The Precor 544 Elliptical (EFX 544) Review — Cheap alternative to the Precor 546

Greetings and salutations, students of the DOJO. Today the Treadmill Sensei is going to discuss one of our most familiar pieces of equipment, the Precor 544 Elliptical. We’ve been servicing these units here at the DOJO for about 10 years now and are always happy to have them come in to the shop. Right now we’ve got 6 or 7 of them in the warehouse waiting to be cleaned and repaired. If you’ve ever thought about trying out a Precor then the Precor 544 is a great starter unit.

The original crosstrainer from Precor was the Precor 544 Elliptical trainer, which first came out back in 1995 or there abouts. This unit, the grand daddy of all Precor Ellipticals, did quite a bit to revolutionize the fitness industry. The Precor patented Ramp technology is still going strong more than 10 years later and the Precor 544 Elliptical is still out doing a great job. Unfortuately, tho, you can only find Precor 544 units used or remanufactured. The units aren’t made new any longer. The upside there is you should be able to find a great remanufactured unit for under $2000 that should last you for many years to come.

The first thing a lot of people want to know is: what is the difference between the Precor 544 and its bigger brother, the Precor 546 elliptical. Well, aside from the price, it’s not a whole lot.

The first of the two main differences between the units is in the degree of ramp incline on the ellipticals. The Precor 546 goes from a 10 degree incline up to 40 degrees while the Precor 544 only goes from 10 to 25 degrees.

A quick aside about the Ramp technology for those who aren’t familiar with it. Back in the day, Precor patented this technology to make their equipment unique and uncopyable. What it does is adjust the incline of the elliptical motion of their units, giving a more intense workout focusing on the backs of your legs and your glutes…exactly the way increasing the incline on a treadmill will do for you. The downside, and not a lot of people mention it, is that the incline, especially at the higher settings, will cause a user to workout at an unusual angle which can be difficult to get used to. However, once you’ve mastered the incline on a Precor 544 (or Precor 546), the benefits are huge.

The second difference is the number of wheels per arm. The Precor EFX 546 has 2 wheels per arm to the Preocr 544 elliptical’s one per arms. That doesn’t mean all that much, but does give the 546 a slight edge in the smooth ride.

The Precor 546 has also gone through a huge amount of redesigns and there are easily 5-6 different types floating around out there with minor, often confusing, variant features. When you get a Precor 544, tho, you know exactly what you’re buying: a well designed, solid elliptical that has been around for 10 years and is the standard against which all other units are measured against.

I highly recommend the Precor 544 Elliptical for anyone who is interested in getting a Precor workout without paying $3000 or more. Check out the Precor 544 and you’ll see what it has lasted for so long.

The Treadmill Sensei gives the Precor EFX 544 Elliptical 4 Golden Buddahs out of 5.

**This model is no longer available, so if you’re interested in a Precor elliptical machine you can visit the official Precor site and check out all the currently available models.

Precor EFX 544 Elliptical Specifications
Elevation:10-25°
Programs: 8
Unit Weight: 210 pounds
Max Weight Capacity: 400 pounds
Stride:18″
Power Options: 110 Volt / 220Volts
Resistance: 20 levels
HR Monitoring: Yes

Heart Rate Control: Yes – optional

-The Elliptical Guru