Thursday, 19 December 2019

Echelon Smart Connect EX1 versus EX3 Spin Bike, Comparison Review

Echelon Smart Connect EX1 Spin Bike, features reviewed and compared with EX3 indoor cycle, with 13kg flywheel, 32 magnetic resistance levels, Bluetooth to connect with Echelon Fit App
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Take your indoor cycling training to the next level in the comfort of your own home with the Echelon Smart Connect EX1 and EX3 Spin Bikes.

Both the Echelon Smart Connect EX1 and EX3 are well-constructed spin bikes, designed with advanced technologies and ergonomic features to bring you a smooth, quiet and comfortable workout.

The Echelon Smart Connect EX3 is the updated model of the EX1 Spin Bike with a few upgraded features including a new motor for precise magnetic resistance, a new indexing resistance adjustment knob, a competition seat with 6” seat lever-style adjustment instead of the seat knob adjustment on the EX1, and new lightweight triangular tubing construction.

Both the Echelon Smart Connect EX1 and EX3 Indoor Cycles utilize a 13 kg flywheel and magnetic resistance which combine to ensure consistent momentum throughout the bikes’ wide range of 32 resistance levels.

Both the Echelon Smart Connect EX1 and EX3 Spin Bikes feature Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to connect your own mobile device to the Echelon Fit App (subscription required) available on both Android and iOS.  The Echelon Fit App gives you access to a huge range of great training classes from certified instructors with Live or On Demand classes (over 1,500) and Scenic Routes.  You can also ride along with other cyclists from around the world, track your workout progress and more to keep you challenged and motivated.


Echelon Smart Connect EX1 Spin Bike's adjustable handlebars & 180 degree adjustable tablet holder, image
EX1 handlebars & tablet holder
Echelon Smart Connect EX3 Spin Bike's adjustable handlebars & 180 degree adjustable tablet holder, image
EX3 handlebars & tablet holder


The Echelon Smart Connect EX1 and EX3 Spin Bikes both feature a 180 degree adjustable tablet holder, sensibly located at eye-level on the bikes’ handlebars.  Both bikes also feature a 2.4v advanced device charging USB port to ensure your mobile device never runs out of power during your workout!

Ergonomically designed, both the Echelon Smart Connect EX1 and EX3 feature adjustable stabilization handles and 4-way adjustable saddle.  The saddle differs between the two bikes, with the EX1 featuring a comfort saddle while the EX3 features a competition saddle.

As previously mentioned, the EX3 uses lever-style adjustments while the EX1 uses knob adjustments but both spin bikes offer the same level of adjustability:  the handlebars adjust up/down with 9 levels of adjustment (15mm/per level) while the seat adjusts both up/down and forwards/backwards for a custom fit with 17 height adjustment levels (15mm/per level) and 7 forward/backward adjustments (13.3mm/per level).

Both the Echelon Smart Connect EX1 and EX3 Spin Bikes come with dual-sided pedals, i.e. SPD compatible and toe-cage.  Both the EX1 and EX3 have a Q-factor of 202 mm.

Echelon Smart Connect EX1 Spin Bike's comfort saddle with seat-mounted dumbbell holder, image
EX1 comfort saddle with
seat-mounted dumbbell holder
Echelon Smart Connect EX3 Spin Bike's competition saddle with dumbbell holder mounted on seat-slide, image
EX3 competition saddle with
dumbbell holder mounted on seat-slide


Additional features on both the Echelon Smart Connect EX1 and EX3 indoor cycles include 2 water bottle holders mounted on the bike frame, front-mounted transport wheels for easy relocation, and rear rack dumbbell holder.  The dumbbell holder is mounted differently on each spin bike, with the EX1’s rack being seat-mounted, while the EX3’s rack is mounted on the seat slide.

Both the Echlon Smart Connect EX1 and EX3 Spin Bikes are sturdily constructed and support a high user weight capacity of up to 300 lbs.  The bikes themselves weigh around 105 lbs and have a nice compact footprint of around 42” long by 22” wide.  Both bikes come in a choice of eye-catching colors: black, black/red or black/blue.

