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This model has been discontinued. We recommend that you check out our review of a comparable model called the SOLE E95.

Elliptical Machines

ProForm 990 CSE Review

A folding frame design and a low price make the ProForm 990 CSE extremely appealing to anyone on a budget or without a lot of room to spare. You may be disappointed by the lack of workout programs, but the machine's iFit capability can make up for that.

This model has been discontinued. We recommend that you check out our review of a comparable model called the SOLE E95.

The Good

Machine folds up

If you don't have a lot of space in your home, you may think that there isn't an elliptical out there that can suit your needs. Think again. The ProForm 990 CSE elliptical folds up, just like a folding treadmill, and stores easily in an upright position. If conserving space is your chief concern, the ProForm 990 CSE is a perfect solution.

Relatively inexpensive

Those shopping for a budget elliptical are sure to be happy with the ProForm 990 CSE. This machine offers strong console and frame features, advanced entertainment options, and a folding frame design that ensures the elliptical will not take up a ton of space in your home. Many of these features cannot even be found on some of the most expensive ellipticals available, so that makes the ProForm 990 CSE an especially good deal.

Excellent frame features

The ability to incline your elliptical can make a big difference in how much you get out of your workout. The ProForm 990 CSE offers a powered incline feature, which makes this process very easy. You just press a button and the incline will automatically adjust. Another nice feature of the ProForm 990 CSE is the adjustable stride length. You can set it to whatever feels most comfortable for you, which should make using your elliptical much easier. This machine also comes with in-handle controls to make changing the resistance of your treadmill even faster. With features like these, the ProForm 990 CSE is a strong contender among the best elliptical machines, and would make a solid choice for many.

Good console features

The ProForm 990 CSE has some really excellent console features that will help make your workout experience much more comfortable. A built-in fan can help keep you cool while a reading rack makes it easy to pass the time with a book or magazine. Those who are interested in monitoring their heart rate during their workouts will appreciate the chest pulse sensor as well. Features like these can make a big difference in the quality of your workout experience and for this reason, the ProForm 990 CSE is a good option to consider.

Comes with iFit capability

iFit is a fitness app that allows you to work out on courses all over the world and uses Google Maps technology to show you that course on the elliptical's display screen. Though it costs extra, it is a really interesting option that can make workouts a lot more fun and can keep you motivated to continue working towards your goals. iFit also allows you to set up individual user IDs and keep track of your workout information, which is a nice bonus. This technology is not found on many ellipticals so if it interests you, the ProForm 990 CSE would be a good machine to take a closer look at.

The Bad

Missing weight loss workouts

One of the main reasons that people purchase fitness equipment like elliptical trainers is to lose weight. There are several machines available that have special onboard programs designed to facilitate this process, but sadly, the ProForm 990 CSE is not one of those. This may not be of particular concern to some people, however, as this elliptical offers several other workouts to choose from, including interval and heart rate programs. Those who have an iFit membership will have even more workout program options through that fitness app.

Warranties could be better

Warranties are very important to any big ticket purchase, including ellipticals. Many machines offer a lifetime warranty on the frame in addition to other more limited warranties on parts, electronics, and labor. The ProForm 990 CSE follows in this pattern with a lifetime frame warranty and one-year warranties on the rest. Though the labor warranty is on par with the best in the industry, the parts and electronics warranties could be better. If you feel you need strong warranties to be comfortable making a purchase, the ProForm 990 CSE may not be the right choice for you.

The Details


  • Price: $899

Shipping and Assembly

  • Assembly: $249
  • Front Door: Free
  • In-Home: $99
  • In-Room: $179


  • Elliptical Machine Length: 81.5"
  • Elliptical Machine Width: 27"
  • Incline Levels: 10° - 30°
  • Max Weight Allowed: 325 lbs
  • Product Weight: 245 lbs
  • Resistance Levels: 16 Levels
  • Stride Length Levels: 18" - 20"


  • Electronics: 1 year
  • Frame: Lifetime
  • Labor: 1 year
  • Parts: 1 year

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