The Proform 520E is an entry-level home use / light commercial elliptical trainer. It is aimed at users who are looking for a basic, reliable, sturdy elliptical, and are not concerned about missing out on features included in more expensive machines.
Below we take an in-depth look at this elliptical trainer – is it the best model for your needs?
- Proform 520E Elliptical – Features
- Proform 520E Review
- How Does It Compare?
- Related Articles
Proform 520E Elliptical – Features
|Incline Range||0-20 degrees|
|Display||5" Backlit LCD Display|
|USB Charging Port||Yes|
|Heart Rate||Yes (handles only)|
|Max User Weight||300lbs|
|Dimensions||68.25"L x 34.4"W x 69.3"H|
|Tablet / Book Holder||Yes|
|Water Bottle Holder||Yes|
|User Profiles||1 (4 via iFit subscription)|
|Warranty (Mechanical)||1 Year|
|Warranty (Electronics)||1 Year|
|Warranty (Labor)||1 Year|
Proform 520E Review
What We Like
What We Don’t Like
The Proform 520E Elliptical has a modern design and steel frame construction. The elliptical weighs 207 lbs, so it isn’t easy to move around. It features a 15 lbs. flywheel that is durable but can wear down with time, which will impact its resistance. Overall, we’re not convinced this machine is built to last more than a few years. This is only to be expected from a machine at its low price point.
The maximum weight the Proform 520E Elliptical can hold is 300 lbs.
The 520E Elliptical doesn’t provide much resistance, but it does come with the incline settings of up to 20 degrees. While the incline may not intensify your workout much, it does present users the opportunity to focus on specific body parts. This lets you take a more targeted approach to your cardio.
The Proform 520E Elliptical doesn’t have much footprint with dimensions of 68.25 x 34.4 x 68.3 inches. While on the machine, you can expect your body to be around 18 inches off the ground. Add 21 inches to your height to determine whether the room’s ceiling is high enough for it.
The Proform 520E Elliptical has a design geared towards beginners or those that want some basic cardio workout.
It does have a multitude of workout programs with 18 to choose from. The pedals automatically add and decrease resistance based on the program and the goal you select.
The five-inch screen displays data, which includes time, distance, and heart rate. The tablet holder allows you to read, listen to music, or watch videos while you exercise. You can also sync data using iFit as the machine is compatible with the application.
We were happy to see one feature in the 520E: the ability to adjust the machine’s stride. Not many machines in its class offer this functionality. This makes the elliptical easy for individuals of all heights.
To make assembly easy for users, Proform provides an image-based guide. You get detailed step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow. It will take about one and a half to two hours to fully assembly the elliptical. You may want to consider using your own tools, though, as the tools in the box are not the best.
The Proform 520E Elliptical does not come packed with features, but it is a smart buy at its price point. It is geared towards beginners or individuals on a budget. The ability to use iFit with the machine or just have your tablet available will keep many entertained during their cardio session. However, it is important to keep in mind that the machine isn’t high-end and may wear down with time. You may want to look elsewhere if you want an elliptical that will last for years to come.
How Does It Compare?
The Schwinn 470 is lighter at 160lbs than the Proform 520E (200lbs).
Both elliptical machines have a similar maximum weight capacity of 300lbs—fairly typical for home use ellipticals.
The Schwinn 470 has 25 resistance levels and 29 built-in workout programs, whereas the Proform 520E offers 18 resistance levels and 18 built-in workout programs.
Both feature backlit LCD screens.
The Proform HIIT only weighs 132lbs and is one of the lightweight ellipticals, especially compared with the Proform 520E’s 200lbs.
The Proform HIIT has a higher maximum weight capacity of 325lbs, while the 520E can only carry up to 300lbs.
Both offer a decent number of resistance levels and workout programs, but the Proform HIIT offers more with 24 resistance levels and 32 built-in workout programs, while the 520E offers 18 resistance levels and 18 workout programs.
Both ellipticals have backlit LCDs but the Proform HIIT is larger with a 7” screen, while the 520E has a 5” screen.
In general, the Proform HIIT is more expensive when compared with the 520E.
The NordicTrack C7.5 is slightly lighter at 190lbs than the Proform 520E’s 200lbs. Their differences are quite marginal except for the maximum weight capacity. The NordicTrack can cater to users up to 325lbs, while the 520E only has a maximum weight of 300lbs.
The NordicTrack offers 22 resistance levels and 26 workout programs, while the 520E only has 18 resistance levels and 18 workout programs.
Aside from that, both ellipticals feature a powered incline range adjustment and 5” backlit LCD screens.
The Sole E25 weighs 212lbs, while the Proform 520E is a little lighter at 200lbs.
Though both ellipticals are on the heavier side, the Sole E25 has a higher maximum weight of 350lbs compared to the 520E’s maximum weight of 300lbs.
The Sole E25 is pretty limited with only 8 resistance levels and 10 workout programs compared to the 520E’s 18 resistance levels and 18 workout programs.
Both these ellipticals have a backlit LCD. However, the Sole E25 is a little bigger at 6.5”, while the 520E’s is 5”. Both machines also feature a powered incline range adjustment and are generally similar in the price range.
Bowflex Max Trainer
The Bowflex Max weighs only 143lbs, while the Proform 520E is significantly heavier at 200lbs.
Both ellipticals have a similar maximum weight capacity of 300lbs. Aside from that, both offer a good range when it comes to challenging workouts. The Bowflex has 16 resistance levels and 9 workout programs, while the 520E has 18 levels of resistance and 18 built-in workout programs.
Both feature a backlit LCD too. The differences are quite minor, but when it comes to price range, the Bowflex Max is more expensive than the Proform 520E.