ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical

ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical Review


proform 6.0 ze ellipticalWhen shopping for a home use elliptical trainer many potential buyers are drawn towards machines available around the $400 mark – this seems to be the Goldilocks price range. The ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical is one such trainer. What attracts people to this price range is the perceived increase in quality that is associated with higher costs, and the savings that are to be had by not paying $1,000 for a home workout machine.


As with any mid-range home workout machine, there are certain limitations and drawbacks that need to be considered, but these can and are frequently ignored once the elliptical works as it should. The important question, then, is whether the ProForm 6.0 ZE is a good quality elliptical training device that offers value for money?


Key Specs for ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical


RRP: $500

Dimensions: 39 x 24 x 61 inches

Weight Capacity: 250 lbs

Stride Length: 18-inch


ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical: The Pros


Product Quality: One of the biggest problems that anyone who likes to work out at home will be aware of is that home training workout machines like stationary bikes and ellipticals can often feel cheap and poorly made when compared to gym quality products. When it comes to cost cutting, frames are often the first compromise. Thankfully, this is not the case with the ProForm 6.0 ZE. The frame is made from powder coated steel that will last for years and years under normal usage.


Assembly: Although the assembly does take some time (around 2 hours for 1 man self-assembly), it is worthwhile to take your time and read the instructions fully before diving in. Similarly, all the nuts and bolts should be really securely tightened to ensure no mishaps. Provided this is done, the ProForm 6.0 ZE will prove itself to be a reliable elliptical device that will not show obvious signs of wear and tear for some time.


Sound: Although it might be more accurately covered under product quality category, the sound generated by any home workout machine can be a big factor in the decision making process. Almost every kind of training machine makes some sort of squeak or hum when in use, and although the ProForm 6.0 ZE is no different when assembled poorly, it is deathly silent when constructed correctly. As long as every nut and bolt is really tightened into place and all greased parts are suitably greased, the ProForm 6.0 ZE will make very little noise. This is a huge plus.


Challenging: There are two sides to this coin, and the other side is covered below. However, buyers who are fed up of training machines that aren’t tough enough to really push them to their limit will be most pleased with the ProForm 6.0 ZE.


There are ten resistance levels, but even experienced elliptical users may be surprised to find out how difficult the lower resistance settings are. This makes the ProForm 6.0 ZE perfect for buyers looking for a reliable, affordable elliptical that will really show itself to be a worthy opponent for anyone but genuine athletes.





ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical: The Cons


Resistance Levels: While the resistance levels are fantastic for those that are reasonably experienced in elliptical workouts, the large majority of people could find the ProForm 6.0 ZE to be difficult to operate. Beginners will have difficulty using the 6.0 ZE at anything other than the first 2 resistance levels, and that is not only disheartening but unhelpful. Appropriate warm ups and warm downs require a certain range of difficulty to be covered. The ProForm 6.0 ZE simply doesn’t have much in the way of a low range.


Workouts: Another somewhat annoying aspect of the ProForm 6.0 ZE is the lack of programming ability. The preset workouts are fixed at 30 minutes and cannot be changed. This is very annoying as those who only have twenty minutes do not get to finish their cycle and include a warm-down. Similarly, those looking to work out for 45 minutes need to start a new cycle and end it half way through.


It is not difficult to allow users to amend the times of preset workouts, and it would really make the 6.0 ZE stand out above its peers. ProForm missed a great opportunity when they decided to limit the functionality, and it really hurts the machine.


Is the ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical Worth Buying?


The ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical is one of the better elliptical machines on the market today, and the failings are less to do with the mechanical functioning of the elliptical and more to do with a lack of features. This lack of adaptability makes the 6.0 ZE unsuitable for first time elliptical owners and buyers. Those buyers would be better off saving some money and investing in a more affordable device that can give them an idea of whether a home use elliptical is what they want.


Those that have settled on an elliptical should be pleased to have found the ProForm 6.0 ZE. Although the resistance levels are tough, this makes for more entertaining exercise! Similarly, the lack of adaptable timed programs is far from ideal. That being said, the ProForm 6.0 ZE is a fantastic elliptical machine that will make you fit. It won’t be easy, but if it was then everyone would be doing it. With willpower and dedication, the ProForm 6.0 ZE elliptical will quickly transform beer bellies in to 6-packs!