Best Fitness E1 Review

With the amount of competition on the exercise equipment market today, it can be difficult for any machine to stand out from the crowd.

The E1 elliptical machine manages to do this by utilizing it’s compact design to win over consumers with limited exercise space. A lot of trainers in this day and age are too big and bulky, which can lead to storage problems for some, especially if you are someone with a home gym.

But don’t let size deter you, Body Solid have clearly put together a machine that is packed to the brim with a fantastic set of features that will have your burning off calories in no time.

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Design and structure quality

The highlight of the E1’s design is probably the compact, space saving attributes that you don’t often associate with machines in this price range. This is all thanks to it’s patented central drive system that is both effective and convenient. Most of the top rated elliptical trainers  tend to fall short in the space consumption department.

Construction time is not going to be too difficult, and with dimensions of just  48 inches length by 30 inches width by 66 inches height, it paints a much clearer picture of how much space you are going to need to work out safely and effectively.

Other design features concentrate on user comfort. For example the peddles are not spaced far apart meaning the movement will go easy on your hips, lessening fatigue and chances of common injuries such as strains. No one want’s to be in pain while exercising, and it seems Best Fitness have put a lot of thought into providing the remedy for this using a structure based on smooth, consistent strides that reduces the impact on your joints.

With a 21 inch stride length there is a nice amount of room to stretch out and work your leg muscles that little bit harder than some of lesser stride measurements on the market.

The peddles are also deliberately designed in such a way to eliminate any difficulties getting on and off the machine. Best Fitness have achieved this by lowering the peddle position making it easy for almost all users to step up and start their exercise.

The frame itself is powder coated steel, known for it’s reliability and durable nature. It has a recommended weight capacity of 275 pounds which really hits home the fact that this elliptical offers tremendous strength despite it’s compact nature.


The computer display is located on the front of the machine, at a good height for users to read various stat outputs while striding. While there isn’t much unique or new about this console, consumers will be thankful that it provides everything you would expect it to in terms of reading and tracking performance and other information like speed, time and distance.

Also included on the console is quick start buttons, with a simple navigation system to adjust difficulty levels, training modes, and workout programs.

Resistance and difficulty levels

A lot of machines in the mid tier price range fall short of user preferred tension levels, and there is often complaints that reflect this. The great thing about the E1 elliptical is that is is equipped with a good amount of variety in terms of resistance with seventeen different levels for people from all backgrounds.

What’s more working your way through these various barriers has never been easier thanks to very easy to use menu buttons on the console.

Heart rate monitoring

Monitoring your pulse can give a very useful indication of how well you are performing. The bigger companies in the fitness industry understand this. That is why the majority of them have some form of built in system in which to monitor users pulse. The Best Fitness E1  is no exception with grip sensors that will record your heart rate and send the data to the console.

Not everyone makes use of this data which is a shame as it can be implemented in several different ways to improve your training.

Training options

One way where I feel it lacks the depth to match some other elliptical trainers is in it’s workout programs. This particular model is reasonably limited with twelve different applications. If this is something you would like to have plenty of choice with, have a look at our Yowza Fitness Miami review. Far more options in terms of exercise apps, but quite a bit more expensive.

Nonetheless, users can also take the positives from this and see it as twelve more ways to intensify and improve your training regime. They can also serve as a great way to mix up your exercises, eliminating what we call muscle memory and speeding up the process of toning up.

Warranty information

As you would expect from Body Solid equipment, you are well covered according to the manufacturers website, with five years frame & motor, 1 year on parts & electronics, and up to ninety days of labor.

It is always important to ensure you have a certain amount of protection, regardless of the overall quality, and it’s great to see that in the event that something goes wrong it is offering solid warranties.

Final thoughts

To sum the Best Fitness E1 up, we would have to say that it is one of the best options in it’s price range. There are good and bad points of any elliptical machine, but when the positives outweigh the negatives as much as this one does, it is easy to see why this is a popular choice for home gym users.

The compact design combined with the variety in resistance and solid structure should certainly help it find it’s way onto your wish list, if it is within your budget.

If you find yourself looking for something a bit cheaper, why not give our list of ellipticals under 300 and up to 500 bucks reads. You may find something more suited to your training requirements for half the price or less.

Other review sources

With our review out the way, lets take a look at what customer are saying around the web using our various sources listed below.

Amazon – Plenty of positive feedback can be found on Amazon. Many users have something good to say about it’s design and features including how easy it is to assemble and operate. Other notes include users talking about how smooth and quiet the machine is. One negative comment we saw from a consumer was in relation to noise. If you stand too near the front of the peddles it tends to rock, whereas staying towards the back it is quiet as many reviews before mentioned.

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