Xterra FreeStyle 4.0e Elliptical Review
The Xterra FreeStyle 4.0e is an entry level elliptical by Xterra Fitness. It is a solid and cheap machine that will give you a good workout. There are fewer programs, less warranty and features than other Xterra models.
This doesn't make the 4.0e a bad elliptical, it's just average across the board and that's why you see 3 stars everywhere. It's a sturdy machine because it's made like the other Xterra ellipticals, I would just say if you can afford more then go for a better model.
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Xterra FreeStyle 4.0e Elliptical
Being an entry level machine the console is at it's most basic. If you look at the picture on the right the buttons at the bottom are the resistance level up and down, start and stop. Above that is a button for each preset program. To either side there are speakers with a aux input below. I found the quality of the speakers questionable but then you shouldn't expect hi fi sounds from exercise equipment.
To the center is the main display and it's a 6" blue backlit screen. It's easy to read but you can't display much information at once because it isn't big enough. So you have time, program name and distance shown. Then you press enter and speed, RPM and watts will show. You have to press enter again to see calories, level and pulse. So as you can see it really does deserve 3 stars.
The preset programs can all be made harder or easier depending on your choice. You input your age, weight and then the time you want to run the program for. You are then asked for the maximum level and this is the important part. You enter the number for your maximum exertion. You'll soon learn what works best for your fitness level.
There are no heart rate programs so you will miss that beneficial workout. There are heart rate sensors so you can see your heart beat (these can be quite unreliable though). The best way is using a heart rate chest strap and the 4.0e does not have the ability to read the signals from these. It's an entry level machine and that keeps the cost down.
Whether you choose a program or go for the manual option is up to you. There are 20 levels of resistance. To gain and maintain fitness try and have a faster heart beat and be slightly out of breath. Always check with your physician as to whether a piece of exercise equipment is suitable for you. Otherwise it could be an expensive mistake and not something to improve your health with.
The FreeStyle 4.0e gets just 3 stars. The feature I think it misses the most is not having an incline. It has resistance levels like others but not an incline. Inclined ellipticals are a great way to target the lower body at it's most full. All other Xterra ellipticals have an incline feature included but not this one.
Another feature it doesn't have is a swivel workout fan. They're not always very powerful on a home elliptical but I do like to see one. Once the elliptical is assembled there are transport wheels. This is good because you would need two people to lift the machine anywhere. You can change the room that has the elliptical easily. You don't necessarily have to assemble it in the same room you'll exercise.
Buying direct from Xterra Fitness means you're protected by a 60 day money back guarantee. This is impressive for the fitness equipment industry where you normally see 30 days. To claim it you call Xterra for a return number. Otherwise the 4.0e is ok where features are concerned. It's an entry level machine and it adequately has entry level features.
The maximum user weight is 325 lbs or 147 kg. This is not bad for a cheaper elliptical. Even though this is average compared to all the ellipticals I have reviewed here. This shows it does have some sturdiness and build quality to it. The elliptical weight is 155 lbs and the flywheel is 21 lbs.
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The warranty is lifetime for the frame and brake, 1 years parts and 1 year labor. This is average for the ellipticals I've reviewed and more than acceptable for the price. I'm happy to see and review ellipticals that have 1 year of labor because I believe that is what should be the minimum. Ignore any elliptical that can't provide this.
At the time of writing the FreeStyle 4.0e is $799.99. This is the cheapest priced elliptical I review on here (along with a few others at the same price). The value is ok and because it's an entry level machine you get a basic machine that is worth that cost. I wouldn't expect it to last so long as some others I've used on this site though.
The 60% overall mark may appear poor. It's not, it's an ok elliptical. There are some better in the Xterra range if you can afford a bit more. The models, marks and price of those are the 5.4e $949.99 73%, the 5.6e $999.99 76% and finally the 5.8e $1,299.99 80%. As you can see I considered the 5.8e to be the best and for good reasons. You get a lot more for your money.
If you're still considering spending your money on the 4.0e then go for it. It gets good reviews elsewhere especially the retailers site. Ignore the ratings on their site and read the actual reviews. Not everything was so smooth for everyone where one had a bit of trouble with assembly but it was soon rectified. Read everything you can and use your intuition and you'll find the right one for you.
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