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Proform Endurance 520 E Elliptical Review

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How long will the Proform Endurance 520 E last?

Much like the overall averageness of the Endurance 520 E, the build is going to best suit an average user. If you are on a budget, lighter weight, and only workout a few times a week, then you will see the most value out of this elliptical. We do want to mention that Proform belongs to the Icon family and they are notorious for poor customer service. So, if you do run into some issues then you might have to go through the graveyard of lost phone calls and late shipments. But if you do your best to take care of the Endurance 520 E then you should see a solid few years out of this elliptical.

Brief Overview

We count the Proform Endurance 520 E as our baseline elliptical for this price range. This model doesn’t offer much other than an okay build for an affordable price. If you are on a budget, then you might like this elliptical just keep in mind there are better options for the same price. Consequently, we have given the Proform Endurance 520 E in our Fourth Place 2021 Best Buy Award for the $700 to $999 range.

Overall Quality

When we recommend machines, we often recommend machines that are at least a grand if not in the fifteen-hundred-dollar range. The Proform Endurance 520 E meets that requirement, but it is the baseline elliptical for this price range. The good aspect of this baseline elliptical is that the price bracket offers you a decent build. Proform included a fifteen-pound flywheel, 300-pound unit weight, and 193-pound unit weight which all combine to create a decent build. The Endurance 520 E also comes with the standard warranty at this price a ten-year frame, two-year parts, and one-year labor. While this warranty is not outstanding, it at least adds a little value to the Endurance 520 E. <br/>

Things we like

  • Decent Build
  • Fair Warranty
  • Affordable

Things we dislike

  • X
    Lightest Flywheel
  • X
    Lowest Resistance Level


Number of Programs 18
Front Drive, Center Drive or Rear Drive Front
Adjustable Stride Length 20"
Flywheel Weight 20 lbs
Weight Capacity 300 lbs
Step Up Height N/A
Unit Dimensions 66.6 L x 25 W x 67.1 H
Resistance Levels 18
Heart Rate Sensors EKG Dual Grip Pulse
Weight of Unit N/A
Warranty 1 Yr Parts 1Yr Labor


In the past, we have said that the features and good quality for an affordable price make this elliptical an "almost" good buy. The Endurance 520 E has been an ok elliptical, but we have preferred a Sole elliptical for the better motion at this price point or a rear-drive NordicTrack if I wanted the features that the Proform provides.


The best thing that we can say about the Proform Endurance 520 E is that it offers an average build at an affordable price. Outside of that, this elliptical is pretty much the average elliptical for this price range and there are better quality machines for the same price. Consequently, we have awarded the Endurance 520 E our Fourth Place 2021 Best Buy Award for the $700 to $799 category.

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That Guy- Easy to DisassembleJun 16, 2020

This is a terrible elliptical. Firstly, as other reviewers have written, they will try and extort you for a gym membership. Just hold the ifit button for 20 seconds to bypass it. Secondly, it breaks all the time. Firstly, one of the track slide wheels fractured, almost throwing me off the machine. Secondly, the eddy mechanism broke and began spraying ground up paint dust out of the machine. The machine going wrong would not be a problem if the warranty service was good. So far I have spent more than 2 hours on call with no resolution. In fact, twice I was connected, they refused to help me.