Lifespan EL3000i or Lifespan EL1000?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: In this first category, the Lifespan EL3000i wins over the Lifespan EL1000 with its 20” to 18” advantage. If you are of average height, the 20” stride length is sufficient enough for you.
Resistance Levels: It is a tie in this category as both have 16 resistance levels. It should be noted that most elliptical machines have 16 to 20 levels of resistance on average.
Max Ramp: It is another tie between the two models in this category as both do not offer an incline feature.
Built In Programs: When it comes to built-in programs, the EL3000i wins with 20 while the EL1000 only offers 12 programs.
Notable Features: In terms of bells and whistles, the Lifespan EL3000i edges out its counterpart. At first, you would think that they basically have the same features but the EL3000i has a built-in sound system in its console which allows you to connect your mp3 players and listen to all your favorite songs while on the machine. It also has the Lifespan Fitness Club membership which can help you keep better track of your progress online.
Parts Warranty: In this category, the Lifespan EL3000i wins over the Lifespan EL1000 with its 3-year parts warranty. The latter only offer 2 years.
Labor Warranty: It is a tie between the two models as they both offer a one-year labor warranty. You should take advantage of this as labor costs can get quite expensive these days.
Machine Weight: When it comes to machine weight, the EL3000i wins with its 238-lb weight. The EL1000 on the other hand did not disclose this information.
Machine User Weight Capacity: It is a tie between the two models in the maximum user weight capacity as they supposedly can accommodate up to a 300-lb user. However, the Lifespan EL1000’s claim cannot be verified since it did not disclose its machine weight in the first place.
Money Back Guarantee: Both machines offer a 30-day money back guarantee which means that within the given time period, you can return the elliptical if you find it unsatisfactory.
Conclusion: At the time of the comparison review, there is a $50 difference between the two models. The general logic in buying elliptical machines is that when you pay more, you get more out of your money.
In this case, the EL3000i wins more categories than the EL1000. For paying the additional $50, you get to have a longer stride length and much improved foot pedals plus a built-in sound system. It also offers an online membership and a longer warranty on parts.