Precor EFX 5.21 Elliptical Crosstrainer Review

Precor EFX 5.21 Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer | Precor 5.21

Precor EFX 5.21 Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer

 

Precor EFX 5.21 Elliptical Crosstrainer

The Precor EFX 5.21 is Precor’s entry level elliptical trainer model that offers the ergonomics and bio-mechanics that Precor is famous for at a reasonable price.

The Precor EFX 5.21 is a great elliptical that offers CrossRamp technology which is the heart of Precor’s high end EFX elliptical branding. EFX stands for “elliptical fitness cross trainer” and the meaning of cross trainer in this case is cross training of the lower body muscles. If you also vary the intensity of your exercise, you will get fantastic results. On Precor 5.21 you’ll be hard pushed to get results for total lower body workout unlike any other brand on the market.

The Precor EFX 5.21 has 2 limitations compared to other Precor elliptical trainers – It comes without the upper body handlebars and therefore is not suitable for upper body workout. In addition to that, Precor 5.21 offers 3 fixed incline angles that need to be adjusted manually.

Having talked to various people at Precor, I was surprised to find that a portion of their clientele want only the lower body workout like the one offered by Precor EFX 5.21, and the fact is many people who exercise on an elliptical trainer tend to go through the motions with the upper body workout and get minimal benefits.

Precor Elliptical machines are built in such a way that they have a wonderful smooth action. The Precor 5.21 is in alignment with your body’s natural movements and there is more than one elliptical review that agrees with that.

The Precor EFX 5.21 and other Precor elliptical trainers are the best you can buy – quality, maintenance-free machines for serious workouts and demanding users. If you have the budget, go for it and you will not regret your choice.

 

Elliptical Motion Combined With CrossRamp® Technology

The Precor EFX 5.21 and other Precor elliptical trainers bring together elliptical movement and CrossRamp® technology to eliminate two issues with indoor cardiovascular workouts:

  1. High-impact training that stresses and strains joints and
  2. Elliptical cross trainer that works not enough groups of muscles

Precor is known for its CrossRamp technology, and their competition is can not copy it because of a strict patent. The main distinction between the Precor incline capability and those found on competitive elliptical crosstrainers is that the Precor models maintain a genuine elliptical motion while you raise the slope. Other manufacturers, in an effort to circumvent the patent, have incline designs that distort the elliptical stride. It results in a movement that accelerates and decelerates, creating a degree of pressure and force to your joints.

 

Precor 5.21 – Video Review by Precor

 

 

 

