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, sturdy, quiet, and has a smooth operation. 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 are designed to 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 we tried to pick models suited for home use from a variety of price points. We also rated the top elliptical machines under $1000. Below is our list of the best elliptical machines. At the bottom of this list we also provide a comparison chart so you can easily compare the specs of each model.


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Precor EFX 245 Energy Series

We selected the Precor EFX 245 Energy Series as the best elliptical machine. While it is expensive, selling for $3898, it is a gym-quality machine with lots of workout programs and metrics for use in your own home. Precor’s ergonomics are second to none and this model has a patented motorized Cross Ramp technology that changes the elevation and thus changes your stride to focus on different muscle groups.

The console features on the EFX 245 really stand out. First there is 4 different user IDs so several different people can use it as they want. There are 24 different preset workouts, plus 4 custom ones for each ID. There are also 27 different workout feedback metrics and 12 workout summary metrics upon completion. With Preva tracking you can automatically upload results from every routine to keep track of your stats.

There is no significant weaknesses to the EFX 245, except for the price tag. Therefore, we highly recommend the Precor EFX 245 Energy Series for anyone who wants the best home elliptical they can buy.


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Precor EFX 225 Energy Series

The $3398 Precor EFX 225 Energy Series still costs a lot, but this version will save some money over the EFX 245 while not sacrificing too much. The build quality is the same and the main difference is just in the console and the number of features it has.

The EFX 225 features 10 preset workouts including heart rate monitoring, 16 resistance settings, and motorized CrossRamp elevation range of 15 to 25 degrees. It also has convenient features like a console headphone jack, volume controls, reading rack, SmartGrip phone and tablet holder, and large center storage compartment.

Overall the Precor EFX 225 is a great choice for a top-end home elliptical machine, however it is still expensive and there are cheaper options available.


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Sole E95S

The $2199.99 Sole E95S is Sole’s newest elliptical design. If you have multiple users who want to use an elliptical with extreme height and stride differences then this version is perfect for you. It has a power adjustable stride that adjusts from 18-24 inches with just a touch of a button. This adjustment means there is no incline settings, but there is 20 resistance levels and 10 workout programs.

The E95S is also Bluetooth capable which means you can transfer workout data to their smart device on the Sole app or other fitness apps. Other features include fan, speakers, chest strap for heart rate monitoring, and sturdy frame with heavy duty 34 pound flywheel.

Overall the Sole E95S works best for multiple users for home use.


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Sole Fitness E95

The Sole Fitness E95 Elliptical Machine provides an excellent value with a price of $1799.99 which is why we rated it as the best elliptical under $2000. We completely agree with one reviewer on Amazon who stated this machine is steady, smooth, and quiet. It has 6 preset programs, 2 customizable ones, and 2 heart rate programs which can be used with the included heart rate chest strap or the pulse grip monitors.

The stride length ranges from 20 to 22 inches and the incline is adjustable from 0-30 degrees. It also comes with custom articulating pedals to reduce sore toes, ankles, and feet. The blue LCD console displays essential workout data and includes a built-in fan, speakers and water bottle holder. However, the speakers are very weak.

We highly recommend this model for home users who don’t want to spend the money on a high-priced gym-quality unit. Although the build quality is not quite as good as Precor, it still will hold up well for almost any home user or even multiple users. The footprint is also quite large on this unit – 82″ x 31″ x 67″ – so you will need plenty of space to set it up and use.


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True Fitness M30

The $2299 True Fitness M30 Elliptical provides a space-efficient home exercise machine with a minimal footprint of approximately four feet by three feet. It is really well constructed with quality components.

The M30 features 6 preset workout programs plus a heart rate control workout, 25 resistance levels, and a fixed 21-inch stride length. You can work out your whole body or only your upper body with the use of the side steps. The control panel is pretty simple to use with readouts for time, distance, RPM, HR, work level, Watts, METs, and calories.

Its biggest flaw is that it is not very adjustable with a fixed stride length of 21 inches and no incline levels. However, we still highly recommend the M30 for those of you who do not have a lot of space, but want a quality elliptical machine.

It is also available at TrueFitness.com.


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Life Fitness E1 Go Cross-Trainer

The $2199 Life Fitness E1 Go Cross-Trainer is really well built and combines smooth, natural motion with whisperstride technology which makes is very quiet when in use.

The console provides 2 user profiles that can each setup a custom workout. There is also 12 workout programs with 20 resistance settings. Heart rate monitoring is tracked by hand grips or chest strap.

Unfortunately the Life Fitness E1 is not very adjustable. It has a fixed 20-inch stride length and no incline settings. However, it is still a really good quality machine that we would not hesitate to recommend.


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Precor EFX 222 Energy Series

The Precor EFX 222 Energy Series model sells for $2694. While cheaper than other Precor options, it is still more expensive than many other competitors with comparable features.

The 222 still has Precor’s outstanding construction quality, however this model only has a manual, 3 position CrossRamp design with elevation ranges of 15, 20, or 25 degrees. It does have 10 preset workouts, 16 resistance levels, and touch sensor and wireless strap heart rate monitoring.

