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Precor Energy Series Elliptical Machines (EFX)

Comparing the EFX Energy Series to the Precision series

When you’re buying a new elliptical trainer, there can be many different factors which have an influence on the final model you choose. These can include cost, number of preset workout programs, whether or not a machine has workout tracking, and entertainment options, such as speakers or iPad support.

But one of the first things to check is almost always going to be whether or not you have the space to permanently allocate to a piece of fitness equipment of this size.

Although none of the elliptical trainers in the Precision or Energy series’ could be considered large by industry standards, it can still be useful to get a sense of scale between the different models.

That’s why if space is at a premium, your best option will be one of the machines from the Energy series, as they average 8 inches shorter in length, and 2 inches narrower in width than their equivalent models in the Precision series.

To put this in perspective, we’ve used Precor’s Icovia Space Planner tool to position machines from both collections alongside each other.

The Precor Energy series ellipticals have a smaller footprint than those in the Precision series
The Precor Energy series ellipticals have a smaller footprint than those in the Precision series

Another of the major differences is in the CrossRamp incline variance. While the Precision ellipticals move through 25 degrees (15°-40°), the Energy series machines are slightly more limited, with a total of 10 degrees difference between the steepest and shallowest inclines (15°-25°).

There’s also a small difference in the warranty coverage offered between the two series’, with a 10 year warranty on the parts and wear items for Precor’s Precision collection, but a 5 year warranty on the ellipticals in the Energy collection.

These are some of the major differences across the two collections, but there are many more between the specific machines, which is what makes them so unique.

To find out which one is best suited to your own personal fitness goals, you might also want to read our guide to the Precision series, or choose from one of our reviews below.

Precor Elliptical Guide

Energy Series models

Precor EFX 245 Elliptical Crosstrainer Review

Precor EFX 245

  • Resistance Levels: 16
  • Preset Workouts: 24
  • User IDs: 4
  • CrossRamp Angle: 15° – 25°
  • Feedback Metrics: 27
  • Preva Workout Tracking: Yes
  • Heart Rate: Touch and telemetry
  • Software Upgrade Capable: Yes
  • Accelerator Workouts: 6
  • Custom Workouts: 16

As the top crosstrainer in Precor’s Energy series in terms of its overall specification, the EFX 245 is actually surprisingly similar to the top model in the Precision series – the EFX 447.

You can still maintain an accurate history of your workouts through the Preva app integration, you can allocate the same number of custom workout options to each user ID (4), and you can also view the same number of useful feedback metrics (27).

However, there are several important differences to take into account before making your final buying decision, with a reduced CrossRamp elevation range (15°-25° vs. 15°-40°) and fewer resistance levels (16 vs. 20) being among them. Read the full review..

Sample floor plan: EFX 245 Elliptical

Floor plan of the EFX 245 Elliptical in a room measuring 20'W x 13'D
Floor plan of the EFX 245 Elliptical in a bedroom measuring 20’W x 13’D
Precor EFX 225 Elliptical Crosstrainer Review

Precor EFX 225

  • Resistance Levels: 16
  • Preset Workouts: 10
  • User IDs: 2
  • CrossRamp Angle: 15° – 25°
  • Feedback Metrics: 13
  • Preva Workout Tracking: No
  • Heart Rate: Touch and telemetry
  • Software Upgrade Capable: No
  • Accelerator Workouts: 5
  • Custom Workouts: 0

The lowest priced model from across the Precision and Energy series collections to offer the motorized CrossRamp function is the EFX 225.

Although you still have access to the same number of resistance levels and heart rate tracking options as the higher priced 245 model, this does mean that you sacrifice 2 of the user IDs, 14 of the feedback metrics, the Preva workout tracking, and all 16 of the customized workouts allocated to the user IDs.

However, the CrossRamp angle also matches the elevation range of the 245, and there are clear improvements over the lower priced 222 and 221 models, including the ability to adjust the incline directly via the console. Read the full review..

Sample floor plan: EFX 225 Elliptical

Floor plan of the EFX 225 Elliptical in a home office measuring 18'W x 11'D
Floor plan of the EFX 225 Elliptical in a home office measuring 18’W x 11’D
Precor EFX 222 Elliptical Crosstrainer Review

Precor EFX 222

  • Resistance Levels: 16
  • Preset Workouts: 10
  • User IDs: 2
  • CrossRamp Angle: 15°, 20° and 25°
  • Feedback Metrics: 12
  • Preva Workout Tracking: No
  • Heart Rate: Touch and telemetry
  • Software Upgrade Capable: No
  • Accelerator Workouts: 5
  • Custom Workouts: 0

As the first elliptical in the Energy series to offer moveable handlebars, the EFX 222 manages to increase the upper body muscle activation, while maintaining the same 29 inch base width.

The CrossRamp elevation is manually adjustable in the same way as the 221 model, with a console that provides accurate feedback on 12 different workout metrics, including time elapsed, calories burned, SmartRate heart rate zone, and your average number of strides per minute.

Although you miss out on the personalized suggested workout feature of the EFX 245, you’re still able to create a maximum of 2 user profiles, ensuring that the feedback of calories burned and heart rate is as accurate as possible.

Sample floor plan: EFX 222 Elliptical

Floor plan of the EFX 222 Elliptical in a home gym measuring 24'W x 13'D
Floor plan of the EFX 222 Elliptical in a home gym measuring 24’W x 13’D
Precor EFX 221 Elliptical Crosstrainer Review

Precor EFX 221

  • Resistance Levels: 16
  • Preset Workouts: 10
  • User IDs: 2
  • CrossRamp Angle: 15°, 20° and 25°
  • Feedback Metrics: 12
  • Preva Workout Tracking: No
  • Heart Rate: Touch and telemetry
  • Software Upgrade Capable: No
  • Accelerator Workouts: 5
  • Custom Workouts: 0

The lowest priced crosstrainer from the Energy series is the EFX 221, with the same compact footprint and number of resistance levels as the top model in the collection – the EFX 245.

Although the CrossRamp elevation range is also between 15 and 25 degrees, this can only be adjusted manually, with 3 settings available instead of the 8 you’ll find on the motorized models (EFX 225 and 245).

But the most noticeable difference is probably in the lack of moveable handles, which will inevitably reduce the amount of upper body muscle activation you will experience during your workouts, compared to the other ellipticals in the Precor Energy Series.

However, having the CrossRamp incline and variable stride geometry created by the rear flywheel and path of the foot pedals means you can still benefit from a wide variety of challenging, low impact workouts. Read the full review..

Sample floor plan: EFX 221 Elliptical

Floor plan of the EFX 221 Elliptical in a living room measuring 20'W x 11'D
Floor plan of the EFX 221 Elliptical in a living room measuring 20’W x 11’D