XTERRA FS 3.0 Elliptical Trainer

8.8 Total Score

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!

Build Quality

At a Glance: XTERRA FS 3.0
Capacity275 lb.
Price RangeUnder $500
Fly Wheel22 lbs
Stride Lenght16″
Dimension60 x 24.4 x 63.2
HR MonitorContact

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  • 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!

Build Quality

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

FeaturesProForm Hybrid TrainerSchwinn A40Body Champ BRM3671Xterra FS 3.0
TypeRear DriveFront DriveRear DriveRear Drive
Upper Body WorkoutYesYesYesYes
Resistance Level148Auto8
Resistance TypeMagneticMagneticMagneticMagnetic
Stride Lenght15″17″14″
Cooling FanN/AYESN/AN/A
User Capasity350 lbs275 lbs275 lbs275 lbs
Heart Rate MonitorsYes Contact HR sensorYes Contact HR sensorYes Contact HR sensorYes Contact HR sensor
Display Type and FeaturesLarge, 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 profileLCD console features preset workout programs, heart-rate-driven and user-customizable programsLED console provides time, distance, calories, and pulse + body fat percentage, BMI and BMR
Additional FeaturesAn 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 holderBoth an elliptical trainer and a stationary bike Oversized steel construction 2-way adjustable seatTransport wheels Synchronized arms for upper/lower body workout
Dimensions44 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 Weight149 lbs100 lbs90 lbs106 lbs
Warranty5 years on frame 90 days on parts & laborLifetime on frame 1-year parts and labor1- year for the frame 90 days on all parts5 years frame 1 year parts and electronics 3 months wear and labor

Final Thoughts

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.


Price: $299.99
as of September 17, 2019 2:20 pm  
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Current Price $299.99September 17, 2019
Highest Price$419.00August 8, 2019
Lowest Price$299.99September 10, 2019
Since May 8, 2019

Last price changes

$299.99September 17, 2019
$415.08September 13, 2019
$299.99September 10, 2019
$351.78September 7, 2019
$400.00August 11, 2019

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Mary Turner
Mary Turner

great site. and because of your info and thorough assessments of machines,i have decided on the XTERRA 3.0 elliptical..pls provide more info as to what the programs include. weight loss, cardio. etc. many thx..ordering next week.


I know between the Xterra 1.5 and 2.5, you recommend the 2.5, but what if its between the 2.5 and the 3.0?

I’m kinda sold on Xterra now, at least for my first elliptical 🙂

J. W.
J. W.

What are your thoughts on the xterra 3.5 which I did not see in review versus the 4.0? I noticed this seems to be a transition from rear wheel to front wheel design for the company. Did you find it to have glitches as they transition from rear to front wheel and decide to omit it from you review? Between the 3.0 and the 3.5, what is your opinion. Thanks so much. Trying to make an informed decision and appreciate your comment. Cheers.