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Costco FreeMotion Elliptical 515 $599 $499 YMMV

DudeMeetsDad 113 January 28, 2013 at 10:08 AM in Sporting Goods (5)
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I was looking at the $599 elliptical on Costco.com which sold out as it said the regular price was $799.

I went in the store to look for an alternative or similar machine and found the Freemotion 515.
http://productvideo.co/videos/mob...L16112.mp4

18-20 Adjustable Stride
Built in fan and AUX
0-20 incline Ramp
0-20 Resistance
30 Workout Apps
Heartrate monitor
5Inch Display
1 year labor warranty. 2 Year Parts warranty

The price on it was also $599 and seems to be a better piece of equipment. It's similar to the ProForm 510E, but I'm assuming it is slightly better made or uses better parts. Here's why, after doing exhaustive research I noticed that almost all these machines whether Reebok, ProForm, Nordictrack are all made by Icon. They just change a few things and rebadge them under different names. Most of the machines in the 500-700 range have a weight limit of 220-275 and 1 year warranty on parts, this machine although in the same price range actually has a weight limit of 325lb. The deciding factor for me however was the extra year warranty on parts. I couldn't find ellipticals in the 500-700 price range that offer anything more than 1 year warranty on parts.

Most negative reviews I've read regardless of machine, seem to indicate that most of the damages happen in between the 1st and 2nd year of purchase. The 2 year warranty gives me peace of mind that the quality of materials is higher in this machine. I may be wrong in assuming that, but if I'm spending $599 on an elliptical, I'll buy one that has the extra year of warranty because at least I can get it fixed if anything goes wrong.

Here's another machine that compares that costs more and won an award as a best buy from TreadmillDoctor and I believe consumerreports.

http://www.amazon.com/Horizon-Fit...elliptical

Note that the weight limit on the horizon is 275 and the warranty is only 1 year. Also the stride length is only 18 while the 515E has a 20 inch Stride length.

Costco also sells the FreeMotion 570 for $1399.99
http://www.costco.com/FreeMotion%...27633.html

Considering there is a holder to put a tablet or phone on the display of the 515E, with my Galaxy tablet on there, I'd say it's similar to the 570.


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Went to Costco today and it was marked at $499. I took in my original receipt and got back $108.

At $499, this is a FANTASTIC deal.

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Some stores have lowered this machine to $399.99 ymmv

Confirmed: Huntington Beach, Ca

No go: Garden Grove, Ca ($599.99 on 3/28)

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I don't see the 515E on their website, is this only in select stores?
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I think all of them should have them. In Southern CA, I checked 4 stores and they had anywhere from 2-6 in stock.
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Also forgot to mention that you will most likely need two people to assemble this. It takes about 2 hours or so...moving it around when assembled isn't that bad.

I also made sure to purchase on my AMEX which extends the manufacturer's warranty by another year, which means this now has a 3 year warranty on parts. If it doesn't break by then, I'm fairly certain it's going to last a long time.

It's like moving a wheel barrow because most of the weight is in the front and you lift with a handle from the back.
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Thanks for doing the legwork! I picked one up this evening, and the wife is thrilled.
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Thanks for this thread about the 515E. I hope to check our local Costco this week...praying stores here in MN have it. I've been looking at ellipticals for a month now, and have yet to find the right combination of features, ride & price that will suit both me & my husband. We were planning on trying a costco membership anyway, so this is great incentive to get in there & check it out!

Treadmill Doctor.com stated that Costco had some sort of customer satisfaction guarantee, that really "backed up" the lesser warranty on this particular model. Can anyone here clarify what that is/how it works?
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Quote from godprovides View Post :
Thanks for this thread about the 515E. I hope to check our local Costco this week...praying stores here in MN have it. I've been looking at ellipticals for a month now, and have yet to find the right combination of features, ride & price that will suit both me & my husband. We were planning on trying a costco membership anyway, so this is great incentive to get in there & check it out!

Treadmill Doctor.com stated that Costco had some sort of customer satisfaction guarantee, that really "backed up" the lesser warranty on this particular model. Can anyone here clarify what that is/how it works?
Costco has a lifetime satisfaction warranty, but it's not fully 100%. Tablet, tvs, and other electronics have a 90 day warranty because people abused the policy. They would buy a tv, use it for a few years, and then return it to upgrade.

I researched extensively into their return policy before buying. Some guy mentioned that he bought a treadmill and returned it 18 months later when the deck cracked. I called all my local costcos and asked if the elliptical broke, would I be able to bring it back. They all said that after a year it would be up to the manager whether or not to accept it. One store said they probably would take it back, but only provide a portion of the purchase price (similar to taking back car batteries or tires). In any case, this elliptical has a two year warranty so I'm not too worried. If it breaks within a year though, I will be taking it back to Costco.
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Do you know the dimensions of the box that it comes in? Deciding if it will fit in my SUV or need to look for a truck.
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depends on your SUV. was able to fit inside mine with all seats pushed down, front seats pushed up. it was cramped on the way home but it worked.
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I picked one up today, its pretty well built. The box is not too large, it fit easy in the back of my truck, it should fit in a van or larger suv.
Here are the dimensions of the box: 66-1/4" x 17-3/4" x 31-3/4".

I attached a picture of it in person and the tag in case someone needs the sku number 665053.
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Thanks. About 6" longer than what will fit in my SUV. Any thoughts on how this compares with http://www.costco.com/Reebok%c2%a...09109.html
Or for $50 more, assembly is included.
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The Reebok one has a fixed 18" stride, which feels choppy to me and I am not tall. That's the only thing holding me back from buying that one.

Hackensack NJ does not have this freemotion on the warehouse.
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Thanks. About 6" longer than what will fit in my SUV. Any thoughts on how this compares with http://www.costco.com/Reebok%c2%a...09109.html
Or for $50 more, assembly is included.
the stride is shorter which could make it uncomfortable depending on your height.

also consider the warranty being one year shorter.

I liked that it folds but felt that it might make it wobbly compared to a solid frame.
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I picked one up today, its pretty well built. The box is not too large, it fit easy in the back of my truck, it should fit in a van or larger suv.
Here are the dimensions of the box: 66-1/4" x 17-3/4" x 31-3/4".

I attached a picture of it in person and the tag in case someone needs the sku number 665053.
Appropriate that the picture is taken with chips in the background Big Grin
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