Precor AMT 835 Review, Pros, Cons, & Comparison

Precor AMT 835 Review

Precor AMT 835 Overview

Are you looking for a fitness club experience in the comfort of your own home? Look no further than the Precor AMT 835 Adaptive Motion Trainer with Open Stride technology. The entry-level in the very popular Precor AMT 800 Line of personal elliptical machines, the AMT 835 provides you with everything you need to get a professional-level workout without ever leaving your house!

The AMT 835 features Precor’s exclusive Open Stride technology which allows users to customize both their stride height and length, and provides a limitless range of stride paths. Users can climb, walk, and run with the AMT 835 with full motion handlebars that simultaneously work your arms and legs at the same time. The fully customizable experience allows users to engage multiple muscle groups and provide a low-impact, high-calorie burning exercise that is both fun and safe.

The Precor AMT 800 Line can be distinguished by the type of console that each model provides. The AMT 835 offers an advanced LED display that provides users 20 different readouts that include real-time monitoring of vitals, calories burned, time, distance, and speed. While the AMT 835 does not come equipped with the LCD Capacitive Touch Screen that the AMT 865 or AMT 885 models come with, users can enjoy the LED display on the AMT 835 in 8 different languages and up to 6 preset program options. If you are in the market for a full body workout with a professional feel that is easy on your body and fun to use, then the Precor AMT 835 is perfect for your at-home fitness needs.

Precor AMT 835 Review
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Pulse and WirelessPower Source:Self-Powered
USB Charging Port:
NoDisplay:P31 LED
CenterFlywheel Weight:N/A
10-Year Parts | 1-Year LaborCompact:No
Machine Weight:412 LbsFolding:No
Dimensions:80" L x 35" W x 73" HSpeaker:No
Max user weight:350 LbsCooling Fan:No
Resistance: 20-Level MagneticMedia Shelf:Yes
Step Height:6.8”–10”Bottle Holder:Yes
Stride Length:0"-36"Handlebars:Without Built-in Controls
Programs: 6Better Alternative:Precor AMT 865
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Precor AMT 835 Review And Specifications:

Look, high quality at-home exercise machines, especially ellipticals and other cross trainers, are typically not compact and space-saving. But the Precor AMT 800 Line provides a nicely designed frame that takes up a lot less space than you would imagine when thinking of a fitness club level piece of equipment. It measures out at a length of 80”, is 35” wide, and 69” tall, and weighs in at a total weight of 412 lbs.

The suggested manufacturer’s weight capacity for the AMT 835 is for users up to 350 lbs and the fully adjustable stride height and length, allow adults of any height to use it. The step-up height at its lowest position is 6.5”, allowing for easy access and dismount from the machine when in use. The AMT 800 Line machines, as with most ellipticals, are not foldable, so you do need to ensure that you have a space in your house dedicated to the machine at all times. The AMT 800 Line models will need a minimum width of 30” to go through standard doorways and at least 36” in the location that it is to be installed.

The power supply for the AMT 835 is a 120V/15 A circuit with power cord and the unit itself is actually self-powered for the 835 model which means it can run on batteries and does not always need to be plugged into an outlet. Each Precor AMT 800 Line model comes with built in wheels for full mobility which makes moving the full 412 lbs around the house a simple task. The AMT 835 truly is a fully functional fitness club machine that is built and designed for at-home usage.

Precor AMT 835 Monitor

Here is the true difference between the three different models in the Precor AMT 800 Line of elliptical machines. The AMT 835 is the base model and is equipped only with a fully functional P31 Advanced LED display that allows you to fully track and monitor your workouts. The P31 comes with six preset program options in as many as eight different languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

The P31 LED display comes with up to 20 electronic readouts which include all of the standard readings like heart rate, average speed, calories burned, time, and average and personal targets. The easy to use numeric keypad and tactile dome keys allow users to manage their settings before or even during a workout. The AMT 800 Line is fully CSAFE compatible and conveniently placed channel and volume control buttons make being entertained while working out a breeze.

The Precor AMT 835 does not come with wireless or bluetooth connectivities so it cannot be synced up with your mobile phone or tablet. The AMT 835 comes standard with a mobile device charging port as well as the usual audio jack plugin for headphones or speakers. Users can purchase optional add-ons including a PVS or Personal Viewing System that is 15 inches and provides users with video entertainment as they workout. The AMT 835 elliptical cross trainer machine does not come with the 10” P62 or 15” P82 LCD Capacitive Touch Screen consoles as those are on the higher-end AMT 865 and AMT 885 models.

