Xterra 5.6e Elliptical Review

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Free Style 5.6e

XTERRA Fitness Free Style 5.6e Elliptical Trainer

The Free Style 5.6e is a mid-range elliptical by Xterra Fitness. It is one out of 4 models introduced in the latest generation. The other models include FS 4.0e which is an entry level machine, the 5.4e is positioned in the entry-to-mid-range, and the 5.8e is Xterra’s top model. You’re invited to see them compared side-by-side here:

Compare Xterra Free Style 4.0e vs. 5.4e vs. 5.6e vs. 5.8e.

The FreeStyle 5.6e provides a nice improvement with compare to Xterra’s FS 5.4e model. The main improvements come from a stride length that was increased to 20″, weight capacity that was increased to support up to 375 lbs and it was designed with a more solid platform backed up by an extraordinary 5 years warranty on parts.

With 20 levels of best in class electronic incline (ranging from 1.6 to 13.75 degrees) combined with 20 levels of resistance, this elliptical trainer provides a non-impact, total body workout targeting a wide range of muscle groups.

It takes an ambition to start going the path toward better health and fitness, and the Xterra Fitness FS 5.6e Elliptical delivers a good platform to enjoy this journey, taking it one step at a time.

Top Features

Motorized Power Incline

With 20 levels of both incline and resistance, the XTERRA Fitness Free Style 5.6e delivers the necessary level of challenge you’re looking for, allowing for simple and easy adjustments right from the handlebar mounted remote controls.

Biomechanically Adjusted Foot Pedals

The Xterra 5.6e was designed with pedals that have a 2 degree inversion on them. This means they slope inward slightly to imitate your natural move during the exercise, so you will not stress your joints as much. In addition, the oversized pedals are padded, providing extra comfort as you ride.

Console and Display

XTERRA Free Style 5.6e Display

In a big jump from an entry 4.0e model, the 5.4e features a variety of information that is clearly presented on a 6.5″ wide-screen blue-backlit LCD display. The display shows workout information for 5 preset programs, 2 heart rate programs and 2 user customizable programs in addition to controls for 20 electronic levels of incline for a variety of workouts.

It allows for easy monitoring of your pulse, speed, RPM, distance, level and all the other information you need to know during workout.

One of the unique programs available on Xterra 5.6e is the glute blast. Glutes are your buttock muscles and this program was designed to exercise them. I especially like this programs since it gives your lower body a fantastic workout that will burn fat, tone your buttock and lower leg area. It’s not something commonly available on other ellipticals.

It comes with a built-in heart rate receiver and an optional Telemetric chest strap, so you can easily monitor your training heart-zone while keeping your eyes on the finish line.

Durability and Operation

The XTERRA Free Style 5.6e was designed for durability and quiet operation. Its platform was upgraded from the one provided in 5.4e model. All Xterra ellipticals use sealed commercial bearings and premium bushings in pivot points delivering smooth workouts. This machine is equipped with friction-free magnetic resistance system designed for quiet operation.

