The SNODE E20i Magnetic Elliptical works smoothly and quietly thanks to its belt drive and magnetic resistance system coupled with a 22 lb (10 kg) inertia flywheel. The machine’s rear-drive system also features a heavy-duty Cross Crank for added stability.
The SNODE E20i Magnetic Elliptical is a sturdily built machine with a compact design (just 24″ wide x 47″ long) ideal for homes where space is limited. The compact SNODE E20i Elliptical Machine offers a 13.78″ stride length and features large non-slip footplates for safety, which can be worked in forward or backward motion.
The SNODE E20i features 16 electronic magnetic resistance levels to keep you challenged, which are easy to adjust via a simple-to-use turn dial knob. As a result, it’s suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. With this in mind, the SNODE E20i offers 12 workout programs ranging from beginner to advanced and sporty.
The SNODE E20i Magnetic Elliptical comes with a digital LCD console with an eye-protection Blu-ray screen to quickly view real-time workout data. Stats displayed include time, speed, distance, calories, and pulse. In addition, the SNODE E20i’s console features Bluetooth Smart technology and is compatible with the free iConsole App for online tracking and additional training.
Learn more in my complete review below!
Product: SNODE E20i Magnetic Elliptical
Warranty: 1 year limited
My rating: 7.75/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 47L x 24W x 61H inches (119L x 61W x 155H cm)
- Assembled weight: 77.2 lbs (35 kg)
- Flywheel weight: 22 lbs (10 kg)
- Supported weight: 265 lbs (120 kg)
- Stride: 13.7 inches (33.5 cm)
- Incline: No
- Resistance: Motorized-magnetic, 16 levels
- Console: 12 programs, BMI, Recovery, Bluetooth & iConsole compatible
- Extras: Tablet holder
- Warranty: 1 year limited
The SNODE E20i features a durable steel frame made of thick steel tubing. However, it isn’t a super-heavy machine; it weighs only 77.2 lbs (35 kg) with a fully assembled structure. It’s also space-saving; it is only 47″ (119 cm) long and 24″ (61 cm) wide, so it shouldn’t need a usage area larger than 70″L x 60″ (178 x 152 cm). Thus, it can fit pretty well into a small room or apartment.
The machine’s frame is coated with a rust-resistant paint finish, gray in color, this being the only version available. Of course, the unit also integrates several ABS parts in its construction. For example, the covers of the drive and resistance elements, the joint surfaces, and several other small covers are rigid ABS plastic, black/gray.
The unit’s rear base comes equipped with polygonal caps that rotate and serve as levelers. Conversely, the front base integrates two small wheels, which facilitate the relocation of the elliptical. If you’re wondering, the E20i does not fold. Instead, once assembled, it stores as it is.
Handlebars and pedals
The SNODE E20i comes equipped with two sets of handlebars. One set is stationary; the other is mobile. The fixed handlebars are directly attached to the main upright bar of the machine. They integrate HR pulse sensors.
The mobile arms connect to the pedal bars; therefore, they do not lock, so they will continue to move as long as you pedal. In addition, they feature extended, rubberized grips with rounded grips at the top.
The machine’s pedals are heavy-duty ABS material. They are designed to support users up to 265 lbs (120 kg) and feature a non-slip surface but do not integrate any additional cushioning or articulation.
Furthermore, they are large enough to accommodate athletic footwear of all sizes and have side guards for extra foot stability. They do not have a position adjustment system, though.
E20i Stride, elliptical path, and step-up height
Since it’s a small footprint elliptical, the SNODE E20i also has a relatively short 13.7″ (33.5 cm) stride. Therefore, it can accommodate users comfortably between 4’5 ″ and 6’1″ (135 – 185 cm).
Taller users should also use this machine, but their range of motion will be limited. The stride length is stationary; it’s not adjustable.
The SNODE E20i does not have an incline system. Therefore, the angle of its elliptical path is not adjustable. Instead, the unit’s elliptical path is oval-shaped and slightly inclined forward. As a result, a workout on the E20i resembles a descension on a soft ramp.
The step-up pedal height is approx—6″ (16 cm). The pedals reach approx. 12″ (32 cm) at their highest point above floor level. Therefore, it is advisable to use this elliptical in a room with a ceiling at least 15″ (38 cm) taller than your height.
Drive and resistance
The SNODE E20i integrates a reasonably heavy flywheel for a small machine. It weighs 22 lbs (10 kg), has a balanced structure, and comes designed to provide a smooth and steady pedaling motion. It is also bi-directional. Therefore, you can pedal in reverse if you want, giving you the possibility to add diversity to your workouts.
