The Stamina InMotion E1000 is as basic an elliptical trainer as there is on the market. It's nothing but a set of pedals mounted on a small base; it has neither a control console, moving handlebars nor incline controls. You adjust resistance by turning a knob, and toggle through displays on the tiny LCD screen with the aid of a single button. Durability is so-so.
More of a stepping machine. The Stamina InMotion E1000 draws mixed reviews for stability; a few say it's steady as a rock, but most warn that it can rock side-to-side during use. That's to be expected from a mini-elliptical with a 12-by-20-inch footprint. The very short stride length can feel awkward, even to short users; they say it feels more like a choppy, stepping motion than the natural ellipse-shaped stride of larger elliptical trainers. One Amazon.com reviewer writes that "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 Stamina InMotion E1000 has just one control button that toggles through the one-metric-at-a-time displays on the tiny LCD screen; you adjust the resistance by twisting a tension knob. Many users opt to sit while pedaling the E1000, but quite a few say you can also stand while using it (and get a great core workout in the process). That simplicity is a definite plus; owners like being able to just place their feet on the E1000 and go. There's no cord to plug in, and the E1000 is small enough to place beneath a desk.
Keep realistic expectations. The Stamina InMotion E1000's theoretical maximum user weight is 250 pounds, but we found numerous durability complaints from users who weigh significantly less. "The first time I stepped on it, the plastic footrest snapped in half (I weigh 155 pounds). The second time I used it, the trainer started squeaking and shaking after about 35 minutes," writes one Amazon.com user. Others point out that the bare-bones display doesn't always work correctly. Although many owners complain that the E1000 breaks within the first two months, many still say it's a great value (thanks to the very low price).
Just buy another one. The Stamina InMotion E1000 has a steel frame and non-slip pedals; it comes with a one-year warranty and 90 days of parts coverage. It's the foot pedals and internal resistance mechanism (which appears to be made of plastic) that draw most user complaints. Owners say that if you manage to break the InMotion E1000 outside of the warranty period, you should just buy another one. Most users don't have anything to say about customer service because they don't bother to attempt repairs.
More than 1,000 Amazon.com users give the Stamina InMotion E1000 an average score of 3.8 stars out of 5. The biggest complaint is how quickly it breaks; "RIP short-lived piece of crap," writes one particularly vehement user.
Review: Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013
A former marketing executive for Smooth Fitness, Waters tests elliptical trainers and speaks with fitness equipment salespeople and experts. He warns that the E1000 "doesn't compare to a higher priced, full-size elliptical," but does suggest a few points in its favor.
Review: Stamina InMotion 55-1610 E1000 Elliptical Trainer Review, Fred Waters, Not Dated
More than 150 Walmart.com reviewers give the InMotion E1000 4.2 stars out of 5. Eighty-six percent say they would recommend the product to a friend. Reviews are brief but state length of ownership and frequency of use, which is informative.
Review: Stamina InMotion E-1000 Elliptical Trainer, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of December 2013
More than 80 user reviewers rate the Stamina InMotion E1000 at Wayfair.com, giving it an overall score of about 4.5 stars. The biggest complaints include a substandard display and poor durability; the highest point is its value.
Review: Stamina InMotion E1000 Elliptical Trainer, Contributors to Wayfair.com, As of December 2013