Reviewers say that the Precor EFX 5.25 elliptical trainer is an excellent, near-club-quality elliptical trainer that can hold up to regular use, even by the most serious exercisers. This machine is solid and durable, and users say it feels stable while exercising. Reviewers praise the automated incline, which helps target different muscle groups. The adjustable stride length, between 18.5 and 20 inches, accommodates users of varying heights. Other popular features include 16 resistance levels and eight workout programs. The Precor EFX 5.25 supports wireless heart-rate monitoring, but it doesn't come with a chest strap, an accessory that is often included with ellipticals that cost less.
Reviewers are impressed with the warranty, which includes lifetime coverage for the frame and one year for labor. However, Precor has shortened the parts coverage for the EFX 5.25. Those models sold after Dec. 1, 2010, have a five-year parts warranty, while machines sold prior to that date came with 10 years of parts coverage. Assembly is relatively straightforward, but the Precor EFX 5.25 is bulky and heavy, and it takes some time to put together. If you don't need a club-quality elliptical trainer, reviewers recommend the Sole E35 (Est. $1,300) .
The elliptical experts at TreadmillDoctor.com and Fitness-Equipment-Source.com have the best reviews of the Precor EFX 5.25. Both sites are run by industry insiders who offer their insights into the elliptical trainer market. Expensive ellipticals don't attract many user reviews, but we found a handful of comments about the EFX 5.25 on Amazon.com.
For its Best Buy awards, TreadmillDoctor.com ranks the Precor EFX 5.25 as the first runner-up in its price range. Editors describe the EFX 5.25 as "exceptional quality for a reasonable price," and they give it high scores for reliability, quality and ergonomics.
Review: Precor EFX 5.25 Elliptical Review, Editors of TreadmillDoctor.com
Fred Waters at Fitness-Equipment-Source.com gives the Precor EFX 5.25 a positive review, praising its automated, adjustable incline, reliable performance, and sturdy design.
Review: Precor 5.25 Elliptical Review, Fred Waters
The Precor EFX 5.25 receives only a handful of user reviews, for an overall 4-star rating. Users say they are impressed with the 5.25's stability and smooth motion, but recommend enlisting a friend's help to put it together.
Review: Precor EFX 5.25 Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer (Latest Generation), Contributors to Amazon.com