For peace of mind, both the Echelon Smart Connect EX1 and EX3 Spin Bikes come with a 100% money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the bike for the first 30 days, plus both bikes are covered by a 1-year warranty.  A 14-day free trial on the Echelon Fit App is also included.





Fitness tip:  Cycling for just 30 minutes could burn between 207-345 calories for women, or 252-420 calories for men, depending on the intensity of the cycling.


Let’s take a glance at the main differences and similarities in features and specifications between the Echelon Smart Connect EX1 versus EX3 laid out in the easy-to-read table below to help you decide on which is the best Spin Bike for you:


Friday, 13 December 2019

SNODE E20 versus E20i Elliptical Trainer Machine, Comparison Review

SNODE E20 Elliptical Trainer Machine, features reviewed and compared with E20i, compact home elliptical
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Both the SNODE E20 and E20i Elliptical Trainer Machines are sturdily constructed with a nice compact design to fit easily in to a small space in your home and at a nice price that won’t break the bank!

The SNODE E20 Elliptical is an entry-level manual machine (with battery operated console) while the SNODE E20i is more of a mid-range electric machine with a better console, more resistance levels, programs and Bluetooth capabilities that the E20 doesn’t have.

Heavy-duty Cross Crank for increased durability & added stability on SNODE E20 and E20i Elliptical Trainer Machines
Heavy-duty Cross Crank for increased
durability & added stability
Both the SNODE E20 and E20i Elliptical Trainer Machines operate surprisingly smoothly and quietly thanks to their magnetic resistance system and 22 lb inertia flywheel.  Both machines feature a rear-drive system with a heavy-duty Cross Crank that provides increased durability and added stability as you exercise.

Compactly designed, the SNODE E20 and E20i Elliptical Machines both offer a 13.78” stride length with large non-slip footplates for safety and can be operated in forward or backward motion.

The dual handlebars on both elliptical machines allow you the option of working just your lower body by holding onto the static handlebars or your entire body by holding on to the moving handlebars as you pedal.

SNODE E20's resistance dial knob, image, with 8 levels of magnetic resistance
SNODE E20's resistance dial knob
As previously mentioned, the SNODE E20i Elliptical Trainer offers more resistance levels than the E20 – twice as many in fact!  The E20i offers 16 levels of electronically controlled magnetic resistance compared to 8 magnetic resistance levels on the E20.  Both are controlled via a simple to use resistance turn dial knob, but the E20i’s dial is located on the console itself while the E20’s dial is located on the machine’s frame beneath the console.

The resistance levels on both elliptical machines give you a good range to work with and allow you total control over the intensity of your workout.  For more challenge and variety, the SNODE E20i also offers 12 motion programs ranging from beginner to advanced and sporty.  The SNODE E20 does not offer any workout programs, rather it is a simple get on and go elliptical trainer without any fuss!

An additional feature the SNODE E20i has which the E20 does not have is Bluetooth capability.  The E20i features Bluetooth Smart technology which is compatible with the free iConsole App (available on both iOS and Android devices) for those of you who like to track your workout data online and for additional training options.

SNODE E20's digital LCD console, image
SNODE E20's digital LCD console
SNODE E20i's digital LCD console  with eye-protection Blu-ray screen,  resistance dial knob, 16 resistance levels,  12 programs, Bluetooth
SNODE E20i's digital LCD console
with eye-protection Blu-ray screen,
resistance dial knob, 16 resistance levels,
12 programs, Bluetooth


As you can see from the images, the SNODE E20 and SNODE E20i Elliptical Machines come with different consoles – the SNODE E20 comes with a simple digital LCD monitor while the E20i comes with a better digital LCD monitor with eye-protection Blu-ray screen.  Both consoles are straightforward and easy to use and display motivating workout stats including time, speed, distance, calories burned and pulse heart-rate.

Both the SNODE E20 and SNODE E20i Elliptical Trainers feature pulse grip heart-rate sensors built into the static handlebars to help you keep track and stay within your target heart-rate zone as you exercise.

