My wife had been wanting an elliptical for a very long time and we finally invested in one. She had always worked on the elliptical at the gym, so she definitely knew what is was like to exercise on a good quality, sturdy elliptical. While researching all of the different manufacturers of elliptical machines, price and gym quality were most important. I had never heard of Sole before reading about them in a few professional reviews. I liked that a major hotel chain used Sole machines in all of their fitness centers, and for the price it seemed the best bet. Don't get me wrong, this was a large investment compared to some of the cheap at home elliptical trainers, However, for the professional quality of this elliptical, it seemed the right choice. Sure enough, after having it for over a year now, it has lived up to expectations. We hope to add a "professional" quality workout room onto our house someday, and this is definitely the main piece of equipment that our room will be built around. For now, I'll just have to keep stepping over it to get into my closet. It's worth the sacrifice.