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ProForm Smart Strider 935 CSE Review

Quick Summary

The ProForm Smart Strider 935 CSE is one of ProForm Fitness’ most feature-rich and affordable elliptical trainers with a rear drive.

It shows off the brand’s latest console technology (enabled for iFit, full color touch screen, Android web browser and more) and carries a three-year standard parts warranty.

But how does it perform?

Learn from the full ProForm Smart Strider 935 CSE elliptical review below.

Specifications

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Model ProForm Smart Strider 935 CSE
Rating

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69.8%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$1,999
Best Price

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$1,299
Resistance

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

30 Levels
Resistance Type

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

SMR Silent 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).

Not Posted
Pedals

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

Adjustable & Oversized
Incline

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

0 - 10 degrees
Flywheel

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

18 lb. Inertia-Enhanced
Programs

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

30
User Profiles

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

1 User
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 &
Wireless Chest Strap
Display

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

7" Full-Color Touchscreen
Max. Weight

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

325 lbs
Dimensions

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

65" x 25" x 74"
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
Parts: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 69.8%

Our Rating

Rating: 69.8/100. ProForm Smart Striders are lighter duty elliptical trainers for home gyms. The Smart Strider 935 has an iFit-enabled console, an 18-pound drive and an 18” stride. Some extras are a wireless chest strap, a 10 degree power ramp and 30 preloaded workout programs. This elliptical trainer has an online sale price of $1299 (MSRP $1999).

Given its stride length and power, the Smart Strider 935 offers the best value to smaller trainees. People who are taller than about 5’3” or carry more weight can get smoother workouts from the front drive ProForm ellipticals, which have longer strides and stronger resistance.

Here are other points to consider about the ProForm Smart Strider 935 CSE elliptical trainer.

Pros:

  • Rear drive (Easiest for your balance)
  • Quick and easy assembly (30 minutes or less)
  • Commercial steel frame
  • Automated ramp (10 degrees)
  • Full color 7” touch screen
  • Web browser
  • 30 workout apps
  • iFit-enabled
  • iPod-compatible (2” speakers)
  • Grip pulse sensors and wireless receiver (Chest strap included)
  • Two-speed fan
  • SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance
  • Resistance and incline controls on handlebars
  • Water bottle holder
  • High capacity (325 pounds)

Cons:

  • Noisy despite having quiet resistance (Wobbles)
  • Adults of average and taller heights might prefer a longer stride
  • Light drive (18 pounds)
  • Although a SpaceSaver, not easy to store (Heavy)
  • ProForm customer service gets poor reviews

Introduction

The $1299 ProForm Smart Strider 935 is tops in its series, but that’s a lightweight collection. This model’s highlights are its comfortable rear drive design, full color touch screen, Android browser and 10 degree power incline. Components that help explain its relatively low price are the 18” stride — which is actually perfect for shorter trainees — and an 18-pound flywheel, which is rather light for heavier adults. (The heaviest ProForm elliptical drive weighs 32 pounds.)

Below are details about the Smart Strider 935’s workouts and other features.

Workout Programs

ProForm Smart Striders add the expertise of a personal trainer to your home workouts. The Smart Strider 935 CSE arrives with 30 professionally designed elliptical workouts to help you burn calories and improve your overall performance. Each workout has a preset time and automatically controls the elliptical machine’s resistance.

In addition to the built-in programs, iFit programs can be used with this model. The console is iFit-enabled so you can download new workouts using its 7” touch screen (or your own device). With an iFit membership up to four users per subscription can download new and personalized workouts any time, virtually train with pros on iFit’s HD videos, and enjoy interactive Google Maps™ workouts. With Google Maps™ your elliptical workout can include a Google Street View and provide a virtual feel of the landscape as the machine’s 10 degree ramp automatically adjusts to copy the mapped route.

ProForm Smart Strider 935 CSE Features

The most eye-catching feature on this elliptical is its full color touch screen. This 7” display is used for preloaded programs, iFit programs and browsing the web.

ProForm Smart Striders have 18” elliptical paths. That’s on the shorter end of industry standards and is best for people with shorter inseams.

The Smart Strider 935 has an 18-pound flywheel. This can provide a good amount of resistance for newcomers to elliptical training. For extra challenge there’s an automated incline with 10 degree maximum. You can control the resistance and incline using convenient controls on the handlebars.

A chest strap is included for wireless heart rate monitoring. Pulse sensors are included too but the wireless option is most accurate; ProForm’s handlebar pulse sensors are often inaccurate by up to +/- 10 bpm.

Warranty & Guarantee

The ProForm Smart Strider 935 warranty package includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 3 Years
– Labor: 1 Year

ProForm also offers a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

The ProForm Smart Strider 935 CSE Elliptical looks pretty good on paper, but for most shoppers it isn’t one of ProForm’s best deals. Other ProForm ellipticals operate more smoothly despite having front drives. Considering the customer reviews that call Smart Striders noisy and wobbly, it seems wise to instead choose from ProForm’s Endurance Series or Pro Series Ellipticals. A specific model to check out is the ProForm 920 E, which has a $999 sale price.