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The Exerpeutic Aero is one of the truly best budget elliptical trainer options in the market, and a true manifestation of “you get what you pay for.”
The "cheap" tag, not only describes the sale price but the overall quality.
For starters, this machine is plastic-based, and in comparison with other machines, it’s stripped down too.
But it’s not all gloom with the Exerpeutic Aero.
It’s a lightweight unit and one that will provide a decent performance to the beginners.
- 1 What Makes 260 Aero Air Awesome!
- 2 Unique Features That Make Exerpeutic Aero Interesting
- 3 What We Liked About Exerpeutic Aero Air
- 4 What We Didn’t Like About the Exerpeutic Aero Air
- 5 Bottomline & Verdict
What Makes 260 Aero Air Awesome!
Unique Features That Make Exerpeutic Aero Interesting
Stability and Quality
Now, despite the plastic-construction, the stability on this elliptical machine is amazing, especially when you consider the price tag.
That said, it still feels wobbly; it's constructed with many screws, bolts, and washers, and they tend to get loose.
Gladly, constant tightening is sufficient to keep the machine functioning.
While a majority of the cardio machine can accommodate users up to 300 pounds, this model only takes up 220 pounds.
Now, while the weight capacity is definitely only the lower side, and may not seem as heavy to you, but I must say it's good for such a low-cost unit.
12-Inch Stride Length
For some people, the Exerpeutic Aero is not the most comfortable elliptical machine to use.
This is largely because of the limited stride length of 12 inches.
With most of the standard machine, the stride length is 20 inches, with some offering up to 36 inches, and so you can imagine the restriction you’ll feel on this machine.
In most cases, you'll realize that you might want to make the longer strides, but you'll be halted by the maximum length, and the same case applies even to the shorter guys.
Another gripe with the foot pedals is they tend to slope forward and downwards slightly. This causes users to feel as if they’re exerting undue pressure on their toes.
With that said, one of the greatest features on the stride is the reversible stride pattern, a feature that we’ve not seen even in the premium elliptical machines.
With the Exerpeutic Aero, it's now easier to move both forward and backward, which is a good thing as it allows users to engage a greater range of muscles.
There’re no workout programs, and so, the training variety is what you make of it.
However, the machine comes with eight levels of magnetic resistance that you can easily adjust with the help of a dial.
One great thing with the magnetic resistance is that you can adjust the resistance to suit your training goals.
As I found out, the highest resistance level offers more than decent performance, and it allowed me to enhance my strength and stamina.
While the resistance on this machine might not be sufficient for the elite fitness enthusiasts, it delivers a decent performance for both the beginners and intermediary users.
The pedals on tis elliptical machines are over-sized so that users of various foot sizes can use them.
Also, they’re designed as non-slip, and so users can comfortably use them without fear of slippage, even during the long cardio sessions.
But what captured my attention on the pedal is they follow an elliptical path, and so, it's less likely that you're going to experience soreness on your ankles or knees.
Contrary to the double pairs of arms we normally see with other elliptical machines, this unit comes with dual action arms, and they enhance a proper upper body workout.
Exerpeutic Aero Air is generally noiseless and doesn't generate a lot of noise, provided it's well-tuned.
However, as we had mentioned earlier, it’s reliant on screws, and if they’re not checked regularly, they tend to get loose and can make the machine a bit noisy.
What We Liked About Exerpeutic Aero Air
- Lightweight: Weighing less than 60 pounds, Exerpeutic Aero Air is extremely lightweight and easy for users to single-handled move it around.
- Compact: The Exerpeutic Aero Air is one of the space-saving machines that will easily fit in any of your space.
- Stable: Despite the lightness, this machine is quite stable, and the motion is extremely smooth.
- Dual-Motion Stride: Sure, the stride might be limited, but given the fact it can move both forward and backward, it goes a long way to enhance the overall flexibility of the machine.
- Budget-option: The Exerpeutic Aero Air is a true budget option that won’t cost you an arm or leg to purchase
What We Didn’t Like About the Exerpeutic Aero Air
- Cheap: Generally, Exerpeutic Aero Air is “cheaply” made, and it lacks the frills and frays, we see in the premium models.
Bottomline & Verdict
The Exerpeutic Aero Air is not oriented for everyone.
If you’re a serious fitness enthusiast, then you would be better off with a higher-priced and high-quality machine.
While I agree that this review might seem a bit biased, I’ve to admit the Exerpeutic Aero Air is a cheap dirty elliptical bike that will satiate the needs of the beginners.
Generally, though, we've considered reviewing it for the amazing price tag.