ProForm 990 CSEProForm 990 CSE

Web Price: $1899 | Sale Price: $1,499

This elliptical has all the bells and whistles one could ask for all at just under $1500, which is a mid-level price for a quality elliptical. There were quite a bit of mixed reviews on this elliptical, yet overall it seems to be a crowd pleaser among users and experts alike.

Overall Rating From Elliptical Review Guru: 3.0 / 5.0

Capacity:
Resistance:
325 lbs
16
Stride Length:
FootPrint:
18 – 20″
81.5″ L x 27″ W x 66.0″ H
**UPDATE** The ProForm 990 CSE is no longer available and has been replaced by their new SmartStrider elliptical machines. The good news is that even the highest end one is a few hundred dollars cheaper than the 990CSE and offers a host of new features.

You can see the new SmartStrider series here at the official ProForm site. If you do choose one of these models, see if they are still offering free shipping…they do that from time to time and that really helps.

Expert Reviews

“The ProForm 990 CSE Elliptical is an entry level machine, packed with bells & whistles. This is an entry level machine that is not built for heavy use. However, it is a wonderful entry level machine that will offer dependable use for someone needing a workout 4 to 5 times a week, 30 minutes or so a day. And all the cool features make it one to lust after.” – Treadmill Sensei

“The ProForm 990 CSE is an excellent option for beginners and more serious athletes alike. For a relatively low price, it offers exceptional program variety, sixteen training levels, and an incline. It’s especially intended for exercisers interested in using iFit personal training or using an adjustable stride. Others might prefer ProForm’s cheaper 980 CSE, which has a fixed stride and isn’t WiFi compatible.” – EllipticalReviewsNet

“The Proform version of the NordicTrack Audiostrider 990. While you loose some of the features of the 990, you get the patented design and most of the quality for a couple of hundred less.” – Treadmill Doctor

“Proform may not be our top choice in terms of quality but they are very good at making low cost feature packed ellipticals. You will have to decide whither you want all the bells and whistles or go with another brand like Sole offering higher quality with less options.” – EllipticalMachineReviews.net

User Reviews

“I am not one who usually posts reviews on my purchases, but I am totally impressed with my Pro Form 990 CSE elliptical. It took my husband and me about 2 hours to completely put the machine together. I read several reviews that the fan was loud and overall worthless. I don’t feel it is loud in the least, but it is aimed quite off. I’m 5’7” and the air from the fan hits just under my breasts. You can’t feel it on you through a light t-shirt.” – ProForm customer

“Have found the unit to work as expected. It is still really heavy and really big but worth it. However, we did have a loud clicking noise and called the company. They got a guy out [who] determined that the main pulley wheel was a bit warped. So the ridge on the belt every so often clicked a track over. Said it was mechanically fine. Well, I guess I will just have a bit of a noise but really not that big of a deal. All-in-all a good buy.” – Amanda G., Amazon customer

“All I have had is problems. Out of the box the pulse rate monitor didn’t work. Then one of the rollers disintegrated. They are $60. Not too long after replacing that one the other one went. Was told this is a wear part not covered by warranty, send $ we will send parts. Next the resistance adjust went. It wouldn’t stay where set…Then the bottom end of the upper body leg busted off. Cost $116.51…Now I am a 66 year old man and weigh 220 pounds. This machine is rated an 325 pounds so should be ok for me to use. I’m going shopping for a replacement!” – Kenneth G, Amazon Customer

“I’ve the machine for 2 weeks, So far so good. I was a bit skeptical at first. specially after reading the first review, But i had no problems. It took my husband a couple of hours to build it. Its awesome!I love the way it runs. Its smooth. No noise or squeezing. Its just like working on a machine from the gym, I Have no regrets I would totally recommend this machine.” – Sunny149, Amazon customer.

Conclusion

The ProForm 990 CSE Elliptical sounds like a quality built machine, and should be for almost $1500. It comes with all the bells and whistles one could ask for in an elliptical workout, such as an 18-20″ adjustable stride, 16 resistance levels, 20 built-in workouts and iFit compatibility making sure you are always able to receive ever changing and challenging workouts.

While there were a few bad reviews due to some missing or broken parts, along with one bad quality review from this elliptical, but as I can see overall there were quite a few more positive reviews than negative. Overall this elliptical seems to have a lot of features one would look for, yet it is on the mid-to-higher price range when it comes to elliptical machines, so if you are on a budge you might want to look for an elliptical with not as many features included.