Precor Elliptical Review


Many who’ve been lucky to visit Precor’s headquarter as well their manufacturing facilities in Woodinville, WA will admit that they are among the very few fitness brands with a state of the art manufacturing facility. Of course you can’t expect any less from a company devoted to quality control and manufacture of elliptical machines that offer an exceptional user experience.

Many of the features you will come across on this machine are protected by patents which is the reason why their machines are unique and among the best in the fitness industry.

According to Jim Birrell, Precor’s Chief Innovation officer, three things that qualify Precor as world’s leading brand include:

  • Premium quality
  • The crossRamp technology
  • Relative perceived exertion

Chances are high that if you’ve ever worked out or simply set foot in a decent commercial gym, then you’ve possibly used or seen a Precor elliptical trainer or other Precor fitness machines. In fact it’s not hard to believe that Precor are heavyweights in the fitness and health industry when you have a closer look at each of their series of elliptical trainers.

Rear Drive Series

Precor was actually the first fitness brand to not only design but patent an elliptical machine that is of a rear-drive design. Many other brands such as NordicTrack have since followed after them in packing this design into elliptical machines having seen the genius behind this design.  Machines that utilize this design are not only remarkable in performance but also inexpensive.

Precision Series

Precor EFX models are the official machines under this series. You will find these models everywhere, from living rooms to commercial gym centers. Every EFX model is of a commercial grade quality, durable and packed with the capacity to challenge your workout regardless of your training level. EFX 221 is the lowest of them all while EFX 835 comes on top.

Adaptive Motion Trainer (AMT) Series

Machines from this series, like the Precor AMT 835, are well known due to their 3-in-1 design. You have the benefit of experiencing an elliptical, a stepper, and a treadmill all from a single machine. What this means is that you can run, walk, climb and even bike on a single machine. The machines also pack a unique suspension design known to give a workout experience like no other.

Common Features of Precor Elliptical Trainers

  • CrossRamp- With this technology, the elliptical machine can mold to specifically suit your feet.
  • Commercial grade frame and parts
  • Advanced console- iPod compatible
  • Customizable features
  • Movable handlebars (for some models)

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Precor AMT 835 Commercial Series Adaptive Motion Trainer with Open Stride Technology
The AMT 835 with Open Stride is the 3rd generation of Adaptive Motion Trainers from Precor and is the exact same unit as the commercial machines you'll find in fitness clubs worldwide. A machine as ...
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Buyer Beware, if you don’t arrange and pay for assembly by a Precor approved technician then you get NO WARRANTY. Not sure if the “expert assembly” option here will be from a Precor approved service technician or just the usual random guys that deliver freight products and offer assembly as an add on.From Precor’s website:“When you purchase from, standard delivery is curbside. You must receive and assemble the equipment yourself.”“Our warranty also clearly states that it is void in the event an unauthorized person provides service to the equipment - this includes installation and set up of the product. “
We love the machine, when it's working properly. It's marketed as a commercial quality machine, but with only 1-2 hours of use per week at our home, we have needed several service calls in two years. Six months ago a bad pulley assembly was causing a terrible knocking sound when the machine was in motion. That was replaced under warranty, but the labor was our responsibility. It has recently started making the same sound -- I assume the same pulley has gone out. I expected more from a machine in this price range.
We have two of these at the office gym, and they are always in use. If one opens up, someone gets off the elliptical and moves to this.This is strictly a running machine, but it is the best I've ever used. I have a severe neck injury, near complete removal of C2, with a cage, and a posterior fusion from the skull base to C4. I'm also tall, 75", with a full stride.All of my exercises and activities are zero impact because of that injury. However, I can still backpack and mountaineer, so life is good.This thing goes to a full 36" stride, and can be adjusted between a flat surface and a steep incline, 10 inches above neutral, resistance adjusts independently. The motion is smooth and natural, not like the jerky traditional ellipticals, and resistance is even through the entire down motion. This comes close enough to emulating climbing that I can accurately judge my fitness by how well I can run.Running on this will take a little adjustment, because both sides move independently you'll find defects in your stride. Such as lifting one foot before the other is all the way down. Once you get that nailed down you can move to running without holding on, and I find that engages the hips far better than doing the same on an elliptical.This isn't a full body machine, stick to cross-country ski or rowing machines for that. Like an elliptical, engaging your calf muscles is a part mental, remembering to "push off" with your toes instead of flat footed. I do wish I could get a full 12 inches of lift on the steepest incline setting, that would get it closer to a stair climber, and actually higher than any step I'd take on a mountain.My complaints are few and rather petty considering the purpose of this machine. If you need zero impact for your cardio training, this is for you.

Precor’s weak points

First off, all Precor’s elliptical machines fall on the higher side of the price range. And despite being able to manufacture commercial grade machines, Precor hardly give them a decent set of warranties unlike what you will see in other cheaper ellipticals. Some users have also complained that the machines are quite noisy when one is working out on them.


It’s no doubt that Precor always put in the effort, time, and resources required to create an elliptical machine of sorts. Looking at all their elliptical trainers, one can’t help but notice the genius behind all their features. Another great thing about them is that they always assemble the machine for you hence saving you the pain of going through the assembly process. Always keep in mind that the brand’s fitness machines don’t come cheap. In addition, they are also heavy and relatively large. So if you ever decide that for once you want to be the owner of the best elliptical machine(s) today, Precor is the exact brand you should go to.