Compact design of SNODE E20 & E20i Elliptical Trainer Machines, Dimensions: 47" long x 24" wide x 61" high
Compact design, Dimensions:
47" long x 24" wide x 61" high
Additional features on both the SNODE E20 and SNODE E20i Elliptical Trainer Machines include a handy media shelf to place your iPad/tablet to keep entertained as you exercise, and front-mounted transport wheels for easy relocation of the machine.

Both the SNODE E20 and SNODE E20i Elliptical Trainers support a user weight capacity of up to 265 lbs.  Both machines are the same size and weight, with each machine weighing around 88 lbs and measuring a nice compact size of around just 47” long x 24” wide x 61” high.





Let’s take a glance at the main differences and similarities in features and specifications between the Snode E20 versus Snode E20i laid out in the easy-to-read tables below to help you decide on which is the best elliptical machine for you:


Friday, 6 December 2019

XTERRA Fitness FB150 versus FB350 Folding Exercise Bike, Comparison Review

Xterra Fitness FB150 Folding Exercise Bike, upright, review features compared with FB350
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For such a low price, the Xterra Fitness FB150 and FB350 Folding Exercise Bikes are surprisingly well-built, sturdy and quiet in operation, and with a nice compact design that won’t take up much valued space in your home.

As you can see from the pictures, the main difference between the Xterra Fitness FB150 and FB350 Exercise Bikes comes down to the design of the seat – the FB350’s seat features a lower backrest along with handles by the side of the seat which the FB150 doesn’t have.  This enables you to use the bike in a semi-recumbent position for a more laid-back feel or you can sit upright and hold onto the handlebars around the console as with the FB150 for a more traditional cycling experience.

Xterra Fitness FB150 Exercise Bike's oversized seat, image
Xterra FB150 oversized seat
Xterra Fitness FB350 Exercise Bike's oversized seat with backrest, image
Xterra FB350 oversized seat with backrest



Other differences between the Xterra Fitness FB150 and FB350 Exercise Bikes include a slight difference in overall dimensions and weight of the bike, with the FB150 having a slightly smaller footprint and weighing slightly less than the FB350 (see full dimensions listed in the table below).

The Xterra FB350 also has the addition of a handy accessory holder mounted on the frame which the FB150 does not have.

Xterra Fitness FB350 Exercise Bike's accessory holder, image
Xterra FB350 accessory holder

Apart from the different features mentioned above, the rest of the Xterra Fitness FB150 and FB350’s features are exactly the same.  Both exercise bikes are straightforward and easy to use with the same console and drivetrain.

Both the Xterra Fitness FB150 and FB350 Folding Exercise Bikes’ drivetrain utilize a 3.3 lb precision balanced flywheel, smooth belt drive system and quiet friction-free magnetic resistance.

Both the Xterra FB150 and FB350 exercise bikes offer a good range of 8 levels of magnetic resistance which is easily adjustable via a simple-to-use turn dial knob located on the frame in front of you underneath the console.  You are in total control of your workout – start off at a low setting and increase the intensity when you feel ready to keep challenging yourself.

Xterra Fitness FB150 & FB350 Exercise Bike's resistance dial knob, image
Xterra FB150 & FB350's resistance dial knob

As previously mentioned, the Xterra Fitness FB150 and FB350 Exercise Bikes both utilize the same console.  The console is battery operated (no need to find a space near a wall socket/power outlet to place your bike!) and features a 2” x 1” LCD screen that clearly displays motivating workout stats as you cycle including time, speed, distance, calories burned and heart rate.  Your heart-rate is measured via pulse grip sensors built into the handlebars each side of the console.

Xterra Fitness FB150 & FB350 Exercise Bike's LCD console & multi-grip handlebars with pulse sensors, image
Xterra FB150 & FB350's LCD console &
multi-grip handlebars with pulse sensors

Comfort features on both the Xterra Fitness FB150 and FB350 Exercise Bikes include a large padded seat and padded handlebars.  The handlebars around the console offer multi-grip positions for different hand placement and the seat on both bikes is adjustable for different user heights ranging from around 4ft 10” up to 5ft 10” tall.

