Body-Solid E300 Endurance Elliptical Trainer Review

Body-Solid E300 Endurance Elliptical Trainer Review

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Body-Solid E300 is a premium-designed elliptical trainer that comes with plenty of desirable features for the ultimate fitness workout.

Though a mid-priced option, it combines commercial grade parts and frame and provides unmatched durability that can't be found on many elliptical trainers in its class.

That said, it lacks some useful functionalities and fancy frills such as incline, Bluetooth connection, and a big LCD. 

Understandably, however, it’s nothing to beat about, especially considering the price-tag and the compact size.

To give you an idea of what this offering from Body-Solid can do, we’ve created a comprehensive Body-Solid E300 elliptical trainer review guide below.

  • Stride

    The E300 provides 21 inches of fixed stride that can accommodate most size users. Obviously, I would have liked to see an adjustable price, but I guess that’s not a luxury for the budget options.                                            

    Now, with this machine, users above 5 feet and below 6.4 feet can comfortably use the machine without any hassle. However, for those taller than 6.4, you’re more than likely to feel a bit restricted in your movements.

  • 20 Resistance Settings                                                                                     

    A highly flexible machine, the E300 offers up to 20 levels of resistance.

    As I found out, the first three settings normally deliver a light pedaling motion, while the rest offer the possibility of the high-intensity workouts.                                                                                                                   

    Either way, the presence of the different resistance levels makes this unit an ideal option for a variety of users; it can easily accommodate both the amateurs as well as professional fitness enthusiasts. Now, despite lacking automatic adjustment, the manual control helps in a seamless transition between the resistance levels.

  • Console                                                                                                                  

    The console supplied with the E300 is LED-based, featuring two displays. Both the displays will provide you with an accurate depiction of all your performance metrics, including time, distance, speed, calories burned, distance traveled, and more.

Specifications

  • Weight Capacity- 300 pounds
  • Item Weight: 264 lbs
  • Dimensions: 66 x 31 x 50 in
  • Resistance levels: 20
  • Incline: N/A

Unique Features That Make Body-Solid E300 Interesting

Frame Construction

E300 boasts of solid heavy construction; a majority of the parts on this model are constructed from steel for the ultimate durability and strength.

The steel tubing is further coated with silver paint that I find aesthetically appealing.

But besides the cosmetic role, the silver coating is corrosion-resistant and will protect the machine from the external elements.

Weight

I've to admit E300 is quite hefty, and weighing approximately 232 pounds; it's not something that you can easily move around.


But the good news is, the bulkiness of the machine significantly contributes to the overall stability of the machine.


Generally speaking, you won’t have to worry about the machine wobbling or rocking, even when you engage the most demanding workouts.

Size 

One of the beauties of the E300 is the compact design, which I find quite thoughtful and space-efficient.

Contrary to a majority of the elliptical trainers with a front and rear-drive, the E300 comes with a unique and patented center drive.

The compact design will occupy less than 7 feet of your space, and yet, it won’t compromise on the stability of the machine.

Portability

Yes, I know we had earlier indicated the E300 is hefty, but it’s not to mean it’s not portable.

Once assembled, relocation of this machine is a cinch as the front base seamlessly integrates as a set of wheels, while the rear comes with two handles.

And so, it’s easier to lift the E300 by the handles and let it lean onto its wheels before moving it.

Drive System

As we had earlier mentioned, the drive system on the E300 is center-based.

Now, there are several inherent benefits of the center drive, as opposed to the front or rear-drive systems.

First, the elliptical path of the E300 is anatomically correct so that the pedaling motion will generate a natural walking/running feel.

This is as opposed to the other two, which are normally vertically-oriented and generate an uphill or downhill feel.

However, what I like about the transmission on this model is the magnetic flywheel, which doesn't require lubrication, and it generates little noise.

Pedals

The E300 is equipped with a large set of pedals that will easily accommodate users of various feet sizes.

But beyond the size, you'll be impressed by the durable PVC material alongside the sustaining steel elements.

Combined, these elements can comfortably support users of up to 300 pounds.

The surface of the pedals also comes with small lugs that provide superior adherence, meaning users are less likely to slip while working out.

Handlebars

The E300 is equipped with two sets of handlebars, static and mobile.

The fixed handlebars integrate heart pulse sensors, allowing the console to monitor your heart rate easily.

Both of the handlebars are ergonomically designed for optimal use, and they also integrate high-density foam grips for optimal comfort.

Resistance System

The resistance of the E300 is based on a motorized magnetic system consisting of a magnetic flywheel alongside a small servo motor.

Generally, the resistance system is fairly simple as all you need is simply selecting a certain level from the console, and the servo motor will adjust the magnets pull, allowing the flywheel to generate more or less drag.

That said, the E300 will require a connection to a power circuit to deliver the resistance. 

What We Liked About the E300

  • Compact: Sporting a center drive system, the E300 is as compact as it can get and the 66 x 31 x 50 in dimensions makes it a suitable option for use in the small apartments and condos
  • Portable: Despite the bulky weight, the E300 comes with a variety of portability-enhancing features, including front wheels and handles.
  • Noiseless operation: The E300 is based on a magnetic resistance that helps to deliver quiet and noiseless operation. It's easier to use the machine even with your kids sleeping.
  • Generous weight capacity: The E300 can sustain a weight capacity of 300 pounds, which is standard among many of the elliptical machines.

What We Didn’t Like About the E300

  • No incline: The E300 lacks incline levels, which is quite a deal-breaker as it limits the flexibility and use of the machine.

Bottomline & Verdict

Sure, the E300 has its fair share of downsides, but they're not deal-breakers.

If anything, the benefits outweigh the negatives, and in my opinion, the E300 is a functional and performance-oriented machine.

While it might not be the best solution for the elite fitness enthusiasts, it’s an ideal option for both the beginners as well as intermediary trainers.

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