LifeFitness X5 GO Elliptical Review
Treadmill Doctor Note:
Precor and True Fitness stomp the LifeFitness X5 series in the ground at this price point in terms of quality and features.
Overall Rating: 5.2
LifeFitness should discontinue the X5 series. These machines just don't hold a candle to what you can get from True Fitness and Precor in the same price range. The quality, while good, is not good enough in comparison.
The Lifefitness X5 GO is an elliptical that doesn't make a strong case for it's purchase at $3,499. It has decent quality, but it's very easy to find more durable machines in this price range. There isn't much else that stands out about this machine, particularly nothing positive. All in all, we can't think of a good enough reason to recommend this model.
Ergonomically speaking, this model is pathetic. You can find ellipticals selling for less than $1,000 that have a more natural range of motion. The adjustability is okay. You have a manually adjustable stride length that goes from 18" to 24", which is nice. The eddy current resistance can be altered, as well, but you'd really expect more options for adjustments on a machine that costs $3,499.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this model doesn't really hold up to other Lifefitness models. The X1 GO, which costs only $1,999, has a similar life expectancy, and the X8 GO, which costs the same as this model, is expected to last longer. The quality of parts is nice, but it's beaten out by ellipticals from True Fitness and Precor that sell in the same price range.
The noise level is about average. This is the case for most ellipticals regardless of price. If quietness during operation is your main concern, you can certainly do better, even at a cheaper price, but we don't expect the average user to be bother by the amount of noise this machine makes.
The warranty on the Lifefitness X5 GO isn't very good. Labor is covered for 1 year, parts are covered for 3 years, and the frame is covered for life. You can find much better coverage on ellipticals that aren't nearly as durable and sell for much cheaper.
A division of Brunswick Corp, Lifefitness is the 800 lb. gorilla in the commercial market and is known for the famous club Lifecycle stationary cycle. These are typically well designed products but have been overpriced in the past. Lifefitness simply isn't competitive with other brands like Precor and True. This past year, they were selling the F3 tread through Costco for $1999. That was a deal, but usually, their retail machines aren't the best value.
Quality / Philosophy
Their philosophy seems to be to engineer the product well and then price accordingly. Post warranty parts are expensive, but with the new warranties, they won't be needed for a long time. .
Lifefitness dominates the commercial equipment market and has always had plenty of horsepower in the marketing side of the business. Their industrial design is always sleek, if not complex, which helps them use components that wouldn't work in an average design. We expect Life to be around for a long time to come, maybe not under the parent Brunswick, but they are a huge fitness company..