This mini stepper is great. My legs get a good workout along with my arms when I use the resistance bands. The only thing that I can't get to work correctly is the monitor for time and calories, etc.
The product seemed study at first but broke on the 2nd or 3rd attempt with very little usage. The weight limit specified is most likely overstated an is probably ok if you are 180lbs or less. The setup is not easy either, the adjustable **** for adjusting the step height took a long time to get right and then the stepper broke! Sears to their credit took it back without the box, would not buy another one.
My wife broked a similar products from Sports Authority twice, and then we purchased this one from Nordic Track/Sears. It's a bit "harder" on the feet, but more durably constructed. It's also about $10 cheaper!
This stepper is very well built and, I'm sure, will last for many years. It's small enough to store anywhere, yet large enough to get the job done. Solid steel construction, will not break or bend. Now I'm able to exercise anywhere in the house, or outside, if you so choose. If you're serious about you health, get one... now!
Had this for about a month and used frequently while watching TV or while kids played. For the most part, little to no assembly required (except for adding the bands, adjusting the height ****, and putting battery into the "counter/timer" thing). I like that it's compact and easy to transport. Takes a bit to get started and balanced, but once I'm on it for about 5 minutes, can really start a good workout going. Only gave a 3 because, after about a month of use (not daily... probably every 2-3 days), it BROKE! The pedals no longer responded. Called the company (support was iconsports) and they sent a replacement (proform brand, but looks EXACTLY the same as the NordicTrack) in 2 weeks time. Hopefully this 2nd one lasts longer or I'll have to change my rating to a 1 and go for something else.
My wife requested me to buy this so she can work out at home. She found it very difficult to stay balanced. she used it for a couple of weeks. Now she goes to the gym!
I read numerous reviews on this product before buying and it was simple to assemble. The bad part...the knob that makes the pedals go up and down was impossible to turn. It never went in all the way and the pedals never went up. It looks as if something is jammed inside the hole and turning the knob is not enough to push the metal rod that forces the pedals up. I picked this up today and will return it tomorrow. Incredibly disappointed and really mad that I wasted my 50 bucks on this piece of crap.
Maybe it's my age but I have to be careful about my balance because there nothing to hold onto. It's a trade off to space consideration in my small apartment. I can live with it.
the left pedal did not work properly. I returned the item.