If you’re in the market for the best home elliptical, it can be challenging to know which to choose. You’ll want to consider several issues even before you begin your research on products:
How much can you spend? With fitness equipment, less is definitely not more. Typically, low-cost machines do not perform well or last long, so you’re better off spending more upfront to invest in a quality elliptical that will feel good and keep you using it for years.
- How much space do you have? Ellipticals come in different sizes, so measure your floor space and ceiling height where you want to place the machine. You don’t want to get it home and find out that you can’t use it because the ceiling is too low.
- Who will use the elliptical? If you’re buying just for yourself, then you only have to consider your preferences. But if several family members will use the machine, make sure that the elliptical has a resistance range to challenge different fitness levels, a variety of programs to satisfy multiple users and the ability to accommodate different user heights and weights.
- What type of features will you use? Premium fitness equipment today comes with a lot of bells and whistles. Think about what is important to you – such as heart rate sensors, interval training, a console fan, adjustable stride, ability to connect with your iPod®, etc. Typically the highest price models come fully loaded. If you might want to learn about and use these features, then go for it. But don’t pay for a top-of-the-line machine if you won’t ever choose more than a simple manual program.
Armed with this information, do your homework. Ask friends, family and health club staff for recommendations; check out the details online; and then head to a store to try the ellipticals. If you simply order a machine online without ever testing it, you may be sorely disappointed. And having to disassemble and return the machine – with the expense and hassle of shipping – can be a costly mistake.
Try the machines you are considering for several minutes each, and have a sales associate explain the main features. Notice the feel of the elliptical, how easy it is to use/program, the various adjustments and how loud it is.
Comparison shop among specialty fitness retailers, which are the best place to buy quality fitness equipment, or among sporting goods stores. Once you’ve settled on a unit, ask about special promotions and extras, such as free or reduced delivery and assembly, add-on accessories and an extended warranty.
Of course, the most important thing is to actually use the elliptical consistently once you have it at home. There is no “best” home elliptical for everyone – the best one is really the one that you prefer and use regularly.