Best Elliptical Machines
Elliptical trainers offer a cardio workout like a treadmill, but without the impact and stress on your lower body joints. When you combine the elliptical leg motion with the movable handles you can also get a full body workout.
When shopping for these machines, you want a model that is well built, quiet, and has a smooth operation which normally means a heavier flywheel. All these qualities cost increasingly more money for increasing quality. You should also look for resistance and incline adustability to keep you working hard as your fitness level improves. Some other features to watch for include easy-to-use controls, heart rate monitors, preset programs that you will actually use, and the warranty for each model. One important thing to keep in mind is how large elliptical machines are. They can take up a space that is up to 7 feet long by 3 feet wide by over 6 feet tall. There are some models that have a smaller footprint, but make sure you have the space for the one you plan on buying.
After reviewing dozens of models we could have made our list entirely of ellipticals that cost more than $3000, but other than our choice for number one, we tried to focus on units that cost less than $2500. We also rated the top elliptical machines under $1000, which we only recommend for casual users. Below is our list of the best elliptical reviews.
There are two main drawbacks of this Precor model. First is the price-tag of around $4500. That is significantly more than any other model on our list, but it is the price you have to pay if you want a top of the line gym-quality machine. Secondly the footprint of this unit is quite large at 84″ x 31″ x 63″. You will need a large space in your home to accommodate this 240 pound machine.
We highly recommend this model for all users, however, the footprint is also quite large on this unit so you will need plenty of space to set it up and use.
We highly recommend the M30 for those of you who do not have a lot of space, but want a quality elliptical machine.
This 183 pound unit has a large footprint of 76″ x 29″ x 62″ (LxWxH) and not as many settings/adjustments as the 5.33 version.
Like most ellipticals, it has a large footprint (27 x 58 x 83 inches), but for home users who want a more affordable model while not sacrificing too much quality we highly recommend the E35.