The Best Fitness E1 Elliptical by Body Solid is a mid-priced elliptical trainer that is equipped with a good range of programs and multiple resistance levels. Manufactured and distributed by long-established company Body Solid Inc., known for their high-quality commercial and home-use fitness equipment, with a Best Fitness product you can purchase with confidence.
With its solid steel frame that has been powder-coated to guarantee good looks as well as durability, you can expect years of trouble-free use from the Best Fitness E1. Able to be customized to the individual’s preference, it will suit everyone from the new exerciser to the fitness enthusiast who is looking for a compact, solid and reliable elliptical that can cope with long, hard sessions.
Falling into a slightly higher price category than some ellipticals, it won’t be in everyone’s budget, but if you are open to paying a little extra, it’s a machine I think you will be glad to own.
In this Best Fitness E1 Elliptical review, we will look at its specs and key features. We will also cover what purchasers have noted as being its positives and negatives, to give you a good overview and help you decide whether or not it’s for you.
Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Specs
Dimensions – The Best Fitness E1 Elliptical measures 48″ x 30″ x 66″.
Weight – It weighs 215lbs
Stride – This model has a 21″ stride.
User Weight Capacity – The Best Fitness E1 can support users weighing up to 275 pounds.
Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Key Features
- Preset Workout Programs
12 pre-programmed workouts provide variety and enable you to target different fitness goals. There is also the provision to set customized goals.
- Variable Resistance
17 levels of resistance further add to the challenge and allow for growth as your fitness improves.
- Dual Direction Pedals
This model can pedal in reverse, allowing you to target different leg and buttock muscles.
- Display Monitor
The Best Fitness E1 Elliptical by Body Solid has a large, blue backlit display screen. The screen shows your stats including Time, Speed, Distance, Calories Burned, Pulse Rate and more, in white text that is easy-to-read.
The monitor is also used to navigate the built-in programs.
- Heart rate monitor
A heart rate monitor set into the machine’s handlebar activates within 30 seconds of your workout commencing. Providing a very accurate reading, this adds further to the elliptical’s ease of use.
Best Fitness E1 Overview
Best Fitness E1 Positives
Though heavy, the Best Fitness E1 takes up less room than a lot of other elliptical trainers. This makes it easier to relocate than some machines that are of a similar weight
- Safe and comfortable
The pedals of the Best Fitness E1 Elliptical are positioned close together and located only slightly above floor height, for easy access. This combination of features enables a very low-impact workout that put minimal pressure on the hips and reduces leg fatigue.
- Smooth & Quiet
This elliptical provides a smooth, near silent workout. The motion feels natural, and there is no jarring. You will have no trouble listening to the television or music or chatting with friends or family as you work out.
- Total Body Workout
Movable arms allow you to exercise your upper body along with your lower body. Your abs and obliques will also benefit from the workouts.
- Quick Assembly
Clear, detailed instructions make for quick assembly, with most people able to complete the job in under an hour. The parts being weighty, it’s helpful to have a second person assist.
- Good Warranty
The warranty that comes with the Best Fitness E1 Elliptical by Body Solid covers 15 years for its frame. There’s 10 years coverage for the motor, 2 years on electronics and parts, 1 year on labor and 6 months on parts wear.
Best Fitness E1 Negatives
While the positives of the Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Trainer by far outweigh the negatives, it is not perfect. We will look at its negative aspects below.
- Console set-up
Some purchasers said they found setting up the console to be a rather confusing task. Some also stated that the owner’s manual does not clearly explain how to select the workout programs. This makes trial and error necessary for what should be a straightforward process.
- Light on accessories
The Best Fitness E1 doesn’t have a fan or a magazine rack. If these are important to you, you will need to look for another model.
- Water bottle holder position
The water bottle holder is positioned directly beneath the machine’s right handlebar, making it difficult to access during workouts.
Final Thoughts on the Best Fitness E1 Elliptical
Online customer reviews of the Best Fitness E1 Elliptical are, in the main, very positive. There are, however, quite a number of negative reviews, with some people saying their trainer suddenly stopped working. I find this surprising, as my friend Kathy has a Best Fitness E1 and she loves it. She’s been using it regularly for over 18 months and hasn’t had any problems.
Kathy describes the bike as robust, durable, quiet and comfortable to use. She says its motion is smooth and the unit remains stable, even during hard workouts. Kathy likes the monitor’s screen, which is large and easy-to-read. She finds it convenient to be able to cycle through different readouts to keep track her workout stats, without having to mess around with the controls.
One area where it falls short is that while it works the upper and lower body very well, it doesn’t do an equally good job of exercising the core. This is hardly surprising given that while elliptical trainers exercise the midsection to a certain extent, they are not primarily designed to target this area.
If you would like to experience the benefits of the elliptical and you’re looking for a gym quality model that fits into a small space, check out the Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Trainer by Body Solid.