These elliptical buying tips will help you evaluate and compare the many makes and models of elliptical machines on the market today.
There are so many different types and variations of elliptical machines now-a-days that it can be difficult to see if you’re getting the most for your money. Some specifications and features may be invaluable to you, while others you might be able to live without.
Elliptical machines are a great choice for a cross-training exercise, because it gives you a whole-body workout. It tones your upper body and lower body in a naturally low-impact and fluid stride.
It’s important that you pick a piece of equipment that will be comfortable and fun to use, as well as meets your budget.
The table below compares some of the more popular pieces of equipment and their operating characteristics. Below the table are some additional insights and elliptical buying tips that look into the pros and cons of various features to help you find the right machine for you.
|Fitness Quest® Eclipse® 1100HR||$349||15 in.||Magnetic||6||Pulse||Unknown|
|Horizon Fitness EX75||$699||18 in.||Magnetic||20||3 prog.||Lifetime|
|Horizon Fitness E22||$550||18 in.||Magnetic||4||Pulse||10-year|
|Horizon Fitness EX33||$799||18 in.||Magnetic||7||1 prog.||Lifetime|
|NordicTrack CX 938||$899||18 in.||Magnetic||10||10 prog.||1-year|
|NordicTrack CX 985||$599||18 in.||Magnetic||8||2 prog.||1-year|
|ProForm 320||$269||14 in.||Magnetic||4||Pulse||90-day|
|ProForm 330||$314||14 in.||Magnetic||4||Pulse||90-day|
|Proform 900||$349||17.5 in.||Magnetic||8||Pulse||90-day|
|ProForm 650||$269||15.5 in.||Magnetic||4||Pulse||90-day|
|ProForm 825||$365||14 in.||Magnetic||n/a||Pulse||90-day|
|Sole E25||$1,099||20 in.||Magnetic||6||Pulse||Lifetime|
|Sole E35||$1,299||20 in.||Eddy Current||8||Pulse||Lifetime|
|Sole E55||$1,499||20 in.||Eddy Current||10||2 prog.||Lifetime|
|Sole E95||$1,699||20 in.||Eddy Current||10||2 prog.||Lifetime|
|Weslo Momentum 610||$179||12 in.||Magnetic||n/a||Pulse||90-day|
|Weslo Momentum 745||$699||17.5 in.||Magnetic||4||Pulse||90-day|
Some other things to consider...
The elliptical buying tips above are the primary factors and some of them could even be the feature that drives you to make a purchase.
The features below are somewhat secondary, but they could add or detract from the unit that you’re considering. Take a look at some of these features when you’re looking at elliptical machines.
These elliptical buying tips are just a guide. The most important factor is your opinion. It’s far better to buy an elliptical that will get used than it is to buy one that becomes a place to hang laundry on, so pick the one that’s right for you.
If you want an elliptical with certain features that is slightly out of your price range, you may want to hold off on your purchase and save up to buy the one that you really want.
An elliptical machine can be a great investment…in your health and fitness. I hope these elliptical buying tips were helpful.