The 8 Best Elliptical Machines to Buy in 2017

Staying in shape is easy with these top workout machines

Elliptical machines are an excellent way to keep your body toned, and a great alternative exercise activity if you want to take a break from running or cycling. But when it comes to buying an elliptical machine, there’s a lot to take into consideration such as price, where you’re going to be using it most (at home or in the office?), as well as compatibility/integration with smart devices (Apple Watch, etc.). So if you’re having trouble determining which is right for you, keep reading to see our top eight elliptical machines to buy right now.

Schwinn builds one of our fave indoor exercise bikes (Schwinn IC2), and their high-inertia, perimeter-weighted flywheel design transfers smoothly to their 470 Elliptical Machine. Schwinn adds 25 levels of resistance and a 10-degree motorized ramp so you can dial in a workout targeting the entire lower body. The massive console can run 29 programs and displays 13 metrics, including heart rate; track over time with the Schwinn Connect app or download your workouts to fitness apps via USB.

The footprint of the Exerpeutic Aero Air Elliptical is 2 feet by 3 feet, and transport wheels make it easy to move this 55-pound machine into a corner or closet. And at less than a Benjamin, it costs about as much as a one-month membership fee at a gym. A simple dial knob controls tension, and the LCD display tracks the basics. Though small in stature, this workout solution is plenty sturdy, however, a 12-inch max stride means it may not be a fit for longer inseams or those weighing more than 200 pounds.

There are plenty of ways to keep active at your desk, but if you want to burn a few calories discreetly, check out the Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer. At such a small scale, the elliptical motion more mimics an exercise bike; use it while sitting or standing. It easily fits under a desk, and judging from the photos posted by Amazon reviewers, burning calories at the office is easy, and not as loud as you’d expect. 

Here you have another brand popular with hotel fitness centers and health clubs, and for good reason: Sole’s E95 Elliptical Trainer checks off all the boxes for gym-quality equipment, including a 27-pound flywheel and high gear ratio. The E95 excels at targeting every major lower muscle group with a power incline design and a ramp angle adjustable from 0 to 20 degrees, one of the steepest inclines you’ll hit on an elliptical machine. New for the E95 is Bluetooth connectivity allowing you to transfer workout data wirelessly from your machine to Sole app or fitness apps by Apple, Fitbit and more.

The Nautilus E618 Elliptical Trainer E618 moves on a 30-pound flywheel with an optimized drive train for silky smooth strides, and the motorized incline raises or lowers the incline from zero to 15 degrees. Nautilus also adds the Suspension Adjust Performance Cushioning System to customize the angle of the footplate from zero to 10 degrees so you can target every muscle in your lower body. Monitor your heart rate with the contact hand grips, or strap on the included wireless heart rate monitor and track your metrics on the free Nautilus Trainer app (or transfer data to any top fitness apps via Bluetooth). 

Make health and fitness a family tradition by adding the Fitnex XE5 Kids Elliptical to your workout room. The machine is sized down to fit your kid, with roller bearings under foot to keep the machine sturdy and safe. The smooth flywheel design allows for manual resistance adjustment of 15 levels. Your tween can even keep track of his/her progress with a simple console displaying time, distance, speed and calories. 

There’s a good chance Life Fitness makes your fave exercise machine at the gym. The E5 Elliptical Cross-Trainer is the brand’s home workout solution harnessing decades of experience in fitness clubs and adding Whisperstride tech for a silent strides. Multigrip handles have integrated stride resistance controls for on-the-go adjustments, and cushioned pedal inserts increased comfort. The E5’s Track+Console display is one of the best in the gym with 12 pre-programmed workouts and space for two customized workouts, and you can connect your Apple or Android device for fitness tracking and entertainment apps.

Precor takes the elliptical workout to the next level with Adaptive Motion Trainer tech engineered to fit almost every stride. No, seriously: Western Washington University Biomechanics lab found that the machine will work for women sized in the 5th percentile to men sized in the 95th percentile. That versatility also allows you to customize a low-impact walk, run, or stair climb workout, and it has a teched out LED console tracking your workout from every angle, including heart rate monitoring.


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