FreeMotion 570 Elliptical Reviews
Treadmill Doctor Note:
The addition of the touch screen to the 570 is a nice additon if you like feature rich machines. Our 3rd Runner Up in the Best New Elliptical category.
Overall Rating: 5.2
The addition of the touch screen to the 570 is a nice additon if you like feature rich machines. The Freemotion 570 offers good basic quality with a large assortment of features that will make your workout easier.
The Freemotion 570 is a decent elliptical. It sells for $1,499, which is an appropriate price range. It's packed with features to grab and keep your attention while exercising, which some people find helps time to pass by a little more quickly. It was the 3rd runner up for our Best Buy award in the New Elliptical category.
Ergonomically speaking, this elliptical is terrific. Most models below $3,000 won't have a more natural range of motion than this model does. It's also surprisingly adjustable considering how low it sells for. The stride length can be set between 20"-22". This gives you the chance to find which length works best with your body type.
The projected reliability is about average for this model. That's pretty good for a $1,499 elliptical, but you can definitely find some models that cost about the same and have a longer life expectancy. The quality of parts is average, as well. The parts don't really set it apart from the back in either a good or a bad way.
The noise level is about the same as most ellipticals. This is pretty standard regardless of price for most of the models in today's market. You can find a few models that sell for around the same price that are quieter, but most users don't find the noise during operation to be a problem.
The warranty is fine on the FreeMotion 750 Interactive. Parts and labor are covered for 2 years, parts are covered for 5 years, and the frame is covered for life. This is your run-of-the-mill warranty. At this price, it's nothing special, and it's nothing bad, either. You can definitely find better coverage while paying less. A better amount of coverage would have shown the confidence of the manufacturer, which would help to instill confidence in the consumer.
Freemotion was acquired by Icon around the turn of the century and at that time was, unfortunately, named Ground Zero Fitness. Needless to say, the name had to be changed, so they changed it to Freemotion, which was the name their strength product at the time. It was a successful changeover and many clubs swear by, not at, their Freemotion units. For the home, the quality is on par with NordicTrack which is good, but you also get the infamous Icon service.
Quality / Philosophy
Freemotion is produced by Icon, a company with thousands of employees and large resources. Put simply, their machines have the best design in the business. Icon has a long, storied history that provides an example of how the big keep getting bigger. Icon used to be the mass-market darling because of their cheap prices, but they had the quality to match. These days they put quality into the machines and pack them with features. Freemotion has not been as emphasized as a brand for home fitness as it has been in the past few years..
Icon is the largest fitness equipment producer in the world with over $1 billion in sales. If the fitness industry were a solar system, Icon is so powerful that they would be the Sun. In terms of stability they are the best, but overall their customer service isn't up to the standards of any of the lower volume producers. They have promised an improvement on this and have new management in the service department, so we hope this helps. Although you get a value price for the product, you also get value service, so keep this in mind when buying their machines. Due to the sheer number of units they produce, we pick up support in many cases where this factory leaves off..
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