True Fitness ES 700 Elliptical Reviews
Treadmill Doctor Note:
The ES 700 offers high quality, good design, and a small footprint. Our 2nd Runner up for Best New Elliptical.
Overall Rating: 7.4
The halmark of True Fitness elliptical design is their compact construction. These machines typically will save you about 30% of the floor space used by their competitors while delivering the same or better quality.
The True ES 700 is a very good quality elliptical that sells for $4,199. The compact design allows you to fit it in your home, while taking up significantly less room than a traditional model. It's able to accomplish this without losing any functionality. It was the 2nd runner up for our Best Buy award in the New Elliptical category.
The ergonomics of this machine are really good, although it's not excessively impressive at this high of a cost. If you know where to look, you can find some models that sell for less than $2,000 that offer a similarly natural range of motion. The adjustability is really good. The stride length can be set anywhere from 16"-27", which is a massive range. Multiple handgrips also give you more options. There are only a select few ellipticals that can be modified to fit varying body types in more ways than this one can.
Our projected reliability has this model near the top. It's not easy to find a machine with a longer life expectancy than this one has. There are, however, a few cheaper ellipticals that we expect to last about as long as this model. The quality of parts used in this machine is also really impressive, which is what you'd expect from a model that costs over $4,000.
The noise level is slightly above average. It's not as quiet as we'd like considering the cost, but not many companies are providing a machine that operates more quietly than this one does.
The warranty on the True ES 700 isn't bad. Labor for parts is covered for one year and cosmetics for 6 months, electrical and wear items are covered for 7 years, and the frame is covered for life. This coverage is pretty nice, but since you're paying over $4,000, it's not wrong to expect a little more.
True was started in the early 80's by the Trulaske brothers and is known for their incredibly quiet operation and soft feel. True just keeps refining the quality of their machines and then presents a very solid product to the market. Quality and value are hallmarks of the True line.
Quality / Philosophy
True uses good components on their machines, but the key to True is their inarguably magnificent belt and deck combination, which is simply the best in the treadmill market. We gained a new perspective by visiting the factory over the last several years. They believe in taking care of customers, which goes a long way in today's world..
True is one of the rocks in the business and will be around for a long time to come. Since the majority of True's machines sell in the higher price range, we believe that the pressure felt by many American manufacturers won't apply to True due to the low volume of units involved. If you are looking for a high quality machine and can afford it, True is the best option in the premium market..
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