If you are looking for an elliptical machine, you might have an idea of the features you are looking for. For example, how to store it or things like noise levels and effectiveness. But you are not sure how much you should pay for your machine or what an elliptical trainer should cost in general.
This buying guide includes all the best machines, and the reviews are based on various criteria that will help you decide what elliptical machine fits your needs and demands. We have taken the step even further and have now made a list of all the best ellipticals under $1000 on the market today.
There are so many solutions to stay fit for under $1000, but when it comes to elliptical machines, things tend to go more on the expensive side. This list shows you that you can still get a high-quality elliptical at a great price, and not miss out on any of the killer features that make the expensive ones so great. There are some fantastic hybrid options out there, and also some lesser known brands from great reputable companies. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty with this list of elliptical machines for under $1000, and you will come out with a real gem.
- Brand: Nautilus
- Dimension: 51.2 x 34.3 x 22.1 inches
- Weight: 186 pounds
- Warranty: 10 year frame, 2 year parts, 1 year electronics, 90 days labor
- Sunny Health & Fitness
- Brand: Sunny Health & Fitness
- Dimension: 19 x 17 x 8 inches
- Weight: 21 pounds
- Warranty: Manufacturers
- Brand: Nautilus
- Dimension: 50 x 34 x 22 inches
- Weight: 186 pounds
- Warranty: 10 year frame, 2 year parts, 1 year electronics, 90 days labor
- Brand: Gazelle
- Dimension: 43 x 28 x 53.8 inches
- Weight: 42 pounds
- Warranty: Manufacturers
1. Nautilus E616 Elliptical Trainer
First on the list is the Nautilus E616 Elliptical Trainer, which is just under the $1000 price point and this unit is considered one of the higher priced items in our countdown. It features a beautiful and large Dual LCD display with a blue backlit performance and easy to read details of up to 13 workouts. All of your vital information will be right in front of you at all times. Therefore, you won’t have to break up your workout just to look for obscure details.
With the E616, modern technology is on the forefront. It comes with a built-in USB charging and Bluetooth connectivity to ensure that you can easily take advantage of the newest technology while you exercise. The stride length is a nice roomy 20 inches, and with the use of multiple profiles, along with 25 levels of resistance, and 29 programs, there is more than enough to keep even the pickiest of trainers busy.
If you’re big on workout music, then this is the elliptical for you because this unit includes a high-quality pair of speakers that not only get a good amount of bass through, but also work well with anything on your playlist. Advanced users who plan to hook their players up to the machine will have to play around with equalizer settings in order to perfect the sound that comes out of the speakers.
Although the usual grip heart rate is included with the bars, you can also opt for the telemetry enabled chest strap to get a more accurate real time reading. Everyone has their preferences concerning the two, but the rule of thumb is that if the machine supports telemetry enabled chest strap, you should select that option. The reason for that is improved real-time accuracy during your exercise, and also it is a convenient solution that does not come with every machine.
This is a top of the line machine that you will usually find in fitness clubs across the world, not only for how well it works for several users but for the depth of features it provides. For example, the Nautilus Connect portal is a very polished app and also gives you access to the Nautilus trainer app, as well as third party solutions like MyFitnessPal. This is basically a program fit for everyone whether they use third party apps or prefer to stick with the proprietary ones.
With intuitive export and import features, you’ll always be in control of your current health information wherever you are in the world. This is an important part of fitness that goes a long way in building a culture that Nautilus has been proud of for years. If we take value and money into the final buying equation, this elliptical is a huge bargain and should turn a lot of heads of prospective buyers.
2. Sunny Health & Fitness Twister Stepper
This is probably the lowest priced item on the list, and also the smallest and most portable. Besides being small enough to hang on your door, it manages to have enough features that make it an interesting choice to the well-traveled user that wants an exercise solution that will fit in their bag. The Sunny Health & Fitness Twister Stepper is a low priced compact fitness device that mimics a full sized elliptical machine.
Part of the great features of it is that despite its small size it even does a good job of including resistance training right out of the box. For getting a deeper workout there is twist action to tone your lower body while also working key areas of your upper body. There really is nothing missing from this machine than a full sized elliptical, other than the console of course. Craft users will simply use it in front of a TV while watching their favorite exercise program.
