The Tunturi C20 Elliptical Review — Another average unit from Tunturi

The Treadmill Sensei just realized he hadn’t done a review for one of the oldest manufacturers on the block in a very long time. The manufacturer in question is Tunturi from Europe. While Tunturi treadmills have done well in my reviews, their ellipticals have fallen a bit short because of their older design style and pedals which tend to be uncomfortable during longer workouts — I think I described the Tunturi C60 as “built like a tank and about as comfortable as one.” Unfortunately, the Tunturi C20 isn’t a whole lot more comfortable, but it is a lot of machine for under $600.

The Tunturi C20 is the lightest unit in the Tunturi line, but the unit itself is based on the same design and engineering as their other units. It features a very solid rear flywheel — in fact, one of the few home grade rear drive units which is still sturdy enough to stand up to a solid workout — and pedals mounted to the elliptical struts on the bottom of the machine. This is where my major complaint about the Tunturi ellipticals lies — the pedals are a bit unforgiving, are mounted a bit too wide apart for a natural feel and being mounted to the struts tends to cause a user’s feet to fall asleep during 30+ minute workouts. When you factor in the shorter 17″ stride then you’ve got an elliptical machine only suited for short people or short workouts. These machines perform best for workouts lasting less than 20 minutes in length. Any longer than that and you will experience a lack of circulation in your feet and legs caused by the slightly unnatural design.

Aside from the pedal and stride issues, the Tunturi C20 Elliptical is one of the most solid ellipticals under $1000 and far exceeds any other unit in its $599 price range for stability. Add in the 30 lb flywheel and you’ll find the C20 has a very nice elliptical motion.

Every other feature meets or exceeds other units in the budget class, such as 12 programs, heart rate monitoring and control, the 110 pound machine weight, 300 pound user capacity and great 3 year parts and 1 year labor warranties. If only Tunturi could move in to the new century and rework its pedal designs — articulating footpads are a must in any elliptical.

If you’re on a budget and need an exceptionally sturdy elliptical for your shorter workouts, then the Tunturi C20 may be right up your alley. For being solid but stuck in the past, the Treadmill Sensei gives the Tunturi C20 Elliptical 3 out of 5 golden buddahs.

Another average unit from Tunturi.

Tunturi C20 Elliptical Specifications
Stride: 17″
Flywheel: 30lbs
Programs: 12
Resistance: 8 Levels
Display: LCD
Readouts: Time, step rate, distance, energy consumption, heart rate, training target zone %, distance, room temperature, and calender date
Heart Rate Monitor: Pulse grip
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Max User Weight: 300lbs
Elliptical Weight: 110lbs