ProForm 525 CSE+ Elliptical Cross Trainer Review

Looking squarely at the mid-range ellipticals out there at the moment it’s obvious that there’s no shortage of models to choose from. Just about every major manufacturer has something to offer their customers in this space, and the competition is cut-throat. So how does the ProForm 525 CSE+ stack up when compared with its direct competitors vying for your hard-earned cash?

Assembly of this particular elliptical is easier and involves fewer steps than many other cross trainers. There’s nothing difficult about it and with another person to help with holding things in place, it shouldn’t take more than about 30 to 40 minutes.

Like with all ellipticals it’s important to get the machine sitting properly flat on the floor to avoid unwanted squeaks and creaks, and this is particularly easy to do in this instance as there’s a leg leveller on each of the four corners of the frame, rather than just at the rear. It’s a very easy system to use and it works well. Even if your floor is particularly uneven you shouldn’t have any trouble in getting the 525 CSE+ dead flat with the minimum of fuss.

Once set up it only takes a few turns of the pedals to quickly realise that this is not a cheap pretender. It’s a smooth elliptical that’s obviously got know-how behind it. The 16″ (41cm) stride action is smooth, uniform and quiet all the way throughout and the change between resistance levels takes place quickly enough to make this model a viable option if you’re an interval training fan. The top end of the resistance is respectably difficult too and will be challenging enough for even quite physically fit users while the footplates are oversized and well padded so rather than having to adjust the pedal to get comfortable, all you have to do is move your feet around until you get the position you want. Everything is nicely complemented by the surprisingly heavy 10kg (22lbs) that ensures everything keeps on rolling smoothly, making this cross trainer feel more expensive than it actually is.

The 6” high-contrast, backlit LCD display shows all your training data with nice large, clear characters making it easy to see how you’re progressing. The number of buttons has been kept to a minimum making this elliptical easy to use but for added complexity, it’s possible to connect a tablet and sign up to iFit which allows you to connect your tablet to the console and access the iFit interactive training service. If you really want to increase your training options and the number of workouts you’ve got access to this is a great option. That being said, there’s no pressing need to subscribe to a paid for service here as the 525 CSE+ has 18 preset workouts built-in offering a solid selection of workouts broken down into calorie based, target time based and interval training based programmes. In short, there’s plenty enough here to keep things interesting but if you do want more, you can get more.

Other goodies include a Bluetooth smart wireless heart rate receiver, hand pulse sensors, audio input, stereo speakers, water bottle holder and a tablet holder. This solid little elliptical also comes with a 2-year on-site parts and labour warranty.

We’re impressed with the 525 CSE+. It feels smooth, is comfortable, is suitable for a wide range of people, has plenty onboard workouts to keep you challenged and feels as nice to use as quite a few more expensive models out there. At the current price this elliptical stands out and if you’re looking for a quality cross trainer without breaking the bank then this should be on your shortlist.

Best Price

The ProFrom 525 CSE+ is not currently available from any retailers we're aware of in the UK.
It may be worth looking for a used machine on ebay

Review Summary - In Brief

The Proform 525 CSE+ represents very good value for money. It feels like a more expensive machine than the price would indicate and is smooth and quiet thanks to quality internal components. Being iFit compatible it also offers more training options than you can shake a stick at. At this price, it really stands out for its comfort, build quality and features - and that makes it easy to recommend.

ProFrom 525 CSE+ Specifications

  • 10kg (22lbs) Effective Inertia flywheel
  • 16” (41cm) extra-large stride
  • 20 levels of smooth Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR™) with 9 Resistance buttons
  • 6” display with blue backlit LED screen and integrated speakers for staying motivated with training playlist
  • Feedback: Speed, time, distance, calories, heart rate, pulse and pace
  • 19 workout programmes (1 manual, 18 pre-set workout apps)
  • iFit® Coach Enabled – access from computer, tablet or smartphone
  • Heart rate measurement via EKG hand pulse sensors + Bluetooth Smart wireless receiver (chest strap optional)
  • Soft Touch upper body workout arms
  • Oversized, comfortable pedals
  • Compatible music port for iPod/MP3 player with integrated dual 2” speakers
  • Extras: bottle holder, tablet holder, adjustable levelling feet, transportation wheels
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 152cm (59.8″) x 63cm (24.8”) x 160cm (63″)
  • Max. User Weight: 125kg (275.6lbs)
  • Product weight: 60kg (132lbs)
  • Power: 9v Power Supply included
  • Warranty: 2 years parts and labour (must register within 28 days for 2nd year)

ProForm 525 CSE+ Elliptical Cross Trainer - Console / Display Unit

ProForm 525 CSE+ Elliptical Cross Trainer - User Reviews

The Pros

  • Heavy flywheel
  • Plenty of onboard workouts to choose from
  • Comfortable ride
  • iFit compatible
  • Value for money

The Cons

  • Stride may be a bit short for taller users
ProForm 525 CSE+ Elliptical Cross Trainer Reviewer Ratings

Ease Of Installation - 8
Appearance - 8
Smoothness - 8.5
Comfort - 8
Reliability - 8
Noise - 8
Ease Of Use - 7.5
Controls - 7.5
Warranty - 8.5
Value for Money - 9
Best Price

The ProFrom 525 CSE+ is not currently available from any retailers we're aware of in the UK.
It may be worth looking for a used machine on ebay

Also see our Elliptical Cross Trainer Comparison Table

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