Vision X 10 Elliptical Review
Treadmill Doctor Note:
While a decent machine, the X10 is hopelessly outclassed by others in this price range.
Overall Rating: 4.65
Vision needs to upgrade the console, and add some limited adjustability just to be competitive in this price range.
The Vision X 10 isn't a bad elliptical, but at $999, it doesn't come close to the competition. If this is your price range, you'd be better off with a model from NordicTrack or Epic. This model just has too many shortcoming to warrant this high of a price.
Ergonomically speaking, this machine is awful. Very few ellipticals at this price point have a less natural range of motion than this one has. The lack of adjustability is just sad. The stride length is fixed at 20". This doesn't give you any ability to fit the machine to your particular body type. The resistance levels, however, can be set between 1-16. This allows you to at least alter the model to fit your personal fitness levels.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this elliptical is very price appropriate. Most of the models in this price range have a comparable life expectancy. There are only one or two that are more durable. The quality of parts used is also good for the amount of money you spend. There are many downsides to this machine, but the components and sturdiness don't fall into that category.
The noise levels of this elliptical are average. This is common for most models regardless of price, but those that cost less than $1,000 tend to be a bit louder. You're not going to find a quieter machine in this price range.
The warranty on the Vision X 10 is good. Labor is covered for 1 year, the parts and brake are covered for 3 years, and the frame is covered for life. It's very rare to find coverage that's better than this on such an affordable elliptical. This shows that Vision has a lot of faith in this machine's ability to last.
Vision is an import brand made by Johnson. They are known for making a high value treadmill. They were formerly owned by Trek Bicycles but were sold to management, and now, Johnson is the sole owner of the brand. For years Johnson Health Tech operated Vision as a separate brand but two years ago decided to merge its' operations with their other North American operations.
Quality / Philosophy
Vision is a high quality product that has really upgraded their treadmill lineup this year, except for the handrail design where it looks like an engineer sneezed when he drew it. They are putting high quality parts and are abandoning the lower end of the market. We gained a much greater understanding of Johnson's business in the past few years with our visit to their headquarters and facilities in Taiwan and China. Johnson is the most integrated manufacturer of fitness equipment in the world. This can be both good and bad. The good is that you are in control of almost all aspects of production. The bad is that you are in control of almost all aspects of production, if you mess up there is no one else to blame. They really seem to be focused on doing things the right way so it appears that this is a case where it is good overall. Overall, we were impressed with their quality procedures, design, and testing processes and the reviews will reflect our better understanding of their operations..
Vision, who once helped shut down many US factories with their innovative manufacturing approach, is now the victim of their own success by pushing some of the quality to their other brands like Livestrong and AFG. They are making a firm move to the higher end of the market to try to challenge True. We will see how that works out for them. We find many of the Vision machines in light commercial use..
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