Vision Fitness X40 Elliptical Machine Review

The Vision Fitness X40 elliptical features a 20-inch stride length, 23 lb flywheel, and compatibility with Horizon’s ViaFit™ web app (Elegant+ and Touch+ consoles only). But how does this measure up to the folding version (XF40) and their suspension series? Is the X40 really the best elliptical machine for helping you achieve your personal fitness goals?

In this review we’ll compare the Passport™ ready X40 to other Vision Fitness ellipticals, including the S60 and S70 machines from their Suspension Elliptical™ series. This means taking a closer look at how well ViaFit™ integrates with the existing fitness apps and wearable tech you might already be using. Apps such as Fitbit, RunKeeper, and the popular food journal from MyFitnessPal.

We’ll also be comparing the workout programs (17 with the Touch+ console), entertainment features, and fitness tracking options against similarly priced ellipticals from other leading fitness equipment companies. This includes NordicTrack, ProForm, and Horizon Fitness.

Design and safety features

The Vision X40 elliptical is an upgrade to the X20, and the non-folding version of the XF40. Aside from the folding guide rails section, there’s really no difference between the two frame types. That’s why unless you’re short on space, we recommend the X40 as the more affordable elliptical, given the $400 price difference. You’re also saving around 40 lbs on the product weight.

But the Evolve 5 elliptical from Horizon Fitness also has a 20” fixed stride length, 23 lb flywheel, and 20 electronic resistance levels. So why shouldn’t you choose this over the X40?

The Vision X40 is usually only $100 more than the Evolve 5, which buys you an extra 25 lbs on the weight capacity (325 lbs total), 2 more years on the parts warranty (5 years total), and chest strap heart rate monitoring on all 3 console types (Classic, Elegant+, and Touch+).

Unfortunately there’s a big difference in the number of workout programs. Even if you were to buy the X40 with the top-of-the-line Touch+ console, you’re only getting 17 programs. That’s compared to the 37 you get with the Evolve 5.

We’ll take a closer look at differences in console tech later in this review, but in terms of design features there’s really not much of a difference. The Vision X40 elliptical is essentially their version of Horizon’s Evolve 5.

But whereas Horizon have developed their Elite series ellipticals, with more advanced consoles, heavier flywheels, and a 10 degree power incline, Vision shifted their focus to suspension ellipticals. That means the X40 is their top-of-the-line front-drive elliptical, and usually costs around $1000 less than their most affordable suspension trainer (Vision S7100HRT).

The proximity of the footpads with virtually no gap between them is similar to the design we’ve seen on Horizon ellipticals. Although Vision don’t put their ellipticals through the same SixStar certification process, the distance between the pedals and flatter ellipse motion are still present, creating a more comfortable running stride.

Not surprisingly the X40 has a reversible stride motion, with multi-position moving and static handles allowing you to switch your focus between lower body and total body cardio workouts.

Safety features
Elliptical machines are typically very safe pieces of equipment, and perfectly suitable for home gyms and family environments. This is why Vision Fitness hasn’t added any specific safety features to the console or frame of the X40.

Some companies have chosen to add passcode protection to the console, where you need to press the correct 4-key combination to activate the functions. You also have some ellipticals that have a locking pin under the pedals to prevent unwanted movement when the machine is not in use. Both features can be found on the Precor EFX 425 elliptical, as part of their Precision series.

Vision Fitness X40 Elliptical

Vision Fitness X40 – Features Summary

  • 20″ stride length
  • 23 lb flywheel
  • Front-drive non-folding frame
  • 11″ step-on height
  • 20 Electronic resistance levels
  • Workout programs: Classic (5), Elegant+ (13), Touch+ (17)
  • Contact heart rate monitoring
  • Polar® wireless receiver
  • ViaFit enabled (Elegant+ and Touch+ consoles)
  • Passport™ Ready
  • Charges USB 2.0 devices
  • Virtual Active Integrated (Elegant+ and Touch+ consoles)
  • 325 lb weight capacity

Display console design

Vision Fitness ellipticals are unique in the sense that you can choose from a selection of consoles to suit your workout style. But how do you know which model is right for you?

If you’re looking for something more affordable and aren’t too worried about entertainment features, there’s the Classic console. Alternatively, the Elegant+ has a larger 10″ touchscreen with 8 more workout programs (15 total) and comes with ViaFit enabled.

The top-of-the-line console is the Touch+, which features a 15.6″ HD display, 17 programs, and is the only model to feature speakers and iPod®/iPhone® compatibility. There’s usually a $400 to $500 difference in price between consoles, so it’s worth checking the features you really need.

