Best Elliptical Machines Under $1000

We already reviewed the best ellipticals regardless of price, but for this article we are going to focus only on units that sell for less than $1000.

In these cheaper elliptical trainers the construction quality is typically poorer, the feature sets are reduced, and the warranties are not as long. If you have a household where there will be multiple users, or larger people – typically over six feet or 225 pounds – then we recommend spending more money to get a higher quality model. However, for single users or smaller people then some of these cheaper machines can make a good value buy.

The quality really starts to drop off around $750 and below. We really do not recommend any model that is below about $400, because they simply don’t last long and will leave you disappointed.

Below we review our picks for the best elliptical machines under $1000. At the bottom of this article we also have a comparison chart so you can compare specs of one machine versus another.


AFG Sport 5.9AE

We rated the $898 AFG Sport 5.9AE as the best elliptical under $1000. The front drive system uses a heavy-duty 23 pound flywheel and a 20″ stride length to provide a smooth and steady user experience. The construction quality is really good and can support a max weight of 325 pounds, but does not compare to more expensive ellipticals.

The Sport 5.9AE provides the user with lots of flexibility since it has 43 different workouts, 16 magnetic resistance levels, 20 levels of incline, chest strap for heart rate monitoring, and use of the AFG fitness app. Other nice features include a fan, USB charging ports, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity with fully integrated audio system and speakers.

Overall there really is not any major weakness with the AFG Sport 5.9AE and thus we highly recommend it if you are looking for an elliptical machine that costs under $1000.


NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i

The $999 NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i has the unique feature of being able to fold up and be stored vertically when not in use, therefore dramatically reducing the amount of space needed to store it. Quality construction, rear drive, and an 18 pound flywheel provide a solid user operating experience.

The SE7i is iFit ready, has 24 workout programs, 0 – 8° power incline, and 22 digital resistance levels. Other features include an integrated tablet holder, fan, water bottle holder, and grip heart-rate monitor.

Some taller users may find that the fixed 18-inch stride length is too short for them. Other than that there really is not much to complain about, so we do not hesitate to recommend the NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i for all users.


NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial

If you need an elliptical machine that does not take up a lot of space then you should consider the $999 NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial Elliptical. With a center drive and a footprint of 54″ x 31.5″, it the ideal small machine for a small room.

That small size does not mean it is short on features, The A.C.T. Commercial includes an adjustable stride from 18 to 22 inches, 32 workout apps, 24 resistance levels, and heart rate monitor in the handlebars (chest strap compatible).

Overall this is a really quality machine that is perfect for those of you who want a cheap machine and do not have a lot of space.


Sole Fitness E25

The Sole Fitness E25 sells for $999.99. This machine is the heaviest on our list at 212 pounds, which means it can stand up to abuse and will provide a solid base to give you a smooth workout. It has a 20″ stride length and a power incline with 20 different positions so you can focus on different muscle groups and offers additional resistance.

Other features of the E25 include 10 workouts, 20 resistance levels, pulse grip and chest strap heart rate monitors, Bluetooth capability to transfer data to compatible fitness apps, cooling fan, and speakers.

The 10 workouts are not as many as some other units, so if you like a lot of variety you might look elsewhere. However, we do not hesitate the Sole E25 to any user.


ProForm Smart Strider 935

We selected the $799 ProForm Smart Strider 935 as the best elliptical under $800. The first thing you notice about this machine is the 7-inch full color touch display with web browser and iFit LIVE built into the console. You can also fold up the 935 to save space.

Features of the Smart Strider 935 include 30 workout apps, 24 resistance levels, 0-10 degree incline, grip and chest strap heart rate monitor, and a max user capacity of 350 pounds.

As for negatives, the fixed 18-inch stride length might be too short for some people. Also some users have had complaints that the machine is wobbly when in use. Therefore we don’t recommend it for heavier users, but we still feel this ProForm elliptical is a really good value for this price.


Horizon Fitness EX-59-02

The best elliptical under $700 is the Horizon Fitness EX-59-02 which sells for $649. The EX-59-02 won’t blow you away, but offers decent construction and smooth operation at a more affordable price. It features 10 programs, 16 levels of resistance, mp3 input on the console, speakers, and a headphone output. It has a fixed 18-inch stride length that might be too short for taller people, especially those of you over six feet tall.

We only recommend the Horizon Fitness EX-59-02 for shorter and lighter people – under six feet tall and under 200 pounds.


