Precor EFX 425 EllipticalPrecor EFX 425

Web Price: $4,999 | Sale Price: $4,499

Similar to the 423 model just with moving handlebars instead of stationary. A solid, well-constructed elliptical machine.

Overall Rating From Elliptical Review Guru: 3.5 / 5.0

Capacity:
Resistance:
NA
20
Stride Length:
FootPrint:
Adjustable
84″ L x 31″ W x 67″ H

Overview

The EFX 425 is the upgraded version of Precor’s high end Precision series ellipticals. It comes with all the features of the base model, including commercial level construction, as well as moving handlebars for the possibility of a full body workout. The EFX 425 retails for around $4,500 and represents the most complete range of features available to those looking to make a home workout a serious part of their lifestyle.

Here are some of the highlights of our Precor EFX 425 review…

UPDATE: The EFX 425 is no longer being sold. It was replaced by the very similar EFX 427.

Workout Accelerators

These work with your workout history in order to suggest new ways to freshen up your workouts. The suggestions can range from anything to bumping up the intensity to going for a higher target heart rate zone. These suggestions become even more accurate when your biometric data is pulled from your unique user ID.

CrossRamp

CrossRamp technology represents Precor’s attention to the importance of mimicking a true running form. It allows you to adjust the elliptical path to target specific lower body muscle groups or set the step height to a more comfortable position for your stride length. This adjustability gives you a broad number of ways to customize your workout experience even further.

Heart Rate Monitoring

Heart rate monitoring is the best way to maximize your workout effectiveness. Precor’s SmartRate feature instantly reads your heart rate from the handlebar pads or compatible Polar 5KHz chest strap and uses it to keep your in your target cardio or calorie zone longer.

Multiple Users

The EFX 425 stores vital data for two unique users. You can enter your height, weight, and age in order to make calorie burn calculations much more accurate. In addition, your user ID will save your favorite workouts for easy retrieval later. This is a great feature for a household with multiple users.

Guru Test Drive

The EFX 425 represents the most fully functional entry in the Precor’s Precision series. This line is meant to represent their commercial level products and the 425 does not disappoint. The construction is solid and precise, really lending to the gym quality feel. The resistance unit has been upgraded to the one used on the commercial gym models and it really shows.

The elliptical travel action is smooth, but feels more substantial and full. It’s not something you’d notice without having used a lower end elliptical, but once you step onto the 425 it’s hard to go back. The resistance scales so smoothly that it’s almost easy to forget you’ve turned it up a few notches. I also really appreciated the moving handlebars (not present on the entry level EFX 423) getting my upper body in on the action, but there are also stationary handholds if you’d like to focus solely on lower body muscle groups using the multitude of CrossRamp settings.

The EFX 425 comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame and a ten year warranty on parts and wear items, which is a generous upgrade over the lower end models.

One complaint I have with the 425 is the lack of a touchscreen. At this price point, the absence of an upgraded display screen stands out a little. The screen included on the 425 is nice, but I caught myself trying to push on the edges of the screen on some occasions. It’s almost as if the quality present in the rest of the unit demanded that the screen be touchable. However, this might not be an issue for most users as the display still features many useful capabilities, such as music volume controls and USB charging for phones and music players.

Also, this machine does not come with their Preva technology that some of the other models have, like the top of the line EFX 447 elliptical. For this price all of the ellipticals should have that integrated, just as almost all of the models from ICON Fitness (NordicTrack, ProForm, etc.) have iFit either integrated or compatible.

Final Thoughts:

For those looking to bring a gym quality experience into their homes, the Precor EFX 425 is the way to go. The unit features the construction quality and resistance capabilities of Precor’s commercial level ellipticals. The moveable handlebars also represent a nice upgrade over the base machine. I found myself really looking forward to my time with the 425, which is a feeling all manufacturers should strive for. If you’re looking for a way to truly make a gym quality workout part of your life at home, this is it.

Still, it is quite expensive and probably out of reach for most consumers. You can get a great workout and probably even more features at half the price with some of the other big brands. But if you have the money and want a gym-quality machine that will last for years and years, Precor is not a bad choice.

If you’re interested in purchasing the popular Precor EFX 425 elliptical trainer you can check it out at the official company website. You can see all of the available models for home use and decide if one of them is the right choice for you.