The Multisports 6600 Elliptical Review – Best Rear Drive Under $1500
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Readers here on the website are always sending me nots at the DOJO asking about which is better: front drive ellipticals or rear drive ellipticals. What I always say is “they are the same and have the same basic mechanics.” The only reason there are different styles of ellipticals is because of design patents. However, my preference on lower end, non-commercial ellipticals has almost always leaned towards front drive units, not because of any mechanics in the pedal or flywheel dynamics but because the cheaper rear drive units always feel a bit too light and flimsy up front to me. During an elliptical workout you through all of your weight forward and the rear drive units generally aren’t solid enough to support the necessities of an elliptical workout….for higher end and commercial ellipticals, this isn’t as true. The Precor and Life Fitness rear drive machines, for example, are incredibly sturdy.
The other reason I prefer front drive units is because the footpedals tend to be a bit wider on rear drive ellipticals and the flywheels are usually lighter. What this means for most rear drive units is a slightly less comfortable feeling during longer workouts.
Recently, a local reader who knew of my front drive preference decided to loan me his MultiSports ECT-6600 Elliptical in an effort to change my opinion. Never one to back down from a challenge, and as someone who is always happy to admit when he’s wrong, I decided to take the ECT6600 elliptical for a test drive and see how it held up to our extensive workout and review process. I was surprised at what I found.
Starting with assembly, the MultiSports 6600 elliptical we received in had already been assembled by its owner. However, checking through his instruction booklet and looking over the machine itself, assembly should be a breeze for most people. Figure an hour or so, perhaps a bit less if you have some help.
The first thing I noticed (and something I continued to notice over the next 15 hours of testing) was how rock solid the MultiSports ECT6600 elliptical was. Multisports uses commercial quality 11 gauge steel in the construction of its frames, and that fact showed through very nicely while I was working out. The main support post, a flimsy bar for most sub $2000 ellipticals, was stable and unmoving no matter how hard I was pedaling the ECT6600. The entire unit held up well to some rather intense workouts that bordered on all-out running on my part.
The next thing that was evident was the positioning of the foot pedals. While the Multisports ECT-6600 Elliptical has the same static, non-articulating footpedals found on most rear drive ellipticals, they solved quite a bit of the comfort issue by placing them closer together. The majority of rear drive ellipticals have a wider stance which feels very unnatural (Tunturi, I’m talking to you!), but the less than 5″ distance between the pedals on the ECT6600 elliptical felt incredibly comfortable. With the addition of some articulating pedals, Multisports would have itself one of the best feeling ellipticals in the $1000-$1500 range
All-in-all, with a ton of extra features including 12 programs, a fantastic 21″ stride, heart rate monitoring and control, the MultiSports ECT6600 Elliptical stands out as the single best buy in rear drive ellipticals under $2000 or so. For paying attention to comfort and design, the Treadmill Sensei gives the MultiSports ECT 6600 Elliptical 4 out of 5 Golden Buddahs.
The Multisports ECT 6600 Elliptical gets 4 gold buddahs out of 5 as an excellent rear drive elliptical option.
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Multisports 6600 Elliptical Specifications
Stride Length: 21″
Resistance Levels: 12 Levels
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Readouts: Speed, average speed, distance, heart rate, calories, time, scan, level, RPM, and watts
Product Size: 54″L x 23″W x 56″H
Max User Weight: 300 lbs
Unit Weight: 186 lbs
Price: Under $1500
-The Treadmill Sensei