One of the most important features that tilts the scales in favor of a particular brand of an elliptical trainer is the warranty. Warranty is a good measure of the quality and hence the durability of the machine.
There is a relative new player in the elliptical trainer industry, Sole Fitness. They are out to position their product by providing one of the most widespread warranties ever offered by a competitor.This includes 5 year coverage on parts and electronics, and 2 year labor.
But, what’s so great about warranty when considering the purchase of fitness equipment? . At the outset it limits your liability in the event of a breakdown.Replacing parts and hiring someone to service your elliptical trainer can be very costly. Further, the quality of a machine is determined to a large extent by the warranty. And Sole workout machine is backed up 100%.
Come to think of it; isn’t warranty an extension of simple business sense?. If an elliptical trainer is built to last then the manufacturer can offer a generous warranty. On the other hand, if the machine is of questionable quality, it would be cost prohibitive to support it with a lengthy warranty. The company would go broke with service costs.
Could you imagine the reasons for offering just 90 days of warranty by the producers of cheaper elliptical trainers?. This is because the producers are not confident if the machine would last longer than that.
Beyond their warranty coverage, Sole Fitness is building some excellent elliptical trainers. Recently I got an opportunity to test the machine and was impressed by its smooth elliptical motion that hardly produced any noise even when I increased the resistance.I also liked the 20” stride. Generally such elliptical machines are designed for a stride of 16 to 18 inches.With a smaller stride you often feel like your workout is constrained, and the elliptical motion bouncy. The longer stride is certainly needed for taller people measuring about six feet or above but even those with average height will remain comfortable with a stride of 20 inches. Not to mention short stride of Proform exercising units.
In addition, their treadmills are used by the Hilton chain for in-room fitness. Having been proven in a commercial environment, this is a statement on the durability of their machines. This same quality can be found in their elliptical trainers.