The Supreme is the second model in the Gazelle range of elliptical machines. The Gazelle range has sold in the millions and is fast growing due to its simplicity and uniqueness. It’s uniqueness being that it provides a workout that is much different from any other elliptical machine.
On the Gazelle Supreme, users can create 10 different workouts depending on how you position yourself on the machine which adopts a ‘glide’ motion rather than a stepping motion. This makes it perfect for users who want a low impact workout to avoid pain in their joints.
If you’re someone who’s a little bored of the traditional elliptical and wants something a little more fun and fast moving, then the Gazelle Supreme could be exactly what you are looking for.
Overall Elliptical Rating: 4/5
- Good for beginners and people looking to get into shape
- Sturdy and well built
- Simplistic design makes it easy to use
- Foldable for space saving
- Maximum user weight of 300 pounds
- Assembly instructions reported being poorly written
- Users frequently report annoying squeaking noises
- Some may not feel tired after using the machine
- Only two levels of resistance
- Low impact workout through its Soft Glide Technology
- Can use it in varying ways to get 10 different exercises
- Includes 3 workout DVDs – 1) Total Body Workout 2) Tony Little Quick Shape Workout 3) Tony Little’s Ultimate Body & Mind Workout
- Grip pulse to measure heart rate
- Workout computer tracks calories, distance, time and speed
How The Gazelle Gliders Work
Compared to most ellipticals the Gazelle Supreme is relatively cheap. Taking into consideration that it does exactly what it says, and is a pretty reliable machine, it is fairly priced.
As of writing the Gazelle is $299 on it’s official site and $250 in some places online, so it isn’t a rock bottom price for what it is, yet the price is somewhat straying into the price range where some people may be willing to stretch their budget a little further to get a more challenging machine.
Reliability & Warranty: 4.5/5
The Gazelle Supreme is generally reliable. It isn’t powered by electric so there isn’t too much potential for things to become faulty. From our research, the only problem that users report is that the machine starts to make annoying noises after a while (more on this below).
Stability and Quality: 4.5/5
The Gazelle Supreme is well built and stable; this isn’t surprising since it can support a user weight of up to 300 pounds.
The resistance levels aren’t the most positively talked about features across the range of Gazelle models. We reviewed the Gazelle Freestyle, which is the model below the Supreme, and this model comes with only one resistance level, which is its default resistance level. It cannot be changed up or down.
The main difference between the Freestyle and the Supreme is that the Supreme has one extra level of resistance which is created through a piston/hydraulic cylinder which you can hook up or leave it off.
Although this is an improvement over the Gazelle Freestyle, it still would have been much better to have some form of tension control where you can manually change the resistance level.
As it stands now, some users may find that the harder level resistance may provide an adequate challenge, however, there are users on Amazon who report that even the hardest level is still too easy for them.
With this in mind, some users may feel that the Gazelle Supreme doesn’t have the potential to push them hard enough even with the extra resistance level, which is why people with serious fitness goals may not be fully satisfied with the Gazelle Supreme.
The Gazelle Supreme is foldable and can fold to a flat position, which is a big plus for people looking to save space. However, it’s still rather thick even in its flat position and may not fit under some beds if the bed isn’t high enough.
Secondly it’s important to note that this isn’t a machine that you’re going to be taking out and storing away before and after each workout. It isn’t light enough, nor particularly that easy to move around, so if you’re going to purchase the Gazelle Supreme it’s best to imagine that it will be left out most of the time. That being said, if you need to pack it away for special occasions or long-term, then it’s foldability is a big advantage over many other ellipticals.
If your Gazelle Supreme has a good configuration of its screws and axles, and your machine is working well, it is a quiet machine where you can watch TV or listen to music quite easily whilst using it.
However, the biggest complaint that you’ll see from users about the Gazelle Supreme, is that it has the potential to start squeaking a few weeks or months into its use.
Users have often remedied this situation by having to frequently lube the axels and joints of the machine to prevent such a noise. Although this shouldn’t be overly difficult to do, it’s a slight inconvenience to have to bring oil or machine lubrication into the house and risk having it drip onto your home carpet or floors.
But if you do happen to purchase the Gazelle Supreme and begin to hear the squeaking, try putting a little WD-40 or some other lubricant on first before cursing your machine to the ground.
The Gazelle Supreme comes with the minimal tracking features you’d expect on any cardio machine. It’s battery powered console tracks the time you’ve been on the machine, the speed you’re travelling at, as well as the distance you’ve travelled.
The console is also able to track some of the more advanced metrics such as calories burned and pulse rate. It could be argued that the machine wouldn’t be able to track your calories burned accurately considering it doesn’t know your height or weight, so anything it reports may be a rough estimate at best.
Secondly, like almost every machine on the market, there are users who report that the contact grips to measure heart rate do not give an accurate reading. The view we put forward is that if you are serious about getting an accurate reading of these metrics, then you’re best off buying separate tracking devices.
However, we feel that most users buying the Gazelle Supreme will only be looking to track time, speed, and distance which the console does do.
Should I Buy the Gazelle Supreme?
The Gazelle Supreme may not be for everyone particularly people who are looking to push themselves to high levels of fitness or people who are already extremely fit. The fact that the intensity of your workout is more about speed rather than power may cause some users to think that the workouts are too easy for them.
Although the Supreme has improved on the Freestyle model by adding an extra level of resistance, the resistance is not controllable and can only be turned on or off, so people who want to train harder are not able to control the difficulty.
In addition, the user group just mentioned may want to look at adding a couple hundred dollars more to get an elliptical machine that can provide a more intense workout which they can control.
Users who need to be careful about their joints, and want a light workout, will find that the Gazelle Supreme’s gliding motion should provide little impact on their knees whilst at the same time giving them a decent cardio workout that will get their whole body moving.
Users who are getting into fitness and looking to lose weight will find the Gazelle Supreme is a great machine to start with. It’s a fun machine to use and will get the blood pumping around the body, but it’s important to keep in mind that there could be a point where you outgrow the machine should you want to take your fitness goals to the next level.
However, not everyone fits into this category. So if all you want is to get a decent daily workout on a machine that is reliable, and comes at a decent price, then the Gazelle Supreme fits the bill.