The tough build of the Q37ci, combined with innovative features like X-Mode, makes this elliptical ideal for a full-body cardio workout.
Doesn't incline, but does everything else. Expert and user reviews alike praise the smooth performance of the Octane Q37ci. Its robust weight creates a solid feel; even large users have trouble swaying this machine. The stride is an optimal 20.5 inches, a comfortable length for most exercisers. The Q37ci doesn't incline, but makes up for it with cross training features like programmable workouts that urge users to move in different ways.
One innovation that's unique to Octane Fitness machines is converging handlebars. Those on the Q37ci follow a natural running arm path toward the center of the body and have their own resistance settings in ArmBlaster mode. Their unique shape allows for multiple grips.
In addition, the Q37ci's pedals are spaced closer together than on the average elliptical to mimic a natural running motion. Fred Waters of Fitness-Equipment-Source.com believes some exercisers may strain their hips using ellipticals with strides that are too wide, and Octane narrows the gap between the Q37ci footpads to counter this.
Cross training programs. The Octane Q37ci offers several unique features designed to optimize a workout. From the LED control console, a user can enter and control ArmBlaster, X-Mode and GluteKicker programs. The latter two prompt different actions to engage various lower-body muscles.
Moving and stationary handlebars read heart rate, and a heart-rate monitor chest strap is included. The Q37ci has four heart-rate interactive programs plus 12 other preset programs. The console has no speakers, music inputs or fan.
For a complete cross training/home gym experience, the Q37ci includes resistance bands that connect to the front of the machine to permit additional upper-body workouts. Users may also purchase optional side platforms.
Built like a tank. Despite its smaller size of 33-by-65-inches, the Octane Q37ci weighs a hefty 220 pounds and can accommodate users up to 300 pounds. Consumer reviews call it sturdy, and only one mentions a parts failure. At ConsumerReports.org, one owner claims to have used the machine for more than two years without any problems. Waters says, "the Octane Q37 is solid as a rock."
Solid warranty. The warranty on the Q37ci is great, and just one review mentions the need to contact customer service. Octane protects the Q37ci with a lifetime warranty on the frame, five years on parts and one year for labor. One user states, "I had a part give out long after the warranty ended, and Octane support was superb. They sent a free part and helped me with replacement."
Review Credibility: Very Good ConsumerReports.org editors rigorously test products and allow for user input. The Octane Q37ci is included in the site's latest round of testing, and consumers who post reviews give the elliptical 4.8 stars out of 5.
Review: Octane Fitness Q37ci, Contributors and editors of ConsumerReports.org, September 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good A former executive at Smooth Fitness, Waters tests elliptical trainers, and speaks with fitness equipment salespeople and experts. His review of the Q37ci is shorter than usual, but he concludes that it's a solid machine with several innovative features. No comparisons are made to other machines.
Review: Octane Q37 Elliptical Trainer Review, Fred Waters, Not dated
Review Credibility: Good TreadmillDoctor.com editors rigorously test the products they review, including disassembling each machine. They rate each elliptical on adjustability, reliability, noise level, value, warranty, quality and ergonomics. Here the Octane Q37ci gets a rating of 5.19 out of 10. It isn't directly compared to other machines, but editors say it can't compete with the likes of Precor.
Review: Octane Q37ci Elliptical Review, Editors of TreadmillDoctor.com, October 2012
Review Credibility: Fair This similar model attracts only two consumer reviews at Amazon.com, and both give it a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. However, comments are brief and one user says he has had the elliptical for only five days.
Review: Customer Reviews: Octane Fitness Q35c Elliptical Cross Trainer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2012