AMT 835 Stride and Incline

The Open Stride technology on the Precor AMT 800 Line is what sets this line of equipment apart from most other home elliptical trainers. The AMT 835 comes with a fully adjustable stride height which measures between 6.8” and 10”, allowing users of any size to use this machine. Users are able to easily step on and off the Precor AMT 835 as the machine provides a nice responsive and stable feel.

The stride length on the Precor AMT 800 Line is also fully adaptive and can be made to be anywhere from 0-36” which allows users to experience a full range of exercise in the comfort of their own homes. The Open Stride can be fully adjusted by the user between the levels of 1 to 5 using the tactile motion controls that are built into the AMT 835 that are conveniently placed by the handlebars.

The trademark Stride Dial that is included on Precor AMT machines allows users to see which muscle groups they are working out in real time, depending on which type of exercise they are doing. The stride and step motions can easily be transitioned in real time to a higher intensity stepping exercise that simulates incline terrain like uphills and stairs, rather than just a simple walking pace. The fully customizable stride allows users of all fitness levels and sizes to enjoy the Precor AMT 835, and provides a fun, engaging, and challenging workout.

AMT 835 Handlebar and Pedals

The Precor AMT 835 adds to its customizable workout setup by offering users three distinct handlebar positions which can provide extra flexibility and comfort. Standard handlebars that run parallel to the ground allow users to safely engage in walking and less impactful workouts while a second set of full motion handlebars can be used with the strides in a classic elliptical motion. The third set sits directly in front of the user in front of the P31 LED Display, and it is on this stationary grip that the built-in polar contact heart rate sensor can be found, which provides users with heart rate zones and calories burned while they exercise.

The handlebars are built with hard plastic that is easy to grip, even with sweaty hands during the most intense workouts. Each set of handlebars on the Precor AMT 835 is ergonomically positioned to help users feel comfortable and in control of their motions while they engage in exercises.

The Precor AMT 835 pedals are made of stable hard plastic and help the user to feel safe and in control of their motion, even during a high intensity workout. For full movement ability with your feet, the pedals are equipped with soft plastic foot covers that ensure your feet do not slip out at any point during your exercise.

AMT 835 Accessories and Assembly

The Precor AMT 835 comes with several accessories as standard additions to the machine including bottle holder so that you can stay hydrated during intense workouts, and a book holder which helps users remain entertained. An optional 15” Personal Viewing Screen or PVS can be purchased and attached to the top of the P31 LED Display, which gives users the ability to watch television as they workout.

Convenient shelves are built into the AMT 835 console which can hold anything from a tablet to a mobile phone. The Precor AMT 800 line also comes fully equipped with mobile device charging, and for the AMT 835, it will of course only work while the machine is in use as it is a self-powered piece of equipment.

Like with most exercise machines, the Precor AMT 835 does require some assembly but most of this can be done with a couple of screwdrivers, some sockets, and a torque wrench. Before assembly, it is easy enough to wheel the AMT 835 around the house with its built in wheels, that allow you to move the machine with relative ease. Once the AMT 835 is on a nice flat, level surface, users can begin work on assembling the various parts. While one person can do the job, it is definitely easier with a second person. Precor offers step by step assembly in its user manual, and users can also find videos of the assembly online.

AMT 835 Warranty, Price, and Shipping

The Precor manufacturer’s warranty is impressive and shows how much the company has confidence in the quality of its equipment. For the Precor AMT 800 Line, Precor offers a lifetime warranty on the frame and welds, a 10-year warranty for parts and wear items, a nice 3-year warrant for the console, and a 1-year warranty for labor. These warranties are based on in-home use and not for Precor machines that are in commercial settings.

Precor is very easy to get a hold of if you do in fact have any questions. The Washington-based fitness company offers several toll free numbers to contact customer service through, as well as a direct email system that allows you to send them any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. Precor is also easy to find on social media with a presence on such platforms as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

The Precor AMT 800 Line will come in a shipping container that users can unpack each piece from. The main frame of the Precor AMT 835 is the part that can be removed and wheeled around the house to its desired resting place. All of the other parts can be unpacked and installed on the AMT 835, once a final destination for the machine has been chosen. For a high quality workout, you are going to pay a high quality price, and the Precor AMT 800 Line is no different. The AMT 835 is the cheapest of the three models in this line and carries a price tag of $9,295. The Precor AMT 800 Line will run an additional $25 fee for delivery as well as $349 installation fee if you so choose for that service.

