Yowza Captiva or Yowza Sanibel?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: In this first category, the Yowza Captiva beats the Yowza Sanibel with its adjustable “18” to 28” stride length. The losing elliptical only has a fixed 21” stride length.
Resistance Levels: The two machines are tied in this category as they both have 16 resistance levels. Having these many settings can definitely help add to the intensity of your workouts.
Max Ramp: In this category, the two machines are in a stalemate as they both have built-in ramps but it wasn’t indicated how high these ramps could go. It should be noted though that not all elliptical machines today offer this feature.
Built In Programs: When it comes to the built-in programs, the two are tied with 12 each. It is important to have variety when working out as to avoid boredom. However, we would have preferred an elliptical which offered more than 12 preset programs.
Notable Features: In the bells and whistles category, the two machines are tied yet again. As both are quite expensive, you get to enjoy many features which is a big advantage. The two have cooling fans that are built-in and a sound system with MP3 player support, 9 user profiles, a wireless chest strap for heart rate monitoring and is equipped with ergonomically designed foot pedals.
Parts Warranty: In this category, the two machines are tied. The Captiva and the Sanibel offer 5 years of free parts coverage each.
Labor Warranty: In terms of the labor warranty, the two are yet again tied as they both offer 2 years which is what most manufacturers offer these days.
Machine Weight: The Yowza Captiva beats the Yowza Sanibel in this round as it weighs at 234 lbs while the latter only weighs at 226 lbs. Remember that a heavier machine is sturdier which makes the Captiva at an advantage.
Machine User Weight Capacity: When it comes to this category, the two are tied again with 400 lbs. However, there should only be a 100-lb difference between the actual machine weight and the maximum user weight capacity for safety purposes.
Money Back Guarantee: In terms of money back guarantee, the two models are tied as they both offer 60 days. This gives you a longer period to try out your elliptical and if you end up not liking its performance, you can easily return it and get a refund as long as it is within the time frame.
Conclusion: Both models are part of the Yowza Core Training ellipticals which means that the Yowza Captiva and the Yowza Sanibel have an effective full body workout. If you compare the two, they are almost identical except for the stride length of the flightly heavier Yowza Captiva.
This only difference doesn’t justify the $400 price increase between the two. Even though the stride length of the Yowza Captiva is a rare 28” which is adjustable, it still isn’t worth the increase.
The Sanibel offers almost everything that the Captiva offers except for the stride length. However, if the fixed 21” is enough for you, then you can go with this instead of the pricier Sanibel. Plus, there’s always the 60 day money back guarantee if you end up not liking the product.