Summary: Bluefin create home fitness equipment with stunning designs – and the CURV elliptical trainer is no exception. This is a mid-range model, with some high-end elliptical trainer technology. It connects with the popular KinoMap. That allows for group training, coaching and performance tracking. There are plenty of built in programs in the console. This is the perfect size for home users, splitting the commercial and budget ranges with a big, low-impact ride.
Positive feedback for this machine from buyers – which fits with the other fitness equipment in the Bluefin Fitness range.
You can see the close-up pictures, including a novel 360-degree viewer – over on this dedicated amazon.co.uk product page.
The Bluefin Curv is a mid-sized machine. It is 162cm x 169cms x 65cms. Packed weight is 64kgs – more than double what you would expect for a budget level cross trainer. It is built with aluminium, with plastic casings. The curv name is reflected in the design. I felt that the curved front poles and profile of the base unit look amazing – a detail most of the more practical equipment makers overlook.
This elliptical has a 14kg flywheel. This uses a ‘silent drive’ system via magnetic breaking. There is no clunky dial at this price point. The level of resistance is controlled via the app or console. You can change this manually (up and down buttons) through 16 levels. It is also possible to use changing resistance as part of a training program.
You can move your CURV into place via wheels. Simply tipping up the back to engage the mini wheels at the front. There is only one colour combination – a mix of grey, silver and black.
This home elliptical has a backlit screen which displays multiple key stats at the same time. If you are used to machines which scroll through the measurements one by one – you’ll certainly enjoy the bigger monitor. As well as your speed, distance, and time you get a calorie count. There are heart rate sensors on the inner handlebars. I like the simple control panel underneath the display.
To take your workout to a new level, you can connect to KinoMap. This is a popular training app that works with a lot of fitness equipment from Bluefin, Sportstech and others. You need a phone or a tablet to use this. KinoMap integration gives you options for group training (the social element), coaching and programs to improve your fitness levels.
Mixed feedback for this elliptical, with which certainly trends towards the positive. I’ll put aside the usual gripes about assembly, as there were multiple compliments on this being easy for every one that seemed to resent needing to do it. Note that expert assembly is available for an additional price.
The smoothness and quality got specific praise. I was surprised that more people did not comment on how much better looking this machine is compared to the ‘standard’ elliptical setup.
Synching with apps did not cause any major problems.
As with any elliptical (or other type of home fitness equipment), it is always worth reading the latest feedback. This not only gives you insights that the glossy marketing will not reveal, but it also keeps the customer service teams on their toes as well.
If you have an eye for style and want a quality mid-budget home elliptical then the Bluefin CURV is a solid pick. Not only will this give you a solid low-impact cardio session via the console, but it will also connect with popular 3rd party apps for group training and coaching.
This is a bigger unit than many home ellipticals. It has quiet action and a solid 14kg flywheel. You can work through 16 resistance levels, giving you the benefits of everything from a simple glide to a full cross-country workout.
Check out the looks for yourself via the 360-degree viewer, over on this dedicated amazon.co.uk product page.
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