xTerra FS 1.7e Elliptical Review
Treadmill Doctor Note:
Paying $379 for a FS 1.7e might be considered a bad joke, if xTerra wasn't serious about it.
Overall Rating: 3.05
The only thing that recommends the FS 1.7e is the warranty. Dyaco, the company that makes xTerra does not have a good history of producing products under $500 that are decent quality. If they are willing to give it a 5 year warranty it may be worth taking a chance on.
The xTerra FS1.7e is not a good elliptical. It's overpriced at $379, which is really saying something. Every machine in this price range is going to have its share of drawbacks because it's impossible to make quality ellipticals in this price range. Still, you can do a lot better than this model without paying more.
Ergonomically speaking, this machine is terrible. You won't be able to find a single model that we reviewed that has a less natural range of motion. You can even pay $100 less and find ellipticals that are much better ergonomically. At this price point, many ellipticals offer a much more natural range of motion. The lack of adjustability is appalling. The stride length is fixed at 14", so there's no way to fit this machine to your personal body type. 24 levels of resistance allow you to align your workout with your fitness levels, but it's rare to find an elliptical that offers less options for adjustments.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this model is absolutely horrible. None of the other ellipticals that we reviewed have a shorter life expectancy than this one does. The quality of parts used is also awful.
The noise levels of this machine are quite high. Most ellipticals make about the same amount of noise, but those that sell for less than $1,000 tend to bit a bit louder. This is one of the few ellipticals that makes a lot of noise during operation. You can find quieter models without having to pay more for them.
The warranty on the xTerra FS1.7e is good. Parts are covered for 1 year, and labor is covered for 5 years. Most ellipticals won't come with a warranty that's this good, as well as a price that's this low.
This is a brand sold at Costco, online, and in sporting goods stores and is made by Dyaco International, who also produces the Sole treadmills as well as their own Spirit brand. They are known for product innovation. Their treadmills are typically found in the mid-price ranges.
Quality / Philosophy
Good parts combined with a value price makes Xterra worth looking at, if you are in the market for a mid-range treadmill. These face heavy competition from Dyaco's other brands as well as Icon and Johnson..
Dyaco International has wanted to be a bigger player in the US market, and maybe Xterra will be the way for them to get it done. They are certainly getting the distribution to have an opportunity to do so, but only time will tell. Dyaco has been good with product support, so we would expect the same for the Xterra brand..