Last Updated on March 3, 2018 by Assistant Editor
Body Solid offers the consumer a quality, well-built and sturdy elliptical machine in the Best Fitness E1 Elliptical. This machine provides a quiet, smooth and very stable elliptical motion during even the most intense workouts. The compact design of this elliptical machine allows the user to exercise and store the equipment in almost any room of their house. Read on for our full elliptical review of the Best Fitness E1.
- Height: 32 inches
- Width: 45 inches
- Length: 33 inches
- Weight: 206 lbs
- Height: 66 inches
- Width: 30 inches
- Length: 48 inches
- Weight: 182 lbs
- Body Solid® patented center drive design provides stability in a compact design.
- 21” stride accommodates most users.
- 17 resistance settings that can be automatically adjusted to allow the user to set their desired intensity throughout their workout.
- 12 programmed workouts to keep you motivated throughout your workout.
- Heart rate monitoring located on stationary handlebars that provide accurate readings for heart rate workouts.
- Water bottle holder allows you to continue your workout and remain hydrated.
- Maximum User Weight: 275 lbs.
- Backlit LCD display.
- 4 training modes that provide a custom and complete workout. They include:
- Manual Mode – Values set by the user for Time, Distance, Calories and/or Pulse.
- Program Mode – 12 preset resistance profiles already designed for the user’s workout.
- User Mode – Allows the user to create a workout with up to 20 workout intervals.
- Watt Mode – Allows the user to output a constant power during the workout.
- A Recovery Mode compares your heart rate during your workout to your recovery heart rate and assigns you a fitness score.
- Workout data includes:
- Revolutions per Minute
- Load (Resistance)
- Clock and Calendar (Displayed in Sleep Mode)
The frame has a 15 year warranty. It also has two (2) year warranties on electronics and parts, a six (6) month wear parts warranty and a one (1) year labor warranty.
Shipping and Assembly:
Body Solid does not sell and ship directly. Instead they sell and ship from local retailers. For this reason shipping costs can vary greatly.
Assembly is fairly simple with this machine. The assembly manual comes with fully-illustrated pictures and the manual states that the process should take about an hour. Most reviewers agreed that assembly is easy, citing times of 60-90 minutes to put the elliptical machine together.
About the Manufacturer:
The Best Fitness E1 Elliptical is manufactured by Body Solid. The company was founded in 1989 and has since become know for providing high-quality exercise equipment for home and commercial use. Body Solid has a wide array of equipment including treadmills, elliptical machines, multi-station gyms, free weight machines, weight plates, kettlebells, dumbbells and many other fitness accessories. They currently sell products in 44 states in the United States and 57 countries.
What We Love About the Body Solid Best Fitness E1 Elliptical:
The Best Fitness E1 Elliptical is a well designed machine that provides excellent elliptical motion and a quiet ride. The Body Solid center drive design and this elliptical machines low center of gravity keep it firmly in position during the toughest workouts. The center drive design also enables the machine to be compact, keeping all of the machine’s components centrally located and in a small footprint. This elliptical machine can be used and stored almost anywhere.
Motion & Sturdiness
The Best Fitness E1 Elliptical has many design features that help with its sturdiness and smooth elliptical motion. First and foremost, the Body Solid patented center drive design makes the footprint of this machine very small, thus creating a compact and solid machine. The elliptical machine is made from a powder-coated steel frame adding to its strength. Finally, the machines low center of gravity keeps it securely in place during the most intense workouts. A lot of reviewers also commented on how quiet this machine is during exercising.
At only four feet long and two and a half feet wide, the Best Fitness E1 Elliptical is compact in size. This is mostly due to the Body Solid patented center drive design. The design allows all of the elliptical mechanism to be contained within the main body of the machine, instead of having a large flywheel out front. Needing very little space for a workout, this elliptical machine can basically be slid right up against a wall and be out of the way. This elliptical machine can be stored easily.
The foot pedals on the Body Solid Best Fitness E1 Elliptical are one of the very few comfort features on this machine. The foot pedals are low to the ground which makes getting on and off the machine very easy. Additionally, they are padded for comfort during the user’s workout. The best feature, however, is that the foot pedals are positioned closely to each other. The design provides for a very comfortable elliptical motion and takes stress off of the hips. One final feature is that the Best Fitness E1 Elliptical allows for backward motion, which is great for targeting different muscle groups.
One drawback on the Best Fitness E1 Elliptical is that there is no incline capability at all. Most elliptical machines in this price range you are trying to ensure that you have an automatic functioning incline rather than having to manually set it. However, Body Solid® doesn’t provide incline at all. This is very disappointing as you can really increase intensity and work different muscle groups by adjusting incline on an elliptical machine.
One area where the Body Solid® Best Fitness E1 Elliptical lacks is in the programmed workouts. The computer only provides 12 programmed workouts. There are other elliptical machines around the same price that will provide twice as many pre-programmed workouts. Additionally, other elliptical machines have interfaces with online apps that provide an endless amount of workouts. Finally, the Best Fitness E1 Elliptical lacks any ability to download and store the data so that your performance can be tracked.
Water Bottle Holder
While Body Solid tried to do a good thing by providing a water bottle holder, they did a horrible job by positioning it on the frame outside the arm controls. It is nearly impossible to get to the bottle while exercising, which all but negates the purpose of having a water bottle holder. Hopefully, Body Solid® corrects this issue in future models of their exercise equipment.
Final Word on the Body Solid Best Fitness E1 Elliptical:
Body Solid lists the price of the Best Fitness E1 Elliptical at $1,745, but it can be found quite cheaper across the internet. At this price this elliptical machine is a decent buy. You are getting a quality machine with great elliptical movement in a compact design. The Best Fitness E1 Elliptical will last you a long time. The things that may keep you from making this purchase are the lack of incline, the lack of computer options and disregard for comfort features.