If you’re reading our Star Trac elliptical reviews, we’re assuming you have a lot of money to spend on exercise equipment as these machines are definitely on the pricey side. Still, these are some of the most well-built elliptical available today, featured at some of the top gyms, schools and hotels across the world.Star-Trac-logo

The company is based in Vancouver, Washington and is a subsidiary of Core Health & Fitness, along with the StairMaster brand. The company specializes in commercial-grade exercise machines, but has recently started offering their ellipticals and treadmills for residential use. The company prides itself on its innovations and technology, aiming to produce the highest quality product with the end user in mind. The result is very well constructed, bio-mechanically ideal workout machines that motivate users and produce results.

Star Trac currently offers 5 different ellipticals, which they call cross trainers, including the E-CTe, E-CTi, E-CT, S-CTx and S-CTx with PVS. All of the ellipticals are front-drive, featuring easy step up rear access, ideal Q factor step distance, and comfortable wide pedals. They are also rock-solid, with high maximum weight capacities and flawless design.

Some of the notable features include a beautiful 15″ HD touchscreen, iPod connectivity, USB charging station, adjustable personal fan, at least 20 resistance levels and at least 16 workout programs. The higher priced models have even more features and capability.

Although these are certainly great elliptical machines, evidenced by their popularity at so many high end facilities across the world, there are of course some drawbacks. For starters, as mentioned above, these are extremely expensive machines. Depending on where you buy them, they can cost anywhere from $3,500 all the way up to $8,500. That’s a lot of money to spend on an elliptical trainer for your home.

Also, it’s important to note that the warranties on the Star Trac ellipticals leave a lot to be desired. Whereas most ellipticals, even under $1,000, come with lifetime warranties on the frame and 5 years on parts, the Star Tracs come with only a 10 year limited warranty on frame, 2 years on components and 1 year labor. That’s really poor coverage when you’re paying over $3500 for a piece of exercise equipment.

Still, the way these are built, you likely won’t have to worry about a warranty. These ellipticals are built to last, to endure endless usage by multiple users for years and years. So it shouldn’t be a deal breaker.

You have a number of choices in the high-end category to choose from, so if you are considering a Star Trac elliptical you should also look at Precor, Life Fitness, Octane, TRUE, FreeMotion and Vision. They are all great brands with a number of different models to choose from. It’s a matter of finding the elliptical that meets all of your needs.