By Stuart1865 (Dayton, Ohio) on Mar 17, 2013
Comments: First, as with most people buying an elliptical, I arrived almost at the point of "paralysis of analysis" given the multitude of brands and the 2 basic designs. Then, where to draw the line price point-wise. Best bang-for-the-buck. Best (necessary) features. Best all-around ratings. Best customer support. GIVEN: NO elliptical machine is perfect. No company is perfect. NO machine is 100% accurate with measuring heart BPM or calorie burn. Nothing is without issues. So...how to assure myself of the best decsion was my objective. I learned that junk lies pretty much under $500. Acceptable but limited was between $500 and $800. Fairly decent was $800 to $1200, And Superior went $1200-$1500. Beyond that is was just bells-and-whistles. After ALMOST going with a $1400 front-drive brand which featured the iFit integration....but hesitating for a few reasons - namely the recent iFit upgrade transition issues and the higher price of the other model....I went to a major retail department store and checked out the AudioStrider 90 PRO. Immediately it felt - to me anyway - better "balanced", quieter, and more comfortable than the front-drive type. But the PRICE! HUNDREDS less! I had my daughter get on. She LOVED it! What I perceived was a SUPERIOR-level machine at a realistic price point. So I went online and purchased it. Shipping was about two weeks, with a courteous delivery to our door. Sadly, the carton had been most OBVIOUSLY damaged in transit with a huge gash on the side. Making note of it, we then let the drivers go on their way, then snipped open the carton, removing piece-by-piece the machine components. It turned out that there were a few smaller components missing and and front housing cover was broken. Dismayed, but not angry (because I had read that these things happen!), I called customer service. Replacement of parts was done promptly and pleasantly, albeit a couple of errors along the way. I have since purchased some "virtual touring" videos to keep us focused while on the AudioStrider. I do plan to install iFit once it stabilizes. For now, it is a fabulous way to burn calories without any impact on my feet. With 2 weeks under our belts, we are "happy campers".
See better, faster results with incline training on the AudioStrider 990 Pro elliptical. A Power Incline Ramp™ adjusts from 15 to 40 degrees with 1-Touch™ controls to increase intensity, decrease stress on joints and target lower body muscle groups. A tech-driven console supports a low-impact cardio workout with a two-speed fan and advanced sound system. Built with 24 digital resistance levels and 30 workout apps, this elliptical has been a consumer magazine Best Buy for four years in a row.