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Proform Hybrid Trainer Elliptical Review

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How long will the Proform Hybrid Trainer last?

As far as durability goes, we would say that the Hybrid Trainer was built with simple workouts and affordability in mind. Two things that do not promote a long-lasting machine. With that in mind though, we could see a lighter user who enjoys easier workouts multiple times a week getting a lot of use out of the Proform Hybrid Trainer. Please be sure to take proper care of your machine regardless of whether or not you choose this elliptical or not. Simply unplugging your elliptical when not in use can protect from power surges and keep the mechanisms in working order longer.

Brief Overview

We know implying that a machine is for older folks is a little taboo, but we are all getting there someday. And, honestly, more power to those who choose to continue to take care of themselves. We say this because the Proform Hybrid Trainer really is a decent choice for such a person. This elliptical offers a versatile workout and its affordable. We do have features that we do not like, but all in all this is a decent elliptical. Thus, we have awarded the Proform Hybrid Trainer our First Place 2021 Best Buy Award for the $400 to $699 dollar range.

Overall Quality

We can start with the features that we do like. The Proform Hybrid Trainer’s main good feature is the fact that it is a very affordable option for users who aren’t going to run a marathon tomorrow. Recumbents can come with pretty hefty price tags so it is nice to see a more affordable recumbent elliptical that also has some quality in it. Proform made this Hybrid Trainer with the ability to be both a recumbent and regular rear drive elliptical. This sort of design helps the Hybrid Trainer suit multiple users or provide a more versatile workout. There are also more average features that are pretty standard for ellipticals in this price range like a thirteen pound flywheel and EKG heart rate sensors. While they are standard, we realize any added value is value worth noting especially amongst these cheaper machines.

Despite the versatility of the Hybrid Trainer, we do have our features that we are not crazy about. For starters, the build is cheap as you would expect with this price tag. Additionally, the Hybrid Trainer has the lowest number of resistance levels with only sixteen levels. Now, we say this but we realize that this elliptical was not built with a challenging workout in mind. In other words, someone who needs a cheap recumbent bike is not likely to need twenty plus resistance levels. What we don’t understand is why Proform couldn’t put the money they saved with the resistance into another feature like the console. For a company that makes such valuable consoles, Proform really left the Hybrid Trainer out to dry with a tiny LCD.

Things we like

  • Versatile Workout
  • Affordable Recumbent
  • Good for Circulation Workouts

Things we dislike

  • X
    Lowest Resistance in its Class
  • X
    Cheap Build
  • X
    Nearly Non-Existent Console

Specs

Number of Programs N/A
Console LCD
Flywheel Weight 13 Lbs
Drive System Rear Drive Recumbent
Resistance Levels 16
Seat Adjustable
Handlebars EKG Sensors
Pedals Oversized Adjustable
Transport Wheels Yes
Foot Print 70.5 x 24.5 x 60.5
Weight Capacity 350 lbs
Unit Weight 116 lbs
Warranty Five Year Frame and 90-Day Parts and Labor

History

In the past we have noted the Hybrid Trainer is a recumbent elliptical that is not for a real health nut. We have recommended this elliptical for older people who need a circulation workout. We have also recommended saving your money to get a higher quality elliptical.

Conclusion

Overall, the Hybrid Trainer is a decent quality elliptical as far as two-in-one recumbent ellipticals go. Though we would not recommend this elliptical a heavy user or a user looking to up their fitness levels, the Hybrid Trainer should suit a lighter user on a budget well. Accordingly, we have awarded the Proform Hybrid Trainer our First Place 2021 Best Buy Award for the $400 to $699 price bracket.

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