What’s the Difference?
Trying to decide between the Proform Smart Strider 495:
and the Proform 695 elliptical?
These are both brand new 2017 folding Smart Strider models – and they do look quite similar. In fact they both give you:
- 18 inch strides
- Tablet holder above the console
- iFit LIVE Compatibility
- Commercial-Gauge Solid Steel Frame
- and iPod docks with console speakers.
So what’s the difference – and which is best for you? Here’s a review of the main differences between the Proform Smart Strider 495 vs 695 elliptical trainers.
Proform Smart Strider 495 vs 695 Elliptical:
Incline changes the slope of your elliptical trainer. This helps you work different muscle groups and get a better workout overall.
The Proform Smart Strider 695 elliptical include a 0 – 10 degree incline whereas the Proform 495 does not include the incline option.
#2 Workout Fan
The Proform Smart Strider 695 gives you cooling workout fan in the console of the elliptical however the 495 model has no cooling fan.
This may seem like a small thing, but if you plan on doing heavy or long workouts, it will make a difference in your comfort level.
The Proform 495 gives you 18 levels of resistance which is pretty good. However the Proform 695 goes one better and gives you 20 levels of resistance – so you have more room to grow with the 695 elliptical.
A heavier flywheel helps to give you smoother-feeling ride. It also helps to anchor the machine and add stability to the feel of your trainer.
The Proform 495 elliptical comes with a decent 13 pound flywheel, which is still pretty good. However the Proform 695 gives you a heavier 18 pound flywheel. So again, it will hold up a bit better with longer workouts.
#5 Built-in Workouts
Both ellipticals come iFit LIVE compatible (so you can add unlimited workouts to your trainer). However, if you’re not planning on getting iFit LiVE, you still get several built-in workouts with these trainers.
The Proform 495 gives you 18 built workouts whereas the Proform 695 gives you 24 built in workouts – a few more. So again, a bit more challenge with the Proform 695 trainer.
Proform Smart Strider 495 vs 695 Bottom Line:
Both trainers give you a sturdy, stable folding elliptical that can be easily folded and rolled away.
However the Proform 695 elliptical will hold up a bit better with longer workouts. Also it gives you more room to grow and challenge yourself with the extra resistance and incline option.
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