ProForm 440 ES Recumbent Bike Review

The ProForm 440 ES has light resistance and a comfortable slung-back design. It is best for physical therapy and other low-impact exercise. This home…

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ProForm 440 ES Recumbent Bike Specs

Rating9
TypeRecumbent
Console display5" LED
Resistance25 Levels
Seat typeSeat with Lumbar Support
Programs32
Flywheel18 LBS
Weight capacity350 LBS
Dimensions68.25" L x 22.5" W x 52" H
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ProForm 440 ES Recumbent Bike Review

The ProForm 440 ES has light resistance and a comfortable slung-back design. It is best for physical therapy and other low-impact exercise. This home…

ProForm 440 ES Recumbent Bike Specs

Rating9
TypeRecumbent
Console display5" LED
Resistance25 Levels
Seat typeSeat with Lumbar Support
Programs32
Flywheel18 LBS
Weight capacity350 LBS
Dimensions68.25" L x 22.5" W x 52" H

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Leading the pack in comfort, the recumbent ProForm 440 ES Recumbent Bike is a popular choice for low-stress weight loss, muscle toning and cardiovascular training at home. Now a discontinued product, the bike remains available online and as a used model. This bike may also be approved for physical therapy. Its key specs are chair-like seat with great lumbar support, an 18-pound flywheel, 32 built-in workouts, and a potentially unlimited workout library.

The default for showing data is a 5-inch LED display. It has blue backlighting and is pleasant enough — but this bike is best when you add your own tablet computer. The tablet can of course play any apps during exercise, but the iFit app is especially cool with this bike. As you pedal, you can see the Google Street View of your chosen route.

The MSRP is $799 but may sell online for as low as $549. That includes shipping, a lifetime frame warranty, two years of parts protection and a one-year labor warranty. Is it the best exercise bike for you? Here are pros and cons of buying the ProForm 440 ES recumbent exercise bike.


The Great

  • Recumbent Frame: This bike is designed to support effective cardio training with relatively low stress on the back, joints and feet. Unlike an upright stationary bike, it lets the rider lean back and keep their legs out front. The effect is a cycling motion that requires less pressure from above. Plus, the ProForm 440 ES Recumbent Bike and other stationary recumbent bikes are relatively easy to mount and dismount; there’s a step-through design (no bar in your way). Handlebars are provided for extra stability.
  • Seat with Lumbar Support: The 440 ES supports your lower back with a ventilated seat. The chair-like bike saddle is cushioned just right for comfort and exercise. It can be adjusted vertically and horizontally to suit a wide range of trainees.
  • 25 Resistance Levels: This bike provides a good range of resistance levels for physical therapy, keeping muscles toned, and revving up the metabolism. Changes are made digitally with console buttons.
  • 32 Built-In Workouts: Enjoy the guidance of a certified personal trainer! The 32 programs take the guesswork out of exercise sessions. Choose from programs focused on calorie burn, endurance and speedy performance.
  • Attach Your Tablet Computer: Use your favorite apps and files during workouts by adding your tablet computer to the 440 ES recumbent bike console. With an adjustable fixture, the tablet is held at eye-level without obscuring your view of workout data.
  • iFit: An iFit subscription makes the most of this bike. With iFit you can virtually ride your 440 ES anywhere mapped by Google! Sync the machine with your tablet computer to get a streaming view. iFit also offers personalized nutrition advice, customized workout downloads, fitness tracking and other benefits.
  • Extra-Wide Pedals: Extra-wide pedals let you reposition your feet during workouts. This can help you endure for longer. Straps are included for extra stability too.
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: A wireless heart rate receiver makes it easier to exercise in the right zone. The required chest strap is sold separately. You can also use the grip pulse reader built into the bike’s handlebars.
  • Workout Fan: Catch the perfect breeze. A CoolAire workout fan has two speed settings and convenient console controls.
  • Water Bottle Holder: Hydration is made easy with a convenient water bottle holder on the bike frame.
  • Transport Wheels: Easily move the ProForm 440 ES from room to room. Wheels are mounted to the front.
  • Size: This bike doesn’t take up too much space; it’s less than 5 feet long and 2 feet wide.
  • High Weight Capacity: With a 350-pound user weight maximum, the bike can handle most users irrespective of size.
  • Warranty: The warranty is fair if you only spend $549 and not full price for this bike. It includes 10 years coverage for the recumbent frame and one year for parts and labor.




The Not-So-Great

  • 18-Pound Flywheel: An 18-pound flywheel is light. It helps explain the low price of this trainer. Heavier flywheels provide smoother rides and can support more intense workouts. With the ProForm 440 ES Recumbent Bike you’re especially paying for the built-in programs and iFit, not a heavy drive.
  • Customer Service: Customer service from this brand isn’t necessarily leading the industry.



WHO SHOULD USE THE ProForm 440 ES RECUMBENT BIKE?


The 440 ES has light resistance and a comfortable slung-back design. It is best for physical therapy and other low-intensity exercise. This bike is designed for people who appreciate ample programming and don’t want a heavy flywheel.

The Bottom Line


The combination of a low price, a tablet computer holder, potentially endless programs, and wireless heart rate monitoring makes this bike darn appealing! It’s a great choice for low-intensity exercise and should deliver plenty of workouts before it considers acting up. But with only an 18-pound flywheel the ProForm 440 ES may disappoint trainees seeking serious power.

ProForm 440 ES Recumbent Bike Specs

Rating9
TypeRecumbent
Console display5" LED
Resistance25 Levels
Seat typeSeat with Lumbar Support
Programs32
Flywheel18 LBS
Weight capacity350 LBS
Dimensions68.25" L x 22.5" W x 52" H

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a ProForm 440ES recumbent bike weigh?

The bike weighs 141 pounds.

How hard is it to assemble the ProForm 440ES recumbent bike?

Assembling a recumbent bike is a little trickier than studio bikes, but not necessarily hard. Having someone around to help will definitely speed up the process as there are more parts.

Does the ProForm 440ES have speakers?

Yes, the bike has 2-inch speakers.

Can I use the ProForm 440ES without iFit?

Yes, the bike can be operated in the manual mode without a subscription.

What are the dimensions of the ProForm 440ES bike?

The bike measures 59" x 26" x 15".

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