Ellie Fitness Subscription Box Review – November 2017
Ellie is a workout wear + gear subscription! Each month you’ll receive a complete outfit and some additional workout accessories/tools. They include a gorgeous metallic shipping envelope if there’s anything you’d like to return, plus an invoice listing all the goodies you got.
You can now choose between a three-item box or a five-item box. This is a review of the five-item box, which is $49.95 per month.
Sometimes Ellie offers add-ons, too. Here’s how add-ons work, according to Ellie:
In addition to our box, we offer styles for 70% of their retail price to supplement your box. You can order them after you receive your box!
If you choose to skip the month, you’ll still be given the option to nab certain add-on items. We’ll show off those items, too!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Ellie
The Cost: $39.95 a month for 3 items or $49.95 a month for 5 items. Free shipping within the Continental US. $6.99 shipping to Alaska and Hawaii.
The Products: A full fitness outfit, including items like a top, a bra, and a bottom. The 5 item box will also include two fitness accessories.
Good to Know: Ellie offers subscribers the option to nab exclusive “add-on” items after they receive that month’s box. Even if you choose to skip a month of the subscription, you’ll still have the chance to nab certain add-on items.
Ships to: The US only
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Here’s the invoice for this month’s box.
Impulse Pullover, Size Medium – Estimated Value $45.00?
I couldn’t find this top in white online, but I found what I think is the same look in several other colors. (The version I found is also on sale for $17.95!) I’m not super thrilled about this top in real life. It looked so cute and carefree on the model in the spoilers, but I feel like it’s not so flattering on my slightly bigger frame. Wide necklines generally aren’t my thing—if this had a crew neckline I think it’d look a bit cuter (especially with the length of my hair—which is growing out as slow as molasses…).
Still, from a functional standpoint, it’s a great piece to have. I recently picked up a few Bikram classes (I’ve been slouching at work a whole lot, and nothing snaps my back into shape like a few weeks of super hot, spine-strengthening Bikram!), and it’s always hard to figure out what to wear between class and the car. It’s officially winter outside, so I’ve got to cover up a bit, but I’m still sweating and warm as all get out, so I don’t like loading up with lots of layers. This top has been really handy—the jersey fabric is enough of a layer to help cut the wind a bit and thin enough to not feel stuffy. The perforated back, in particular, is great for that reason!
You’d think the wow factor of these leggings would be the little strappy detail around the ankles, but to me, it’s how soft and snuggly they are! These heather-gray leggings are made from a poly-spandex blend, but rather than being smooth and sleek, they have a soft, almost fleece-y feel to them. I wore them for a jog, and they were super comfy. I also wore them for an early-morning car trip, and they were the perfect ultra-cozy pick for the passenger seat.
My only qualm is that they don’t quite work with my shorter legs. I’m only 5′ 3″, so they were on the long side. That’s not a huge deal, but it does mean that the strappy details get a little smushed down at my ankles.
Cozy Wrap, One Size – Estimated Value $24.99?
This was another tricky one to find online, but I think I found something similar (and from the same brand) that should give you an idea of the value! This wrap is made of a jersey-like knit in a versatile black color. It’s essentially a big black square with a slit cut into it so that you can wear it comfortably around your neck and shoulders. Like the top, I didn’t find this particularly flattering, but boy is it practical. It’s another good pick for wrapping around my body when coming out of the yoga studio and into the cold weather. It’s made from a jersey-like fabric that’s not super hefty. If I want a layer of warmth during savasana or even something to snuggle into on chilly days at the office, it’s perfect. The package suggests there are a few different ways to wear it—I think the scarf-like way is my favorite since it helps the wrap stay put and keeps my neck warm.
Pinpoint Massager – Estimated Value $18.99?
I couldn’t find this Balance Collection brand tool online, so I linked to a similar type of massager that I found online to give an idea of value. I’m so into this little tool! Essentially, the gray nubs on the end act like the knuckles of a masseuse and can easily knead and work into knots or tense spots in hard-to-reach places. The design of the handle makes it easy to get lots of pressure going without a whole lot of effort, too. Very cool!
Marble Massager – Estimated Value $10.06?
There’s a second massage tool in this box! This is a marble massager, which is nice for gently running up and down sore muscles. It’s essentially a giant pink rollerball. I didn’t find this to be quite as handy as the back massager (I just like that extra pressure). I did try to lay my back on it and roll around on it like I might with a tennis ball (which is an awesome way to break up tense muscles), but the handle part of this ball kind of goofed that up (it was slipping around a good bit).
Bonus Item: Ellie Drawstring Bag – Estimated Value $10.00
I’ve gotten this bag before, so it wasn’t the biggest surprise, but I do find it awfully handy! First, I love the rose gold color. Anything shiny is A-OK with me. The exterior pocket is nice to have for toiletries or keys, and the fact that the bag is made from stretch fabric makes it easy to pack a bunch of things (a sweatshirt, a water bottle, a towel) into one convenient bag.
Verdict: This month’s box felt great from a functional standpoint and just okay from a fashionable one. The items all fit, but they didn’t quite flatter. Still, I loved the snuggly leggings, and I know I’ll get a ton of mileage out of the top, even if the cut wasn’t the greatest on me. I liked the massage theme of the box extras—especially now that it’s cold, my muscles are feeling stiff and locked up, so I appreciate having ways to ease them out. That back massager, in particular, is going to get lots of use!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes!
Value Breakdown: The five-item box costs $56.94 after shipping, and I calculated that I received at least $164.04 of value inside, including the drawstring bag (using the retail values I estimated). That means that the approximate amount I paid for each item is:
- Top – $15.62
- Leggings – $19.09
- Wrap – $8.67
- Back massager – $6.59
- Rollerball massager – $3.49
- Drawstring bag – $3.47
Keep in mind most of the values I got here were estimated since the items were hard to find online. Another way to look at the value, then, is that the average price of each of these 6 items would be $9.49.
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