The Octane Fitness Q37ci combines a tough build, smooth resistance and good warranty with innovative features like stationary platforms and elastic resistance bands to include strength training in your workout. The 20.5-inch stride length is comfortable for most users, and the Q37ci's compact footprint means it'll fit where mammoth 80-inch ellipticals cannot.
Doesn't incline, but does everything else. Experts and users say the Octane Fitness Q37ci's resistance is smooth and quiet. Its robust weight makes it feel stable underfoot, even for larger users. The stride length is 20.5 inches -- comfortable for most exercisers -- and although the Q37ci doesn't incline, several cross-training workouts help you target specific muscle groups.
The Q37ci's moving handlebars have multiple handgrips and follow a converging path that simulates your natural arm movements while running; the pedals are also placed closer together than on most elliptical trainers for a more natural motion. ArmBlaster mode increases the handlebar resistance for 10 repetitions.
Cross-training programs. The Octane Fitness Q37ci sports a total of 16 workout programs, including four heart-rate control programs and four cross-training programs that target different muscle groups. The Q37ci doesn't have speakers, music inputs or a fan, but it does come with a holder for your MP3 player and, more notably, elastic resistance bands that attach to the front of the machine for an upper-body strength-training workout. You can also purchase optional side platforms to stand on while strength training, or if you only want to work your arms.
Built like a tank. The Octane Fitness Q37ci has a tidy 30-by-65-inch footprint -- quite small for an elliptical trainer in this price and weight class. It weighs a hefty 220 pounds and can accommodate users up to 300 pounds. Consumer reviewers say it's 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. Fred Waters, writing at Fitness-Equipment-Source.com, says "the Octane Q37 is solid as a rock."
Solid warranty. Octane Fitness protects the Q37ci with a lifetime warranty on the frame, five years for parts and one year for labor. (The only exception is the elastic resistance bands, which have only a 90-day warranty.) Users only rarely have to contact customer service and, when they do, they leave happy. One writes that "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."
ConsumerReports.org editors rigorously test products and allow for user input. The Octane Q37ci is included in the site's latest round of testing; a couple of users also post their comments, giving the Q37ci an average score of 5 stars out of 5.
Review: Octane Fitness Q37ci, Contributors to and Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
A former executive at Smooth Fitness, Waters tests elliptical trainers and consults with industry experts. He publishes a short review of the Octane Q37i, writing that it's "a sweet machine" and "solid as a rock."
Review: Octane Q37 Elliptical Trainer Review, Fred Waters, Not Dated
Fred Waters of Fitness-Equipment-Source.com makes a guest post to About.com's walking site, highlighting his picks for the best elliptical trainers. The Octane Fitness Q37ci makes an appearance on this list, in addition to the positive review already on Waters's personal review site.
Review: Top 4 Best Elliptical Trainers, Fred Waters, Dec. 8, 2013
TreadmillDoctor.com editors rigorously test the products they review, including disassembling each machine. They say the Octane Q37ci has "pretty good" ergonomics and project it will have "okay" reliability, but feel it's not a very good value.
Review: Octane Q 37 ci Elliptical Review, Editors of TreadmillDoctor.com, Not Dated
The Octane Fitness Q37ci isn't sold at Amazon.com but the similar Octane Fitness Q35c is, garnering an impressive 4.7-star average score from 15 user reviewers. This gives us some insight into Octane's general construction quality and customer-service practices.
Review: Octane Fitness Q35c Elliptical Cross Trainer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013