Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Trainer by Body Solid

Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Trainer by Body Solid

Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Trainer by Body Solid

  • Compact and portable elliptical trainer offers a patented center drive design and low center of gravity
  • Constructed with a powder-coated steel frame
  • Measures 48 by 30 by 66 inches (L x W x H)
  • Moving arms allows for a dual-action, upper and lower body workout
  • Close pedal spacing eliminates hip fatigue; contact heart rate grips allow you to monitor your workout intensity
  • Fifteen-year frame warranty, 10-year motor warranty; 275-pound user capacity

Featuring a comfortable and natural stride, the Best Fitness E1 center drive elliptical trainer offers patented technology that ensures the shape of the ellipse is biomechanically correct. This means the machine moves in the same natural motion as your body does, providing a true running feel. Inferior designs can have either too much vertical movement or too much horizontal movement; those units will often make the user feel off-balanced while exercising. The E1, however, will keep you in a balanced upright position for a stable and secure feel.

The E1 also has a balanced steel frame which eliminates rocking while maintaining a compact footprint, which makes it ideal for your home workout area (particularly when space is a concern). Combined with its durable components, the steel frame supports users up to 275 pounds while the unit’s front transport wheels make it easy to move around. Proper pedal spacing on this elliptical eliminates hip fatigue–when your feet are forced out too wide or in too narrow, your body will incur undue strain on your hips. The E1 also offers a comfortable step-up height to allow you to start your workouts safely while its moving arms recruit your upper body and core to the workout, making this a total body trainer.

The E1 offers a compact footprint that’s ideal for smaller spaces.

To track your workout metrics, the E1 offers contact heart rate handles for advanced monitoring. Additionally, the console offers feedback such as time, distance, speed, and calories so you can can track your workout, push yourself to the next level, and help accomplish your fitness goals. With 17 levels of smooth resistance, this trainer will challenge everyone from beginners to seasoned fitness gurus while 12 unique fitness programs offer variety to keep your workouts fresh and challenging.

E1 Features and Specifications:

  • Balanced powder-coated steel frame with low center of gravity prevents rocking for safety and stability
  • Features a patented center drive design
  • 17 resistance levels offer an effective challenge
  • Contact heart rate monitoring for measuring exertion levels
  • 12 unique workout programs conveniently adjust settings
  • Blue backlit LCD with white letters offers high visibility
  • Comfortable 21-inch stride length
  • Works the upper and lower body simultaneously
  • Easy step-up height
  • Pedals spaced closely together to help decrease hip fatigue
  • Low pedal placement for easy access
  • Compact and portable design for easy transport and storage
  • User Weight Capacity: 275 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 48 by 30 by 66 inches (L x W x H)
  • Product Weight: 215 pounds
  • Some assembly required

Manufacturer’s Warranty
Frame–15 years, motor–10 years, electronics and parts–2 years, wear parts–6 months, labor–1 year

The E1’s console tracks your time, distance, speed, and calories while proper pedal spacing eliminates hip fatigue.

About Best Fitness
Best Fitness is a member of the Body-Solid, Inc. family of products, a leading manufacturer and distributor of high quality fitness equipment for the home and commercial markets. With over 20 years of experience, Body-Solid offers a wide array of products in the industry including multi-station gyms, free weight machines, a complete line of cardiovascular products, weight plates, kettle bells, dumbbells, and fitness accessories.

Originally founded in 1989, Body-Solid has grown from its original 10,000 square foot warehouse to an over 200,000 square foot distribution facility and worldwide head quarters, based just outside Chicago in Forest Park, Illinois. The company sells its products in the United States, Canada, and over 100 other countries worldwide. Body-Solid’s dedication to quality craftsmanship, customer service, and value has enabled it to develop a premier reputation within the fitness equipment industry. In particular, the company is known for its industry leading in-home lifetime warranty and its strong commercial warranties.

The majority of Body-Solid’s products are made in an ISO-9000 certified facility to exacting quality and performance specifications defined by the company. Body-Solid is recognized as a premier supplier of fitness equipment to the home fitness market with products for all your workout needs. Having high quality fitness equipment that best suits your needs is an important element in keeping you focused on your goals. Body-Solid products are engineered to accommodate your fitness level, your goals, and your lifestyle.

List Price: $ 1,745.00


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  1. 83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Solid machine, easy to assemble and fun to use, January 23, 2011
    Bernard Farrell (North of Boston, MA USA) –

    This review is from: Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Trainer by Body Solid (Sports)
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    Our elliptical trainer arrived in a large cardboard box, that needed two people to move it. We had it delivered in our garage and carried the pieces down to the basement and assembled it there. The only difficult part of this was the base, which also needed to people to move – it’s heavy and awkward. The box contained Styrofoam which was marked for recycling, and all the plastic bags were clearly marked with recycling symbols. I give them good marks for making recycling easier.