For the best results, one could easily watch performance videos of trainers using the twister stepper, of which there are plenty, and most of them are free. This is one of the few items on the list that work well for group activities. Therefore, a group of friends could all own one and workout together simply because of its affordable price. The resistance bands are very high quality and work better than they look at first glance. It’s ridiculously easy to put it under a desk in your office and pull it out for a five-minute workout several times a day.
Despite its great compact features and the affordable price point, there are some limitations to consider. For example, you will have to deal with a weight limitation of 250 pounds that may disqualify a lot of users who would benefit from the great advantages of this unit. The LCD is quite small and some users may struggle to see what is on the screen. However, you cold ignore the unnecessary information on the screen and use something more detailed and easy to see.
This unit weighs only 21 pounds and this is all you will have to deal with when transporting the unit. There are some key features missing, but there is no other unit on the list that is better for group workouts than the Sunny Health & Fitness Twister Stepper.
3. Nautilus E614 Elliptical Trainer
Considered to be mid-priced according to this list, the Nautilus E614 Elliptical Trainer is a nice big stationary elliptical that performs well beyond expectations. An included dual LCD display shows your workout status and up to 13 details about your current session. Full support for Nautilus Connect and MyFitnessPal right out of the box means you will up and running in no time at all.
Using the USB function, you can either charge your device or use the data export feature. That way, you can have all of your workout details, goals and sessions with you wherever you go. Technically with these two applications, you are very much prepared for any major changes in app functionality, which is a blessing in disguise for users that are slow adopters of new technology and software.
Stride length is a nice smooth 20 inches with grip heart rate in the bars. Therefore, you do not have to worry about whether the movement is natural or not. Features built into the console include support for up to 2 user profiles, 22 programs and 20 levels of resistance. The true potential of this unit is that it works well for users with multiple goals or multiple users with different needs.
As per usual with Nautilus products, the acoustic chambered speakers are one of the premium assets you can get from an elliptical machine that is usually underpowered. Nautilus makes sure that there is a lot of rich sound available through their speakers so that you can hear your favorite tunes or motivational speeches while hitting your session.
Moving the machine multiple times is going to be a hassle, and if you plan to bring it up a flight of stairs, you’re going to get a serious workout. The unit is a good 183 pounds and is rock solid at that. There are no wheels for moving it around, so once it’s set, you better be sure that’s where you want it. Besides being extremely durable, it has one of the best flywheels you can use at high amounts for years at a time. An inertia perimeter weighted flywheel is built to be not only quiet, but also powerful when it comes to working out for hours a day.
There are a horde of built-in features that some of the other machines on the list do not have out of the box. The only downside is the complete heaviness of the elliptical and its lack of even short-term portability. If you’re willing to put up with these few shortcomings, then you will get an awesome deal, one that will last you for years.
4. Gazelle Edge
Our next elliptical is endorsed by everyone’s favorite infomercial workout prince Tony Little. The Gazelle keeps it simple by focusing more on the workout itself. There is no Bluetooth features, no USB charging ports, and no integration with MyFitnessPal or other apps. There is the option for apps that support manual input, but for the type of user that will be using the Gazelle Edge, it won’t be of much use.
There is a niche market for this unit because it focuses on the most important part of a workout, which is the actual exercise and the Gazelle is a barebones system that has the greatest stride and natural motion of any unit on the list. This means you can go from walking to running without any sudden stops and get the greatest cardiovascular workout that your body will allow. The small computer that is onboard has 5 functions that can track time, distance, speed and more. It’s essentially all you need to get the most out of your workout sessions.
The non-skid foot platforms are made wider for comfort and to accommodate as many users as possible. Although it looks like the skeletal structure of an elliptical machine, the 1.5in rolled steel frame is very durable and is not prone to easy breaking or wearing. A complaint that has to do with the handles are that they can get uncomfortable during long workouts, not to the point where it’s unbearable but just enough to make you notice.
The weight capacity of 250 pounds is going to turn away a lot of potential users, especially since it is 50 pounds lighter than the previous unit. The Gazelle edge with a weight limit of 250 wouldn’t serve a lot of overweight guys much, which is interesting considering the spokesman is a male. Some women may also face the same issue if they are over 250, and with the popularity of the Gazelle and its long standing in the exercise community, it would be nice to see them address this by raising the limit. For a barebones unit, this is an awesome buy, and it has been around for several years in different iterations. Not only is it easy to use, but it’s a great bargain for those that don’t need the bells and whistles of an electronic elliptical.
