I love this machine! As much as you can love a piece of exercise equipment that is. I started out looking at cheaper ones at the big box store, but once I hopped on this...there was no going back. This machine is solid. It may be a bit big, but it is very well designed. The problem I was having is that this would be going in my basement, which has very low ceilings. Compared to other machines, you barely step up on this. I am 5'10" tall and have plenty of clearance between my head and the ceiling. I was also concerned about the stride on this, not being adjustable. But I find it feels good...natural. The controls are easy...basic, but with enough variety to keep you interested. The Xmode feature is my favorite. The blinking light is like a little personal trainer pushing you on. All-in-all, this is a great machine. If there is a down side, it is the price. It cost twice and much as I was initially going to spend, but I don't regret it. I would buy it again. It is worth every penny!