The 735 Smart Strider is Proform’s mid-level elliptical, which focuses on providing a high number of quality features, for under $1000. If you are looking to make a single purchase for an elliptical, and not have to worry about it lacking any feature you may ever need, then the Proform 735 Elliptical Trainer fits the bill.
The Proform 735 Elliptical Trainer possesses many features that take it above and beyond other ellipticals under $1000. So if you want a feature-rich and well built elliptical for under $1000, then you’ll want to read on.
Overall Elliptical Rating: 4/5
- Assembly is quick and easy compared to most ellipticals
- Foldable to save space
- Smooth to ride
- Has incline for added intensity
- Tons of features
- Some users report ‘clicking noises’
- Users report damaged ellipticals on arrival, possibly in transit
- iFit compatibility requires a paid membership and module to work
- Power adjustable incline (0-10 degrees)
- 18-pound Inertia-Enhanced Flywheel
- Built-in CoolAire Workout Fan
- Water Bottle Holder
- Space Saver Design
- Transport wheels
- iFit Compatible
If you want to buy this machine you’ll have to part with around $799, which is a fair price, and borders on being good value for money.
Compared to the Horizon E59 elliptical, a competitor in a similar price range, the Proform 735 Elliptical Trainer has more features such as a fan, backlit display, incline options and foldability yet only costs $100 more. For the number of features you get, the Proform 735 Elliptical Trainer is priced well.
Reliability & Warranty: 4/5
There shouldn’t be too many issues with the Proform 735 Elliptical Trainer in the long-term. However, there are users on Amazon who have reported that sometimes a ‘clicking’ or ‘clunking’ starts after a period of use. All is not lost because users have found that this can be remedied by tweaking the tightness of the bolts or spraying some lubricant such as WD-40 on the joints.
In addition, Amazon users have reported one-off incidents of the elliptical arriving damaged during shipping due to poor packaging. That being said if such an incident occurs, it’s covered by Proform’s decent looking warranty. The Proform 735’s frame is protected by a lifetime warranty, with 2 years on parts and 1 year on labour. The warranty length is typical on a machine of this price.
Stability and Quality: 4/5
The Proform 735 Smart Strider is a sturdy machine thanks to its heavy 18-pound flywheel and solid steel frame. There’s unlikely to be much wobbling when you’re on the machine, but users planning to use this on carpet may find they may need to buy some type of hard surface mat to place under the elliptical to increase the sturdiness.
Anyone who has a fear of complex instructions and assembly time will be delighted to learn that the Proform 735 Elliptical Trainer possesses one of the quickest average assembly times we’ve come across. Most users appear to have the elliptical up and running in less than 30 minutes, due to Proforms emphasis on out-of-the-box easy assembly. With most other ellipticals, it can take 1-2 hours, but with this machine, at most you’ll have to screw in a couple of bolts.
On assembly you may need two people as the equipment is heavy, so you’ll want to bear this in mind.
The Proform 735 Elliptical Trainer sets itself apart from other ellipticals in that it’s foldable. It’s extremely rare to find an elliptical that’s sturdy and at the same time foldable, yet Proform has managed to pull it off. It’s unique in the way it folds, in that the top part collapses into the body of the machine, then the 18-pound flywheel acts as a pivot whereby the machine can be stored in an upright position.
The Proform 735 Elliptical Trainer, despite its foldability, is still a large machine overall, and even in it’s folded position is still rather bulky. However, it’s still an elliptical that beats it’s competitors when it comes to space saving.
The Proform 735 Elliptical Trainer’s option of a 0-10 degree incline, is what takes the resistance capabilities of this machine above its competitors. By being able to control the incline, you can increase the intensity of the workout to target specific areas of the body such as the glutes, quads and calves.
In addition to the incline option, there are 20 digital levels of resistance that are easy to change via the quick resistance buttons.
When the 735 is working as it should it’s a quiet machine that you can use without disturbing other people in the house. However, as we mentioned before, users have reported clicking noises at times.
The Proform 735 Elliptical Trainer is feature rich for a cardio machine of this price. It has a water bottle holder, built-in fan and speakers, which are of decent quality. Some will argue, like on all machines, however, that the fan isn’t strong enough and the speakers aren’t the best quality.
There’s also a rack where you can place your iPad or iPhone to watch or look at when you’re on the elliptical, however by doing so you will be blocking the display that tracks your metrics. The display is also backlit, which is a nice added touch.
Proform has recently been including iFit compatibility into their cardio machines, which provides additional features beyond what the basic console can provide. Through iFit you can get workouts designed by celebrity and certified personal trainers. The other cool thing that iFit allows you to do, is to download a Google Map and workout to the route that has been downloaded. The elliptical automatically adjusts to match the incline seen on the trail.
As we’ve always concluded when reviewing the iFit compatibility, is that it is a great option to have, however at the end of the day, it is a paid subscription service that isn’t exactly cheap, plus you have to buy an iFit module which at the time of writing costs $144. If you already have the module and a subscription to iFit, then this option is a big plus. However, if iFit doesn’t sound like something you’d be interested in or want to pay for, then this feature won’t be of much benefit to you.
Should I Buy the Proform 735 Elliptical Trainer?
The Proform 735 Elliptical Trainer is priced slightly higher ($799) than a lot of its competitors who all sit around the $700 mark. However, for the extra $99 you do get slightly more than other machines.
Whilst most of the said competitors have all the features you would expect and could ever need, the Proform goes one further by also throwing in foldability, adjustable incline, and iFit compatibility (although some may not consider it a benefit).
If the space saving, or it’s adjustable incline option doesn’t make a difference to you, then perhaps you will want to save yourself some money and go for one of its competitors such as the Nautilus E614 elliptical, which is also a good machine with plenty of features.
Overall the Proform 735 Elliptical Trainer is a well-built machine which stands out for the sheer number of features it has. If you decide to purchase the Proform 735 Elliptical Trainer, you’ll find that it has everything you could ever need, and at the same time, you’ll get a good workout for a fair price.