We decided to conduct our Exerpeutic elliptical reviews after a few of our visitors stumbled upon these machines at Amazon and hadn’t heard of them before. So they came to us for our opinion. Well, truth be told, we didn’t know too much about them either, so we decided to take a closer look to see what they were all about.

Exerpeutic is manufactured by Paradigm Health and Wellness, Inc., which also includes Ironman Fitness, Ironman Inversion Tables, WorkFit, ProGear, Fitness Reality and MyCloudFitness. Raise your hand if you’ve heard of any of these brands. We thought so.

Anyway, Paradigm is based in Southern California, with an overseas arm that does the manufacturing. You can purchase their products directly through their website, on the brand websites, and at online and offline retailers like Walmart and Target. All of the different brands are for the most part budget level, with the Ironman brand offering some higher priced ellipticals and treadmills.

OK, so let’s get into our Exerpeutic elliptical reviews, since that’s what you came here for….

Depending on where you go, i.e. the Paradigm site, the Exerpeutic site, Amazon, etc. you will see different models available. We’re not sure why that is. It’s possible that they keep some of the older models available in certain places if they sell better for one reason or another. So we’re going to cover the ones you’ll come across most often.

On the Exerpeutic Fitness site….

The Exerpeutic 1304 is their heavy duty model, which is hard to believe at the current price of under $600. It can support up to 350 pounds, has a long 21″ stride, has 15 resistance levels, large pedals, a water bottle holder and dual action arms. That’s a lot of good features for the price.

Let’s see what’s missing here. The pedals don’t articulate, we don’t see any workout programs, there’s no incline capability and the interface is very sparse. But you can’t really expect those extras on an entry level elliptical…well, besides the programs that most machines have.

The next step up is the Exerpeutic 650, although we’re not sure why they don’t just call it the 1650 so it’s a higher number than the cheaper model. This one is just under $100 more and offers a 23″ stride, 16 resistance levels, 12 different workout programs and a few other enhancements.

Still no incline capability and articulating pedals, but at least it offers the workout programs and a nicer interface.

Warranties are pretty substandard unfortunately: 3 year limited on both models.

On the Amazon website…

We continued our Exerpeutic elliptical reviews on Amazon, since they feature a number of different models and sell a ton of exercise equipment. Here they seem to have some of the cheaper models:

The Exerpeutic 1000XL Heavy Duty Magnetic Elliptical with Pulse (whew, that’s quite a name!) is listed under $200 which is about as cheap as it gets. We’re not sure how heavy duty it could possibly be at this price and at only 81 lbs. It says that it can support up to 300 lbs but we’re not so sure about that.

As expected, the stride length of 13″ is extremely short, and will definitely be problematic for taller users. It’s certainly compact which is a plus, but it is pretty bare bones as far as features and capabilities.

How did it rate? Amazon user Exerpeutic elliptical reviews are pretty mixed. With over 600 reviews, the 1000XI received an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. About 1/3 of users gave it 5 stars, the remaining 2/3 gave it 4 stars or less.

Positive reviews mentioned the solid workout, surprising quietness of the machine, good value for the money and ease of use.

The negative reviews seemed to focus on the fact that after a while the machine stops working properly. They cited broken parts and difficult assembly as well as poor customer service.

Some of the other models we came across are the 5000 Magnetic, 4000 Double Transmission and the Aero Air, both of which we are going to take a closer look at when we continue our Exerpeutic elliptical reviews.

So what’s the bottom line?

If you’re in the market for an entry level elliptical without many extra features that won’t break the bank, the Exerpeutics are worth a look. They certainly aren’t the best ellipticals on the market, but at a few hundred dollars tops for most of their models, you can’t expect them to be.

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