A Look at the 2019 Ellipticals – What’s New?

NordicTrack FS5i - 2019 EllipticalWhat will the 2019 ellipticals look like? Are there any new and exciting models out there? Are any of the older models being retired?

These are the questions that we ask ourselves at around this time every year. After Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, and before the rush of the Christmas holiday, we sit down, grab a mug of hot cocoa (or sometimes beer) and ponder the year ahead.

Let’s take a look at what the new year has in store for us….

New 2019 Elliptical Trainers – NordicTrack, Horizon, Diamondback and More

We always start off with NordicTrack ellipticals, as they are the largest and most popular brand, and they tend to make the most changes and updates to their elliptical lineup.

For 2019, it looks like a few models are going to receive updates. The base FreeStride Trainer, called the FS5i, has been updated with a whole new look and feel.

However, it looks like the screen has been downgraded to a 5″ from a 7″ and the warranty is not as strong as it was on the previous model. There is a pivoting tablet holder now as opposed to a fixed one, which is a nice thing to have. Otherwise most of the other specs are identical.

The Front Drive 2019 ellipticals, called the C Series, haven’t seen an upgrade from the previous year. Nor have the Mid Drive models or the Rear Drive.

So as far as NordicTrack is concerned, only the FS5i is brand new for 2019.

Let’s move on to ProForm, the second largest elliptical brand on the market. So far no changes there at all, although their treadmill lineup saw some 2019 updates.

Bowflex, one of the most popular cardio equipment makers, has redesigned two of the three Max Trainers for 2019. The base level M3 is unchanged, but the popular M5 is now the M6 and the M7 is now the M8.

Both have been upgraded with the new Max Intelligence App…you can read more about that below.

Next up is Horizon Fitness, which added a brand new 2019 elliptical to the mix, called the 7.0 AE.

The Horizon 7.0 AE is a step up from the base EX-59 elliptical, with a 20″ stride, 20 levels of incline and Bluetooth capability with a free training app that you can use that syncs with the machine. This one is under $1,000 but has features and capabilities that are usually only found on the more expensive ellipticals in the lineup.

There’s a brand new elliptical from Diamondback called the 1060Ef, a more affordable alternative to the up-level 1260Ef with adjustable stride up to 23″, a space-friendly compact design and a nice array of built in workouts.

For those looking for a solid elliptical in the $1,500 range, the 1060Ef might be worth considering.

So that’s about it as far as big new ellipticals for the 2019 model year. Most of the machines from all of the major brands are carryover models from 2018, a year that saw a lot of change.

New Trends For 2019 Ellipticals

2019 Ellipticals - Touch Screen Displays

As you can see, there aren’t too many brand new ellipticals coming out in 2019, but we are definitely noticing some trends that started in 2018 and will definitely continue developing into the new year.

Let’s look at a few of them here….

  1. Touch Screen Displays – As millions of us have smart phones and tablets that we use all day long, we’re very used to the convenient touch screen experience that they offer.

    As such when you get on a typical home elliptical, the LED screen tends to look a bit dated by comparison. Let alone the fact that you can’t just touch the screen and make changes. Well, cardio equipment manufacturers are recognizing this drawback and have started adding more touch screen displays to their ellipticals.

    Touch screens are still much more prevalent on treadmills, but you can now find them on many NordicTrack, ProForm, Matrix, Life Fitness and Precor ellipticals these days. New 2019 ellipticals will surely have touch screens as well.

  2. Interactive Programming is Growing
  3. There is a big trend that started several years ago with iFit Coach and has been growing exponentially ever since.

    And that is interactivity with the machine that transcends the traditional workout. Gone are the days where you just get on the elliptical, choose a resistance level or perhaps one of a handful of programs and just work out for 45 minutes.

    Now many companies, including NordicTrack, ProForm, Horizon and Bowflex, offer free and subscription based programming with all sorts of interactive features including on demand workouts with personal trainers, Google maps of any location worldwide, entertainment apps like Netflix and Hulu, and much more.

    NordicTrack and ProForm have iFit Coach, Horizon has their new training app and Passport HD videos, Bowflex has the new Max Intelligence App….all of these add to the workout experience, helping you get more out of your sessions and keeping you motivated to train harder and longer.

    ICON Health is still perfecting the paid subscription model with iFit Coach, which is similar to what Peloton does with their popular studio bike (and new treadmill). It’s a good way for companies to give customers more, while adding a new stream of residual income beyond the cost of the elliptical itself.

    But for now, most companies are adding these features for free to generate more sales of their cardio equipment.

  4. Workout Tracking and Sharing
  5. Often this is part of the interactive programming that we mentioned above, but it is a separate feature for some companies.

    You’ll see more and more 2019 elliptical trainers with some kind of tracking capability…sometimes just on the machine itself, sometimes through a proprietary app, sometimes through 3rd party apps, or even all three.

    Many machines can communicate via Bluetooth technology or WiFi with your smart phone or tablet so you can sync your results with various fitness apps, keeping tabs on your progress, setting goals for yourself or sharing with friends and family.

    This is another motivational tool, and fitness companies are recognizing that more and more people want to know and use this data, rather than just check their total calories each workout like in the old days.

    So 2019 ellipticals, even lower priced ones, will start having this tracking capability if they don’t already.

    Bowflex Max Trainer M8 - New For 2019

  6. Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better
  7. With all of the great new features on 2019 ellipticals, the fact remains that many of us still don’t have much room in our workout areas, especially those of us that live in apartments.

    We have more and more stuff, and less and less space to put it in. That’s why many companies have started making ellipticals with smaller footprints.

    For example the popular Bowflex Max Trainers take up almost half the space of a traditional elliptical. The relatively ProForm HIIT Trainers are also very space friendly.

    Two of the new 2019 ellipticals we talked about above, the NordicTrack FS5i and Diamondback 1060Ef, are also purposely compact to cater to those who don’t have a lot of room for a cardio machine in their homes.

Bottom Line For Ellipticals in 2019

If you’re in the market for a brand new elliptical, you have a lot of great options in 2019. Whether it’s a carryover from 2018 or a newly introduced machine, you’ll definitely find what you are looking for.

Ellipticals may be smaller in size but not in features…look for more touch screens, more programming and more tracking capability, among other extras to keep you on the road to better health!