Lifecore CD400 or Lifecore CD550?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: In this first category, the Lifecore CD550 beats the Lifecore CD400 with a 17”-25” to 21” advantage. Having an adjustable stride length is always a big advantage since it allows multiple users to set the stride length according to their height and preference.
Resistance Levels: It is a tie between the two models in the resistance levels category as they both have 20 levels each. If you want to increase the intensity of your workout, take advantage of the different levels of resistance that the elliptical machine has.
Max Ramp: This category is not applicable to both models since the CD400 and the CD500 don’t have an incline feature.
Built In Programs: It is a tie between the two models as they are both offering 12 programs each. Most ellipticals only offer around 8-11 built-in workout programs which gives the two models a slight advantage.
Notable Features: In the bells and whistles category, the Lifecore CD500 wins over the Lifecore CD400 as it is an upgraded version of its counterpart. The CD500 has a side handrail and a wireless heart rate monitor which are meant for users’ safety and convenience. For your information, wireless chest straps give more accurate reading than those built-in metallic sensors. The handrails are also a good addition especially if you want to focus more on your lower body and these are for you to hold on to.
The CD500 also has oversized pedals with cushioning, customizable user profiles and a compact footprint which at 42” won’t take much of your space at home.
Parts Warranty: In terms of parts warranty, the two models are tied as they both offer 5 years of free coverage of parts. The two models belong in different price range which makes 5 years for the CD400 above average and just average for the CD550. It should be noted that the longer the warranty is, the higher the quality of the product as manufacturers are that confident about their products.
Labor Warranty: In this category, the two models are tied when it comes to labor warranty. These days, the costs of labor are quite expensive and it would be a big help if you do get a free coverage for at least a year on your machine.
Machine Weight: The Lifecore CD550 beats the Lifecore CD400 with a 262-lb to 225 lbs advantage. You should remember that the heavier the machine is, the sturdier it should be. This means that the CD550 can accommodate more of your weight and workouts because of this.
Machine User Weight Capacity: The two models are tied when it comes to maximum user weight capacity. Both models can accommodate up to 300 lbs. It should be noted that there must only be a 100-lb difference between the machine weight and the maximum user weight capacity.
Money Back Guarantee: It is another tie between the two models as they both have a 30-day money back guarantee. This means that you can easily return the product if you are not satisfied with the performance of the machine.
Conclusion: At the time of the comparison review, there is a $200 difference between the two models, the Lifecore CD550 being the more expensive one.
Having an additional $200 price tag, the CD550’s improved features include an adjustable stride length and a wireless heart rate monitor. It is also sturdier because it weighs more than the CD400. There is also a side handrail which can be convenient for users.
However, when it comes to warranties, weight limit, money back guarantee, number of programs and resistance levels, the two models are tied.
But you do get more features if you pay more and that is why the additional $200 for the Lifecore CD550 is reasonable. Of course, if you want something that is cost-effective, the Lifecore CD400 should be a good choice too.