- Brand: Horizon Fitness
- Dimension: 68.2 x 22 x 646 inches
- Weight: 145 pounds
- Warranty: Manufacturers
- Brand: Schwinn
- Dimension: N/A
- Weight: N/A
- Warranty: Manufacturers
- Brand: Horizon Fitness
- Dimension: 75 x 24 x 66 inches
- Weight: 208 pounds Shippong Weight
- Warranty: Manufacturers
- Brand: ProForm
- Dimension: 46.5 x 25.8 x 18 inches
- Weight: 116.8 pounds
- Warranty: Manufacturers
5. Horizon Fitness EX-59-02 Elliptical Trainer
Horizon is a name to look out for in the market, with their high-priced offering that aims to add some unique features to the list. The Horizon Fitness EX-59-02 Elliptical Trainer has a large 5 inch LCD display that is very clear and easy to use and shows speed, calories, heart rate, program level, watts, time and distance. The elliptical was built from the ground up with the intention of taking full advantage of the 14.3-inch flywheel that is not only as smooth as butter, but as durable as hardened steel.
An interesting ECB resistance brake system keeps you from sustaining any injuries from a user or system malfunction, while the sonic surround sound speakers can be taken full advantage of with their MP3 functionality. Stride length reaches 18 inches and feels natural in both directions, lessening the chance for injury or quick fatigue.
Take advantage of the power in front of you with up to 10 programs including, reverse train, random, calorie goal, constant watts, rolling, intervals, weight loss and manual. Weight capacity for the unit is at about 275, so it’s a pretty fair adjustment on their end that should fit most users. Warranty on the frame is lifetime while there is 2 years for parts and 1 year for labor. Moreover, this unit features a Six-star certification that Horizon worked hard to attain it for this machine.
Using the possible program options, it’s easy to get a great low impact or high impact workout, even if it is lacking Bluetooth and app functionality. They’ve included a water bottle holder, reading rack and accessories tray for your convenience. The problem is that it is on the higher tier of the ellipticals in price, yet is still missing some modern functionality. It’s almost like it’s trapped in the middle with features, but still remains on the pricey side. The only downside is the lack of Bluetooth and app features but on the flip-side you can also get the portable Gazelle Edge, for less than ¼ the price and pretty much have the same thing but without the LCD.
6. Schwinn 430 Elliptical Machine
Schwinn is one of the biggest brand names on the list, and this high-quality unit is packed with fantastic features that suits different exercise needs and demands. Besides being one of the best-designed machines on the list, it works as well as it looks with the dual track LCD windows. You can view up to 13 display feedbacks, and even in monochrome, the spacious viewing system makes things easy to organize.
By using the embedded USB port, you can not only charge your devices, but you can also export your data to Schwinn Connect goal tracking, which monitors your session, fitness goals and times. There is a wealth of programs and settings to play with on this elliptical, and you’ll easily be amazed at what’s available between the 22 programs, two user settings, and 20 levels of resistance.
Staying motivated is easy when there are so many ways to vary your workout according to various system settings and functions. A high inertia perimeter weighted flywheel is heavy duty enough to keep you moving at high speeds, but quiet enough and doesn’t sound like the machine is straining to keep up with you.
The Schwinn line has been a leading American brand for years, and one of things you’ll notice besides the quality is that they also manage to keep their machines updated with the modern side of fitness. They are fully compatible with third party apps like MyFitnessPal, and the ten degree, six position manual ramp is sure to make you sweat while giving you your money’s worth. Assembling the unit is easy, to the point that a beginner can do it without having to worry too much about putting something together wrong. Cushioning on the footplates may seem a bit unusual at first use, but after intense workouts, the cushioning becomes a must have for anyone that uses ellipticals on a daily basis.
When moving the unit from room to room, you can count on the transport wheels to make the process as simple as possible. The warranty is outstanding, offering 10 years on the frame, 2 years mechanical, 2 year electrical and 90 days labor. Weight limit is 300, as Schwinn is very friendly when it comes to that area and supporting as many users as possible. This is a great buy, and a great elliptical to purchase for under $1000.
7. Horizon Fitness EX-69-2 Elliptical Trainer
Here is another 6 star certified elliptical and this top-rated machine has a 10-inch low step on height and a strong, 14.3 flywheel with magnetic brake resistance. Believe it or not, one of the best features of this unit is the fan, which goes above and beyond what you would consider for a fan that small in size. It’s so good that it would work even great as a desktop fan if it were detachable.