    Assembly was extremely easy. The directions were fairly clear and the parts needed for each of the assembly steps was individually packed, see my photo. Some parts are left or right oriented and those are clearly marked with L or R stickers. It also came with all the tools needed for assembly. I put it together in about an hour. NOTE: I needed to tighten some of the nuts after we’d used the machine for 3 weeks. I noticed this after the elliptical was noisy to use, normally it’s extremely quiet.

    One hint, it’s not clear where to plug in the power line. It goes into a small socket near the base of the left hand side, see the attached photo.

    There are two roller wheel at the front of the unit and a large bar to the back, so in theory you can stash it when not in use and pull it out to use it.
    When not in use it’s 51″ long and 30″ wide. When in use, it’s needs a length clearance of 68″.

    The power drive a large very readable and bright display. It shows the type of circuit you’re using below very large digits that cycle between: workout time; speed; distance (miles); calories; pulse rate; and watts. The display powers off automatically, and then switches on when you get on the treadmill and take a step or two. So it’s very energy efficient.

    Programming the display is not obvious, and it’s not explained well in the owner’s manual. If you want to use one of the 12 program patterns shown follow these directions.
    1. Power on the unit.
    2. Press the Up arrow until the bottom of the display reads PROG.
    3. Press the Mode button.
    4. Press the Up or Down arrow to choose P01 to P12, for one of the patterns printed below the display.
    5. Press the Mode button.
    6. Choose the effort level with the Up or Down arrows.
    7. Press the Mode button.
    8. Use the up arrow to set the number of minutes you want to workout for.
    9. Press the Start/Stop button and get going!

    Because there’s no motors in this unit, it’s fairly quiet to operate with little clicking noises as you move. I can easily use it to walk forwards and backwards, and I can increase or decrease the levels while exercising. At the lowest level, I can go from 1 to 8. If you grip the small handles, your pulse rate is displayed after a few seconds.

    Overall I’ve found using it is very smooth, it’s not as bulky as a professional gym unit but it feels very solid. After we’d been using it for a week, I did use the tools to check the bolts and screws were all tight, a few of them had loosened slightly.

    I have a two minor gripes: the hill display doesn’t move, it’s the same whether you do 10 minutes or 30 minutes; with program 3, for example, you always get four peaks with the time divided equally between the four sections. The other gripe is the placement of the water bottle holder. It’s on the frame under where one of the big handles moves by. Trying to get it while you’re using the elliptical is awkward, I wish they’d placed it on the step below the display.

    We also have a good treadmill, but since the elliptical arrived it’s been the machine that everyone in the family is using, including the kids.


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  2. 64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Works great with TVs–Saves me at least an hour a day, and Compact in Size!, October 25, 2011
    Chen Sun “” (Houston, TX United States) –

    This review is from: Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Trainer by Body Solid (Sports)
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    I’m a relatively active outdoors person also with numerous indoor exercise equipment, dislike gym ellipticals, and expected this elliptical would be a minor use item. Was I surprised!

    Probably the greatest impediments to most people’s exercising are: lack of motivation and time. This mindless, requiring low-motivation (both desirable characteristics) exerciser works excellently with high-wall-hanging TVs, so one can learn or be entertained, while exercising; thus perhaps saving an hour of time daily!

    Rowing machines are noisy. Free weights and home weight-gyms cause interrupted flows in viewing due to constant changing of weights and head angles. Treadmills require concentration and has too much bounce to enjoy the shows. Gazelle gliders lack adjustable resistance and also require concentration and has too much bounce. Boxing bags or jumping with ropes cause interruptions and bounce. Gym ellipticals either require my watching boring commonly-watched TV programs or if a small TV is attached, the viewing angle is not directly in front of the eyes, requiring a head adjustment that removes some exercise value. Yoga doesn’t require much motion exercise. Indoor bicycling has no arm exercise and bad for posture.

    The BF-E1 elliptical is relatively quiet (so I can hear the TV audio), has varying resistance levels (for better workout), is relatively compact (saves space), has extensive exercise modes settings, and even is effective for a 6ft1in guy, as me (I had expected it to appeal primarily to women). Its pedals are well designed for safety because BF-E1’s lower sidewalls prevent possible jamming a toe, when one is mindlessly pedaling.

