THE GOOD

Strong frame and pedal features:

The AFG 3.1AE elliptical has some of the strongest frame features available. It offers 20 levels of resistance, powered incline capability, the ability to adjust the stride length to suit you, and even pedals that pivot to match your foot movement as you exercise. The only real omission among the frame features is that there are no transport wheels on this machine. If you don't plan on moving the elliptical, though, this shouldn't be a big issue.

Workout tracking software:

For those trying to reach a certain goal, the ability to track your workouts over time can be a huge help. With the AFG 3.1AE, you get the proFILE™ tracking software. This machine has the capability for two different user IDs, so each user can set up the machine to track his or her individual workout data and store it on their personal ID. This is a nice feature for households with multiple elliptical users.

Easy-to-read display screen:

The display screen of the AFG 3.1AE is very easy to understand and gives you access to a variety of workout statistics. It shows you basic information like your speed, the time you have been exercising, and the distance you have traveled. It also shows the incline of the elliptical, which is a nice feature. Those who use the chest pulse sensor or heart rate hand grips will see that information appear on the screen as well.

THE BAD

No fan or reading rack:

Though the AFG 3.1AE does have a very strong console with lots of useful features, including a chest pulse sensor and a numeric keypad, it is missing a few key items that would make using the elliptical a much more comfortable experience. The first of these is a reading rack for holding tablets or books while exercising. This feature is especially important for those who enjoy reading while working out as it is very difficult to do so without a place to rest your book. The other omission is a built-in console fan. Many ellipticals now offer these fans to help the user stay cool while exercising. Unfortunately, owners of the AFG 3.1AE don't have this feature, and if it is important to you, it may be a smart move to look around for an elliptical that does have it.

Missing a few workouts:

The AFG 3.1AE does come with a few basic workouts, including weight loss and interval programs, but it is still somewhat behind others in the industry. Some ellipticals offer special workouts designed to help users reach their target heart rates, and also a random workout option, which can be very useful for varying your workouts. These onboard programs cannot be found on the AFG 3.1AE, however. Their omission will probably not be a make-or-break feature when considering this elliptical, but it is something to be aware of when you make your selection.

No electronics warranty:

Warranties can save you a lot of money if your elliptical breaks down unexpectedly. The AFG 3.1AE does have a pretty solid lifetime frame warranty, along with decent warranties on the parts and labor. However, one glaring oversight in the AFG 3.1AE's offerings is the fact that there is no electronics warranty. If you happen to have an issue with the electronics of your machine, you better be prepared to pay it out of pocket.

THE DETAILS

Price
Price $1,599.99
Shipping and Assembly
Assembly $225
Front Door Free
In-Home $100
In-Room $150
Specs
Elliptical Machine Length 76"
Elliptical Machine Width 24"
Incline Levels 20 Levels, 5% Increments
Max Weight Allowed 325 lbs
Product Weight 198 lbs
Resistance Levels 20 Levels
Stride Length Levels 20"
Warranty
Electronics No
Frame Lifetime
Labor 1 year
Parts 3 years

FEATURES

Title
  • Adjustable Stride You can adjust the stride length.

  • Heart Rate Hand Grips Hand grips that can measure your heart rate are included.

  • Incline The elliptical machine can incline.

  • Pivoting Pedals Foot plates or pedals that can pivot to match your foot movement are included.

  • Powered Incline You can adjust the incline with the push of a button.

  • Resistance You can add levels of resistance to the stride.

  • Transport Wheels Wheels are included for easy transport.

  • Labor Warranty A labor warranty is included.

  • Lifetime Frame Warranty A lifetime frame warranty is included.

  • Parts Warranty A part warranty is included.

  • Electronics Warranty An electronics warranty is included.

  • Chest Pulse Sensor There is a chest pulse sensor that takes your pulse and sends and sends information to the console.

  • Numeric Keypad A numeric keypad is located on the console.

  • Quick Start There is a button that allows you to quickly start a workout.

  • Built-In Fan A built-in fan is included in the console.

  • Reading Rack A rack to hold a book, magazine, or tablet is included.

  • Calories Burned The number of calories burned is displayed.

  • Distance The total distance you have traveled is displayed.

  • Heart Rate A sensory system that detects heart rate is included.

  • Incline The incline is displayed.

  • Screen Display There is a screen that displays information about your workout.

  • Speed The current speed is displayed.

  • Workout Time The display shows the length of time you have been working out.

  • Projected Pace The projected pace per mile, based on your current running speed, is displayed.

  • Smart Heart Rate Heart rate is displayed when your age and weight are entered.

  • Touch Screen A touch-screen display is included.

  • Email/Ticket The manufacturer has an email or ticket system dedicated to support.

  • Phone You can contact the manufacturer by phone to get support.

  • Social Media You can contact the manufacturer with questions through social media websites.

  • Live Chat The manufacturer offers live chat support.

  • Interval You can select an interval training program.

  • Manual You can manually select your resistance.

  • Weight Loss You can select a workout program designed to facilitate weight loss.

  • Heart Rate You can select a workout program designed to help you reach your target heart rate.

  • Random You can select a random workout program.

  • Assembly The manufacturer offers delivery and assembly inside your home.

  • Curbside The manufacturer offers curbside delivery to your front door.

  • Free Shipping The manufacturer offers free shipping.

  • In-Home The manufacturer offers delivery inside your home.

  • In-Room The manufacturer offers delivery inside a room of your choice.

  • Audio Port You can plug your audio device into the machine.

  • Speakers Built-in speakers are included.

  • Wi-Fi A built-in Internet browser is included.

  • Blog The manufacturer maintains a blog with useful industry-related articles, tips, or other valuable content.

  • FAQ The manufacturer provides a list of answers to frequently asked questions.

  • User Guide A user guide or training manual is provided by the manufacturer.

  • Video Tutorials The manufacturer provides video tutorials.

  • Favorable User Reviews The product received four out of five stars or higher from customers on amazon.com, bestbuy.com, or sears.com.

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