When researching what exercise equipment to buy for use at home, people often consider ellipticals due to their low-impact, total-body workouts. In reviewing different models, exercisers typically want to know which the top elliptical machines are. Obviously that depends on who you ask and their experience with and knowledge of various brands.
In searching out the leaders, be sure to look at online reviews and company web sites, as well as ask friends, family and fitness store staff. That feedback can help you limit your choices. Make some notes on the brand/s of interest, and take them with you shopping. Itâ€™s important to physically ride each model to determine whatâ€™s best for you.
Top elliptical machines will share a few things in common:
- Solid, durable construction
- Natural lower-body and upper-body motion
- Variety of pre-programmed workouts
- Convenient features like water bottle holders; a reading rack; place to store your phone, mp3 player or tablet; and a console fan
Octane Fitnessâ€™ Q37 model, the companyâ€™s best-seller, includes all of these above, and more, such as heart rate monitoring; Workout Boosters such as X-Mode and GluteKicker that deliver cross training; and Converging and MultiGrip handlebars. Plus, the Q37ci unit includes interactive heart rate training workouts and Octaneâ€™s popular CROSS CiRCUIT combined cardio and strength routines.
Itâ€™s no surprise then, that the Q37 has consistently been rated one of the top elliptical machines. Consumer Reports has named it a Best Buy for multiple years, noting in 2012 that the Q37ci â€śwas solidly built, earned high marks for safety, has excellent ergonomics and performed well in all the tests.â€ť In 2013, Consumer Reports again rated the Q37ci on top.
And this unit was selected as one of Oprahâ€™s Favorite Things 2012, after Oprah was introduced to the product by her trainer, Bob Greene. She said, â€śIt provides such a variety of total-body workouts, including goal programs, like a 10K and half marathonâ€”along with digital heart rate monitoringâ€”that you’re more exhilarated than exhausted afterward.â€ť