Precor EFX 5.25 Review

The Precor EFX 5.25 may not be the right choice for those on a budget, but it should be appreciated for its great warranties and onboard programs. Entertainment options are missing but additional features like user IDs may make up for it.

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The Good

Solid warranties

Precor offers some pretty great warranties on their products. The EFX 5.25 comes with one-year labor, five-year parts and electronics, and lifetime frame warranties. These can add a lot of peace of mind, knowing that if your elliptical happens to break down, it can be fixed at no additional cost to you. If warranties are a particularly important part of your purchasing decision, the Precor EFX 5.25 may be the right solution.

Lots of workout programs

The Precor EFX 5.25 offers a wide variety of onboard workouts to choose from. These include calorie-burning workouts to assist with weight loss goals, heart rate workouts for improving overall fitness, and interval workouts, in addition to the standard manual mode. For those who appreciate having lots of different programs to choose from, the Precor EFX 5.25 may be the right choice.

Powered incline

Many ellipticals now have incline capability, which can be very useful for adding an extra challenge into your workout. The Precor EFX 5.25 takes this feature one step further by offering powered incline, meaning that you can control the incline of the treadmill from a button on the console as opposed to having to manually adjust the machine. For those who plan on using the incline feature often, the Precor EFX 5.25 will be an excellent choice.

User IDs

One unique feature of the Precor EFX 5.25 is the user IDs. These allow two different users to store their personal workout information and preferences on the elliptical, which makes it a very useful feature for households where more than one person will be using the machine. If this feature is important to you, the Precor EFX 5.25 is one machine you should look into.

Locking pin safety feature

Safety is important in everything that you do, and Precor has made it easy to use your elliptical safely by adding in a locking pin feature that allows you to secure the pedals in place until the pin is removed. For households with small children, this could be especially important since children may be tempted to play on the elliptical machine and could seriously injure themselves. If safety is at the top of your priority list, then the Precor EFX 5.25 may be the right elliptical for you.

The Bad

Relatively expensive

The Precor EFX 5.25 is not the right choice for anyone who is looking for an elliptical for occasional use. This machine is very expensive and probably not worth the investment for those who don’t intend to use it often. Another thing to be aware of is that Precor does not offer free shipping on its products, but instead charges a flat rate for delivery and assembly. Some may appreciate this, while others may just be a little annoyed about the lack of free shipping. Regardless of how you feel, it is good to be aware of this when making a purchasing decision.

Missing entertainment options

One area where the Precor EFX 5.25 completely misses the mark is in the category of entertainment. This elliptical doesn’t even offer the most basic of audio ports or built-in speakers, which is somewhat shocking considering that there are several budget ellipticals that include these features. Some people may not care for fancy entertainment features, in which case, their omission may not be a problem, but others who do value these things may want to look elsewhere.

Weight limit only to 250 pounds

The weight limit of the elliptical is very important to consider because if you exceed the weight limit, you will be putting added strain on the machine and shortening its life. Some machines have weight limits of up to 400 pounds, but the limit for the Precor EFX 5.25 is only 250 pounds. Though this may not be a cause for concern for many, it could be a dealbreaker for some.

Missing transport wheels

After you receive your Precor EFX 5.25 elliptical, if you decide you would rather have it in a different place, you may be out of luck when it comes to moving it. This machine doesn’t have transport wheels on its frame, so it will be especially difficult to do. For this reason, it is important to make sure you think carefully about where you want to place the elliptical so you will not have to move it again.

Missing some display features

The display screen of the Precor EFX 5.25 does tell you a lot of useful information, including calories burned, workout time, and distance traveled. However, it does leave out a few pieces of information that could be very useful. The elliptical does tell you your strides per minute, but it does not tell you your overall speed or your projected pace per mile, both of which may be useful to some, particularly to those who are training for a race. It also does not tell your incline, despite the machine having a powered incline feature. If being able to track this information on the display screen is important to you, there are plenty of other ellipticals better suited to your needs.

The Details


  • Price: $3,499

Shipping and Assembly

  • Assembly: $195
  • Front Door: $195
  • In-Home: $195
  • In-Room: $195


  • Elliptical Machine Length: 76"
  • Elliptical Machine Width: 29"
  • Incline Levels: 15° - 25°
  • Max Weight Allowed: 250 lbs
  • Product Weight: 184 lbs
  • Resistance Levels: 16 Levels
  • Stride Length Levels: Max: 510 strides/min


  • Electronics: 5 years
  • Frame: Lifetime
  • Labor: 1 year
  • Parts: 5 years

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