Almost every company claims they offer the best elliptical machines available. You can test literally dozens of elliptical trainers in your quest for the perfect exercise machine and simply end up confused. It’s frustrating, isn’t it? We’ve taken some of the guess work out of finding the right machine by doing some research of our own and come up with six of the best elliptical trainers money can buy. Each one fits the “best of” category in a different way, so there will be one that appeals to you.
With a natural movement, tons of features and a space-saving design ideal for home use, the NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i is considered one of the best elliptical machines. This is a beautifully engineered, solid machine that will last for years. Outstanding features include easy assembly, up to 10 degrees of incline, 24 resistance level and their patented iFit technology. State-of-the-art 7-inch full color touch display with Android browser means you can surf the web while you work out. At just $1500 on sale, it just can't be beat for the price.
Best Value Elliptical Trainer 2015 – Sole E25
We admit it – there was a tie in the “Best Value” category. The simple truth is that we couldn’t decide which trainer to add to our list of the best elliptical machines for 2014 – it will come down to preference for most consumers. Sole is another great value. The Sole E25 Elliptical Trainer comes in at about the same price as the NordicTrack ACT Commercial at around $999 and offers some impressive features. Sixteen levels of resistance, twelve workouts and an LCD display that keeps track of everything from time, distance, levels to calories burned. Innovative engineering such as angled foot pedals that reduce strain on the joints make a world of difference to your elliptical workout. You simply can't go wrong with this one.
Runner Up: NordicTrack Elite 12.9
The Schwinn 430 elliptical traineris a fairly new budget model made by Nautilus which has quickly become one of the best-selling, lower-end machines you’ll find online. The articulating footpads and combination of programs and resistance are some of the features that make it one of the best elliptical machines priced under $1000. Articulating footpads are rarely seen as a standard item on a sub-$1000 elliptical trainer, but the Schwinn 430 has them. It’s also got a slew of resistance levels, heart rate monitoring, and comes close to giving you that commercial health club machine quality. An excellent buy for $650, but we have seen it at Amazon for less than that!
Runner Up: Horizon EX-59
Here’s our top pick of the best elliptical machines money can buy – the Life Fitness X5 Elliptical Cross Trainer. You can’t get a great body by training comfortably and this machine has the tools to take you to a higher fitness level. It is simply unsurpassed in quality, scoring well above average to near-perfect in all critical areas including adjustability, low noise level, value, durability, ergonomic stride pattern, programming, and attractive design. This elliptical trainer has an 18" to 24" electronically adjustable stride length for better recruitment of muscle activity, upper body workout and twenty resistance levels. If you can afford the $2,500+ price tag, you’ll feel like you’ve opened a professional gym in your home. In fact, you’ll look forward to stepping on to it every time!
Runner Up: TRUE M50
Here is your chance to rant or rave about the elliptical you use at home or at the fitness center.