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If you are a fan of LifeFitness' excellent commercial elliptical trainers then I would absolutely purchase the E5 if price is no object. If you don't have a preference for this type of machine look closely at True or Precor. Their options are better in my opinion.
|Number of Programs||Essential 12 Interactive 14|
|Front Drive, Center Drive or Rear Drive||Rear|
|Adjustable Stride Length||18-24"|
|Weight Capacity||400 lbs|
|Step Up Height||10"|
|Unit Dimensions||84" L x 34" W x 66" H|
|Heart Rate Sensors||Contact heart rate sensors on moving multigrip handles and stationary grips, telemetry heart rate monitoring (wireless chest strap included with console)|
|Weight of Unit||251 lbs|
|Warranty||Lifetime Frame 5 Yr Parts 1 Yr Labor|
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 made around 40 years ago. These are typically well designed products but are overpriced and we have had consumer complaints about quality on the consumer line. Lifefitness simply isn't competitive with other brands like Landice, Precor, and True in regard to quality and 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. People usually equate the name with the club machines but unless you are buying one of their club models for the home and you are a serious runner, you will like True, Precor or Landice much better.
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 and they are a huge fitness company.