I spent a lot of time examining all of the machines available in the Elliptical market. At first, I was going to pick up the Free Style 5.6e. But I ended up changing over, spending the extra 300 bucks and grabbing this one instead.
1. 8 preset workouts instead of the 5 the 5.6e offered. I like having extra variety in my workout patterns, so I can keep changing things up and have things stay fresh.
2. Included heart rate chest band. I'm a big fan of monitoring my heart rate when I exercise, particularly when I go with a really punishing cardio program.
3. An extra 2 years of parts warranty coverage. I don't expect the Free Style 5.8e to start falling apart, but more coverage is always a good thing in my book.
I've been happy with my buy. Check it out of you're looking for something good that will work you out hard at a fair price.