You can look forward to a 1-20 range in electronic resistance and a comfortable 20-inch oversized footpad with traction edges. This is another unit on the list with a 300-pound weight limit, allowing all comers to test how efficient it glides. There are ten program options and Goal Center workout tracking, and a sonic speaker input for MP3’s and headphone output should you require it. The speakers aren’t going to blow you away, but they’re adequate for what they do. The contact grips give you a pretty accurate heart rate graph, and you can consider yourself covered with the lifetime warranty on the frame and 1 year warranty for parts and labor.
The console and LCD screen are very well laid out, and even while lacking color, it is very easy to read. Options are programmable and easy enough to find, and even for a beginner, there will be easy to explain buttons laid out right in front of them. Right below where you workout there are some places to store items like a bottle of water or even your phone, but the question is why didn’t they include a place to lay such items out right in front of you? The design from that point of view shows that it was built that way because of a lack of a USB charging port, Bluetooth, or compatibility with third-party apps.
This is an interesting unit because it is tremendously powerful by itself without the modern inclusions, but is also one of the priciest in our countdown. However, it is a fantastic elliptical with many great features. Therefore, if modern optimizations are not your cup of tea, then this is the best pure electronic elliptical on the list.
8. ProForm Hybrid Trainer
This ProForm is high priced on the lower end and provides some great features in a machine that aren’t available from the other options on this list. This is the first hybrid on the list, meaning you can workout while sitting or while standing up. That way, you can have a full body workout and concentrate on more areas than any other elliptical on the list. Work on your arms and get them ripped while sitting in the comfortable recumbent seat, or work on your lower body with the 15-inch stride length while standing up.
Included in the system are 14 workout apps and 14 digital resistance levels with a target pacer and RPM meter. The built-in LCD window is pretty average but keeps things clean enough to sort out while in use. Don’t let the fact that this is a hybrid fool you, as the elliptical portion has a strong inertia enhanced flywheel to handle whatever you throw at it. The feet can be adjusted to your height and comfort, and if you need to move the machine, it has transport wheels on one end to roll it from one room to the next.
When it comes to weight supported, this unit blows the others out of the water, supporting a max of 350 pounds total. This is the most accessible item on the list, and will easily become a favorite because of its price. Thirstiness is handled by the onboard bottle holder while you can easily monitor your weight through the dual-grip EKG heart rate monitor.
This unit only features 90-day warranty on parts and labor, but other than that, there really isn’t anything bad to say about this elliptical hybrid. It is one of the best on the list by a longshot, and hits the sweet spot of being below $1000. The best way to look at this is that you’re getting two different exercise machines for the price of one, a bargain that just about anyone would jump at. Some may even prefer a 15-inch stride length to the usual 18-20, but you won’t know unless you give it a shot and see where your loyalties lie. Chances are even after you double-check the list, you’re not going to find many deals as great as this one.
Elliptical Under 1000 Buying Guide
Elliptical machines/trainers have been a favorite machine at the gym for a number of years, but today they are becoming more and more popular for home use. The reason for its growing popularity is that they take up less space than a treadmill or stationary bike and provide even more fitness options and benefits. With so many models available in so many price points, it may be hard to pinpoint just one to invest in.
If you are looking to spend a maximum budget of $1000, you’ll be looking at mid-range elliptical machines, and in that category, it’s hard to beat the Horizon Fitness EX-59 Elliptical Trainer which manages to come in under budget. Although you’ll be paying a mid-range price, you can expect a very high-quality and top-rated construction.
What to Expect
Some of the stand-out features of an elliptical that you can expect from a unit priced below the 1000 dollar mark are at least 10 levels of electronic resistance that allows you to push yourself and create different workout activities to match your needs. The ride will be quiet and smooth, thanks to the flywheel, and it is very easy to step on to these machines using the low pedals. In every machine, there is a LED display window that gives you access to various workout programs. On top of that, you can expect the machine to handle a total weight of 250-350 pounds.
One of the greatest features of an elliptical is that it mimics running and walking
motions without any high impact. Moreover, most of the machines in this price range come with built-in Bluetooth speakers so that your workout will pass by quicker. Therefore, you can sync your favorite music from your tablet or smartphone, and your workout will be much more fun.
