Getting the right elliptical for your body and budget!


Elliptical Best Buys


Three Ways We Evaluate and Choose our Elliptical Best Buys:
1. Personally Trying the Different Models (Yup, this means we test the machines).
2. Visiting with Manufacturers & Maintenance Centers (Yes, we’ve been to the corporate headquarters).
3. Calling Customers that Have Made a Purchase (We’d Love to hear from you)!

Our Complete List of Elliptical Best Buys:


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

Sole E35 Elliptical

Having fully testing a Sole E35 elliptical at Sole headquarters, we feel confident in recommending it as one of our "Best Buy" models. In fact, one customer we spoke with indicated that her assembly technician said he couldn't remember the last time he was called for a Sole machine warranty (but he mentioned many other brands with problems). It's funny as when we were at Sole, the lead customer service person was sitting around without anything to do (it's true!). At Dick's sporting goods, although the one we visited offered many brands of equipment, the salesperson quickly responded to us that the Sole elliptical was their best seller and he mentioned it was due to the noticeable quality difference. Read our in depth analysis on the Sole E35 Here or visit the manufacturer website directly at Sole.com

Price Range: $500 - $1,000

Horizon EX-59

The Horizon EX-59 is one of their best sellers — and for a good reason. The machine is offered at an affordable price with a 30 minute simple assembly. Although this machine is not commercial grade quality, it is certainly a good value. The EX-59 has an 18” stride length, and an LED console that allows stat tracking. This model offers a great workout at an excellent value — and it’s currently ON SALE. Read our full Review Here.

Runner-up: $500 - $1,000

ProForm Carbon EL

The ProForm Carbon EL is one of the better machines in the budget range of ellipticals. For just $799, it comes with some great features. ProForm is a reputable brand in the fitness equipment industry and is known for making quality product. Since they are a larger company and produce on a larger scale, you can expect to get more bang for your buck. On the Carbon EL you can find features like a full-color high contrast display screen, a wide 19” adjustable stride, and a 20-degree adjustable ramp with 5 different positions. It also comes iFit enabled. The features on this elliptical give you a variety of options for your workouts, to target many muscle groups and get you in the best shape possible. To learn more, read our full Review Here.

ProForm SMART PRO 16.9 Elliptical

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

ProForm SMART PRO 16.9 Elliptical

ProForm has been building some of the most durable and stable ellipticals in their class for years. They have won many “Elliptical Best Buys” awards from a number of prominent sources, including this website. The ProForm PRO 16.9 Elliptical has cushioned foot pads which are designed to match your normal gait for walking and running. With the ProForm PRO 16.9 you have adjustable pedals to help eliminate "toe sleep", a decent quality sound system compared to most, and a SIX year parts warranty which speaks of the durability (Lifetime on the frame), 3 years labor. If you are looking for a rewarding cross trainer experience and a very low maintenance machine, for less than $1,500 the ProForm 16.9 we feel will give you great service. Read our full Review Here or visit the manufacturer's website at Proform.com/Ellipticals to learn more!

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

NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i

The NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i is one of the best deals you can get for innovation and ergonomic features. The SE7i is ideal for someone looking for a machine with hassle free assembly and a small footprint for storage. The rear drive design on this machine provides a more stable and solid feel during your workout. The SE7i also includes NordicTrack’s iFit technology. Read our full Review Here or visit the manufacturer at NordicTrack.com to learn more.

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

Sole E98

The Sole E98 is an all-around solid elliptical. This model offers commercial grade features at an affordable price range, ensuring a top-notch workout right in the comfort of your home. The E98 has a heavy 34 lb. flywheel and a 20” stride length, to guarantee smooth, comfortable motion. One of the biggest perks of purchasing from Sole is their outstanding warranty. You’ll get Lifetime Frame, 5-year parts, and 2 years labor. This is one of the best warranties you’ll find out there. Read our in depth analysis on the Sole E98 Here or visit the manufacturer website directly at Sole.com

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

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS10i

The NordicTrack FS10i is the latest addition to the FreeStride series family. This machine combines the benefits of an elliptical, stair stepper, and a treadmill all into one. By combining the motions of these 3 machines, a workout on the FS10i promotes “muscle confusion” – resulting in a more efficient workout. The FS10i also features iFit live and auto adjusting stride. Read our full Review Here or visit the manufacturer at NordicTrack.com to learn more.

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