climbing, fitness test, cross training or basic HRC programs.
The level of detail and the range of dedicated programs with this machine take it to a whole new level and is a major reason why people decide to invest in this quality of elliptical. Definitely for the very keen elliptical user intending to use it on a regular basis. This is not a hobby trainer!
To round things out the Precor EFX 835 elliptical machine has solid warranty terms which covers – 1 year for labor, 10 years for parts and wear times plus a lifetime warranty for the frame and welds. As you would expect at these prices.
Features and Specifications of the Precor EFX 835 Elliptical Crosstrainer:
- Dimensions: 80 by 32 by 68 inches (L x W x H)
- Unit Weight: 412 pounds
- CrossRamp Technology lets you target specific muscles or all major muscle groups by adjusting the cross-ramp angle
- The patented low-impact EFX motion is smooth and natural, making your workouts more comfortable
- Patented motion allows heels to remain in contact with foot pedals, reducing muscle, tendon stress
- Ergonomic moving handlebars let you tone and condition your entire body
- Reversible pedal rotation
- Accessories holder
- Integrated transport wheels
- Moving handlebars for total-body workout
- 20 resistance levels
- Touch and telemetry heart rate monitoring
- Lifetime frame and welds, 10 years parts and wear items, 1 year labor
What Others are Saying – Online Reviews
This elliptical has very good user reviews posted online by people who have bought it. The machine was universally praised for many aspects but the buyers were unanimous that it is one of the most reliable machines they have ever had the pleasure of using.
The reviews match the projected reliability of the manufacturer itself and you would be hard-pressed to find any of the competing models that are able to outlast the Precor EFX 835.
Having tried this machine, I have to say that it is one of the most impressive ellipticals I have ever experienced. I could talk all day about the smooth and natural motion being better than anything else – but until you train on one yourself, you just won’t get it!
I highly recommend trying one before you decide they are too expensive.
People also seem to really like the console and the pre set programs which really cater for experienced hardcore users. Lastly, it just looks good!
Make no mistake, this model from Precor is very, very good but no elliptical trainer is without its flaws. Since this is a commercial-grade elliptical trainer it can be quite noisy which is something that might not bother you when you’re at the gym, but you tend to notice if you’re at home. But, then again, the noise is always associated with commercial models and it is not exactly deafening!
- Smooth and natural movement
- Excellent build quality with a modern sleek design
- Outstanding reliability and stability
- The machine is self-powered, so there is no need for an electrical outlet
- Advanced LED panel gives you a lot of useful information
- Advanced pre set programs
- The price tag
- The machine can make some noise
Simply put, the Precor EFX 835 Commercial Elliptical trainer is THE top of the range. I haven’t found an elliptical machine for home use that can beat it in terms of quality, ride and features.
Make no mistake this is commercial, gym quality and definitely not intended for hobby or occasional use. To get value for money from this price range, you need to be a serious and dedicated user. The Precor EFX 5.25 costs a lot less and is a really good machine but I can guarantee you will notice the step up in quality with the EFX 835.
It costs as much as a small car but if you want the best it can be worth every cent. Can you get a good workout on something cheaper? Absolutely! Will you notice any difference when using this machine? Absolutely! Worth it for pro users who want the best for years to come.
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