The InMotion E1000 has neither a control console, moving handlebars nor incline. In fact, the only thing it has is pedals. There's no elliptical that's easier to use, and the overwhelming support of nearly 600 consumer reviews speaks volumes about its user satisfaction. However, it will break eventually.
More of a stepping machine. The Stamina InMotion E1000 may rock from side to side during use, and instability is to be expected for a machine of this size. Users also report a very short stride, more of a choppy motion or stepping pattern than the natural ellipse-shaped gliding of stand-up ellipticals. One Amazon.com reviewer says, "Anyone taller than 5 foot 3 inches is going to feel like they are barely lifting their feet."
Step and go. With a lack of features comes a lack of complexity. The InMotion E1000 has one control button that toggles through counters on the tiny LCD screen and one twisting tension knob. Although the machine may be used from a sitting position, users say it's much easier to stand on than one might suspect. Few reviews mention any balance issues.
Owners like the ability to simply step on and immediately begin exercising. The computer only counts the time actually spent moving the pedals. There's no cord to plug in, and the elliptical is small enough to take to the office and place under a desk as commercials suggest.
Keep realistic expectations. The E1000's maximum user weight is 250 pounds, which is impressive for such a small elliptical, but reviews suggest that potential buyers maintain realistic expectations. Many owners report that the elliptical breaks within the first two months, but say they still feel like they got their money's worth.
Just buy another one. If you manage to break the InMotion E1000 outside of the warranty period, reviewers advise simply buying another one. Stamina provides a one-year frame and 90-day parts warranty, which is minimal compared to other ellipticals, but the Stamina is a minimal machine. Owner reviews don't tend to discuss customer service because they don't bother to attempt repairs.
Review Credibility: Very Good The Stamina InMotion E1000 attracts more than 650 user reviews at Amazon.com, and gets an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Owners say it breaks quickly but they're nonetheless satisfied with their purchase.
Review: Customer Reviews: Stamina 55-1610 InMotion E1000 Elliptical Trainer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good A former marketing executive for Smooth Fitness, Waters tests elliptical trainers, and speaks with fitness equipment salespeople and experts. He suggests the InMotion E1000 to individuals seeking a cardio workout at minimal cost, but warns that its quality won't exceed the price.
Review: Stamina InMotion 55-1610 E1000 Elliptical Trainer Review, Fred Waters, Not dated
Review Credibility: Good More than 100 Walmart.com posters give the InMotion E1000 4.3 stars out of 5, and 88 percent say they would recommend the product to a friend. Reviews are brief, but must state length of ownership and frequency of use.
Review: Stamina InMotion E1000 Elliptical Trainer, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2012