The Best Inexpensive Elliptical Machines

Elliptical machines are pieces of fitness equipment that provide cardio workouts without putting a lot of strain on the joints. As of 2010, there are inexpensive models costing less than $1,500 and specifically manufactured for home use. They include many of the workout features of pricier models at a fraction of the price. Elliptical machines can be purchase at most fitness equipment suppliers.

Schwinn 430 Elliptical

This was named as one of the best budget elliptical trainers by the All Ellipticals website. Features include an 18-inch stride length, grip heart rate monitoring, eight resistance levels and eight built-in workout programs. The articulating footpads are a rare find on a budget elliptical model, and these are included on the Schwinn 430. The BioFit footpads provide a more comfortable feeling when working out. The handlebars also include BioFit technology for added comfort.

Sole Fitness E35

On Fitness Equipment Reviews, this elliptical trainer was listed as one of its 2010 best buys. The Sole Fitness E35 uses a front drive system and heavy flywheel to give the user a smooth ride. Features include 20-inch stride length, LCD display panel, 16 levels of resistance, adjustable footpads and eight workout programs. It also has speakers and inputs to plug in your MP3 player. Pulse sensors and a chest strap are available to monitor your heart rate during exercise.

Nordic Track AudioStrider 990

This was listed as the best economy buy on the Elliptical Trainer Review website. Features include adjustable 18- to 20-inch stride length, five incline settings, iFit workout compatibility, 20 personal trainer workouts, MP3 inputs and premium sound system. The Nordic Track AudioStrider 990 is constructed from commercial-grade steel and has a 325 lb. user capacity. The elliptical allows you to access 15 levels of resistance through the use of a silent magnetic resistance system. In the case that you don’t have the room for a full-size elliptical, the Nordic Track AudioStrider 990 folds for easy storage.

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