These two bikes look very similar – they both come with mesh-back adjustable seats, iFit LIVE compatibility, step-through designs and heart rate hand sensors beside the console.
They also both have the same footprint and offer extra-wide, ergonomic footpedals with straps.
So how are they different? And which is best for you?
Here’s a rundown of the main differences between them to help you decide:
Proform 440 vs 740 Recumbent Bikes – Price
The Proform 440 is the starter model here and comes in at the cheapest price – around $599 with Free Shipping here. This makes the Proform 440 bike more attractive for budget buyers.
The Proform 740 ES Recumbent bikes is more of a premium model and comes in around $799 with Free Shipping here. Still, that’s not much more – and the 740 bike does give you some extras you may want that the 440 doesn’t have.
Proform 440 vs 740 Comparison – Consoles
The consoles are really where you see the biggest difference between these two bikes. The Proform 440 ES recumbent has a dual-color console as you can see below:
The Proform 740 ES goes one better with a full color console. There’s also a built-in touch-screen web browser as you can see here:
So you can surf the net, read emails or catch up with Facebook friends while you workout. This alone can make your workouts a lot more enjoyable.
Also note that the window itself is larger on the 740 bike – a full 7 inches across vs 5 inches across, which can make it easier to read your workout stats.
Proform 440 vs 740 ES Bike – Tablet Holder Placement
This is something most people don’t catch – but it may make a difference to you. The Proform 440 ES has a built-in tablet holder that holds your tablet above the console window:
The Proform 740 also has a tablet holder/media shelf. But it’s on the actual console itself as you can see here:
And unlike the 440 model, you can also use the media shelf on the 740 to hold other things like magazines or newspaper.
Proform 440 vs 740 Recumbent Bike – Flywheel
A heavier flywheel on a recumbent bike can give you smoother and more stable-feeling ride, especially when you transition between resistance levels. The Proform 440 bike carries an 18 pound flywheel – which isn’t bad for the price point.
The Proform 740 bike carries a heavier 20 pound flywheel – so it’s a bit more stable and will hold up better under longer workouts.
Proform 440 vs 740 Recumbent Bikes – Resistance
There is a slight difference in resistance levels. The Proform 440 ES has 25 resistance levels whereas the Proform 740 bike has 26 levels. This isn’t a huge difference but it’s worth noting.
Proform 440 vs 740 Bike Comparison – Built-In Workouts
The Proform 740 recumbent bike also has slightly more built-in workouts: 34 vs 32. This isn’t a huge difference and if you’re planning to try iFit LIVE (where you can download unlimited new workouts), it really doesn’t matter.
The Proform 440 and 740 bikes have a lot of similar features. However the main difference is really found in the console. The Proform 740 bike’s larger, full-color console with web browser easily outshines the Proform 440’s smaller, dual color console. Most people will enjoy their workouts a lot more with a larger, full color console.
There are other minor differences as well like more resistance levels and a heavier flywheel on the Proform 740.
Also note that the Proform 740 has a longer warranty than the 440 recumbent – so you get more protection on your investment.
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