These are both part of the “Pro” series which are much higher end than Proform’s starter models – with heavier flywheels, more resistance levels, power incline and full-color consoles with web browsers.
These are also front-drive ellipticals meaning the flywheel is out in front of the pedals. A lot of people like front drive trainers as they give you more of a “climbing” feel. In contrast, rear drive trainers give you more of a flat-running surface feel.
Both elliptical trainers also come iFit LIVE ready – you don’t need to buy the extra iFit LIVE module as you do with some of Proforms starter crosstrainers.
However because they look so similar to each other, it can be hard to tell them apart – but there are some subtle differences between them that you definitely want to be aware of before you buy.
So what’s the difference – and which is best for you? Here’s what you need to know:
Proform 12.9 vs 16.9 Elliptical – Price
Right now anyway, the Proform 12.9 runs a bit less than the 16.9 trainer – you can get it here for about $1299 with Free Shipping. This includes the Free Wireless heart rate chest strap as well.
The Proform 16.9 elliptical trainer runs around $1499 with Free Shipping here . This also includes a Free wireless heart rate monitor as well.
So if you’re on a budget the Proform 12.9 elliptical is the more attractive option.
So what do you get on the Proform 16.9 for the extra $200? And is it worth it for you?
Proform 12.9 vs 16.9 Elliptical – Console Size
The Proform 12.9 – seen below – comes with a 7 inch full color web browser in the console. So you can surf the net, read emails or watch youtube videos as you workout. You’ll also notice the tablet holder above the console:
The Proform 16.9 elliptical – seen below – goes even further with a larger 10 inch web browser (and the tablet holder as well).
With the larger console, it’s easier to read your workout stats or surf the net on the 16.9 trainer. This can make a big difference in the enjoyment of your workout – it’s kind of like having a larger tv screen.
Proform 12.9 vs 16.9 Elliptical – Weight
The Proform 16.9 has a bit more weight to it – and a higher user weight capacity: 375 vs 325 pounds. This means it can handle a bit more use – and abuse – with ease.
So if you plan on heavier use – or longer workouts on your trainer, the 16.9 can handle it a bit better without much of a strain.
Proform 12.9 vs 16.9 Elliptical – Warranty
The heavier construction on the Proform 16.9 is also see with the longer warranty coverage: 3 years on service vs 2 years. However to be fair, the warranties on both machines far surpass the average warranty at this price point.
So that’s a rundown of the main differences between the Proform 12.9 vs 16.9 elliptical trainers. Overall there’s not a huge difference – the main ones are that the console size is bigger on the 16.9 and it has a little more weight and substance to it, covered by a longer warranty.
So at the end of the day it depends on your budget, goals and workout preferences.
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