The 5 Best Elliptical Trainers
There are many ways to lose weight, but I’ve always felt that the most enjoyable and gratifying way is to get a home gym set-up going. After all, if you have everything you need at home then the equipment is always available, you can work at your own pace anytime, you don’t need to deal with annoying gym patrons, and best of all you don’t have to brace the cold winter air every time you want to work out.
Personally, I have opted for an elliptical as the main piece of equipment for my home gym. They are much easier on your knees if you are someone who is overweight, and take up a relatively small amount of space. In this article, we will go through five different great ellipticals that you could add to your home gym.
Sole Fitness E35 Elliptical Machine
The Sole Fitness E35 Elliptical Machine is an expensive piece of hardware, going for around $2000 new, but it’s a good fit if you have extra money laying around and want something that’s gym quality. The machine is 27 x 58 x 83 inches and weighs approximately 300 pounds, so it’s a fairly large machine that you’ll need to make some room for. Overall it seems worth the price, featuring a lot of useful bells and whistles such as a built-in fan to keep you cool, a built-in sound system for playing music, quiet wheels, and large footpads which are easy to keep a grip on. The machine is comfortable, easy to use, and has many adjustable settings, overall we’d recommend it if you can justify the steep price.
NordicTrack C 7.5 Elliptical
The NordicTrack C 7.5 Elliptical isn’t quite as fancy as the previous machine, but it has many perks of its own and at a far more reasonable price of around $1000. The elliptical focuses a lot more on general fitness integration then some other ones, it ties into a virtual fitness program called I-fit, which allows users to track their fitness on or off the machine. It also comes with a large backlit display for better showing your fitness information, along with highly customizable stride lengths and up to 20-degree inclines. There have been some complaints about poor craftsmanship on some modules though, so be on the lookout for that if you pick this up and be sure to take advantage of the warranty if you have to.
Nautilus E616 Elliptical Trainer
The Nautilus E616 Elliptical Trainer is one of the cheaper Elliptical machines on the market, retailing at around $1000, but it certainly isn’t lower quality because of the price. The most significant high point for us is that it’s very comfortable, with large well-cushioned footpads and highly adjustable handlebars to suit any posture and stride. Much like the NordicTrack it also comes with its own fitness app integration, this time with their own app. The elliptical is also easy to use, easy to start up and features many settings for resistance and difficulty. Overall it’s one of our favorite on the market, especially for its low price.
Schwinn 470 Elliptical Machine
The Schwinn 470 Elliptical Machine is slightly more expensive than the previous two, retailing at around $1300, and it’s strikingly similar to the Nautilus E616. Much like the Nautilus the Schwinn 470 features app integration, comfortable footpads, and a multitude of customizable workout settings. Though the Schwinn is around $300 more than the Nautilus, and with very few noticeable differences. Overall we’d recommend the Nautilus E616 more for the price, but they’re both quality Ellipticals.
ProForm Cardio HIIT Elliptical Trainer
The ProForm Cardio HIIT Elliptical Trainer is the cheapest of the 5, going for only around $900. Generally, it’s the most simple as far as elliptical machines go, but it’s a good fit for someone who’s just looking for a cheap quality elliptical machine without any of the bells and whistles. The machine is very quiet, easily customizable to suit different strides and levels of leg strength and comfortable to use. However if you want something a bit more fancy with smartphone integration and all that then you may want to go for one of the more expensive ones, the ProForm Cardio HIIT is very good at being an elliptical machine though.