The Ironman 250e Elliptical Review — A Budget Best Buy Elliptical for under $500

One of the questions we get asked most here at the Treadmill Sensei is “which elliptical is best for under $500?” Unfortunately that question is also one of the hardest to answer. You see, that budget price range is a tough one for both ellipticals and treadmills as there really isn’t really much you get for your money for under $500. Ellipticals do hold up just a bit better than treadmills do because they don’t have the additional cost of a motor, but as with everything else you get what you pay for.

When you’re looking at an elliptical for under $500 you’ve got to be prepared to sacrifice stability, features or stride length (and sometimes more than one of those). If you are looking for a solid elliptical with a lot of programs and don’t mind a shorter stride, then the Ironman 250e is an excellent choice. Made by Keys Fitness, one of the largest fitness manufacturers in the country, the Ironman 250e continues the company’s great track record for making budget priced ellipticals.

The Ironman 250e is solidly built, weighing in at over 115 pounds and with a 300 pound weight capacity (although I’d rate it at closer to 250 or so). It also has a larger than average flywheel for an under $500 elliptical, weighing about 12 pounds and a nice elliptical feel to it. The unit also comes with 12 programs, 16 levels of resistance and heart rate monitoring and control. The 250e has a lot of features that you just don’t often find on ellipticals in its price range.

The only real downside is the 14″ stride length. The Ironman 250e is great for shorter users looking for a quality workout at an insanely low price. For being a solidly built budget elliptical, the Treadmill Sensei gives the Ironman 250e 3.5 out of 5 golden buddahs.

3.5 gold buddahs for the Ironman 250e Elliptical.

Ironman 250e Elliptical Specifications
Flywheel: approximately 12lbs
Display: LCD
Readouts: program profile, time, speed, pulse, calories and distance
Programs: 12
Resistance: 16 levels
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Max User Weight: 300lbs
Unit Weight: 115lbs
Price: Under $500