Getting the right elliptical for your body and budget!

Elliptical Reviews by Industry Experts

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Elliptical Reviews by Industry Experts for Over 13 Years


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Are you looking for the perfect home elliptical?  One that’s the right price, has the best features, and comes from a reliable company?  A machine that’s a good value for your money?

Our site has Elliptical Ratings and Reviews on the top brands for 2019.  Let us help you figure out which machines are built like toys and which can offer commercial grade quality right in your home.  That way, you can avoid a costly mistake.

To get started, check out our Ellipticals Best Buy or take a peek at our Elliptical Buyer’s Guide.

Our reviews are written by experts with over 20 years of industry experience.

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Our Complete List of Elliptical Reviews & Best Buys:

Price Range: $1,500 - $1,999

NordicTrack FreeStride FS7i

With the NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i you are able to define the ergonomic stride path that conforms to the way you move rather than being locked into a set pattern. This allows you to target more muscles and increase your cardio burn. You are able to simulate the motion of a stair stepper, elliptical trainer and treadmill all in one machine. Furthermore, the stride length extends to 38", allowing for extreme strides. The FreeStride Trainer also comes with 7” Web Enable Full Color Touch Screen Monitor. The company told me they are having trouble keeping this machine in stock because of the popularity. Read the full Review Here to learn more.

Sole E35

Runner-up: $1,000 - $1,499

Sole E35

Since one of our team members personally owned a Sole E35 for several years, we have more insight to offer than most review sites on this model. In our side by side test with other brands, the Sole out ranks the competition in this price range for stability, smoothness, and noise level (it's very quiet). When it comes to durability, our personal machine we had zero problems with. The Sole E35 consistently receives high marks not only from this website, but also from a "popular consumer magazine" whose name we can't mention due to trademarks (guess who?). To learn more, definitely check out our full Review Here.

Price Range: $1,000 - $1,499

ProForm PRO 16.9 Elliptical

If you're looking for an elliptical for less than $1,500 that gives a rewarding workout and needs little to no maintenance then the ProForm PRO 16.9 Elliptical will give you what you're looking for! The ProForm Pro 16.9 was engineered from actual user feedback and incorporates features such as a digital adjustable stride length, minimal pedal spacing, and easy mount or dismount. It has 26 resistance levels and a whopping 32 lb fly wheel which provides for the smoothest pattern possible. Be sure and watch the proform video. Read our full Review Here to learn more!

Price Range: $500 - $1,000

ProForm SMART HIIT Trainer

The ProForm SMART HIIT Trainer is an excellent choice if you want to get the maximum workout in the shortest amount of time. It is designed to take advantage of high intensity interval training style workouts. The machine takes up less space than a traditional elliptical with a very steep elliptical pattern that has 10” of vertical and 5” of horizontal motion in each step. It’s a great option — sure to give you results — for only $999.

Price Range: $2,000 - $2,499

Sole E95S

The Sole E95S includes up to a 5 year warranty, Electro-magnetic resistance on the heavy duty spin wheel, ergonomically designed foot pedals to prevent toe sleep and power incline. To get this level of quality, you’d normally spend $3500-$4000, so placing this machine on our Best Buy list was a no-brainer! Read our full Review Here for more details.

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS9i

Price Range: $2,500 - $2,999

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS9i

This elliptical has two features that make it a stand-out. First, there is the Variable Motion, so you can extend your stride out to 38″. In comparison to a fixed elliptical stride, the Variable Motion exercises more lower body muscles while giving you an intense cardio workout. Second, this machine has a 10” full color touch screen display with iFit Live. You can define your goals, track your stats, and simulate running outdoors with Google Maps. These two technologies make the FreeStride Trainer FS9i one of the most innovative and effective cross-trainers on the market. This is a serious cardio burning and body toning machine. Read our full Review Here to learn more.

ProForm SMART HIIT Trainer Pro

Runner-up: $1,500 - $1,999

ProForm SMART HIIT Trainer Pro

The ProForm SMART HIIT Trainer Pro is the long anticipated answer to the popular Bowflex Max Trainers. It wins over the Bowflex machines with more programming, a lower price for what you get, and a more stable design. Plus, it has a wider range of resistance levels so you can amp up your workout over time. It is an upright elliptical with a steep 10” vertical motion that activates more muscle groups and creates a sweat inducing/heart pounding/air gasping workout in no time flat. The SMART HIIT Trainer Pro use the principles of HIIT workouts to burn more calories and ramp up your metabolism. Read our complete review on the ProForm SMART HIIT Trainer Pro .

Life Fitness E5

Price Range: $3,000+

Life Fitness E5

This elliptical is commercial grade for the home. The evidence of the durability of this machine is the 5 year parts warranty. In addition, the Life Fitness E5 excels in its ergonomic and biomechanical features. You pay a premium for the quality of a Life Fitness elliptical, but there is NO compromise with this machine and it’s why we’ve given it the Elliptical Best Buy label. It truly is one of the best ellipticals on the market. Read our complete Review Here .

See our team in action at the NordicTrack Headquarters on the Freestride Trainer FS7i.

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i Review

How We Determine Our Elliptical Reviews and Ratings

This is one of only two review sites where the reviewers actually have experience in the industry (18+ years to be exact) and actual test each model. When writing our elliptical reviews our team draws from the following:

  • Interviews with Manufacturers — We travel to get details you’ll never find on the manufacturer’s websites.
  • Visits to Fitness Equipment Stores — We talk with the people who sell and repair elliptical trainers. These professionals are an important resource in determining which ellipticals offer the most value for your money.
  • Customer Reviews — We’re regularly in contact with elliptical customers to learn how their ellipticals held up in real life situations.

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