We’ve just highlighted a few of the features for the Vision X40 consoles, but you might be looking for something more in-depth. Listed below you’ll find more in-depth feature lists and comparisons between the 3 types of console.

Vision X40 elliptical consoles:

  • XF40 Classic

    Although the Classic is Vision’s most affordable treadmill console, we don’t believe it represents good value for money, especially when compared to one of the NordicTrack ellipticals in the same price range.

    When you really take a look at what you’re getting, it’s an LED display, 5 workout programs, the option to enable Passport™ (if you pay an extra $199 for the Passport™ Player), and the ability to charge USB devices. The only upside is you have both contact and wireless heart rate monitoring.

    Feedback metrics are also very limited, and only include time, speed, incline, distance, pace, number of calories burned, and heart rate. So where else can we find this kind of console spec?

    With the exception of the E95, E95S and E98 models, all Sole ellipticals are available at a lower price than the Vision X40 (at time of writing). Even so, their most affordable elliptical (Sole E25) has the same feedback metrics, 10 workout programs, a larger 6.5″ LCD screen, and speakers with full iPod integration. You even have contact sensors and a built-in receiver for wireless heart rate monitoring.

    In our opinion if you’re spending this kind of money on a new home elliptical, you should look for more workout variation than 5 programs can provide. Although the Elegant+ console is an additional $400, we believe it’s the best balance of cost and features for the Vision X40 elliptical.

  • X40 Elegant+

    This is the most affordable console to feature some of the more advanced technology that’s unique to Vision Fitness, including Virtual Active™. It’s also ViaFit enabled, Passport™ ready, and features the Sprint 8 fat-burning interval training program (not available with the Classic console).

    The display gets a significant upgrade too, switching from LED to a fully integrated 10″ touchscreen with an intuitive menu system. Here you can keep track of workout feedback, start a new fitness program, and even setup a Wi-Fi connection for saving workout data to your ViaFitness account.

    There aren’t too many differences between the Elegant+ and Touch+ consoles. It tends to be subtle screen changes such as being able to use sliders to set values on the Touch+, whereas the Elegant+ relies on pressing arrow icons.

    You would also get 4 more workout programs, a larger, high-definition screen, more advanced workout tracking, and a built-in speaker system with iPod integration. But compared to the upgrade from Classic to Elegant+, you might have a harder time justifying the extra $500 you would need to spend to enjoy their top-of-the-line console.

  • X40 Touch+

    As Vision’s top-of-the-line console, the Touch+ features a 15.6″ HD color touchscreen that’s larger than any screen on a NordicTrack or ProForm elliptical (10″ maximum for both).

    The screen now lets you use sliders to make faster adjustments to speed, weight, incline, and time settings, compared to the arrow symbols used on the Elegant+. It’s also the only console out of the three to include an iPod integrated sound system and built-in speakers for listening to your favorite music.

    But the Touch+ actually goes well beyond simple iPod support, and can be used as a complete entertainment solution for your elliptical workouts. The iPod cable and USB port means you can access a variety of file types from a USB flash drive, including MP3 and MP4. When your device is connected you can use the console’s touchscreen to navigate through the content and find the music or video you’re looking for.

    Workout feedback is the same as for the Elegant+ console, and includes the time, distance, pace, number of calories burned, heart rate, and current resistance level. You can also enjoy Virtual Active™ integration, ViaFit workout tracking, and the fact that it’s Passport™ ready.

Heart rate monitoring
All three types of Vision Fitness console have heart rate monitoring, fitted with contact sensors in the handles and a built-in Polar® wireless receiver for if you prefer to wear a chest belt. But the Classic console is the only one that doesn’t include a free chest strap.

Workout programs and user profiles

Vision Fitness elliptical machines are compatible with any one of three consoles (Classic, Elegant+, Touch+), which means 3 different combinations of workout programs. So how do you know which one is best for your fitness routine?

As part of our X40 elliptical review we wanted to take a closer look at how the workout tracking and program variation changes between models. We’ll then provide a quick summary to help you choose the console that’s right for you.

One thing we want to make clear is that the consoles don’t change between elliptical models. For example, the XF40 Classic console is exactly the same as the X40 Classic console. They’re not specific to a particular elliptical model, which is why we’ll be referring to them simply as Classic, Elegant+, and Touch+.

Classic console

  • Manual

    Your default program that’s available with all elliptical machines. The resistance level won’t change unless you make an adjustment at the console.

