Is the Gazelle Edge Exercise Glider Worth Buying?

Gazelle Edge Exercise GliderWe’ve had a lot of inquiries lately about the Gazelle Edge, a very low cost exercise machine that has become quite popular these days. So we decided to take a look to see what it was all about. At under $150, we weren’t very optimistic about this one. 🙂

Nevertheless, we ordered one on Amazon to test out. It arrived a few days later…we were able to put it together in about a half hour or so, and we were off to the races.

What is the Gazelle Edge and how does it work?

The Gazelle is a very basic machine that operates kind of like a very open stride elliptical machine without stationary handles. You may have seen the commercials several years ago featuring Tony Little, an overly enthusiastic personal trainer with the annoying catchphrase “YOU CAN DO IT!” to motivate everyone. He’s still involved with the Gazelle Edge, but fortunately we don’t have to watch those commercials anymore.

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There are actually three Gazelle Gliders in the series: the Edge, the Freestyle and the Supreme. As you move up in the lineup you get some enhanced features and additional workout DVDs. The Edge is the most basic, and features 1.5″ rolled steel, extra wide foot platform, high density foam covered handles, a basic computer showing your speed, calories, time and distance and 6 different built in exercises.

To use it, you simply get on, grab the moving handlebars and start your workout. You can go as fast or as slow as you want, determining your stride length on the go.

The Gazelle Edge Test Drive

Now on to the most important part…the workout. The company suggests 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week which is something most people can handle. They also say you can strengthen your muscles, build your cardio, lose weight, stretch and do everything else on the machine. I guess to some degree you can.

Several of us did a 20-40 minute workout a few times a week for several weeks. We tried all of the different positions that they recommended, leaning all the way forward to work the chest muscles, standing straight up, leaning back to work the core, short strides, long strides and everything in between.

Here are the results of our test drive….

The Good

Overall, the workout is decent. It’s not fantastic, it’s not awful. It is definitely more of a beginners machine for those who are new to working out and just want something to get them moving and burning some calories. It is good for older people, and good for rehab as well.

You can get a full body workout, as your arms and legs are moving the entire time. You can go slow if that’s easier for you, and you can work up to a jog or run as well. You can also lean all the way in or lean all the way back to hit different muscle groups.

As we mentioned, it’s relatively easy to put together. It is also very compact (43″ L x 29.25″ W x 53.75″ H) so if space is a concern, the Gazelle Edge is definitely a better option than a traditional elliptical machine.

Another benefit is the low impact. The full range of motion is relatively impact-free, although after 40 minutes at full stride, we did feel a little discomfort.

The included Total Body workout DVD is helpful in showing you how to get the most out of your workouts, although you can kind of figure it out on your own in a short period of time.

Of course, the price is right as well. You can often find it at around $120 at Amazon with free shipping. That’s about as cheap a cardio machine as you will find these days.

The Bad

The low price is also a negative as well, as the construction isn’t the greatest. But you really can’t expect much for such a cheap price. Even the lowest end NordicTrack or ProForm ellipticals are at least $599 as a comparison.

So you will hear noises, especially at full speed/stride, and it does feel a little shaky as well. Our Gazelle Edge was fine, but some customers complained about broken parts, the need for constant lubrication, or breakdown after a few months of use.

There are no resistance levels here, as you find on almost all elliptical trainers these days. If you want resistance you’ll have to move up to the Gazelle Supreme, which features a hydraulic system.

The computer is very basic, without much information, and it tends to be inaccurate from time to time. Again, you can’t expect an advanced computer at this price level. There is also no heart rate monitoring capability as there is on the other models.

Max user weight is only 250 lbs., so if you are on the heavier side you might want to opt for one of the other Gazelle Gliders. Also, the warranty covers you for just one year, so you’ll want to consider extended coverage.

What’s the bottom line on the Gazelle Edge?

If you’re new to working out, elderly or need a simple, low-impact machine for rehab, the Gazelle Edge might be a good choice for you, especially if you don’t have the budget for a more advanced elliptical trainer. You can get a full body workout in, burn some calories and improve your cardio fitness.

However, if you’re someone who’s been working out for years, a regular on the elliptical or treadmill, or a serious athlete, you’re likely to be disappointed with the workout you get on the Edge. It’s not that challenging and you’ll have to be on there forever at full speed in order to feel like you’re getting a good workout.

Definitely consider the Freestyle and Supreme models as well. They are a little more expensive, but they are sturdier with higher weight capacities, more workouts and a few extras that you don’t get on the Edge. And again, if you do buy one of the Gazelle Gliders, consider adding two or three additional years of coverage for peace of mind.

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