Value for Money
If you are in the market for a top quality elliptical trainer then there are really only 2 or 3 options. This is one of them. The Precor EFX5.33 Premium Crosstrainer is one of the most popular Ellipticals in the Precor Range.
This is the BMW of the elliptical market, top quality components are combined with well thought out features. The quality does not come cheap, however it is unrivaled and it will be the last elliptical you will ever need to buy. The phrase you get what you pay for has never been truer with Precor.
Despite being designed for home use Precor build these to commercial standards.
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The designers of this elliptical wanted just one feature to stand out, and that is a comfortable smooth ride. That is why the 9.33 (and all other Precor Ellipticals) are rear drive. This means that the flywheel is behind the rider. The advantage of this is to allow a more natural path to be followed by the pedals.
Also because the mechanical parts are behind you, any noise they emit (and that is not much) is less likely to be heard. This makes the Precor elliptical machines extremely quiet. Ideal for the home or in a multi user setting.
Incline & Stride Settings:
To increase the effectiveness of the workout the incline can be adjusted to suit your needs. The strong one piece aluminum ramp can be adjusted from 15 to 25 degrees.
As you increase the incline the stride can adjust from 21″ to 23″
At the heart of any elliptical exercise is the motion of the pedals. Precor were the pioneers of the Elliptical Training machine, and have put countless hours of design and testing to make it perfect. With the CrossRamp Technology it is possible to change the incline of the trainer. This will allow you to train more muscle groups, eg calfs or thighs.
Precor have taken this to a new level, with CrossRamp they have managed to achieve this without changing the elliptical path. Most manufactures change the orbit of the elliptical so you end up with a longer stride as you go up the hill. This can get uncomfortable if you are shorter.
With this top of the range model the incline is automatically adjustable from 0 to 40 degrees. There are no other ellipticals that offer the same level of adjustment, and really sets the Precor apart.
Taken direct from the commercial models it contains all the features that you would expect to find in a gym. The main one being that user details for 4 people can be saved. This means that you don’t need to enter you weight and height details every time you step onboard.
With the 5.33 there is an immense number of variables that can be monitored via the 7 LED displays: watts, vertical feet climbed, workout summary, time, strides, strides per minute, SmartRate, resistance level, program profile, heart rate, distance, angle, CrossRamp angle, calories burned and calories burned per minute.
At the top of the console is a good sized drinks holder, plus a shelf for an MP3. If you want to read while you ride then there is a good ledge that would hold an iPad. If you do this then you can still see the key workout details on the row of LED’s below the ledge.
As you would expect the warranty is very good, if Precor have faith in their products then customers should to:
|FRAME AND WELDS||Lifetime|
|PARTS (MECHANICAL & ELECTRONIC)||10 years|
84 x 31 x 63 inches
Weight 240 pounds
What are other reviews saying about the Precor 5.33?
The reviews of this Elliptical have been very positive, with the quality being the stand out feature of this machine.
“Nothing feels like a Precor”
“The EFX 5.33 is absolutely awesome!!! “
On Amazon there was a negative review, a user reported that their machine was very noisy. After posting their review Precor came out a couple of times and fixed the machine despite it being out of warranty.
To read more Pros and Cons Click here >>> Precor EFX 5.33 Reviews
And the Negatives?
This is about the best elliptical you can buy. It is expensive, however you are not going to get this quality or attention to detail spending less. One slight niggle for me is the heart rate, the sensor is only on the stationary handlebars, not on the moving ones. If you want to keep track on your heart rate then a chest strap would be a good choice.