Both the Xterra Fitness FB150 and FB350 Exercise Bikes feature non-slip pedals and adjustable foot straps for safety.  Both bikes also utilize a 3-piece pedal crank system for added durability.

Both the Xterra Fitness FB150 and FB350 Exercise Bikes feature an x-frame folding design to help save even more space when not in use.  The FB150 folds to a slightly smaller footprint than the FB350 - 18.1 x 18.1” for the FB150 compared to 20.5 x 21” for the FB350 folded.  Both bikes also feature front-mounted transport wheels for ease of relocation.

Xterra Fitness FB150 Exercise Bike's folding frame, image
Xterra FB150 folding frame
Xterra Fitness FB350 Exercise Bike's folding frame, image
Xterra FB350 folding frame



The Xterra Fitness FB150 and FB350 Folding Exercise Bikes are both sturdily constructed with thick steel tubing solid x-frame and support a user weight capacity of up to 225 lbs.





Let’s take a glance at the main differences and similarities in features and specifications between the Xterra Fitness FB150 versus Xterra Fitness FB350 laid out in the easy-to-read table below to help you decide on which is the best folding exercise bike for you:


Tuesday, 26 November 2019

ProGear 9900 HIIT Bluetooth Smart Cloud Fitness Crossover Stepper Elliptical Trainer, Review

ProGear 9900 HIIT Bluetooth Smart Cloud Fitness Crossover Stepper Elliptical Trainer, with 29 lb cast iron flywheel, front drive belt system, 8 magnetic resistance levels, 8" vertical & 9" horizontal elliptical stepping path
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The ProGear 9900 HIIT Bluetooth Smart Cloud Fitness Crossover Stepper Elliptical Trainer is ideal for high intensity training in the comfort of your own home.

The ProGear 9900 Stepper/Elliptical Machine offers a great cardio and lower-body workout that concentrates on your hamstrings, quads, glutes, calves and more.

With a compact yet sturdily design, the ProGear 9900 Stepper/Elliptical Trainer utilizes a 29 lb cast iron exposed flywheel together with a front drive belt system to provide consistent momentum throughout the machine’s 8 levels of smooth magnetic resistance.

29 lb cast iron exposed flywheel on ProGear 9900 HIIT Stepper Elliptical Trainer
29 lb cast iron exposed flywheel
The ProGear 9900 Stepper/Elliptical Machine is uniquely designed with an 8” vertical stepping path and 9” horizontal elliptical stride path that provides a natural stepping motion.

The ProGear 9900’s overall design and heavy-weight flywheel allows you to burn more calories in a shorter period of time than a traditional elliptical trainer.

The ProGear 9900 Stepper/Elliptical’s patent-pending Smart Resistance Knob connects to the machine’s console for more accurate tracking of watts based on resistance levels.  Both the resistance knob and console are straightforward and easy to use.


Smart Resistance Knob & large 3.5" LCD screen, console, image, on ProGear 9900 HIIT Stepper Elliptical Trainer
Smart Resistance Knob &
large 3.5" LCD screen
The console (battery operated) features a large 3.5” LCD screen that displays motivating workout stats as you exercise including time, speed, distance, RPM, calories burned, pulse, odometer, watts and resistance level.

The ProGear 9900’s console is also compatible with Bluetooth Smart Cloud Fitness – simply connect to the free MyCloudFitness app on your own iOS or Android device for online fitness tracking plus the ability to set your own workout goals (3 workout goal settings are available: time, distance and calories burned).

The ProGear 9900 Crossover Stepper Elliptical Trainer also features integrated hand pulse grip sensors in its handlebars so you can monitor and stay within your target heart rate zone as you exercise.

Static multi-grip handlebars with hand pulse grip heart-rate sensors, image, on ProGear 9900 HIIT Crossover Stepper Elliptical Trainer
Static multi-grip handlebars with
hand pulse grip heart-rate sensors
The ProGear 9900 HIIT Stepper/Elliptical Trainer static handlebars are designed with multi-grip positions allowing you to place your hands in your preferred workout grip position.  The handlebars are coated with anti-slip dipped foam for a comfortable grip.

