This is the most feature packed budget elliptical of 2015! it comes with a heavy 22 lbs flywheel, 16" stride, 20 resistance levels, big LCD display and quite good built quality. Making it the Best Budget elliptical!
|At a Glance: XTERRA FS 3.0|
|Price Range||Under $500|
|Fly Wheel||22 lbs|
|Dimension||60 x 24.4 x 63.2|
- Long Stride (for the price range)
- Big LCD Display
- Heavy Fly wheel
- Fixed Stride
- Requires frequent lubrication to keep wheels smooth
- No chest strap
List price for this trainer is $499.99. But you can get it for $360; which makes it in our list of “top 10 budget elliptical”. Most appealing things about this machine are long stride (16 inch), big easy to read LCD display, 20 resistance level, heavy fly wheel (22 lbs).
It is very uncommon for a budget elliptical to have a 22 lbs flywheel. If this trainer was slightly less noisy, we would declare it the number one budget elliptical for 2014!
Xterra is not popular for making budget ellipticals. But this is a solid machine. We have tested this trainer for hours and all we got is some noise in high resistance levels. If your machine wobbles, you can easily adjust the alignment of this trainer with the alignment dialler in the bottom of this trainer (see picture). It has is one of the best Build Quality for a budget elliptical
This trainer has a big 5.5” blue LCD display. It’s very easy to read in both bright and dark environment. Display shows: Time you spent on the trainer, your pulse, current speed, calories burned, distance traveled, watt used by the trainer and current program you are on.
There are 14 built in programs in this trainer. Below are 5 of the basic programs that you can easily select from the display panel. All of them are exciting and will keep you motivated.
- User Program Mode
- Heart Rate Mode
- Watt Mode
- Recovery Mode
- Body Fat Mode
Please check the User Manual, for detail list of programs:
There is no denying that this machine makes some noise. But if you compare it with others in the same price range, we think it’s within acceptable range. Most of the elliptical under $800 makes noise and to get 100% noiseless exercise you will have to significantly increase your budget. After a prolonged use, we found the FS3.0 makes quite loud noise in high resistance level. If you have different experience please make a comment below with your experience.
Heart Rate Monitor
This trainer comes with a contact heart rate grips. Which means, your heart rate will only be monitored when you put your thumbs on the contact grip on the specific point of stationary handle. This is something we hate about the budget ellipticals. Because, most of the times this provide wrong heart rates.
Assembling this unit is fairly easy. It can be done within 2 hours. Fully assembled trainer is 104 lbs, means you can easily move it around your house without help from any one. Just follow the instruction manual that comes with your box, and you are good to go.
Xterra provides 5 years warranty for this unit. This is a good deal, because none of the budget elliptical comes with 5 years warranty.
Comparison of Related Elliptical Machines
|Features||ProForm Hybrid Trainer||Schwinn A40||Body Champ BRM3671||Xterra FS 3.0|
|Type||Rear Drive||Front Drive||Rear Drive||Rear Drive|
|Upper Body Workout||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|User Capasity||350 lbs||275 lbs||275 lbs||275 lbs|
|Heart Rate Monitors||Yes Contact HR sensor||Yes Contact HR sensor||Yes Contact HR sensor||Yes Contact HR sensor|
|Display Type and Features||Large, LCD window to monitor your workout. The console is adjustable, so whether you’re sitting or standing, you can easily view and adjust all workout parameters.||LCD console. Display readout: Speed, rpm, time, distance, calories, pulse, resistance level, and course profile||LCD console features preset workout programs, heart-rate-driven and user-customizable programs||LED console provides time, distance, calories, and pulse + body fat percentage, BMI and BMR|
|Additional Features||An exercise bike and an elliptical trainer, with a comfortable, chair-like seat this hybrid trainer offers total-body elliptical training. Adjustable pedals to accommodate an elliptical or bike position.||High inertia flywheel provide a smooth and natural feel Compact footprint Reading rack Water bottle holder||Both an elliptical trainer and a stationary bike Oversized steel construction 2-way adjustable seat||Transport wheels Synchronized arms for upper/lower body workout|
|Dimensions||44 x 24 x 18 inches (W x H x D)||59 x 23 x 64 inches (L x W x H)||39 x 24 x 12.5 inches (W x H x D)||45 x 26 x 66 inches (L x W x H)|
|Unit Weight||149 lbs||100 lbs||90 lbs||106 lbs|
|Warranty||5 years on frame 90 days on parts & labor||Lifetime on frame 1-year parts and labor||1- year for the frame 90 days on all parts||5 years frame 1 year parts and electronics 3 months wear and labor|
In the end of the day, it all depends on what you want with your elliptical. We always suggest to avoid all budget elliptical. Because sooner or later these will break down and warranty will not cover that. The only trainer we can suggest over this one is Schwinn A40 (2013). Schwinn is a better brand and stride length for that is longer (17.5 inch compared to 16 inch for this one). But the A40 comes with less resistance levels, less programs and lighter flywheel. If you are over 5 feet 8 inch and weight under 250 lbs we would suggest you go for the A40.
|Current Price||$366.16||January 16, 2019|
|Highest Price||$406.88||October 18, 2018|
|Lowest Price||$340.64||October 2, 2018|
Last price changes
|$366.16||January 10, 2019|
|$356.84||January 8, 2019|
|$366.16||November 3, 2018|
|$406.86||October 24, 2018|
|$387.49||October 20, 2018|