LED screen is a common feature for units priced under 1000 and with a display, you can keep track of the distance, time and calories that you have burned during your workout. If you want that extra challenge, play with the various settings and enjoy cardio burn, manual, hill climb or endurance settings.
When determining a top winner in the category of elliptical trainer/machines, there are a number of factors to consider, and it is a good idea to have in mind the following features: size, assembly, noise level, safety features, docking stations, Internet connectivity, USB ports, adjustability, and warranty.
When Price is More Significant than Features
When is a cheap elliptical machine a fantastic deal or just throwing your cash away? There are definitely some cheap elliptical trainers available. However, there are a few in the cut-rate price range ($100-$300) and of course good quality units in the price levels of $1000 or less that are sound machines with complete features.
We did mention above the Gazelle by Tony Little which is a more comparable to a glider than an elliptical where you workout by swinging your arms and legs back and forth. This would be the excellent budget-friendly solution for those who need an efficient, well-built elliptical machine. Moreover, consumers love this unit because of the tremendous workout they experience and for the terrific price tag.
Units Priced Under $1000
If you are looking for an inexpensive elliptical that includes the so-called Space Saving technology, there are many options that you can choose from to maximize your workout experience. For example, ProForm is a leading manufacturer, and their unique Space Saving designs are extremely popular.
Also, Horizon is another quality manufacturer that takes quality and durability very seriously. Their front flywheel technology is an excellent choice for those who are looking for a machine priced below the 1000 dollar mark. Although the trainers differ in features and price, you can rest assured that you will end up with a machine that includes at least 18″-19″ adaptable stride, 16 resistance levels, 16 programs, and an industrial 14.3 lb flywheel, if you decide to go for a top-rated elliptical manufacturer.
Some people aren’t too happy with the inclusion of a hybrid workout solution because they think it dilutes a product of its total value. That couldn’t be further from the truth, as hybrid units take the best qualities of an elliptical and give you the option to have a full body workout. It can be easy to get trapped in working out one part of your body on an elliptical, and not worrying about the other parts. With a hybrid unit, you at least have the option of working out other muscles. That way, you will see better results, and you will be able to rest other parts of your body that were previously worked out before.
Remember that it becomes harder for a muscle to grow when you are constantly tearing it to make it bigger without giving it the necessary recovery time to heal. Using a hybrid machine, you can theoretically workout your entire body throughout a long period of time without the risk of injury. However, you must include sufficient time for your muscles to recover when you workout.
Don’t discount the potential of a hybrid device unless you find a killer feature on one machine that trumps the next. Hybrid machines are here to stay and will continue to get bigger and better as more people adopt to them. Just take a look at the gyms around you, and you’ll see it’s impossible to deny their popularity.
Most people prefer colored LCD’s or dual LCD’s and some prefer the less distracting monochrome LCD. Ellipticals were once simple machines that were made to work you out as efficiently as possible. However, technological advancements now throw 13-14 different workout stats at you on a single screen while you’re running as fast as you can on an incline. Moreover, while you are exercising, the machine is syncing up your Bluetooth device and uploading data to the server.
The truth is that there are users out there that are not, and do not want to be part of the modern elliptical technology. However, the LCD is very important element because it can display all the relevant workout data. Therefore, it is important that you make sure to keep all the relevant information where you can see them while you exercise. Otherwise, you will overburden yourself with data that you don’t know how to utilize fully, and you will easily get distracted. Even though there is an option to view data doesn’t mean you have to turn it on. The bottom line here is that the screen is designed to keep you motivated because on the screen, you can see your goals, session, time, and even how many calories you burned.
Does price make a difference? Yes and No. You know better than anyone what you’re looking for in a workout machine, and ellipticals are a very special type of machine. They can often be intimidating to someone that wants to lose weight, and even the most expensive unit can sit in the corner and collect dust and cobwebs. When choosing the best elliptical machine for under $1000, your goal should be to find one with the features that won’t lead you to quitting and letting it collect dust in the corner.
If Bluetooth and other apps are an important feature to you, then aim for that. If the 300-pound weight limit is too low for you, aim for a unit that supports 350. There are many units on this list that support users of all types, so the ultimate decision in whether you are going to purchase a training machine for under $1000 is when you decide to use it rather than let it be an expensive work of art. Work out your mind with this list, and work out your body with the results.