  • Intervals

    These interval programs are based entirely around the resistance level, which is preset for each segment of the workout.

    The Classic console lets you choose from 16 different intensities to suit your personal fitness level. This ranges from resistance setting 1 for the first segment of a warm-up phase, through to the most challenging resistance level of 20 for intensity setting 16.

    As interval workouts, you’re encouraged to follow two 60 second ‘recovery’ segments, followed by two 30 second ‘work’ segments, alternating between a high and low resistance levels.

  • Weight loss

    Vision’s weight loss program also follows a preset profile of resistance settings, which is designed to keep you in your optimal heart rate range for fat burning.

    As with the interval programs you have 16 intensity levels to choose from. Each level involves a warm up phase, cool down phase, and a number of segments with a fixed 60 second duration.

    Unlike the intervals, the resistance setting doesn’t alternate between high and low settings, instead following more of a hill climb profile where the resistance level peaks towards the middle of your workout.

  • Fitness test

    The big difference between Vision’s treadmill consoles and their elliptical consoles is the lack of fitness test. This has been excluded from all 3 consoles (Classic, Elegant+, and Touch+).

    Treadmills like the T40 and T80 gave you the option to test your fitness following the Gerkin protocol, which gives you an overall fitness score to gauge how much you’re improving. Unfortunately this isn’t available on their elliptical machines.

  • Constant watts

    This is a different kind of goal program to the ones you might be used to. That’s because rather than setting something simple like a distance or workout duration, you’re asking the elliptical to help you maintain a constant power output.

    It’s the perfect workout to choose if you want to maintain a specific workout intensity, where the resistance automatically adjusts to keep you within your target range.

  • Target heart rate

    The Elegant+ and Touch+ consoles have a few more options for this type of workout, such as setting a heart rate target as a percentage of your maximum heart rate.

    But for the Classic console you can simply set a target number of beats per minute. The resistance will then automatically adjust to keep you at your target level.

Elegant+ console

  • Manual

    Please refer to the Classic console.

  • Intervals

    An identical program to the version programmed into the Classic console, except for the fact you can now choose from 20 different intensity levels instead of 16.

  • Weight loss

    A program designed to promote weight loss by keeping you in the optimal fat-burning heart rate range. The resistance adjusts automatically to keep you in this target zone, with 20 intensity levels to choose from.

  • Sprint 8

    Sprint 8 isn’t available on the Classic console, but is included with the Elegant+ and Touch+ models.

    The duration is 20 minutes, and the workouts are designed around an 8-week cardio routine rather than a single program. Each of these workouts involves interval training, where you have 3 minutes of warm-up, 2.5 minutes of cool-down, and a series of 2-minute sprint and recovery cycles (30 second sprints and 90 second recovery) in between.

    Before you start you’re able to choose from one of four intensity levels; beginner, intermediate, advanced, and elite. It’s a routine that’s designed to boost energy, reduce body fat, promote lean muscle mass and improve cholesterol.

  • Constant watts

    Please refer to the Classic console.

  • Goal programs

    If you have a specific fitness goal you want to achieve, these workouts could be your best option. You can set a target for the distance (5K, 10K, or custom), or for the number of calories burned. The preset distance goals (5K and 10K) are available at 10 different intensity levels, where the resistance level automatically adjusts throughout the workout.

  • Target heart rate (THR)

    The Vision Elegant+ console has two different variations of THR program; ‘Target Heart Rate’, and ‘HR %’. You can choose to either base your target heart rate zone on a fixed number, or as a percentage of your maximum heart rate.

  • Virtual Active

    The Elegant+ console also includes 2 built-in high definition workouts with destination footage from the American Northeast and Northern Rockies. These are similar to the iFit training programs seen on bestselling ellipticals from ProForm and NordicTrack, which automatically adjust the resistance to match changes in the terrain of the course you’re following.

    Additional Virtual Active programs can be accessed via Passport Packs, which can be purchased online through the official Passport Player website.

Touch+ console
The Vision Touch+ console tends to include a lot of what we’ve mentioned already when looking at the Classic and Elegant+ consoles. To save repeating information, if it’s a program that we’ve already mentioned, we’ll simply include it in the list below and refer you to the information above.

  • Manual

    Please refer to the Classic and Elegant+ consoles.

  • Intervals

    Please refer to Elegant+ console.

  • Weight loss

    Please refer to Elegant+ console.