    Suitability in house or apartment:

    Installation ease–A,
    Easy to move around–A,
    Compact size–A, (This is particularly valuable where real estate rent is high.)
    Quality of mechanics– A

    General exercise:

    Ergonomics (how well it fits to body)–B ellipticals, I believe are inherently not ergonomic, and this unit’s foot step height, I suspect, may be a bit shorter than gym ellipticals).
    Injury prevention–A safety to the point that it’s mindless exercise)
    Enhances posture–A
    Strength building–C ellipticals don’t exercise mid-abdomen and the total range of leg and arm motions is limited)

    Actual Usage Characteristics

    Enhances Personal Motivation–A
    Mindless operation–A+
    Low Noise–A
    Watching TV–A+
    Requires minimal exertion– A

    Posture improvement–this is a less obvious benefit. Most other exercisers are difficult to improve posture, and posture improvement is difficult to achieve in outdoor sports. Major health studies show that posture is one of major determining factors in predicting one’s health, particularly when one ages. Because the elliptical can be exercised with the head erect and chest upright, using this, with a high-hanging-wall TV can greatly enhance one’s posture. BF-E1 is a low effort, low muscular gain exerciser that, when used with a TV, becomes fun and substitutes muscular effort exercises with more time spent exercising. Calories reduction and toning are probably effective.

    Because I treat this more as an exerciser-entertainment-learning device than a strict exerciser, I’m not focusing on its control panel capabilities, which is described in other reviews.

    Acid reflux issues. Running can aggravate the esophagus, mostly because the stomach acid bounces up and down and hits the esophagus. The elliptical is very smooth, so using it with an empty stomach reduces acid reflux issues. For additional protection, use a sandal on right foot, barefoot on left, and uplift your chest–these will further distance the esophagus from the stomach acid. BF-E1 is smooth and can be used barefooted with great safety.

    Mindless operation–and this is excellent, because one can concentrate on other issues. Most of the other exercisers I’ve tried required discipline and effort. BF-E1 elliptical requires the least discipline, concentration, minimal motivation. And it’s very safe, so I can learn or be entertained by TV, while mindlessly exercising barefooted. I own more varieties of indoor and outdoor sports and exercise equipment than anyone I know, and expect to use this elliptical regularly, because it saves time (a major compliment).

    3-19-12 addendum– when installing, use grease to lubricate the arms’ spindle pivots and the arms’ and leg arms’ joints. My unit did not come with grease, but apparently some units do.


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  3. 24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    My Favorite Amazon Purchase This Year!, August 9, 2014

    This review is from: Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Trainer by Body Solid (Sports)
    This is such a wonderful addition to my home gym. I have definitely learned my lesson that you get what you pay for. A little over a year ago I weighed 270 pounds (I am only 21 years old). I knew that I needed to change, but I didn’t know where to start. My boyfriend ended up purchasing a different elliptical for me (the ProForm Hybrid Trainer) because of the decent reviews and the price.

    I discovered that I absolutely loved using an elliptical! I honestly spent most of my time parked right in front of the TV exercising away on my machine. Unfortunately after a handful of months the Proform started making terrible noises. My boyfriend did a whole bunch of work to the machine and it was OK for a little while, but eventually the noises returned. I was able to deal with the noises without much of a problem (between the TV and music I hardly even noticed); however, then the pedals starting slipping off of the track. It was absolutely terrible and I could no longer use it. We have a treadmill and a few other exercise aids, but I was lost without the elliptical that I had grown to love.

    We decided to purchase another one and started to search through all of our different options. We didn’t want to spend a fortune, but we knew that we had to spend more than what we did before. There were some cheaper contenders, but after reading all of the reviews we determined that the Best Fitness E1 was our best bet. So we ordered it and I was happily awaiting its arrival.

    You have to set a delivery time for this product and we had to wait a little over a week for ours to be delivered. I was not very impressed with the delivery. You see, I was waiting (extremely excited and stalking the window for the truck to pull up) for the elliptical to arrive on the day of delivery. The truck pulled up and we had expected the guy to help us bring the elliptical inside (that is what I thought the delivery schedule was for). Unfortunately the huge box (honestly, huge) was left at the end of our driveway on a pallet. We decided to cut open the box right there and take in each piece one by one. This took a decent amount of time and caused a bit of irritation. I would still make this purchase again, but I only mention this part of the transaction so that you can plan on having at least one other person help you move this thing when it first gets to you.

    Anyway, we finally had it in the house! We then carried the parts up the stairs and my boyfriend got to work putting it together. He was able to do it by himself and it took less than 2 hours to put together. He said it was simple enough so I will take his word for it.
    I was so excited when it was finally ready to be used that I ended up using it for most of the night. I have had no real issues with it thus far and it has been over six months. There is a slight noise that comes from the left side every now and then when I am using it, but it is nothing in comparison to the noises that my other elliptical made.

    One thing that I wanted to mention was that I saw some reviews where people were complaining about the water bottle placement. I agree that it is almost impossible to get to if you are really going hard, but I almost never grab for my water bottle when I am going quickly. I am able to grab the water bottle without any issues when I am going slowly. I think the design is just fine due to the compact size of this machine.

    I would definitely recommend this elliptical to anyone shopping for one. I use mine for hours each day and have had minimal issues. This was definitely the best purchased that I have made this year!


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