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The Best Home Elliptical Machines Review

author image Keith Allen
Keith Allen, a 1979 graduate of Valley City State College, has worked at a variety of jobs including computer operator, medical clinic manager, radio talk show host and potato sorter. For over five years he has worked as a newspaper reporter and historic researcher. His works have appeared in regional newspapers in North Dakota and in "North Dakota Horizons" and "Cowboys and Indians" magazines.
The Best Home Elliptical Machines Review
A man and wife use an elliptical in their home gym. Photo Credit: LWA/Dann Tardif/Blend Images/Getty Images

What to Look For

Before purchasing an elliptical machine experts suggest you try it out to evaluate its sturdiness and quality, according to the Consumer Search website. Make sure it doesn't wobble as you are exercising. Check the pedals for comfort. Pedals that are too wide or too narrow can result in an unnatural stance. Ergonomic handlebars are a plus as well, because they ensure correct posture. Also check that the elliptical machine glides smoothly back and forth.

Common Pitfalls

Less expensive elliptical machines generally don’t have an adjustable incline, according to Consumer Search. Elliptical machines that let you enter your body weight are more accurate at estimating the number of calories burned. According to Consumer Search, some lower-end models have safety issues, including parts that may fall off. Most machines require assembly and some instructions can be confusing.

Where to Buy

Sporting goods stores and fitness specialty stores stock better quality elliptical machines. If you decide to purchase online keep in mind you will be paying for shipping and handling in addition to the purchase price. Some discount stores and department stores carry a limited selection of low end elliptical machines.


According to the website Fitness Equipment Reviews, the NordicTrack AudioStrider 990 Pro, which is priced at $1,000 in 2010, and the Schwinn 420, at $600, are both good values. The Sole Fitness E35, which costs $1,000 in 2010, and the Smooth CE 7.4 are also durable ellipticals rated as best buys. Other good elliptical machines range from the Sole Fitness E55, priced at under $1,500, and the Smooth Agile DMT X2, with a price tag of $1,999, to the Precor EFX 5.25, with an approximate price of $3,000. Fitness Equipment Reviews ranks the Yowza Fitness Captiva, at $1,999, as the best new elliptical for 2010.

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