Currently available for £499.00 from Sweatband.com
ProForm 450 LE Elliptical Cross Trainer Review
Having recently got our hands on another ProForm elliptical after a long period of not checking one out, we were really impressed with it. So impressed in fact that we felt it worth seeing what they had to offer at the entry level price point. So we got in the ProForm 450 LE Elliptical to take a closer a look. Here’s what we found…..
Assembly is pretty much standard for an elliptical though ProForm has worked hard on their manuals making the instructions easy enough to follow. With a helper and a bit of patience, most will have this machine assembled in under an hour without any problems.
It’s pretty clear that ProForm has prioritised function over form and, while that’s no bad thing when it comes to fitness equipment, it has to be said that this isn’t the prettiest of ellipticals. On the plus side, it’s functional and looks like a machine built for a purpose.
Looking at the console, the 450 LE has an impressive range of features including iFit compatibility that lets you add more programmes and training options with HD workout videos led by pro personal trainers, races against other iFit members, dietary and sleep advice and a whole lot more. While this is something we’ve come to expect from them, to see this level of functionality on a sub £400 cross trainer is, it must be said, impressive. Not only does the console have a lot of functionality for something at this price point, this is also a well-built machine with a smooth action. The 450 LE is a rear loaded cross trainer with a 6kg (13.2lbs) flywheel and an 18″ stride length which means this is a good option for most people. Usually, we’d be sceptical about a flywheel this light but the 450 LE is smooth and consistent all the way through the entire cycle. We’d still be happier if it was heavier and that bit smoother but ProForm has clearly used all its know-how to create an elliptical that feels slick despite what looks on paper like a light spec.
The fact is that many cross trainers that feel good to use, are also quite large, making them unsuitable for a lot homes. The 450 LE gets around this to a large degree with its folding mechanism so even if you are limited in space, this is still a great option. The folded size is just 80L x 68W x 153H cm (31.4 x 26.7 x 60 inches)
It is not just these features that make the ProForm 450 LE a good cross trainer but also the little finer details: for example, the console has a built-in fan to keep you cool that actually does a good job while the pedals are oversized and nice and comfortable.
This elliptical has all the features we’ve come to expect from its predecessors (the 695, 795 and 895) like the easy to use folding mechanism but improves on previous models by increasing the number of workouts substantially. There are 18 preset workouts plus an on board 8 week weight loss programme borrowed from iFit which gives you a glimpse of some of the things you’ll find in iFit. Speaking of iFit the 450 LE is iFit Bluetooth Smart enabled so while you need to buy a subscription to iFit to use it, you don’t need to spend even more on an iFit module like you used to have to on older models. This is very welcome and makes use of the latest tech to make the whole offering slicker and more cost-effective.
The 450 LE feels good when you first step on it and delivers a comfortable and challenging workout that compares reasonably well with other similarly priced ellipticals . Some of its features stand out from the start, like the comfortable pedals, but others take a little more time to see and appreciate, like the tablet holder on the console and the one-touch console system allowing you to move easily between resistance levels and programmes.
When you put this all together with the quality of a ProForm elliptical, you’d expect this cross trainer to be priced well above this price point. It’s another example of ProForm seemingly on a mission to offer more than anyone else no matter the budget. This is a very good elliptical with lots of features and a smooth and quiet action that when combined with the ability to store it out of the way easily makes it an extremely attractive option and one well worth considering.
An elliptical with an 18" stride and a compact footprint for this money? We're impressed with the ProForm 450 LE. With iFit compatibility, plenty of functionality built into the console and a folding system that's practical this elliptical stands out. It's also got a silky smooth motion that's better than we anticipated. All in all, we liked the 450 LE and at the current price it's worth considering.
ProForm 450 LE Specifications
- 6kg (13.2lbs) flywheel weight
- 18″ (45.7cm) stride length
- 16 levels of Silent Magnetic Resistance
- Easy-to-read 6” LCD display
- Feedback: Speed, time, resistance, distance, rpm, calories and heart rate
- 18 Workout App Programs + OnBoard 8-Week Weight Loss Programming
- Heart Rate Measurement via hand pulse sensors + wireless receiver. Compatible with all Bluetooth® Smart chest straps (not included)
- Conveniences: iFit® Bluetooth Smart (BLE) Enabled (iFit subscription optional), Compatible Music Port for iPod®/mp3 player, Intermix Acoustics™ 2.0, Water bottle holder, tablet holder, Cool Aire workout fan
- Oversized pedals
- SpaceSaver™ folding design
- Transport Wheels
- Size in use (L x W x H): 143cm (56.3″), 68cm (26.7”), 153cm (60.2″)
- Size folded (L x W x H): 80cm (31.5″), 68cm (26.7”), 153cm (60.2″)
- Maximum user weight: 115kg (253.5lbs)
- Weight: 72kg (158.7lbs)
- Warranty: 2 years frame, parts and labour (must register within 28 days for 2nd year)
ProForm 450 LE Elliptical Cross Trainer - Console / Display Unit
Currently available for £499.00 from Sweatband.com
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