The ProForm SMART Endurance 920E holds its own as a solid, yet smaller than average, elliptical machine. Like the ProForm SMART Pro 12.9, it’s made with commercial-gauge steel and is designed for durability and performance.
ProForm says the SMART Endurance 920E gives you a smooth ride because of its gear ratio and weight placement. It has a 25-pound flywheel – 10 pounds lighter than the Bowflex BXE216’s heftier 35-pound wheel – but industry experts say a weight above 20 pounds is adequate for home use. While its power-adjustable stride length of 19 inches is shorter than average, its pedals are oversized for stability. They are also cushioned and adjustable for greater comfort.
The SMART Endurance 920E has moving handlebars to help you get a low-impact upper body workout along with working your core and lower body. Its static grips have EKG pulse heart rate sensors, and its monitor is compatible with a Bluetooth wireless chest strap. However, you must purchase this accessory separately either from ProForm directly or from a third party.
The 920E weighs 225 pounds and has transport wheels to help you move it. Its maximum user weight is 325 pounds. By comparison, the Schwinn 470 has a maximum user weight of 300 pounds, and the Sole E95 can accommodate users weighing 400 pounds.
This machine has a two-speed workout fan. You’ll also get dual 2-inch speakers, a tablet holder with a device grip and a water bottle holder. It has a power ramp with a 0-to-20-degree incline, which helps target muscles in your calves, quads and glutes and burns more calories as you exercise. The 920E also has 24 resistance levels that use silent magnetic resistance technology for smooth, silent changes to your workout intensity.
The SMART Endurance 920E has 32 workout presets. It also comes with a 1-year subscription to iFit Coach. The 920E has a 7-inch Smart HD touchscreen, and it syncs with Google Maps Street View. Its console can either run on batteries or an AC adapter. Console feedback includes speed, time, distance, calories burned, heart rate and resistance. As with the ProForm SMART Pro 12.9, the NordicTrack C12.9 and the NordicTrack C9.5, you can Tweet your workout progress in real-time as you exercise.
ProForm will deliver the SMART Endurance 920E to your curbside at no charge, and they’ll assemble the machine for $249. Its dimensions are 68.25 x 36.5 x 69.3-inches (length, width and height), and it has oversized leveling feet to help you get the best positioning. The SMART Endurance 920E is backed by a lifetime warranty on its frame, three years on parts and one year on labor. Some of the better warranties we found give you five years on parts and two years on labor. If you need consumer support for this elliptical, you can reach ProForm most easily through live chat. The company also offers customer service by email and phone, but be prepared for longer response times.