Yowza Sanibel Elliptical Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
The Sanibel's core rotation motion is novel, but the overall value of the machine is reasonable.
Considering that Yowza is a very small company in a very competitive marketplace we have to wonder, from a consumer's perspective, if it is worth the risk that Yowza might fold up over the next couple of years placing your warranty and ability to get service at risk.
The Yowza Sanibel is one of the best ellipticals you can get from Yowza. It employs the core rotational mode which, while interesting, doesn't appear to add any extra benefit to your workout. Still, at $1,599, it's a good value. We just worry about this company's ability to survive in such a competitive marketplace.
Ergonomically speaking, this machine is okay, but you can certainly find better options at a cheaper price if you're willing to look around. The adjustability is extremely impressive. An 18"-26" Electro Adjust Stride gives you the ability to fit this machine to your body type. There is also a 0-35% Electro Adjust Incline, which allows you to align this machine to your personal fitness levels. Not many ellipticals have this many adjustment options, especially at this low of a price.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this model is decent. There are, however, a few ellipticals that sell for less than $1,000 that have a longer life expectancy. The quality of parts used is also good, but it's not exactly special at this price point.
The noise levels of this machine are average. Most ellipticals make about the same amount of noise regardless of price. Still, if quietness during operation is a major concern for you, you can find better options at this price, but we don't expect the average user to be bothered by the amount of noise this model makes.
The warranty on the Yowza Sanibel is good. In-home labor is covered for 2 years, parts and electronics are covered for 5 years, and the frame and braking system are covered for life. Remember that this warranty won't do any good if Yowza goes out of business, which is a very real possibility for such a small company competing against established giants.