Precor EFX 5.21 Elliptical Reviews
Treadmill Doctor Note:
If you value quality of componets and construction over features then the EFX 5.21 is your machine. Our 2nd Runner Up in the $1999 category.
Overall Rating: 6.35
Precor has bet their company that you will want to purchase quality over features. You don't get many features in comparison to the other machines in this price range. What you do get is an exceptional quality machine.
The Precor EFX 5.21 is a very high quality elliptical. Features and frills were forgone so that more money could be placed into the parts and construction without having to jack the price above $1,799. It's a smart idea to give this model a look, if you don't need the bells and whistles to keep you entertained while you exercise. This was the 2nd runner up for our Best Buy award in the $1,500- 1,999 price range.
Ergonomically speaking, this elliptical is pretty average. This isn't great for this price range, considering the fact that you can find significantly cheaper models that offer a more natural range of motion. The lack of adjustability isn't helping, either. The CrossRamp has three positions, which is nice, but that's about the extent of it. If the setup doesn't fit your body type, you're not going to be able to make the necessary changes that would allow it to be comfortable for you.
The projected reliability of this machine is fantastic. It's very uncommon for an elliptical priced at $1,599 to be this dependable. You'll usually have to look at models that cost $3,000 or more to see a comparable life expectancy. The quality of parts is equally, if not more impressive. Most companies don't invest in their parts this heavily, but that's Precor for you. It's the benefit of living without all the features that you'd find in other models.
The noise level is good, as well. It's slightly quieter than the average elliptical, which is rare to find. If this is an area of concern for you, you should give this model a look.
The warranty for the Precor EFX 5.21 is okay. Labor is covered for 1 year, parts are covered for 5 years, and the frame and welds are covered for life. Given how durable this elliptical is, along with how much better the parts are than on most models, we were surprised not to see a better warranty that would let people know what a quality machine this is.
Precor was acquired from Illinois Tool Works by Amer Group PLC in the fall of 2002. Amer Group also owns other well known brands like Wilson Sporting Goods. Precor has manufactured high quality equipment since the early 1980's. Although Precor has lost some of their dealer base over the last few years, they have really stepped up in the commercial game, and that is where they are strong. A strong commercial company is always good to buy from for the home because they know how to make a quality product. This past year Precor has become very aggressive on their home pricing putting models that were nearly $2500 much nearer to the $1500 price point.
Quality / Philosophy
Their design philosophy is to make a high quality product and then put a fair price on it. There's nothing wrong with making money, and Precor is definitely one of the companies in this business that knows how to do it. Consumers should consider a commercial Precor, if you are looking in the higher price ranges. We were expecting new models this fall but have been informed that you won't see these until the Fall of 2013..
Precor has literally made a boatload of money from their elliptical products and deservedly so. We would expect them to remain one of the leading companies in terms of strength in the fitness business. Finally, they have given up their premium pricing on the entry level machines, and they should sell thousands more treadmills and ellipticals due to this change..
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