Top 5 Best Ellipticals Worth Buying

If you have difficulty getting to a gym but want to get or stay fit, you may want to consider investing in some in-home cardio equipment, like ellipticals. Ellipticals are a good choice because they give you a heart-pumping cardio workout without the impact of a treadmill.

There are many elliptical machines available in the market and most of them do a decent job of giving you a good workout. But if you are looking to invest in a serious machine packed with great features, I think these 5 ellipticals offer the best combination of features and value. These 5 are my pick for ellipticals worth buying.

(I've listed my picks for the 5 best ellipticals from most to least expensive. So that you can check them out, I have linked to the machines on Amazon. If you purchase one using our links, we may get a small commission. You can also find these machines at most sporting good stores and also at Walmart here.  I do not cover the less expensive ellipticals in this article as they have a completely different set of features and issues. I'll cover those in a separate posting soon.)

Yowza Fitness's Miami--Top Of The Line

Yowza Fitness Miami EllipticalYowza Fitness Miami Elliptical

The Miami from Yowza Fitness is the Cadilliac of treadmills for the in-home gym. It has a 19-32 inch adjustable stride, built-in heart rate receiver, 0-60% adjustable incline and 21 pre-set programs, with the option to customize up to 9 additional programs.

That's not to mention it supports Bluetooth, is equipped with a FitSound Bluetooth speaker, SuperCore patented motion handlebars, a wireless weight scale and a USA and 3.5mm audio jack. This is a quality elliptical with a lot of features.  It's very quiet, with a nice ride and a solid sturdy design that is easy to assemble.

The Miami is also at the top end when it comes to cost. Unfortunately, you have to pay for quality and awesome features.

E35 SOLE Elliptical--Best Buy

E35 SOLE EllipticalE35 SOLE Elliptical

The E35 SOLE Elliptical has a stable and fluid ride, and one that doesn't have the price tag of a more "pimped-out" elliptical. That's not to say that it doesn't have some awesome features, like advanced sensors including a heart rate monitor, adjustable incline and pedals and 6 standard programs, 2 custom and 2 heart programs.

This elliptical is a quality built treadmill and it is super quiet. It has been named a "Best Buy" by several websites because of the machine's consistent high quality and ease of use. As far as the price tag goes, the E35 SOLE is in the middle of the road at around $1,300. 


XTERRA Free Style 4.0e--Basic Quality

XTERRA Free Style 4.0eXTERRA Free Style 4.0e

With a smaller price tag (around $800) than the E35 SOLE, the XTERRA Free Style 4.0e gives you all of the basic elliptical functions in a quality design. This elliptical has an 18 inch stride length, pulse grips on the handles and a 6 inch blue backlit screen.

You can't adjust the incline on this elliptical, however it comes with speakers and an audio jack so your tunes can drown out any thoughts of an incline. The XTERRA Free Style 4.0e also has 20 levels of resistance and gives you the ability to customize two programs. It's less feature rich and less durably built than the more pricey options above, but still offers a nice combination of features for value.

Schwinn 520--The Reclined Elliptical

Schwinn 520 Reclined EllipticalSchwinn 520 Reclined Elliptical

Looking for something a little off the beaten path? The Schwinn 520 Reclined Elliptical combines the seat position of recumbent bike with the footpath of an elliptical. This elliptical is great for anyone with back problems, in need of a little more support. The best feature of this machine is that it provides a comfortable workout.

The Schwinn 520 employs an Airdyne fan system for smooth, progressive resistance. It also has a 14 inch stride length, sensors on the handlebars for heart rate monitoring and an easy-to-read display with Time, Calories, Speed, Distance, Heart Rate and RPM. 

Endurance 520 E--Affordable

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If you're not looking for all of the bells and whistles that come with some of the more expensive ellipticals and instead want something basic and affordable, you should check out the Endurance 520 E. ProForm makes these compact, ellipticals that have what you need to get your work in at a good price.  You won't find a built-in fan, automatic incline adjustments, or personalized calorie tracking based on your weight and height but you will get a good solid machine.

The Endurance 520 E costs about $600, has a 20 inch adjustable stride, heart rate monitor, USB hook up and 18 resistance levels. It is also iFit compatible so you can get some of the features that are missing from the more pricey options, but you have to purchase a iFit wireless module separately. However, you can listen to your tunes on this elliptical without any additional hardware.

So have you tried any of these machines? Which do you think will work best for you?

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