  • Custom 1, 2, 3

    This is one of the programs that’s only available with the Touch+ console. You can set your own course by specifying the time and resistance level for up to 10 stages. When you begin the workout, the profile you created is automatically stored under the number for that custom program (CUSTOM 1, CUSTOM 2, or CUSTOM 3).

  • Sprint 8

    Please refer to the Elegant+ console.

  • Constant watts

    Please refer to the Elegant+ console.

  • Goal programs

    Please refer to the Elegant+ console.

  • Target heart rate

    Please refer to the Elegant+ console.

  • Virtual Active

    Please refer to the Elegant+ console.

  • Workout Calendar

    Another of the programs that’s unique to the Touch+ console. After completing a workout, the program is stored against the current date in a virtual calendar.

    If you wanted to repeat that same workout again in the future, you can simply access the Workout Calendar and begin your run. Before choosing a historical workout, you can view a summary of your performance, which includes the date of the workout, distance, time, pace, and number of calories burned.

User profiles
Up to four users can be saved under a ViaFit account, which applies to the Elegant+ and Touch+ consoles. Unfortunately because the Classic console isn’t compatible with ViaFit, you can only create 2 user profiles.

If you have your ViaFit account setup before starting your first workout, you can select your user ID and begin your run. Your workout results will then automatically sync back to your ViaFit user profile when the workout is complete.

Ease of assembly

If you’re buying the X40 elliptical direct from Vision Fitness, their policy is to schedule delivery and bring the boxes inside the first ground-level door or into your garage.

The Johnson Fitness website (Horizon’s parent company) has a complete collection of owner’s manuals, diagrams, and other guides for assisting you with the elliptical assembly. Contacting Vision Fitness for after-sales service and support is also incredibly easy, with an email address, contact number, and contact form available through their official website.

But what if you’re looking for more than ground-level delivery? What if you want a trained service technician to assemble your new elliptical machine for you, so you don’t have to worry about heavy lifting and following diagrams?

Professional assembly services
Unfortunately we weren’t able to find any additional levels of home delivery from Vision themselves. This would be where a technician visits your address and assembles the elliptical for you in your room of choice.

However, if this is a service you’re interested in, Amazon have recently started offering a number of home assembly services. This includes home gyms, treadmills, and elliptical machines. To check whether your zip code is covered, please use the form below.

Elliptical Machine Assembly
Start by confirming your service location

Amazon’s elliptical trainer assembly service already has hundreds of 5 star rated reviews, with customer feedback for the various installers.

The service itself includes assembly of 1 elliptical per product instructions, with a typical assembly time of 4 hours. Amazon have also started offering an ASAP version of the service. If you submit an order before 10am on a business day, a service pro will come to your home that same day.

Maintenance required
Vision Fitness include a recommended maintenance routine with each of their ellipticals. These are fairly standard steps to ensure the continued operation of any home elliptical, but still worth a mention.

  • After each use: Wipe down the elliptical with a damp cloth and inspect the power cord for damage.
  • Every week: Clean underneath the elliptical.
  • Every month: Inspect all bolts for proper tightness. Clean debris off pedal arm wheels and guide rails.

The X40 user manual also includes troubleshooting solutions for issues such as lack of illumination at the console, or erratic heart rate readouts.

Vision Fitness Elliptical Guide

What’s covered by the warranty?

  • Frame: Lifetime
  • Brake: 5 years
  • Parts: 5 years
  • Labor: 2 years

Review Overview

Overall Review Rating

4.5 / 5

The Vision X40 is their most affordable elliptical machine (combined with Classic console), but does it represent good value for money?

After carefully reviewing each of its design features, workout programs, entertainment options, and console functions, we’re confident we’ve found the answer.

There’s a $400-$500 difference between the X40 and XF40, but what would this really buy you?

On paper they’re the same machine. They share the same flywheel weight, warranty, stride length, step-on height, weight capacity, and number of resistance levels, not to mention the console options. The premium oversized foot pads are the only physical feature to be upgraded for the XF40.

It really depends on how much you value 2ft of space (XF40 is 24-inches shorter than the X40 when folded). If you can live with a slightly longer piece of equipment that’s always ready for your workout, save yourself $400 and buy the X40 model.

Only if you’re happy to unfold the frame at the start of each workout and fold at the end, and are happy to pay the difference would the XF40 be your best option. Overall the Vision X40 elliptical is an excellent machine for low impact exercise that can improve your personal fitness level from home.

Product dimensions: 75”L x 26”W x 66”H Weight capacity: 325 lbs

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