Precor Adaptive Motion Trainer 835 Pros:

  • Fully adaptive stride length allows users of any size and shape to enjoy the machine.
  • Fully adjustable stride height using Open Stride technology.
  • Users can switch from low impact to high-intensity workouts whenever they wish.
  • Self-Powered so there is no reliance on electrical outlets.
  • The patented Stride Dial allows users to see which muscle groups are being worked.
  • Three sets of handlebars allow users to feel safe and secure.
  • 20 resistance levels means users can go as light or hard as they wish.
  • P31 LED Display has 20 readouts including heart-rate, calories burned, and time.
  • Convenient shelves on the console allow for book placement or tablet or mobile phones.
  • Console allows for up to eight different languages.
  • 6 present programs give users full control over their workout.
  • Built-in polar contact heart rate sensors on the stationary handrails.
  • Optional accessories allow users to fully customize their machines.
  • A nice warranty and easily accessible customer service for full support.

Precor Adaptive Motion Trainer 835 Cons:

  • The price tag is steep, especially if installation and delivery is added on.
  • No Bluetooth or WiFi connectivity which means you cannot connect any devices.
  • No USB plugin to charge your devices.
  • No speakers to play music out of while you exercise.
  • No cooling fan which means during intense workouts you could get hot.
  • Touchscreen LCD displays only come on the AMT 865 or the AMT 885.
  • It may be difficult for one person to assemble.
  • Machine dimensions are on the big side and it cannot be folded.

Final Verdict

When it comes to home elliptical trainers with the feel and quality of a fitness club, look no further than the Precor AMT 835. The AMT 835 is the entry-level model for the Precor AMT 800 Line, but make no mistake about it, the only difference between the AMT 835 and it’s siblings the AMT 865 and the AMT 885, are the touchscreen LCD Displays. The AMT 835 comes only with an LED console, and while it provides you with everything you need while working out, those who desire the sleek look and feel of a touchscreen display, should opt for the 865 or 885 models. The fully customizable strides for both height and length are a wonderful and unique feature that can help users of all shapes and sizes feel safe and stable while enjoying their workout. The price tag can be hefty, and the technological features are a little lacking, but at the end of the day the Precor AMT 835 is worth every penny and is truly of the highest quality you can find on the elliptical market.

Compare Precor AMTs From 700 & 800 Lines
ReviewImagePowerPriceCapacityDisplayStrideStride HeightProgramsResistance
Precor AMT 885Precor AMT 885 Review120vCheck on Amazon350 lbs / 159 kgP82 - 15" Touch ScreenZero to 36 inches6.8-10" Adjustable12400 Watts
Precor AMT 865Precor AMT 865 Review120vCheck on Amazon350 lbs / 159 kgP62 - 10" Touch ScreenZero to 36 inches6.8-10" Adjustable12400 Watts
Precor AMT 835Precor AMT 835 ReviewSelf-PoweredCheck on Amazon350 lbs / 159 kgP31 - LED DisplayZero to 36 inches6.8-10" Adjustable6400 Watts
Precor AMT 783Precor AMT 783 Review120vCheck on Amazon350 lbs / 159 kgP82 - 15" Touch ScreenZero to 36 inchesFixed12400 Watts
Precor AMT 763Precor AMT 763 Review120vCheck on Amazon350 lbs / 159 kgP62 - 10" Touch ScreenZero to 36 inchesFixed12400 Watts
Precor AMT 733Precor AMT 733 ReviewSelf-PoweredCheck on Amazon350 lbs / 159 kgP30 - LED DisplayZero to 36 inchesFixed6400 Watts

Sayed Hamed Hosseiny
Sayed Hamed Hosseiny

Hi, my name is Sayed Hamed Hosseiny. I am a professional health and fitness trainer with nearly 20 years of experience using ellipticals, rowing machines, and spin bikes. I also have my own EU-based Rock Fitness Pro fitness brand where I design, import and sell exercise equipment such as rowing machines and spin bikes. I and writers on my team also often receive fitness equipment to review and evaluate their functionalities and performance from tens of different exercise machines manufacturers. Fitness equipment tips, guides, reviews, and comparisons on this website are my opinion (and opinions of my fitness expert colleagues) based on tens of criteria. I never accept payment to write reviews of products or say positive things about fitness equipment products. If brands are interested to have me review their rowers, ellipticals, or spin bikes, they can get in touch with me via email provided on the contact page and send a sample of their product.