In the $500-$1000 price range you can find some very good elliptical trainers, with features and capabilities that might surprise you. Although they aren't of the same quality as the $1000+ machines, most are perfectly acceptable for moderate home use.
We try to review as many brands and models as possible, to make sure that we've got everything covered and to come up with the very best ellipticals under $1000 on the market today.
Following you will find the best companies, as well as our choice for the best model offered in the price range. The selected model has the ideal mix of value, features, capabilities, usability/comfort and workout selection.
You can follow the link to get the current sale prices and read our in-depth reviews, and we also give you a brief overview of the best features our top choices offer.
BEST ELLIPTICAL UNDER $1000 - WINNER
Best Model: E25
Best Features: Great Incline, Quiet, Well-Designed, Oversized Pedals, Durable Construction, Music Dock, Solid Warranty
Best Model: EX-59
Best Features: 6 Star Frame, Smooth Motion, Value, Good Warranty, Speakers
Best Model: C 9.5
Best Features: Great Incline, Web-Enabled Touchscreen, 20 inch stride, iFit technology, Tons of Workouts, Heart Rate Monitoring
Best Model: M3
Best Features: Small footprint, interval workouts, heart rate chest strap, sleek design
Best Model: Pro 9.9
Best Features: Incline, Up to 21 inch stride, iFit technology, Lot of Workouts, Easy Assembly
So there you have our picks for the best ellipticals in the $500-$1000 range. Any of these machines would make a great addition to your home gym, so you can't go wrong no matter which one you end up going with.
But just in case you need some help, here's a little guide to help you make a decision...
If you just want the best overall elliptical, i.e. the one that offers the most value and ticks the most boxes, go with our top recommendation, the Sole E25. It gives you everything you need: diverse workouts, heart rate monitoring, incline capability, very low impact, natural motion and durable construction at a very affordable price.
If you want to save a little money, look at the Horizon EX-59 which is a few hundred dollars less than the Sole E25, and doesn't sacrifice too much.
However, if you are looking for more bells and whistles, e.g. lots of workout programs, entertainment features, personal training, touch screens, etc. then look at the NordicTrack C 9.5 and ProForm Pro 9.9. They come with more extras than the Sole and Horizon ellipticals.
Lastly, if you want more of a stepper/elliptical combo for burning calories and doing interval training, take a look at the Bowflex Max Trainer M3.
Keep in mind that you'll get a lot more as you approach $1000, so if you can stretch your budget to the top of the $500-$1000 range you'll find that these machines have more to offer.
Either way, you'll get a lot more here than you do with ellipticals under $500, so you should be just fine in this price range.
If your budget is somewhat open, you might also want to take a look at the best machines from $1000 up to $2000, as that is where you will pretty much get all of the features you would want in a residential elliptical trainer.
That is the high end of the non-commercial lineup, so it's the best that companies like NordicTrack, Sole and Horizon have to offer.
Again, choose the budget that works best for you and then select one of our top models...you'll be very happy with your purchase.
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