NordicTrack E 7.0 Z

We chose the $599 NordicTrack E 7.0 Z as the best elliptical machine under $600. Construction quality in this price range is much less than those models that cost around $1000 and up, however this NordicTrack model is still decent for the price.

The E 7.0 Z is iFit ready, has up to a 20-inch stride length, a power incline of up to 20 degrees, 20 workout apps, 20 resistance levels, grip heart rate monitor, and 15 pound flywheel.


ProForm Smart Strider 495 CSE

Another quality machine under $600 is the $599 ProForm Smart Strider 495 CSE. It is the cheapest rear drive elliptical on our list. Like the ProForm 935, this one folds down when not in use to save space.

The 495 CSE is iFit ready with an integrated tablet holder. It has an 18-inch stride, 13 pound flywheel, 18 workouts, 18 resistance levels, and grip heart rate monitor.


Nautilus E616

The Nautilus E616 sells for about $690. It comes with a lot of features including 29 different workout programs, 2 LCD displays, 20-inch stride path, 0 – 11° motorized incline adjustment, 25 resistance levels, fan, and speakers.

It seems to have a decent build quality, although it probably would not withstand the abuse of multiple large users in one home. One other negative is that the heart rate monitor doesn’t usually work quite right.


Schwinn 430

The cheapest elliptical machine on our list is the $499.99 Schwinn 430 which makes it the best under $500. The quality in this price range starts to get suspect and the lesser warranty on the 430 indicates that.

Features include a 20-inch stride length, 22 workouts, 0 – 10° incline, 20 resistance levels, and grip heart rate monitor.

If $500 is the absolute max you can spend on an elliptical then you should consider the Schwinn 430. However, if you can spend a bit more money we really recommend you do so and step up to a different model.

Ellipticals Under $1000 Comparison Chart

Full Name Rating Price Drive
Heart Rate Sensors Flywheel
Dimensions (LxWxH) Weight Warranty
AFG Sport 5.9AE 8.4 $898.42 Front 20″ 43 20 16 Chest Strap 23 lbs 325 lbs 76″ x 34″ x 57″ 201 lbs Frame – Lifetime, Parts – 3 years, Labor – 1 year
NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i 8.3 $999.00 Rear 18″ 24 0 – 8° 22 Grip 18 lbs 325 lbs 80″ x 32″ x 71″ 190 lbs Frame – Lifetime, Parts – 2 years, Labor – 1 year
NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 8.3 $999.00 Center 18″ – 22″ 32 0 24 Grip & Chest Strap Compatible (Not Included) 23 lbs 350 lbs 54″ x 31.5″ x 64.25″ 200 lbs Frame – Lifetime, Parts – 3 years, Labor – 1 year
Sole Fitness E25 8.2 $999.99 Rear 20″ 10 20 16 Grip & Chest Strap 20 lbs 350 lbs 70″ x 24″ x 64″ 212 lbs Frame – Lifetime, Parts – 3 years, Labor – 1 year
ProForm Smart Strider 935 8.1 $799.00 Rear 18″ 30 0 – 10° 20 Grip & Chest Strap 18 lbs 350 lbs 80″ x 32″ x 77″ 190 lbs Frame – Lifetime, Parts – 3 years, Labor – 1 year
Horizon Fitness EX-59-02 8.0 $649.00 Front 18″ 10 0 10 Grip 14.3 lbs 275 lbs 68″ x 25″ x 64″ 145 lbs Frame – Lifetime, Parts – 2 years, Labor – 1 year
NordicTrack E 7.0 Z 8.0 $599.00 Front 20″ 20 0 – 20° 20 Grip 15 lbs 300 lbs 66″ x 25″ x 67″ 205 lbs Frame – Lifetime, Parts – 1 year, Labor – 1 year
ProForm Smart Strider 495 CSE 7.9 $599.00 Rear 18″ 18 0 18 Grip 13 lbs 275 lbs 65″ x 32″ x 80″ 183 lbs Frame – Lifetime, Parts – 1 year, Labor – 1 year
Nautilus E616 7.3 $691.65 Front 20″ 29 0 – 11° 25 Grip ? 300 lbs 70″ x 28″ x 63″ 173 lbs Frame – 10 years, Parts – 2 years, Electronics – 1 year, Labor – 90 days
Schwinn 430 6.9 $499.99 Front 20″ 22 0 – 10° 20 Grip ? 300 lbs 70″ x 28″ x 63″ 169 lbs Frame – 10 years, Parts – 2 years, Electronics – 1 year, Labor – 90 days

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