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Costco FreeMotion Elliptical 515 $599 $499 YMMV

DudeMeetsDad 105 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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#16
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Appropriate that the picture is taken with chips in the background Big Grin
I thought the same thing, it's like Costco is trying to send a message to us...
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How ru liking it?


Quote from DudeMeetsDad View Post :
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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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.
How ru liking it?
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#19
So, I bought this elliptical yesterday. Took me 3.5 hours to assemble. One of the bolts fell while connecting upright to main unit. it took me like 1/2 an hour to find it inside being stuck in between internal parts... After I assembled, I went to a local sport store in Texas (Academy) to buy a mat for elliptical. Found there Pro Form 510e which is almost identical to Freemotion 515e (Pro Form is also made by Icon). Quickly checked review for it on my cell, and I'm dissapointed.. It's too late since I aready assembled it and got it to the second floor of my house, but I would not buy if I knew that it's the same Pro Form just rebaged for Costco. Time will tell off course.. if it won't survive next two years I guess I will use Costco's satisfaction policy for refund..
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So, I bought this elliptical yesterday. Took me 3.5 hours to assemble. One of the bolts fell while connecting upright to main unit. it took me like 1/2 an hour to find it inside being stuck in between internal parts... After I assembled, I went to a local sport store in Texas (Academy) to buy a mat for elliptical. Found there Pro Form 510e which is almost identical to Freemotion 515e (Pro Form is also made by Icon). Quickly checked review for it on my cell, and I'm dissapointed.. It's too late since I aready assembled it and got it to the second floor of my house, but I would not buy if I knew that it's the same Pro Form just rebaged for Costco. Time will tell off course.. if it won't survive next two years I guess I will use Costco's satisfaction policy for refund..
I don't think it's the same as the ProForm.

The weight limit on this is higher (325) and the warranty is longer (2 years).

I doubt they would use the same components and extend the warranty an extra year just because.
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Anyone else purchased it and what are you thoughts on it? I am thinking of getting on Monday.
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Anyone else purchased it and what are you thoughts on it? I am thinking of getting on Monday.
I bought this for my wife at the beginning of January. She uses it every day and loves it. No problems with it. It wasn't too hard to put together and easily fit in the back of my small SUV.
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#23
If you are in the market for a good elliptical, I got this badboy (http://www.nordictrack.com/webapp...053_181319) from Nordictrack a couple weeks back for $680 shipped. Wasn't supposed to be white glove, as I got the free shipping, but the guys were awesome (even after their truck was broken down for 3 hours and they got here around 8pm) and they brought it to the final resting place in my basement.

I put it together last week, and the GF and I are loving this thing!!! Just keep your eyes out for promo codes and keep checking NT website and it will pay off eventually =P I ended up using a 10% off code and a 5% code at the same time they had it on sale for $799
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I picked it up this afternoon. If you have a small hatchback or an SUV, take out all the pieces at the store, flatten the box. I was able to haul in my accord with little effort and patience Smilie
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Anyone else purchased it and what are you thoughts on it? I am thinking of getting on Monday.
Mine started squeaking on one side.
I couldn't figure out why it was squeaking so I emailed customer support and they shipped out parts. Service so far has been pretty good.
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#26
My Costco had this listed at $499 instead of $599...I took my receipt back and got $108 back.
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#27
My Costco just marked this down from $699 to $499. Picked it up today and just finished installation.
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#28
The store that I purchased it at still had it for $599 but the next one had it for 499. Instead of price adjustment, they took to a cash register, make a "purchase" of an elliptical and do a "refund" at the returns counter without taking anything off the shelf. Anyways, I got $100+tax back Smilie
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#29
The price drop sealed the deal.
Picked one up today. Thanks OP.
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#30
you're better off betting a good gym membership. dont be lazy and stay at home.
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