EFX 5.21 vs. Top 5 Performers in “Under $2,000” Category

ELLIPTICAL TRAINERSole E98Sole E95Sole E35Sole E55Precor EFX 5.21
ELLIPTICAL TRAINERSole Fitness E98Sole Fitness E95Sole Fitness E35Sole E55Precor EFX 5.21
RATINGWinner1st Runner UpTop 5 PerformerTop 5 PerformerCOMPARED
IMAGE”Sole”Sole”Sole”Sole”Precor
USD PRICE$1,979$1,699$1299$1499$1799
PRICE-PERFORMANCE5 stars4.5 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars
EXPERT REVIEWExpert ReviewExpert ReviewExpert ReviewExpert ReviewExpert Review
VISIT SITEVISIT SITEVISIT SITEVISIT SITEVISIT SITE
GRADELight CommercialHomeHomeHomeHome
UPPER BODY WORKYESYESYESYESNO
FLYWHEEL34 lbs34 lbs25 lbs27 lbs
RESISTANCE LEVELS2020162016
RESISTANCE TYPEMagneticMagneticMagneticMagneticMagnetic
INCLINEYES, motorized
0° - 30°
Power Incline
YES, motorized
0° - 30°
Power Incline
YES, motorized
0° - 30°
Power Incline
YES, motorized
0° - 40°
Power Incline
YES
Fixed 15°, 20° and 25
STRIDE LENGTH20"20" - 22"20" - 22"20"18"
PROGRAMS101010108
COOLING FANYESYESYESYESNO
FOLDINGNONONONONO
MAX. USER WEIGHT400 lbs.400 lbs375 lbs375 lbs300 lbs
HEART RATE CONTROLYES
Contact HR sensor + incl. heart rate chest strap
YES
Contact HR sensor + incl. heart rate chest strap
YES
Contact HR sensor + wireless
YES
Contact HR sensor + wireless
YES
Contact HR sensor + Polar compatible
DISPLAY TYPE AND FUNCTIONSAdjustable console with 9" commercial grade blue LCD display tracks time, distance, calories, resistance and other parameters to control the progressCommercial-grade extra wide 9-inch blue LCD display tracks time, distance, calories, resistance and other parameters to control the progressLCD console with vibrant 7.5-inch blue LCD display that tracks time, distance, calories, and resistance, and all the other parameters for comfortably control your workout
Vibrant 7.5-inch blue LCD display tracks time, distance, calories, resistance, incline, pulse, and pace4" x 3" Single color LCD screen showing calories, distance, HR, program profile, resistance level, SmartRate®, strides per minute, time
ADDITIONAL FEATURES AND FUNCTIONSHeavy-duty, 38-millimeter steel frame can handle the wear and tear of multiple users, Power incline for additional resistance and variable positions. iPod and MP3 ready + speakers. Custom-designed foot pedals. Cushioned, adjustable pedalsPower incline for additional resistance and variable positions. iPod and MP3 ready + speakers. Custom-designed foot pedals. Cushioned, adjustable pedalsPower incline, iPod and MP3 ready, built-in speakers, Adjustable oversize foot pedals designed with a 2 degree inward, 2 User Profiles, Chest strap for heart rate monitoring, Water bottle holderPower incline for additional resistance and variable positions
iPod and MP3 ready + speakers
Custom-designed foot pedals
2 User Defined Programs
Preset Programs: Fat Burner, HR, Weight Loss and more
An adjustable CrossRamp lets you target specific muscles or all major lower-body muscle groups
Accessories Holder
DIMENTIONS82 x 32 x 67 inches
(L x W x H)
83 x 32 x 58 inches (L x W x H)68 x 34 x 23 inches
(W x H x D)
66 x 33 x 23 inches
(W x H x D)
76 x 29 x 62 inches
(L x W x H)
UNIT WEIGHT249 lbs.230 lbs200 lbs232 lbs162 lbs
WARRANTYFrame: lifetime
Parts: 5 years
Labor: 2 years
Frame: lifetime
Parts: 5 years
Labor: 2 years
Lifetime: frame and brake
5 years on parts
2 years on labor
Frame and brake: Lifetime
Parts: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years
Lifetime frame and welds
5 years parts and wear
1 year labor

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About Precor

There are several very good elliptical crosstrainers out there, but Precor offers the Very Best elliptical crosstrainers in the upper price range. No-one manufactures home training equipment to greater standards in comparison with Precor. By using any one of their elliptical exercise machines you will be getting quality, sturdiness and durability, however the Precor 5.21 is in addition an entry level model they manufacture at a cost that is justifiable for an elliptical fitness machine you are getting.

 

 

Precor 5.21 Elliptical Trainer – PROS

  • Great Brand – Precor is a Top Elliptical Brand
  • Solid construction
  • Smooth, quiet and comfortable
  • Excellent durability and reliability
  • One of the better warranties on the market

 

Precor 5.21 Elliptical Trainer – CONS

  • No arm levers – No upper body workout on this elliptical
  • Incline ramp adjusts manually
  • In the upper price range

Our Conclusion for Precor EFX 5.21 Elliptical Crosstrainer

There are several excellent elliptical trainers out there, but Precor EFX 5.21 is one of the best elliptical machines in an entry level price. Nobody manufactures home exercise equipment to higher standards than Precor. With any one of their machines you’re getting quality, durability and reliability, but the Precor EFX 5.21 is an entry level elliptical trainer model that offers the ergonomics and bio-mechanics that Precor is famous for and at a reasonable price.

The Precor 5.21 incorporates the patented CrossRamp technology, but adjustments are done manually, so in order to adjust the level of the incline, you have to get off the machine.

All Precor ellipticals are top quality, so you can expect the same level of quietness, smoothness and performance even 10 years after you bought Precor EFX 5.21.

To our opinion Precor EFX 5.23, Precor EFX 5.25 and Precor EFX 5.37 are better performing models of Precor, especially if you want to include upper body workout, but they come with a higher price tag. Overall, Precor 5.21 is Precor’s entry model, though it is by far more advanced and reliable than ellipticals from many other brands. It is reasonably priced for what it offers, so if you’re looking for an elliptical trainer that will perform well and last for years, you can’t go wrong with Precor EFX 5.21.