The 440 ES is one of two recumbent bikes in the ProForm lineup along with the up-level 740 ES. Both have plenty of features, and offer great value for those looking for a capable entry level machine for home use.
The ProForm 440 ES recumbent features a 5" backlit display showing your time, heart rate, distance, calories, speed and RPM. It has a 3 piece crank for durability and freewheel clutch for more natural motion.
Let's take a look at the specs...
The ProForm 440 ES gets good reviews from experts as a solid, entry-level choice with a lot of great features. At only $599 when it's on sale, it packs in 32 workout programs, iFit technology giving you maps of anywhere in the world, 25 resistance levels and plenty of adjustability to customize your ride.
It incorporates Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR) which is very quiet and very smooth. The pedals are extra wide and ergonomically designed to fit multiple users comfortably.
The 440 ES is very similar to the up-level 740 ES commercial model, although that one has a 7" full color touch screen with web browser along with a few more resistance and workout levels. If that is something that appeals to you it's worth looking at that model. It's only a couple hundred dollars more and the browser is nice to have.
Still, this one gives you enough to satisfy. You have heart rate monitoring in the grips, a workout fan, leveling feet, adjustable seat, iPod compatibility for your music and a tablet holder.
Any negatives? As we mentioned, the display is very basic and not web enabled. It also doesn't have wireless heart rate monitoring like the 740 ES. Not a deal breaker by any means, but wireless does give you a more accurate reading.
All in all, the 440 ES has a lot more than you get from similarly priced recumbent bikes, and is not a bad choice in the category.
Of ProForm's two recumbent exercise bike choices, we definitely prefer the 740 ES over the 440 ES as you get more for your money. The touch screen with browser alone is worth the additional $200, let alone the wireless heart rate monitoring, iFit built in and additional workouts.
Either one is a solid option in the entry-level bike arena, with loads of features and capabilities that ProForm is known for. We just believe that the 740 ES offers more value.
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