Overall the Precor EFX 222 Energy Series is for those of you who want a super reliable elliptical that can withstand lots of abuse and do not need a huge variety of preset workouts.


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Octane Fitness Q35x

The Octane Fitness Q35x will set you back about $2167. It has very good construction and fluid motion. Some of the features of this unit include digital contact heart rate monitoring, 3 workout boosters for greater results, and 8 workout programs including 4 goal programs that let you take on a 10k, half marathon, or burn 350 or 750 calories.

One negative of the Q35x is its fixed 20.5-inch stride length, so it’s not as adjustable as some other models.


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NordicTrack Spacesaver SE9i

We selected the $1499 NordicTrack Spacesaver SE9i as the best elliptical under $1500. This new version for 2017 combines solid construction with lots of features. One of the best features is the vertical space-saver design which lets you fold up the machine and store in vertically in a footprint of just 32 x 28 inches.

Other features include a 7-inch hd display that is iFit compatible, 24 resistance levels, 0 – 10° power adjustable incline, heart rate monitor from grip sensors or chest strap, 30 workout apps, and fan.

The biggest problem of the SE9i is the fixed 18-inch stride length. This might be too short for taller people.


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Sole E35

For $1399.99 the Sole Fitness E35 might provide the best value elliptical you can find. Despite its price, this machine is sturdy and smooth and while it might not withstand constant abuse in a gym, for the home user it will hold up quite well. It includes adjustable pedals, power adjustable stride and incline, and a variable 20-22 inch stride length.

It has 6 standard workouts, two custom programs, and two heart rate programs which can be used with the included chest strap or the pulse grip monitor. The E35 has also now been updated with Bluetooth capability to transfer workout data to a smart app.

Like most ellipticals, it has a large footprint (82″ x 31″ x 67″), but for home users who want a more affordable model while not sacrificing too much quality we highly recommend the Sole E35.


Elliptical Comparison Chart

Elliptical Machine Rating Price Drive
System
Stride Length Workout
Programs
Incline
Levels
Resistance
Levels
Heart Rate Sensors User IDs Weight
Capacity
Dimensions (LxWxH) Weight Warranty
Precor EFX 245 Energy Series 9.4 $3,898.00 Rear Adjustable 24 8 16 Grip & Chest Strap Compatible (Not Included) 4 500 76″ x 29″ x 65″ 214 lbs Frame – Lifetime, Parts – 5 years, Console – 3 years, Labor – 1 year
Precor EFX 225 Energy Series 9.3 $3,398.00 Rear Adjustable 10 8 16 Grip & Chest Strap Compatible (Not Included) 2 500 76″ x 29″ x 65″ 214 lbs Frame – Lifetime, Parts – 5 years, Console – 3 years, Labor – 1 year
Sole E95S 9.2 $2,199.99 Front 18″ – 24″ 10 0 20 Grip & Chest Strap 400 84″ x 32″ x 70″ 265 lbs Frame – Lifetime, Parts – 5 years, Console – 5 years, Labor – 2 years
Sole E95 9.1 $1,799.99 Front 20″ – 22″ 10 20 20 Grip & Chest Strap 400 82″ x 31″ x 67″ 236 lbs Frame – Lifetime, Parts – 5 years, Console – 5 years, Labor – 2 years
True Fitness M30 9 $2,299.00 Center 21″ 12 0 25 Grip & Chest Strap Compatible (Not Included) 1 300 42″ x 30″ x 64″ 275 lbs Frame – Lifetime, Parts – 5 years, Labor – 1 year
Life Fitness E1 Go Cross-Trainer 9 $2,199.00 Rear 20″ 13 0 20 Grip & Chest Strap 2 400 82″ x 30″ x 59″ 211 lbs Frame – Lifetime, Parts – 5 years, Console – 3 years, Labor – 1 year
Precor EFX 222 Energy Series 8.9 $2,694.00 Rear 19″ – 21″ 10 3 16 Grip & Chest Strap Compatible (Not Included) 2 500 75″ x 29″ x 65″ 193 lbs Frame – Lifetime, Parts – 5 years, Console – 3 years, Labor – 1 year
Octane Fitness Q35x 8.8 $2,167.23 Front 20.5″ 8 0 20 Grip Only 300 65″ x 26″ x 55″ 210 lbs Frame – Lifetime, Parts – 5 years, Labor – 1 year
NordicTrack Spacesaver SE9i 8.8 $1,499.00 Rear 18″ 30 0 – 10° 24 Grip & Chest Strap 325 80″ x 32″ x 67″ 218 lbs Frame – Lifetime, Parts – 5 years, Labor – 2 years
Sole E35 8.7 $1,399.99 Front 20″ 10 20 20 Grip & Chest Strap 375 82″ x 31″ x 67″ 231 lbs Frame – Lifetime, Parts – 5 years, Console – 5 years, Labor – 2 years


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