The MultiSports ECT-3000 Elliptical Review — Sturdiest Elliptical Under $700

A common complaint the Treadmill Sensei receives here at the DOJO is from readers who are used to working out on ellipticals at their local gyms and who quickly discover that they can’t get that same feel in ellipticals under $700. They also complain about how flimsy and shaky most budget ellipticals feel. Unfortunately, there just aren’t any commercial feeling ellipticals around in that sort of budget price range, especially with the number of features a commercial quality elliptical will have. I’d love to be able to tell you otherwise but I’d just be lying.

Now, before you run off pouting, the Treadmill Sensei is a kind and merciful reviewer and will let you on a little secret of the elliptical industry. This secret won’t get you all the bells and whistles of a Precor or Life Fitness elliptical, and won’t get you one of their 20″-21″ strides. What the secret will get you, however, is the single sturdiest and most solid elliptical manufactured under about $1000 in price. That secret comes in the form of an often overlooked elliptical manufacturer from Texas by the name of MultiSports fitness. The unit I’m talking about is the MultiSports ECT-3000 Elliptical which is priced at under $700.

MultiSports has been around the fitness industry for a very long time and has made their reputation in producing some of the most durable, long lasting equipment on the market. In terms of durability and product life I’d rank them up there with Tunturi, Precor and Life Fitness. MultiSports uses 11 gauge steel in their welded frames. For a sub-$1000 unit, the Multisports ECT-3000 Elliptical will stand up to even the heaviest of workouts.

The ECT-3000 elliptical doesn’t come with a whole lot of bells and whistles. It only has manual programs, pulse grip heart rate monitoring, no heart rate control and only 8 levels of resistance. The unit may be stripped down in features but it performs where it counts: in solidity of frame, smoothness of elliptical motion and with a comfortable stride. The Multisports ECT3000 is an elliptical for someone looking to do more intense workouts without having to pay $1000 or more. You won’t feel the “bouncies” on this machine.

The only downside to this machine is the lack of crosstraining handles. It makes up for this missing feature with very long static handles which are easy to use and comfortable to hold on to.

We don’t get many of the Multisports ECT3000 Ellipticals in here at the DOJO. When they do come in, the service is generally because the owner didn’t take care of the elliptical and not because of any failure of the ECT-3000 itself. The unit I worked out on for this review came in from a customer who hadn’t lube his ECT3000 in the year he’d owned it, causing the wheels to make some horrible sounds on the rails while he used it. Some quick clean up and lubrication and he was good to go again. These machines are solid and will last a long time if properly cared for. I’d recommend the ECT3000 for anyone looking for performance over bells and whistles.

For being a budget elliptical that doesn’t skimp on quality components, the Treadmill Sensei gives the MultiSports ECT-3000 Elliptical 4.5 out of 5 golden buddahs.

An excellent low-priced elliptical entry from MultiSports, the ECT3000 gets 4.5 golden buddahs out of 5.

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MultiSports Elliptix 3000 Elliptical Specifications
Stride: 18″
Flywheel: 11lbs.
Display: LCD
Readouts: Calories burned, Speed, Time, Distance, RPM, Pulse
Programs: Manual
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
Heart Rate Control: No
Resistance Levels: 8
Max User Weight: 250lbs
Unit Weight: 115lbs
Cost: Under $700

-The Treadmill Sensei