Additional features of the ProGear 9900 HIIT Bluetooth Smart Cloud Fitness Crossover Stepper Elliptical Trainer include a smart phone/tablet holder, water bottle holder, large foot pedals for comfort, heavy-duty 3-piece crank system, adjustable floor levelers for added stability, and front-mounted transport wheels for easy relocation.

With its sturdy steel construction, the ProGear 9900 supports a user weight capacity up to 220 lbs.

The compact design of the ProGear 9900 measures around 45” x 26.5” x 59” and is suitable for a user height range between 5ft and 6ft 4” tall.

For peace of mind and to reflect the manufacturer’s confidence in the durability of this machine, the ProGear 9900 comes with a 5 year limited warranty.




Let’s take a glance at the ProGear 9900’s features and specifications laid out in the easy-to-read bullet-points below to help you decide if it’s the best stepper elliptical trainer for you:


Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Sole R92 versus Sole LCR Recumbent Bike, Comparison Review

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The Sole R92 and Sole LCR Recumbent Bikes are both high-quality recumbent exercise bikes with a durable construction, comfort ergonomics, and a wealth of premium features to keep your workouts motivating.

The Sole R92 Recumbent Bike is ideal for home use, while the Sole LCR with its more heavy-duty flywheel (31 lbs compared to the R92’s 20 lb flywheel) is ideal for more intensive use either at home or in a light commercial setting.

Besides the difference in flywheel weight, the Sole LCR Recumbent Bike also has twice as many resistance levels than the Sole R92 (40 EMS levels on the LCR versus 20 ECB levels on the R92), so if you’re looking for a lot more challenge then the LCR is the one for you!

Both the Sole R92 and the Sole LCR Recumbent Bikes offer 10 preset programs to keep your workouts varied – 6 standard, 2 heart-rate and 2 custom programs.

Motivating workout stats including time, speed, distance, calories burned and heart rate are displayed on the Sole recumbent bike consoles.  Both the Sole R92 and LCR consoles are easy-to-use and offer Bluetooth connectivity for seamless transition of workout data to online fitness apps on your own mobile device.

However, the display screen on the consoles differ between these two recumbent bikes, with the Sole R92 having a 9” LCD screen and the Sole LCR having a 10.1” TFT LCD screen.

Sole R92 Recumbent Exercise Bike's console with 9" LCD screen, image.
Sole R92 console
with 9" LCD screen
Sole LCR Recumbent Exercise Bike's console with 10.1" TFT LCD screen, image.
Sole LCR console
with 10.1" TFT LCD screen



Additional premium features on both the Sole R92 and Sole LCR consoles include:  Bluetooth audio speakers; media shelf and tablet holder; USB charging port; and integrated cooling fan.

The Sole R92 and Sole LCR Recumbent Exercise Bikes both offer two ways of measuring your heart-rate as you exercise – via contact pulse grip sensors in the handlebars by the side of the seat or via a wireless chest-strap.  A chest-strap heart-rate monitor is included with the R92 but not with the LCR.

Sole LCR's adjustable seat on sliding seat rail system, image
Sole LCR's adjustable seat
on sliding seat rail system
Both the Sole R92 and Sole LCR Recumbent Bikes are constructed with a low-step-through frame design that makes it easy to mount and dismount the comfortable padded seat.  The seat is adjustable for different user heights with simple to use adjustment levers with a sliding seat rail system (see user height compatibility listed in the comparison table below).

The ergonomic oversized pedals on both the Sole R92 and Sole LCR are designed with 2-degree inward incant to ensure correct body posture / joint alignment and helps to prevent strain on your feet and knees as you exercise.

Additional features of both the Sole R92 and Sole LCR Recumbent Bikes include:  water bottle holders so you can keep hydrated as you exercise; front and rear stabilizers for added stability; and front-mounted transport wheels for easy relocation.

