The snappily titled NordicTrack SpaceSaver E5 si Elliptical trainer is a bit of a novelty in that it has a folding mechanism in order to allow you to easily store the machine when it is not in use. This is a fairly standard feature on most home treadmills and is the second in NordicTrack range to use this feature. So the question is, does it really save any space and does the folding mechanism affect the machines stability. Well, it does save some space (between 2 to 3 feet) so does make sense if you want to stowe the machine away into a smaller space.
The elliptical machine has been rated to take an exerciser with weights up to 275llb, and although the folding mechanism doesn’t overly affect the sturdiness of the machine I think the 275llb is a little too high for this elliptical trainer.
This elliptical has the iFit card reader built in to the computer console. Each iFit card comes with an exercise program designed by an certified personal trainer. Your trainer talks to you throughout your exercise routine and manages the resistance of the elliptical during your work-out.
Above and beyond the iFit programs, this elliptical trainer also has six work-out programs. Four of these are classified as aerobic, weight-loss or performance programs. The programs manage the resistance of the machine to ensure that you get a precisely calculated work-out each time you exercise.
There are also two heart-rate controlled programs built into the machine. These increase or decrease the resistance of the machine as necessary to ensure your pulse-rate stays within pre-determined boundaries. Not surprisingly, your heart-rate is monitored by “Club Design CardioGrip” heart rate monitors that are built into the handlebars of the machine.
This SpaceSaver E5 si has some really good extras for an elliptical in this price range. In particular this elliptical trainer has an large built-in fan that changes its airflow depending on how hard you are exercising. You can also set the fan to blow constantly if required. If you like listening to music whilst you exercise, you’ll be pleased that the NoricTrack has built-in speakers that allow you to play music via your mp3 player or iPod.
The stride on the SpaceSaver E5 si elliptical is fixed to an 18” pitch. If you’re not of an average height you may be better served looking for a machine with a stride that suits you’re height more, or paying for a machine with an adjustable stride setting.
I always find the warranties interesting, being that they directly show the confidence has in the quality of their equipment. This NordicTrack elliptical trainer comes with a lifetime guarantee on the frame and 1 year parts and labor. I’d like to see the warranty more closely aligned with the treadmill warranties we see.