- Expert Review
- About This Factory
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The E3i is an above average elliptical at a highly competitive price point. With multiple great options at this price, many with better features and gizmos its hard to say it's the best but you won't make a mistake if you buy it.
|Number of Programs||21|
|Front Drive, Center Drive or Rear Drive||Front|
|Adjustable Stride Length||20"|
|Flywheel Weight||34 lbs|
|Weight Capacity||375 lbs|
|Step Up Height||12"|
|Unit Dimensions||80" L x 24" W x 69" H|
|Heart Rate Sensors||Contact heart rate sensors and chest strap receiver (chest strap not included).|
|Weight of Unit||242 lbs|
|Warranty||Lifetime Frame 5 Yr Parts 2 Yr Labor|
Lifespan is imported by PCE Fitness, a company that began in 1994 by designing exercise equipment for other companies. They have been known for making some of the best looking designs in the business and are now solidly in the niche area of fitness while you work- like treadmill desks. If you have limited space, this is a good brand to look at with some of the compact units they offer.
Quality / Philosophy
Lifespan is primarily concerned with putting together an acceptable quality parts assortment into an attractive package and they do that very well. They have become much more aggressive with their pricing. Overall, they put good components into a nice package on the value end and better components into their higher end machines where it matters although we haven't seen good results with some of the light institutional product.
We would expect Lifespan to be around for some time. If there is a Rocky Marciano in the fitness business, PCE is it. They have developed an impressive dealer list in a short amount of time and understand the marketing side of this business. That can carry you a long way. When you visit their headquarters, you understand they know how to pinch pennies which really helps in an economic time like this.