Both the Sole R92 and Sole LCR Recumbent Bikes are electric powered and sturdily constructed with a durable heavy-duty steel frame and aluminum shroud.  The bikes have the same footprint but there is a slight difference between the weight of the two bikes (see specifications listed in the comparison table and bullet-points below) and subsequently there’s a difference in the overall user weight capacity between the two Sole bikes with the LCR supporting a higher user weight capacity of up to 350 lbs compared to the R92’s 300 lbs capacity.

Both the Sole R92 and Sole LCR Recumbent Exercise Bikes come with a generous warranty to reflect the manufacturer’s confidence in the quality of these bikes (see difference in warranties offered for each of these bikes listed in the comparison table below).





Fitness tip:  Cycling for just 30 minutes could burn between 207-345 calories for women, or 252-420 calories for men, depending on the intensity of the cycling.


Let’s take a glance at the main differences and similarities of the Sole R92 and Sole LCR’s features and specifications compared in the easy-to-read table and bullet-points below to help you decide on which is the best Recumbent Exercise Bike for you:


Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Comparing Sole R72 versus Sole R92 Recumbent Exercise Bike, What's the Difference?

Sole R92 Recumbent Bike, review features plus compare with R72
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The Sole R72 and Sole R92 Recumbent Exercise Bikes combine quality build and an ergonomic design for user comfort, together with a great range of features to keep your workouts varied and motivating.

The Sole R72 and R92 Recumbent Bikes feature a large comfortable adjustable seat with backrest for support and correct posture, with ergonomically designed pedals which have a 2 degree inward cant to minimize strain on your feet and knees.

The Sole R92 is the higher-end model over the R72 recumbent bike, constructed for more intensive use with a heavier flywheel (20 lb compared to the R72’s 18 lb).  Both bikes offer 1-20 levels of smooth and quiet ECB (Eddy Current Brake) magnetic resistance with quick-touch controls on the console for easy adjustments.

The Sole R72 and R92 both offer a variety of 10 pre-set workout programs including hill and strength training.  There are 6 standard programs, 2 heart-rate programs, and 2 custom programs.  You can choose to follow the set programs or design your own and pedal at your own pace.

The consoles on both the Sole R72 and R92 feature a backlit LCD screen which differs in size between the 2 recumbent bikes, with the R92 having a larger screen at 9” compared to the R72’s 7.5” screen.  Both display motivating workout stats such as time, speed, distance, calories burned and heart rate.

Heart-rate can be monitored in 1 of 2 ways, either via the built-in pulse-grip sensors in the handlebars by the side of the seat or via a chest-strap.  A chest-strap heart-rate monitor is included with the Sole R92 but not with the R72.

Sole R72 Recumbent Bike console, image, displays time, speed, distance, calories burned & heart rate
Sole R72 console
Sole R92 Recumbent Bike console with Bluetooth & tablet holder, image
Sole R92 console with
Bluetooth & tablet holder


The newly updated Sole R92 Recumbent Bike now offers Bluetooth connectivity so you can seamlessly transfer workout data to online fitness apps on your own mobile device.  The R92 also features a handy USB charging port to charge your tablet or mobile phone as you exercise.  The Sole R72 does not have Bluetooth or USB port.

Additional features found on both the Sole R72 and R92 Recumbent Bikes include an integrated cooling workout fan, a convenient water bottle holder and a handy media shelf.  The newly updated Sole R92 also features an integrated tablet/phone holder at the top of its console which the R72 does not have.  Both the Sole R72 and R92 feature a built-in sound system, although this differs between the two recumbent bikes - the R92 features Bluetooth audio speakers, while the R72 is MP3 compatible only.

Both the Sole R72 and R92 Recumbent Bikes are constructed with a strong and durable steel frame with aluminum shroud.  There’s a slight difference in the overall size and weight of these machines (see full specifications in the tables below) and subsequently in the user weight capacity allowed for each bike, with the R72 accommodating for users up to 290 lbs while the R92 allows for a slightly higher user weight capacity of up to 300 lbs.