This SNODE E20i elliptical comes equipped with an automatic magnetic resistance system. Therefore, you have to connect it to a power source. An adapter with a power cord comes with the elliptical.
It also means that the resistance is only adjustable from the console, and the console can automatically adjust the resistance if specific programs are in use.
The unit’s resistance system consists of a magnetic bracket attached to the flywheel assembly and a servo motor. Therefore, when adjusting the resistance, the motor changes the brake’s position to the flywheel, increasing or decreasing the pedaling difficulty.
The machine offers 16 levels of resistance. The first level is relatively light, offering the possibility to train on a fundamental level, which is great for users who require recovery training, users with specific disabilities, or elderly users. Conversely, the top resistance levels provide a more pedaling difficulty, great for anyone who wants a more consistent training regimen.
In most cases, the elliptical trainers or exercise bikes equipped with a magnetic resistance system have a belt transmission. The SNODE E20i does not make an exception. It integrates a durable, stretch-resistant belt, so it doesn’t need any lubrication. It also delivers a gentle, vibration-free pedaling motion.
The machine’s console has an LCD divided into seven sub-sections. It shows time, distance, speed, calories, and pulse. However, it is not telemetric to only read your pulse rate through the integrated sensors. In addition, it does not work with any HR chest straps or wrist straps.
There are 12 preset programs divided into three categories. These are Beginner, Advanced, and Sporty. In addition, each program has several difficulty settings that you can select before launching it.
Recovery and BMI functions are also available. The BMI function allows you to calculate your body fat percentage based on weight, height, and gender. The Recovery function requires the usage of the pulse sensors at the end of your workout.
It measures how long it takes your pulse to return to normal after the workout and, based on the result, it will give you a fitness rating between F1 (excellent) and F6 (poor). These two functions have their quick selection buttons on the console, while you will have to use the dial/button in the middle for the selection of the other programs.
The console also has a Bluetooth function. Therefore, you can sync it with your smartphone or tablet to stream your workout data directly into your online fitness account. In addition, it is compatible with the iConsole App for iOS and Android systems. This App will help you keep track of your progress online and offers a few extra features.
Last but not least, the console does not have a speaker, a cooling fan, or a USB port for your device, but it does have a tablet holder. The holder is above the unit’s controls and is large enough to accommodate any tablet.
E20i Assembly and Maintenance
The main body of the machine comes pre-assembled. You only have to attach the two base bars, the console mast, the console, the fixed handlebars, the mobile arms, the pedals, and several other small parts. The manual provides clear assembly instructions, and an essential toolkit is also (included) with the elliptical. The assembly process is far from being complicated and shouldn’t take more than an hour.
Once fully assembled, you don’t have to worry too much about maintenance. The internal components shouldn’t need any lubrication or care for a long time. So, you have to keep your elliptical clean, keep liquids away from the console, lubricate the joints if it’s the case, and periodically check for loose bolts.
- Sturdy construction – can support users up to 265 lbs;
- Adjustable stabilizers on the rear base;
- Transport wheels on the front base;
- Fixed and mobile handlebars;
- Reasonably hefty (22 lbs) flywheel for a consistent momentum and smooth pedaling;
- Extra-large, non-slip, durable pedals;
- 16 levels of eddy current resistance;
- Multi-window LCD console to show all the workout metrics simultaneously;
- LED backlight on the console display;
- The console can track time, distance, speed, pulse, and calories burned;
- 12 workout programs;
- Recovery function included;
- BMI function;
- Bluetooth function and compatibility with the iConsole App for iOS and Android;
- Tablet holder included;
- Quiet operation;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required;
- Decent warranty.
- The calories reading isn’t too accurate;
- A tablet placed on the fitness monitor will cover its LCD.
SNODE E20i Summary
The SNODE E20i is an elliptical trainer made for home use. It features an automatic magnetic resistance system with 16 tension levels and a console with 12 workout programs, BMI, Recovery, and Bluetooth functions.
It has a pretty sturdy construction and a small footprint, perfect for apartment use. In addition, it’s an excellent machine for a low-impact cardio workout, interval training, recovery training, stamina development, and weight loss. And finally, it’s one of the most affordable ellipticals with an automatic resistance system and online connectivity.
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Please note: Before starting any exercise program, you should consult your physician to determine if you have any medical or physical conditions that could put your health and safety at risk or prevent you from using the equipment properly. In addition, your physician’s advice is essential if you are taking medication that affects your heart rate, blood pressure, or cholesterol level.