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