|CROSSRAMP® TECHNOLOGY||With Precor patented adjustable CrossRamp® technology, you can alter the height of the elliptical path your foot travels. Called Variable Stride Geometry™, this allows you to focus on a specific muscle group or all major lower-body muscle groups, so you can work the muscles you want, when you want.|
|RAMP MATERIAL||Precision extruded, anodized aluminum|
|HANDLEBARS||Moving, for total-body workout|
|BIOMECHANICS||Patented, low-impact EFX® motion is smooth and natural, providing the lowest Rate of Perceived Exertion of any cardio exercise system to make your workouts more comfortable, even though you are working out strenuously. The patented motion allows your heels to remain in contact with foot pedals, reducing muscle and tendon stress.|
|REVERSIBLE PEDAL ROTATION||Yes|
|PEDAL LOCKING PIN||Yes|
|COLOR||Warm Brown with Warm White accents description|
|CONSOLE TYPE||Streamlined / Advanced LED Display|
|USER IDS||User IDs allow you to enter and store personal preferences to quickly retrieve for future workouts. A great option for households with more than one user, so you each can store your preferences.|
|NUMBER OF USER IDS||2|
|PRESET PROGRAMS||Aerobic Endurance Cross Trainer Gluteal (2) Heart Rate Hill Climb Interval Manual (2) Weight Loss|
|ELECTRONIC READOUTS||Calories, CrossRamp® angle, Heart Rate, Program profile, Resistance Levels, SmartRate®, Strides, Strides per minute, Time, Vertical feet climbed, Watts, Workout summary|
Heart Rate Monitoring
|CHEST STRAP TRANSMITTER||Works with any Polar® compatible 5 KHz chest strap transmitter|
|CHEST STRAP TRANSMITTER INCLUDED||No|
|FOOT PEDAL DIMENSIONS (INCHES / CM)||7 W x 15 L inches / 18 W x 38 L cm|
Equipment Dimensions and Weight
|LENGTH||84 inches / 213 cm|
|WIDTH||31 inches / 79 cm|
|HEIGHT||63 inches / 159 cm|
|EQUIPMENT WEIGHT||240 lbs / 109 kg|
Shipping Dimensions and Weight
|LENGTH||90 inches / 229 cm|
|WIDTH||30 inches / 76 cm|
|HEIGHT||22 inches / 56 cm|
|SHIPPING WEIGHT||290 lbs / 132 kg|
|SHIPPING CONFIGURATION (FOR NON-INSTALLED PURCHASES)||Ships in one box. Assembly required.|
|Model||EFX 5.21||EFX 222||EFX 5.25||EFX 5.31||EFX 5.33||EFX 5.37||EFX 835||EFX 833|
|Link To Review||EFX 5.21 Review||EFX 5.23 Review||EFX 5.33 Review||EFX 5.37 Review|
|Precor Series||Home Series||Home Series||Home Series||Premium Home||Premium Home||Premium Home||Club Commercial Equipment||Club Commercial Equipment|
|Manual 3 positions||Manual 3 positions||Automatic, 15 - 25 degrees||Automatic, 15 - 30 degrees||Automatic, 15 - 30 degrees||Automatic, 15 - 40 degrees||Automatic, 13 - 40 degrees||Automatic, 13 - 40 degrees|
|Handlebars||Fixed||Moving||Moving||Fixed||Moving||Premium convertible, moving or fixed||Moving||Fixed|
|Heart Rate||Touch and telemetry, chest strap not included||Touch and telemetry, chest strap not included||Touch and telemetry, chest strap not included||Telemetry only, chest strap not included||Touch and telemetry, chest strap not included||Touch and telemetry, chest strap included||Touch and telemetry, chest strap not included||Touch and telemetry, chest strap not included|
|Size (L x W x H)||76" x 29" x 62"||76" x 29" x 62"||76" x 29" x 62"||84" x 31" x 63"||84" x 31" x 63"||84" x 31" x 63"||80" x 32" x 68"||80" x 32" x 68"|
|Weight||163 lbs.||183 lbs||184 lbs||210 lbs||240 lbs||240 lbs||338 lbs||318 lbs|
|Power||120v plug in||120v plug in||120v plug in||120v plug in||120v plug in||120v plug in||Self-powered||Self-powered|
|Warranty||Lifetime frame and welds; 5 years parts and wear items; 1 year labor||Lifetime frame and welds; 5 years parts and wear items; 1 year labor||Lifetime frame and welds; 5 years parts and wear items; 1 year labor||Lifetime frame and welds; 10 years parts and wear items; 1 year labor||Lifetime frame and welds; 10 years parts and wear items; 1 year labor||Lifetime frame and welds; 10 years parts and wear items; 1 year labor||Lifetime frame and welds; 10 years parts and wear items; 1 year labor||Lifetime frame and welds; 10 years parts and wear items; 1 year labor|
If you need to have the best of everything in you life then this is going to be the machine for you. The next level up takes you into commercial elliptical territory. At that level you are adding cost to compensate for the high usage that it would get. For home purposes, of you what the nest the than the Precor 5.33 Elliptical is the only choice.
As one reviewer puts it: “Purchase with confidence, you won’t regret it.”