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Precor EFX 5.33 Review

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Precor has never been a manufacture which studies what other companies are producing and then attempts to copy their formula to an extent.

No, Precor has always been determined to not be swayed by the latest trends and it reflects on their products which are often durable and dependable, yet nothing overtly flashy. The Precor EFX 5.33 is a great example.

The elliptical provides 20 levels of resistance, low-impact EFX motion, 15 to 30 degrees of incline and 10 workout programs.

Read our full review of the Precor EFX 5.33, below…


Model Precor EFX 5.33

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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.

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).

21 - 23 inches

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

Heavy Duty Plastic

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

15 - 30%

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


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

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)

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

Green LED
Max. Weight

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


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 63"
Weight: 240 lbs
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.


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.


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).


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

Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 10 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 93.7%

Our Rating

Rating: 93.7/100. Create your own personalized workouts with detailed trainer that allows the individual to target specific muscle groups, including upper body emphasis with moving handlebars.


  • Patented low-impact EFX for muscles and joints
  • Smooth and natural stride length (21 to 23 inches)
  • Moving handlebars allow upper body workout
  • Fairly good warranty with 10 years on parts
  • 2 user profiles if elliptical is going to be shared
  • CrossRamp is automatic and challenges specific muscle groups


  • Very few extras including not being music ready
  • Preset workout selection okay but nothing special
  • Monitor heart rate but no wireless chest strap included


The Precor EFX 5.33 is a highly personalized trainer.

Thanks to Precor classics like CrossRamp and EFX technology, the 5.33 elliptical delivers a ton of versatility yet doesn’t separate itself too much from the Precor EFX 5.37 and 5.25.

Workout Programs

The Precor EFX 5.33 elliptical offers 10 workout programs.

Preset programs include: Aerobic Endurance, Cross Trainer, Gluteal, Heart Rate, Hill Climb, Interval, Manual and Weight Loss.

Two user IDs allow you to enter and store personal preferences, ideal if the trainer is used by more than one household member.

The streamlined/advanced LED display provides readouts of Calories, Distance, Heart Rate, SmartRate, Strides, Strides per minute, Time, Vertical feet climbed, Workout summary and more.

Like a lot of Precor trainers the EFX 5.33 elliptical is compatible with wireless heart rate monitors yet not included with purchase. Touch/Pulse Grips are available for an alternative heart rate method.

Precor EFX 5.33 Elliptical Features

The Precor EFX 5.33 features the manufacture’s patented CrossRamp technology. CrossRamp gives you the option of altering the height of the elliptical path your foot travels.

Otherwise known as Variable Stride Geometry, the idea is that by altering the height of your foot path it allows you to focus on a specific muscle group or all major lower-body muscle groups.

Like the Precor EFX 5.37 the CrossRamp is automatically controlled. No need for manual adjustments.

Incline is available from 15 to 30 degrees. Combined with the reversible pedal rotation and the Precor EFX 5.33 is awful versatile in workout variety.

Another patented trademark of Precor is the low-impact EFX motion. Extremely smooth and providing a natural stride, EFX technology is designed to provide the lowest ‘Rate of Perceived Exertion’ of any cardio exercise system to make your workouts more comfortable, even though you are working out strenuously.

The handlebars on the Precor EFX 5.33 are not fixed enabling the user to get an upper body workout while they also challenge specific leg muscles.

The Precor EFX 5.33 is hardly transportable at 240 pounds. What that equates to is a solid, durable frame yet a trainer which is far from compact.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Precor EFX 5.33 elliptical warranty and guarantee includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 10 Years
– Labor: 1 Year

For more information call (800) 786-8404.


Smooth and natural, the Precor EFX 5.33 continues the manufacture’s tradition of delivering a comfortable piece of exercise equipment. The EFX 5.33 elliptical is very personalized, yet not much different from the 5.37 and 5.25 models.

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