Vision XF40 Folding EllipticalVision XF40 Folding Elliptical

Web Price: $2,399 | Sale Price: $1,899

A great, high-end cardio trainer with a natural feel, foldable frame and exclusive interval training options make this one a great choice in the price category.

Overall Rating From Elliptical Review Guru: 4.0 / 5.0

Capacity:
Resistance:
325 lbs
20
Stride Length:
FootPrint:
20″
75″ L x 30″ W x 66″ H

UPDATE: The Vision XF40 is no longer available. Check out the latest Vision elliptical reviews here.

Overview: The Vision XF40 is one of two traditional elliptical offerings from the company, along with the non-folding X40 model, bringing you a high-grade, gym-quality machine built for the residential market. With a number of great features and top-notch design, this one is a very good choice for those looking for a space saving trainer.

Here are some of the most interesting features…

Solid Construction/Design

The XF40 features a welded steel frame, along with eddy current brake resistance, oversized cushioned pedals and a 325 lb max user weight. These machines are as durable as they come, with an ergonomic design that allows for the most natural movement possible.

Console Selection

One of the unique features that Vision offers is different console choices so that you can pick the one that suits you best. Here you have a Classic Console, Elegant + Console and the Touch + Console. The Classic features 5 workout programs and a large LED display. The two other consoles are touch screens with many more programs, free wireless chest strap to monitor your heart rate and ViaFit tracking capability.

Workout Capability

The Vision XF40 gives you a generous 20″ stride and 20 resistance levels. All three console choices are Passport ready, meaning you can integrate it with your HDTV and watch high definition videos of courses. The Elegant + and Touch + offer 13 and 17 workouts, respectively, plus Virtual Active maps right on the elliptical and the patented Sprint 8 interval workout for maximum results.

Other Features

The XF40 is a front-drive elliptical and you can fold it at the arms for easy portability and storage. There are multiple handgrips so you can choose the ideal position for your workout, and change it as you go. You also get a USB port for charging and a solid lifetime frame, 5 year brake and parts and 2 year labor warranty.

Vision XF40 Elliptical Test Drive

We always like testing out the Vision ellipticals. They have a very gym-like feel to them, and are a step up from their little brothers the Horizon ellipticals.

The XF40 was no exception. It is the only folding model in the lineup, so it’s ideal for those with limited space who want to store the elliptical between workouts. It is nearly identical to its non-foldiong sibling, the X40.

Our test model had the Elegant + console, which is the middle-priced one. It costs about $400 more than the Classic Console, but gives you a lot more capabilities and functionality, and in our opinion is worth the increase in price. The high-end Touch + is very nice as well, but at a $900 premium we’re not sold on that one.

Setting up the machine is relatively easy, and you’ll want to have someone do it with you if possible to make it easier. Oftentimes they include the setup with the delivery which is a nice touch. Stepping on the XF40 feels like an elliptical in your local gym, with nice touches and a solid construction.

We tried the Sprint 8 program which only comes with the up-level consoles, and it’s a very effective interval training program with a series of rest periods followed by high intensity periods. We did a few manual programs as well, testing out the resistance levels. Transition from one level to the next is smooth and quiet.

Virtual Active is very cool as well…the machine shows you two built in high definition videos of the Rockies and the Northeast. The footage is synced to the speed and intensity of your workout too, so it’s like you are working out outside in these beautiful locales.

ViaFit tracking is also nice, as you can sync all of your workouts to your favorite fitness apps to track your results, set goals for yourself and share with friends and family.

Other nice touches include the free Polar chest strap so you can measure your heart rate more accurately, the intuitive touch screen and the water bottle holder and reading rack.

Final Thoughts

If you’re in the market for a solid folding elliptical, the XF40 from Vision Fitness is not a bad choice at all. It’s on the pricy side, at about $1899 on sale for the base Classic Console, but you’re getting a solid machine that will give you years of use even if you work out daily.

If you can spring for one of the touch screens you’ll have a richer experience, as you get more workouts, ViaFit tracking, Virtual Active videos right on the elliptical and a free heart rate monitor, but the Classic Console on the Vision XF40 gives you enough to make your workouts enjoyable as well as rewarding.