Fitness tip:  Just a 30 minute cycle ride could burn between 207-345 calories for women, or 252-420 calories for men, depending on the intensity of the cycling.


Let’s take a glance at the Sole R72 and R92's main differences and similarities in features and specifications laid out in the easy to read table and bullet-points below to help you decide on which is the best Recumbent Exercise Bike for you:


Thursday, 31 October 2019

Xterra TR150 versus TR300 Treadmill, Comparison Review

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Both the Xterra TR150 and TR300 Treadmills offer great value for money and are ideal for keeping fit in the comfort of your own home.

The Xterra Fitness TR300 is the higher-end treadmill over the TR300, offering extra features along with a more durable design and larger footprint, making it suitable for heavier use and a longer stride length, whereas the entry-level TR150 takes up less space and is ideal for beginners.

The Xterra TR300’s running deck measures a generous 55” long by 20” wide compared to the smaller TR150’s running deck of 50” long by 16”.  Both treadmill decks feature XTRAsoft cushioning to absorb the impact for a more comfortable workout.  The TR300 features a more heavy-duty 2.0-ply Duraweave belt compared to the TR150’s 1-ply belt.

Xterra Fitness TR150 Treadmill's 16" wide x 50" long deck, image
Xterra TR150's 16" wide x 50" long deck
Xterra Fitness TR300 Treadmill's 20" wide x 55" long deck, image
Xterra TR300's 20" wide x 55" long deck


Both the Xterra Fitness TR150 and TR300 electric-powered Treadmills utilize a high-torque 2.5 HP motor and offer speeds up to 10 mph, allowing you to walk, jog or run at your own pace.

Both treadmills offer incline options for additional challenge, but the TR150 is manually operated (i.e. you have to stop your workout to manually adjust the incline) and only offers 3 low incline settings of 0.5%, 1% or 2%, whereas the TR300 offers 10 incline levels which are electronically controlled at a touch of a button either on the console or on the handrails.

To keep your workouts varied, the Xterra TR150 and TR300 Treadmills offer a range of preset programs, with the TR300 offering twice as many as the TR150 – 24 programs on the TR300 compared to 12 programs on the TR150, along with a Manual option so you can just get on and get going!

Xterra Fitness TR300 Treadmill console, image, with 5.5" blue backlit LCD display, 24 preset programs
Xterra TR300 console, with
blue backlit LCD display
Xterra Fitness TR150 Treadmill's console, image, with 5" LCD display, 12 preset programs
Xterra TR150 console,
with LCD display


The Xterra TR300 Treadmill’s console is more advanced than the TR150 – it features a 5.5” blue backlit LCD display screen for easy viewing compared to the TR150’s 5” LCD display that isn’t backlit.  Both the TR300 and TR150 display motivating workout stats as you exercise including time, speed, distance, calories burned and pulse heart-rate.

Xterra Fitness TR300 Treadmill speed & incline handrail controls, image
Xterra TR300 speed & incline
handrail controls
Your pulse heart-rate is measured by both Xterra treadmills via the hand pulse grip sensors built into the handrails.  The TR300 also has the addition of remote control buttons in the handrails for quick adjusting of speed and incline levels which the TR150 doesn’t have.

Additional features on both the Xterra TR150 and TR300 treadmills’ console include an integrated media tray, two accessory holders and a safety key.  Extra features included on the Xterra TR300’s console that the TR150 does not have include a sound system (audio jack and speakers) and a cooling fan.

Both the Xterra Fitness TR150 and TR300 treadmills feature a folding deck design to help save space when not in use.  However, the design of the folding deck system differs between the two treadmills – the TR150’s deck has to be manually folded, while the TR300’s deck features Lift Assist and Soft Drop for safe and easy folding and lowering of the deck.

