If you want to get away from the high-impact world of treadmill running for your cardio fitness, the next best choice is an elliptical machine.
These low-impact cardio gems offer a full-body workout while increasing your cardio fitness. It’s one of the only machines you can find for home use that provides joint protection and a full-body workout. And thanks to companies like Exerpeutic, we can get hold of a decent elliptical for under $400.
High-Quality, Cheap Elliptical With Impressive 18″ Stride.
Exerpeutic has been around for a couple of decades. These guys spiralize in building high-quality gym gear at affordable prices, and their entry-level Exerputic 6000 QF Magnetic elliptical is no exception.
Dont let the words entry-level scare you off! The QF 6000 is priced as an entry-level elliptical, yet it packs more features than any of its competitors with dual flywheels, whisper-quiet magnetic resistance, and an 18″ stride. This is one machine worth some serious consideration.
Today I want to take a close look at this impressive new elliptical from Exerputic. At the end of the review, I’ll compare it with Schwinn’s popular A40 elliptical. The Schwinn is one of the Q F6000 main rivals, so it will be interesting to see how it matches up but first, let’s take a quick look at the Exerpucitcs QF 6000 product specs.
Product dimensions – 55″L x 25″W x 64″H
Weight – 84lb
Resistance Type – Magnetic
Resistance levels – 24
Pre-programmed workouts – 24
Folds for storage – No
Weight capacity – 270lb
Stride length – 18″
Why Do We Like The Exerpeutic 6000 QF Magnetic Elliptical?
One of the first things we liked about this elliptical is its size. It’s surprisingly compact for a rear-drive elliptical measuring just 55″ in length.
But what’s more surprising is that its compact size does not affect its stride length because at 18″, the Exerpeutic boasts one of the longest stride lengths in this price category.
Stride length is the most important feature you need to consider before buying any elliptical it’s the measurement in between the toe of the front pedal to the heel of the rear pedal.
This measurement is vitally important as it determines how naturally you will be able to stride. The last thing anyone wants is to buy an elliptical and find the stride length is too short to run or walk at pace.
An 18″ stride length will allow users up to 6’1″ to comfortably walk or run at pace on the Exerputic elliptical. This is an impressive length for the price point.
Most elliptical in this price bracket, including the Sunny Health SF-E32002, offer stride lengths of around 13″, which gives them height restrictions of just 5’6″.
So for stride length and machine size, the Exerputic scores a big thumbs up.
Duel Flywheels – 24 Levels of Magnetic Resistance
Magnetic resistance isn’t that new. It’s been around now for at least a decade. Still, when it first came out, it was expensive and was only featured on high-end cardio machines. Fast forward a few years, and thankfully, we can now see it featured on low-priced ellipticals.
The great thing about magnetic resistance is its whisper-quiet in operation which means you can watch TV listen to music, and not be disturbed by the sound of the elliptical.
Another advantage of magnetic resistance is running or walking at a slow pace but on a high resistance level, something that was impossible with air resistance. This is a handy feature, especially for those who want to build and tone the muscles in your legs and butt.
The Exerputic QF 6000 features 24 levels of magnetic resistance, more than enough for beginners and intermediates to find a resistance strength suitable for their workout needs.
Smooth Belt Drive Motion
One of the selling features of this machine is that it benefits from dual flywheels rather than one centered flywheel. Dual flywheels won’t make a huge difference to your workout. They are designed to make the elliptical motion smoother, which is always a good thing.
Also, both flywheels are belt-driven. The benefit of belt drives is that they are less noisy than a chain drive and require little to no maintenance.
Advanced Monitor/Easy To Use
Definitely one of the best monitors in this price bracket. I’ve reviewed a ton on ellipticals in the under $500, and none feature as many workout programs and resistance levels as the Exerputic 6000 QF.
The feature-packed monitor includes 24 levels of magnetic resistance, 24 workout programs, heart rate monitoring so you can work out in your target heart rate zone, BlueTooth, access to the Free MyCloudFitness app, a large backlit LCD, and a tablet holder. You can watch a movie, read a book, and check your email all while working out.
Okay, there’s no HD color screen and VR, but we wouldn’t expect there to be at this price.
What we do get is a more than capable monitor, one that offers everything you need for an intense elliptical workout session. And it’s easy to use. You won’t have to spend hours trying to figure out how to get it to work. Just jump on and get going.
My favorite feature of the monitor is that it includes 24 built-in workout programs. These are great for keeping away the monotony of long cardio sessions. They’ll also help you reach your goals faster and keep you coming back for more. Anything that stops an elliptical from turning into a clothes horse is a good thing.
Plus, the monitor tracks all the usual stuff such as distance, time, RPM, calories burned, speed, pulse, odometer, and Watts.
The 6000 QF is an entry-level elliptical. You won’t find a heavy-duty frame and the kind of build quality you’d expect from an elliptical in your local gym.
Still, Exerpeutic are known for building high-quality home cardio machines. It’s not going to feel cheap and unstable elliptical like so many in this price range, and that’s thanks to its weight.
At 84lb, it’s heavy for a budget elliptical, and not only is that a good sign it’s made from quality materials, but it’s also going to help with stability. We also have wide stabilizing feet at either end of the elliptical to prevent wobble when exercising.
To avoid any lateral movement on polished floors, I always recommend getting hold of a cheap rubber gym mat. You can find one for Under $20.
Sturdy build – supports 270lb
18″ stride – impressive for price point
24 levels of whisper quiet magnetic reistnace
24 workout programs
Adjustable stabilizers – help to keep elliptical level on uneven surfaces
Duel flywheels & belt drives – smooth elliptical motion
Bluetooth connectivity and compatibility with the MyCloudFitness app
Lacks a USB port fro charging
Can only measure pulse when using the fixed set of handle bars
Free version of MyCloudFitness app is very basic, you have to pay for the pro version
Schwinn A40 Elliptical
There’s no doubt about it; the Schwinn A40 has a lot going for it. First and foremost, it boasts a Schwinn badge, so we can be sure of a quality build. And just like the Exerpeutic, it has an impressive 18″ stride.
For build quality and stride length, it’s right up there with the best in this price range, but when we get to the monitor, it’s here the A40 elliptical starts to fall behind the Exerpeutic.
With just 8 magnetic resistance levels, 7 workout programs, and no BlueTooth, the monitor of the Schwinn disappoints, and when you consider this thing costs $200 more than the Exereputic, you start to realize what a good buy the Exerptuict 6000 QF is.
For a long time, the Schwinn was in my top 3 entry-level elliptical and it still kind of is because of the build quality on offer. However, I feel the A40 has been out for a while now, and its monitor needs updating especially if it wants to compete with the likes of Exerpeutic and Sunny Health who seem to lead the market right now with their impressive entry-level ellipticals.
To Sum Up
The Exerputic 6000 QF proves you dont have to spend thousands on an elliptical to reap the benefits of a full-body workout at home.
The Exerpetutic stands out from its competition thanks to its impressive stride length and feature-packed monitor. Even the popular Schwinn A40 looks outdated and overpriced compared to Exerpeutic’s new 6000 QF model.
The belt drive and magnetic resistance will ensure a smooth and almost silent workout, while its compact size should allow it to fit easily into most homes without becoming an eyesore.
Overall it’s a well-equipped elliptical suitable for full-body calorie-burning workouts. With 24 workout programs and resistance levels, the elliptical has enough scope to grow with you as your fitness level improves—a great choice of elliptical for those on a budget.