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Precor EFX 423 Review

Quick Summary

The Precor EFX 423 is a luxury elliptical trainer for home use.

Although high-end, it’s the entry level model in the Precision series.

Key specs for this Precor elliptical are stationary arm bars, a motorized ramp with maximum 40° angle, 20 resistance levels and 10 workout programs.

The purchase price includes a 10-year parts warranty and other customer protections.

See details below in our full EFX 423 review.

Specifications

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Model Precor EFX 423
Rating

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89.9%
List Price

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$4,599
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$3,999
Resistance

Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

20 Levels
Resistance Type

The type of resistance affects the performance of your elliptical. Magnetic and Eddy-Current are the most common types.

Magnetic
Stride Length

Stride Length is important for comfort and smooth strides. A stride length of 18-21 inches is ideal for most heights (5'3 - 6'7).

n/a
Pedals

Elliptical pedals can be cushioned and adjustable for maximum comfort and minimum impact on joints for injury prevention.

Heavy Duty Plastic
Incline

Some elliptical trainers can be set at an incline to increase difficulty and burn more calories.

15° - 40° Elevation Range
Flywheel

The flywheel controls the smoothness and resistance of your workout. In general, the higher the better.

Undisclosed
Programs

Elliptical Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

10
User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

2 Users
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Pulse Grips
& Chest Strap (Optional)
Display

Elliptical Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

High contrast blue-white LCD
Max. Weight

Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

Undisclosed
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this elliptical will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

84" x 31" x 67"
Upper Body

Most ellipticals have handles to hold while you're working out that provide an upper body workout.

Accessory Tray

Some ellipticals include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Ellipticals that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (without headphones).

Cooling Fans

Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout on your elliptical.

Folding?

Some ellipticals are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

Frame: Lifetime
Welds: Lifetime
Parts: 10 Years
Console: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 89.9%

Our Rating

Rating: 89.9/100. The high quality EFX 423 is the entry level model in Precor’s Precision Series, the brand’s top line of luxury elliptical trainers for home gyms. Precision Series ellipticals have earned their high price tags; they offer club-quality workouts, feature Precor’s patented smooth motion, and carry 10-year parts warranties. The EFX 423 is most different from the others (the 425 and 447) because its arm bars are stationary; it’s built exclusively for training the legs and glutes. Excellent lower body training gets accomplished with help from this machine’s most dramatic feature, a motorized incline with maximum 40 degree tilt.

Pros:

  • Precor’s patented low-impact design
  • Power incline of 15° to 40° (20 levels)
  • Reversible motion
  • 20 resistance levels (10 to 625 watts)
  • Quiet magnetic resistance
  • 10 training programs
  • Metric or standard data display
  • Wireless heart rate receiver
  • Contact heart rate monitor
  • Two user profiles
  • iPhone/Android volume control
  • Tablet computer holder
  • Two accessory holders
  • Extra-large water bottle holder
  • 10-year warranty for parts and wear items
  • 3-year warranty for console

Cons:

  • Stationary arm bars
  • Luxury price
  • Large footprint (84″ x 31″)

Introduction

The Precor EFX 423 is among the best elliptical trainers for exclusively lower body workouts. While it meets standards for commercial elliptical trainers, it’s one of Precor’s luxury ellipticals for home gyms. This fitness machine is designed to deliver many years of workouts with lots of variety; some specs include 20 incline settings, 20 resistance levels, 10 workout programs and reversible elliptical motion. You can also add your tablet computer or iPod for motivation. Here are details about the workout programs, features and long warranty for the EFX 423.

Workout Programs

The Precor EFX 423 has 10 workout programs including manual mode. These workouts can automate the resistance and incline levels to help you get efficient exercise. The program names are 1-1 Interval, 1-2 Interval, Weight Loss, Basic HRC, Aerobic, Hill Climb, Cross Country, Gluteal, Cross Trainer and Manual. The latter five on that list can display tips to help you maximize each workout.

Data can be saved for two user profiles. Having a profile lets you retrieve your previous workout and get the most accurate estimates of calorie burn and heart rate. The data fields shown during training are Time Elapsed, Time Remaining, Calories, Calories/Min, Distance, Strides/Min, Average Strides/Min, Resistance, Percent Complete Heart Rate, Target Heart Rate and SmartRate® Zone. After each workout a summary is shown. This includes Time Elapsed, Total Calories, Total Distance and Average Strides/Min.

Precor EFX 423 Features

The Precor EFX 423 is engineered for virtually everybody. It comfortably fits an estimated 95% of adults, and it offers 20 resistance levels from very light to very powerful.

A special feature on the 423 is its power incline. With 20 settings ranging from 15° to 40°, the incline offers a great way to quickly torch calories and target specific muscle groups.

For heart rate monitoring the EFX 423 has a wireless receiver (chest strap sold separately) and built-in touch sensors.

Want diversion from your workout? Add your tablet computer and watch your favorite show; there’s a secure holder on the console. The Precor EFX 423 also has an audio jack and volume control for your music player.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Precor EFX 423 elliptical warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Parts and Wear Items: 10 years

– Console: 3 years

– Labor: 1 year

Conclusion

The Precor EFX 423 is a very good elliptical with stationary handlebars. It’s only built for lower body training, and it does this job well for all fitness levels… But if you might prefer a luxury elliptical trainer with moving arm bars, see the EFX 425 and 447.