Xterra Fitness TR150 Treadmill manual folding deck, with 2 transport wheels, image
Xterra TR150 manual folding deck,
with 2 transport wheels
Xterra Fitness TR300 Treadmill Lift Assist / Safe Drop folding deck, with 4 transport wheels, image
Xterra TR300 Lift Assist / Safe Drop
folding deck, with 4 transport wheels



Both the Xterra TR150 and TR300 treadmills are sturdily constructed.  But with its more durable build and larger footprint (see full dimensions listed in the table below), the Xterra TR300 offers a slightly higher user weight capacity of up to 300 lbs compared to the TR150’s 250 lbs user weight limit.

For peace of mind, both Xterra Fitness Treadmills come with a generous manufacturer’s warranty but as you would expect, the warranty differs between the entry-level TR150 and the higher-classed TR300 (see full details listed in the comparison table below).





Let’s take a glance at the main differences and similarities between the Xterra TR150 and TR300’s features and specifications laid out in the easy to read table below to help you decide on which is the best treadmill for you:


Thursday, 24 October 2019

Sole E98 Elliptical Trainer Machine, Review

Sole E98 Elliptical Trainer Machine, light commercial grade, 32 lb flywheel, 20" stride length, power adjustable incline
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The light-commercial grade Sole E98 Elliptical Trainer Machine is a high-quality elliptical that combines comfort ergonomics with a wealth of top features, making it a best buy in its price range and rivalling many ellipticals in the higher priced categories.

Solidly constructed, the Sole E98 Elliptical Trainer Machine utilizes a 32 lb precision balanced flywheel with a near-silent Front Drive system with High Gear Ratio and EMS resistance to provide super smooth and quiet operation throughout its wide range of programs, incline and resistance levels.

The Sole E98 Elliptical Trainer Machine offers a maximum stride length of 20” and features oversized articulating/adjustable foot pedals that fit the way you walk and are designed with a 2 degree inward slope to help reduce stress on your ankles and knees as you exercise.  Side-to-side motion is eliminated thanks to the Sole E98’s 4-rear-wheel design that provides added stabilization.

The Sole E98 Elliptical Trainer features 20 levels of power adjustable incline.  The unique power adjustable incline enables the user to create a completely different workout that helps to work different muscle groups, targeting areas of the lower body that can’t normally worked out on traditional elliptical machines.

The Sole E98 Elliptical Trainer features dual handlebars – static with pulse-grip heart-rate sensors and moving handlebars with quick-adjust buttons for changing resistance and incline.  The moving handlebars are designed with multi-grip positions that enable you to target different upper-body muscle groups.

Sole E98 elliptical trainer console with 10" TFT LCD screen, 10 programs, Bluetooth, USB port, tablet holder, cooling fans
Sole E98 console
The Sole E98 Elliptical Trainer comes with an easy-to-use console with a large 10” TFT LCD display screen.  The E98’s console offers 10 preset workout programs ranging from heart rate to fat burn to keep your workouts varied (6 standard, 2 custom and 2 heart-rate programs) as well as a Fit Test and a Manual option.

Motivating workout stats displayed as you exercise include time, speed, distance, calories and heart-rate.  Your heart-rate can be measured in 1 of 2 ways, either via the built-in pulse grip sensors or via an optional chest-strap.

The Sole E98’s console is Bluetooth compatible, enabling you to transfer workout data to your own smart device.  There’s a free Sole fitness app available or you can connect to other fitness apps such as Fitbit, Record, MapMyRun, and Apple Health.

Additional high-end features of the Sole E98’s console include Bluetooth audio speakers, USB charging port, integrated tablet holder, and cooling fans.  There’s also a water bottle holder located underneath the console.

Suitable for home or light-commercial use, the Sole E98 Elliptical Trainer Machine is durably constructed with a heavy-duty steel frame and supports a high user weight capacity of up to 400 lbs.  The machine itself weighs around 249 lbs, has a footprint of around 67” high x 82” long x 31” wide, and a step-up height of 14”.

For peace of mind and to reflect the manufacturer’s confidence in this machine, the Sole E98 Elliptical Trainer comes with a generous residential and light-commercial warranty (see full details listed in the bullet points below).




Let’s take a glance at the Sole E98’s features and specifications laid out in the easy-to-read bullet-points below to help you decide if it’s the best elliptical trainer machine for you: