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As opposed to the SNODE E25 that we’ve already covered here, the SNODE E16 is not motorized. It’s an elliptical trainer equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system and offers fewer resistance levels while its console does not have workout programs. It’s also more affordable than the E25 or E90.
Key Features and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 41.7L x 21.3W x 64.2H inches (106L x 54W x 163H cm)
- Assembled weight: 74.9 lbs (34 kg)
- Weight capacity: 265 lbs (120 kg)
- Stride: 13.8 inches (35 cm)
- Incline: N/A
- Resistance: Manual magnetic, 8 levels
- Console: Time, speed, distance, calories, pulse, scan, goals
- Extras: Device holder
- Warranty: 1 year limited
The SNODE E16 elliptical machine features a steel frame combining oval, rectangular, and cylindrical tubes in its construction. All the steel parts are coated with a corrosion-resistant paint finish, black in color, this being the only color available for this machine, at least for now. Of course, the E16 also integrates several plastic parts in its construction. For example, the pedal trays, the covers of the drive system, and several other small covers are made of durable thermoplastic material.
The E16 is slightly smaller than the other SNODE elliptical trainers. It is only 41.7″ (106 cm) long, and 21.3″ (54 cm) wide. This being said, it should fit pretty well even into a small room. However, it is recommended to leave at least two feet of clearance all around it for ease of access.
The machine is not too heavy. It weighs approx. 75 lbs (34 kg). While packaged, it is recommended to be transported by two persons. Once it is assembled, it can easily be moved by only one person as its front base integrates two small wheels. Also, its rear stabilizer is equipped with two adjustable levelers.
Like most other elliptical trainers, the SNODE E16 is equipped with two sets of handlebars, one fixed, one mobile. The fixed handlebars attach directly to the front upright bar of the frame. They have short grips and integrate metallic pulse sensors. The moving arms feature longer grips with oval grips at the top. They are connected to the upright bar and the pedal bars of the machine so they cannot remain stationary; they continue to move for as long as you pedal. Both handlebar sets have their grips covered by a layer of high-density foam for extra comfort.
Elliptical path, stride, and pedal height
Like most other rear-drive elliptical trainers, the SNODE E16 has an elliptical path that is slightly inclined forward. This being said, the pedaling motion resembles a descent on a soft ramp. It also means that the workout will put more focus on your glutes and thighs.
The machine offers a 13.8″ (35 cm) stride. This being said, it does provide a very ample motion range, so it may not be the best choice for users over 6’3″ (190 cm). It also does not have an incline system so the position of the elliptical path and the length of the stride is non-adjustable.
The machine’s pedals are attached to two durable steel bars. The pedal trays are made of thermoplastic material, rated for a maximum user weight capacity of 265 lbs (120 kg). They have a textured surface and guards on the inner and front sides for improved foot stability. They do not have any extra cushioning or articulations and they are non-adjustable.
This SNODE elliptical machine has a pedal step-up height of approx. 9″ (23 cm). Conversely, the pedals stand at approx. 16″ (40 cm) above floor level when they are at their highest point. Therefore, it is recommended to use the machine in a room with a ceiling that is at least 20″ (51 cm) higher than your own height.
Drive and resistance
The SNODE E16 is equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system. This being said, it does not require a power cord, adapter, or an external power source. However, the machine cannot automatically adjust its pedal resistance and the included console does not have pre-set workout programs.
The unit’s resistance system consists of an internal magnetic brake attached to the flywheel system and the tension knob at the top of the front upright frame bar. By turning the knob, the brake changes its position in relation to the flywheel which increases or decreases the intensity of the created magnetic field leading to more or less pedal resistance.
Evidently, the main advantage of the magnetic resistance system is the fact that the brake does not touch the flywheel, so there is no friction between the resistance elements. Thus, the pedaling motion is very smooth and quiet. Also, you won’t have to worry about brake pad replacements or the wear-and-tear of the brake.
As opposed to the E25, the E16 elliptical only offers 8 tension settings. The lowest level generates little resistance, great for conditioning, and recovery training. The 8th level, on the other hand, provides significantly more resistance, simulating a hill climb and giving you the possibility to train on a higher level.
The exact weight of the internal flywheel is not specified. However, given the total weight of the machine, it probably doesn’t exceed 25 lbs (11.3 kg). It is perimeter-weighted, though, for improved inertia. It also allows pedaling in reverse. Therefore, you can put some diversity into your workouts.
Last but not least, this elliptical trainer is equipped with a belt drive system. It uses a heavy-duty poly-v belt highly resistant to abrasion and stretching. The main advantage of a belt drivetrain is that it does not require any lubrication. It also generates less vibration than a chain, contributing to the overall smoothness of the ride.
As we’ve mentioned above, the console included with the SNODE E16 does not have pre-set workout programs. It also does not have Bluetooth or any other online connectivity features and is not compatible with any fitness apps. It’s basically just a fitness monitor that tracks time, distance, speed, calories, and pulse. Speed and distance are indicated in mph and miles; there is no option for setting them to metric units. Also, the pulse reading function is grip contact only; the console cannot read your pulse from a wireless heart rate chest strap.
The console is easy to use. It has three buttons: Mode, Set, and Reset. The Mode button allows you to scroll through the workout metrics and select the one that you want to view on the display. It also has a Scan Mode which you can select in the same way. When the Scan Mode is selected, the console rotates all the workout metrics showing each one for a few seconds.
The Set button offers the possibility to create workout goals for time, distance, and calories burned. When a goal is selected, the console will count down from the selected value until it reaches zero. And finally, the Reset button covers the reset function of the unit. By pressing this button, you can clear all the values on the console to zero.
The console unit is battery-powered. It requires two AAA batteries. It begins tracking when you start pedaling or when you press one of the buttons. It also turns off automatically after a few minutes of inactivity on the elliptical.
The console unit also integrates a device holder. It consists of a small shelf placed below the controls which can support any smartphone or tablet. However, the console does not have any ports for your device (no AUX, no USB).
Assembly and Maintenance
The base frame of the machine with all the drive and resistance elements comes pre-assembled. However, the rest of the parts do require user assembly. You will have to attach the two base bars, the pedals, the front upright frame bar, the moving arms, the fixed handlebars, the console, and connect the tension and the console wires. This may take more than an hour of your time, but the task is fairly simple. The manual provides all the necessary instructions and all the tools for it are included.
Once the machine is assembled, you don’t have to worry too much about maintenance. All you have to do is keep your elliptical clean, wipe off any sweat that may drop on the frame at the end of the workout, and periodically check for loose parts. The internal parts should not need any maintenance for a long period of time.
- Fairly sturdy frame – can support users up to 265 lbs;
- Adjustable levelers on the rear stabilizer;
- Transport wheels on the front base bar;
- Mobile arms with an ergonomic design and oval grips at the top;
- Fixed grips with pulse sensors;
- Smooth and quiet belt drive system;
- Large pedals with front and inner guards for improved foot stability;
- 8 levels of magnetic resistance;
- LCD display console that can track time, distance, calories, pulse, and speed;
- Goal setting functions for time, distance, and calories;
- Device holder included;
- Quiet operation;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required.
- A tablet placed on the device holder will cover the console display;
- No backlight on the console display;
- No bottle holder.
The SNODE E16 is a read-drive elliptical trainer made for home use. It is equipped with an 8-level manual magnetic resistance system, a solid crankset and pedals with a weight capacity of 265 lbs, and a console that tracks time, distance, calories, speed, and pulse. It’s a fairly decent trainer, great for light to high-intensity cardio workouts, muscle toning, stamina development, interval training, and weight loss.