Free Style 5.6e Video Review by Xterra Fitness

Xterra FS 5.6e vs. Top 5 Performers in Under $1,000 Category

ELLIPTICAL TRAINERHorizon EX-59Schwinn 470 Nautilus E616Sole E25Xterra Free Style 5.8e
RATINGWinner1st Runner UpTop 5 PerformerTop 5 PerformerCOMPARED
USD PRICE$799$799$899$999$1,299
PRICE-PERFORMANCE4.5 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars5 stars
EXPERT REVIEWExpert ReviewExpert ReviewExpert ReviewExpert ReviewExpert Review
FLYWHEEL14.3 lbs25 lbs25 lbs
RESISTANCE TYPEMagneticMagneticMagneticMagneticMagnetic
0° - 10°
0 to 11%
motorized incline
20 levels of power incline
20 levels of power incline
STRIDE LENGTH18"20"20"20"-22" Power Adjustable20"
3 speed
3 Speed
MAX. USER WEIGHT275 lbs300 lbs300 lbs350 lbs400 lbs
Contact HR sensor
Contact HR sensor
Contact HR sensor, telemetry enabled
Contact HR sensor
Contact HR sensor + incl. heart rate chest strap
DISPLAY TYPE AND FUNCTIONS4.5" yellow-green LCD display with Time, distance, speed, calories, heart rate, program level and watts workout feedbackSchwinnConnect™ 2 LCD window System
Main: 3.0” X 5.0” Blue backlit + Secondary: 1.0” X 5.0” Blue backlit + Quickeys 5 for incline and 5 for resistance
Dual track blue-backlit LCD display with 1 quick start, 12 profile, 9 heart Rate, 2 Fitness test, 1 recovery test and 4 custom programsVibrant 6.5-inch blue LCD display tracks time, distance, calories, and resistance + built-in speakers for listening to your iPod or MP3 player7.5" bright widescreen blue backlit workout LCD display to keep you informed about speed, calories burned, time, distance, pulse, and and other key factors
ADDITIONAL FEATURES AND FUNCTIONSLow distance between pedals. Low, 10-inch step-on height. The StraightUP™ keeps your body upright for maximum comfort
Sonic Surround™ speakers with MP3 player input, water bottle holder, reading rack, accessories tray
10 degree motorized ramp range with quick keys. 4 user settings and goal tracking. Integrated transport wheels, media tray, water bottle. USB charging, Data export to Schwinn connect. Great acoustic chamber for clear sound system.Supports Nautilus Connect™ portal, the Nautilus Trainer™ app and MyFitnessPal, Bluetooth connectivity, USB charging port, data export, performance tracking, Media shelf, Transport wheelsPower incline for additional resistance and positions, iPod and MP3 ready,
2 degree inward adjustable Pedals, 15-inch pedals, water bottle holder
Heavy duty steel frame, Easy to use hand-grips with controls to adjust the level of incline and resistance, Front transport wheels, Multi-Grip handlebars, Display console comes with an integrated swivel fan, an MP3 player jack and speaker system
DIMENTIONS68.2 x 22 x 64.6 inches
(L x W x H)
70 x 28 x 71 inches
(L x W x H)
70 x 28 x 71 inches
(L x W x H)
67.5 x 30 x 17.5 inches
(W x H x D)
75.6 x 28 x 63 inches
(L x W x H)
UNIT WEIGHT169 lbs231 lbs173 lbs198 lbs243 lbs
WARRANTYLifetime on frame
1 year on parts and labor
10 years on the frame
2 years on mechanical parts
1 year on electrical parts
90 days on labor
10 year frame
2 year parts
1 year electronics
90 days labor
Frame / Brake: Lifetime
Parts / Electronics: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Year (In-Home)
Lifetime on frame and brake
7 years on parts
1 years on labor
ELLIPTICAL TRAINERHorizon Fitness EX-59Schwinn 470 Nautilus E616Sole Fitness E25Xterra Fitness Free Style 5.8e

COMPARE 5 Best Elliptical Trainers Under $1500 in 2022

Sole E35Best Fitness E1 Xterra Free Style 5.8eSole E55Schwinn 450
Winner1st Runner UpTop 5 PerformerTop 5 PerformerTop 5 Performer
Expert ReviewExpert ReviewExpert ReviewExpert ReviewExpert Review

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  • This model’s weight is 209 lbs, so it maybe unstable enough at its top weight capacity of 375 lbs
  • Heart rate chest strap is optional and not included



  • Good warranty: 5-years on parts and 60 day money-back guarantee
  • Very good set of features for an elliptical at this price range
  • Good variety of workout options

SummaryXterra Fitness FS 5.6e Elliptical

With 9 programs powered by 20 levels of easily controllable incline and resistance you have plenty of workout routines to chose from. The audio input jack let’s you listen to your favorite music while you exercise, delivering surprisingly clear sound quality through the speaker system. Oversize pedals provide 20″ stride and a 2° inversion contributing to promoting optimal body alignment. This machine supports up to 375 lbs weight capacity and the 21 lbs flywheel system offers consistent and smooth operation. The console provides a swivel fan that blows a faint stream of air to keep you cool, and it comes with a storage slot for your phone or Mp3 player. Having said that, if you’re looking for internet connectivity and stacks of gadgets, then the FS 5.6e may leave you underwhelmed.

So what is our conclusion? If you’re looking for a club-level elliptical with motivational entertainment gadgets and technological innovation, you may want to keep looking, however if you’re focusing on performance and functionality with $1,000 price limit, then the XTERRA Fitness FS 5.6e is a good option.

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