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NordicTrack, ProForm, and Bowflex round out a strong crop of ellipticals for home workouts. See which others made our list and learn about their features, size, and cost.

When it comes to exercising at home, there’s no shortage of cardio workout equipment to choose from.

Elliptical machines are a popular choice because they’re easier on your joints than treadmills but still offer a challenging workout.

However, because ellipticals vary greatly in size, features, and price, choosing the right one can be challenging. Here’s our roundup of the best 13 options available.

A note on price

General price ranges with dollar signs ($–$$$) are indicated below. One dollar sign means the product is rather affordable, whereas three dollar signs indicate a higher cost.

Generally, list prices range from $129–$3,299, but your actual price will depend on available discounts and where you shop.

Pricing guide

  • $ = under $750
  • $$ = $750–$2,000
  • $$$ = over $2,000
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Here’s a quick look at how our top picks compare:

Product and priceDimensionsMax weight capacityIncline and resistance levelsSubscription service and cost
NordicTrack FS14i FreeStride TrainerT
($$$)
58.5 × 29.5 × 74 in (149 × 75 × 188 cm)375 lb (170.5 kg)• -10–10% incline
• 26 levels
• iFit
• $39/mo
Sunny Health & Fitness SF-E905 EllipticalD
($)
28 × 17 × 57 in
(71 × 43 × 145 cm)
220 lb (100 kg)• none
• 8 levels
Sole Fitness E35 EllipticalL
($$$)
82 × 31 × 71 in
(208 × 79 × 180 cm)
375 lb (170.5 kg)• 20 levels
• 8 levels
• Sole
• $19.99/mo or $199.99/yr
Bowflex Max Trainer M6L
($$)
46 × 26 × 64.2 in
(117 × 66 × 163 cm)
300 lb (136.4 kg)• none
• 16 levels
• Bowflex JRNY app
• $19.99/mo
ProForm Hybrid Trainer XTL
($)
24.5 × 70.5 × 60.5 in
(62 × 179 × 154 cm)
250 lb (113.6 kg)• none
• 16 levels
• iFit
• $39/mo
EllptiGO 3C Outdoor Elliptical Bike
($$$)
75 × 50–58 in
(190.5 × 127–147 cm)
250 lb (113.6 kg)• none
• 3 gears
Schwinn 411 Elliptical L
($)
53.8 x 24 x 62.5 in
(136.7 x 61 x 158.8 cm)
300 lb (136 kg)• none
• 16 levels
• Explore the World app
• $13.49/mo or $79.99/yr for iOS
• $9.99/mo or $59.99/ yr for Android
Sunny Health & Fitness Air Walk TrainerL
($)
25 x 19 x 57 in
(63.5 x 48.3 x 144.8 cm)
220 lb (100 kg)• none
• none
ProForm Carbon E10 EllipticalT
($$)
67.75 x 25 x 68.5 in (172.1 x 63.5 x 174 cm)325 lb (147.4 kg)• 20 degrees
• 24 levels
• iFit
• $39/mo
Cubii JR1 Under-Desk EllipticalL
($)
‎23.15 x 17.56 x 10 in
(58.8 x 44.6 x 25.4 cm)
250 lb (113.6 kg)• none
• 8 levels
• Cubii Studio+
• $7.99/mo or $74.99/yr
Bowflex Max Trainer M9
($$)
49.21 x 30.5 x 65.12 in
(125 x 77.5 x 165.4 cm)
300 lb (136 kg)• none
• 20 levels
• Bowflex JRNY app
• $19.99/mo
Stamina InMotion E1000 Elliptical
($)
24.5 x 17 x 11.38 in (62.23 x 43.18 x 28.9 cm)250 lb (113.6 kg)• none
• none
Decathlon EL520 Self-Powered Elliptical
($)
57.5 x 24.8 x 62.6 in (146 x 63 x 159 cm)286 lb (130 kg)• none
• none

* L = LCD display, T = Touch screen display, D = Digital monitor

To find the best ellipticals currently on the market, we considered the following criteria:

  • Workout modes and resistance levels: For the best workout possible, we looked for ellipticals with customized workout options.
  • Special features: We know it’s the little things that really set an elliptical apart, so we factored in features like cupholders, fans, touch screens, and instructor-led classes.
  • Price: Because budgets can vary, we included machines at a variety of price points.
  • Warranties: Ellipticals aren’t cheap, which is why we researched the warranty policy for each product.
  • Customer reviews: Some things you just can’t know until you try a product. That’s why we spent extra time combing through customer reviews.

The list below is not in rank order, because we recognize that the best elliptical machine for you will depend on your specific needs and desires. To help you with this, we’ve tried to select the best options for a variety of features.

Note that the prices above reflect the current market list price and may vary by retailer.

Ready to buy an elliptical? Here are some factors to consider:

  • Space: How much room do you have for an elliptical? Do you have space for additional equipment, or do you need a multipurpose machine?
  • Your exercise needs and desired features: How many resistance and incline levels do you want? Are you fine working out on your own, or do you prefer instructor-led classes?
  • Warranties: An elliptical is a pricey investment, so you’ll want to check what’s covered under the warranty and for how long.
  • Customer reviews: Especially if you’re ordering online and can’t try it out for yourself, look for a product that’s rated highly by consumers.

Are home ellipticals worth it?

If you use a home elliptical frequently enough, it’s worth the investment. For many people, a home elliptical is worth buying as it can be easier to fit a quick workout in at home than it is to go to the gym. Consider creating a regular exercise routine to ensure you get your money’s worth.

If you’re not sure whether you enjoy using an elliptical, consider trying one out in a gym or at a sports equipment store before making a purchase. If you prefer to use a variety of gym equipment, a gym membership might be more worthwhile.

Are front- or rear-drive ellipticals better?

Personal preference plays a large role in choosing between the two elliptical styles.

Front-drive ellipticals tend to be cheaper and more compact, but having the flywheel in the front can also limit stride length a bit. This can affect taller individuals whose legs need extra stride room.

Rear-drive ellipticals tend to flatten exercise movements and have a more natural feel. They also tend to be quieter and have fewer moving parts, which can mean less maintenance. These ellipticals may not offer the same range of incline options as a front-drive elliptical, though.

What muscles do ellipticals strengthen?

Elliptical machines can offer a full-body aerobic workout. An elliptical workout can strengthen your glutes, hamstrings, quads, chest, back, biceps, triceps, and core muscles.

Have a specific area you’d like to focus on? By changing the incline and resistance, you can focus on specific lower body muscle groups such as your quads or calves. Moving the pedals in reverse allows you to focus on your hamstrings and glutes (1).

If you stand up straight and release the handlebars, you can even work on core strength and balance.

Are ellipticals safe?

When used appropriately, ellipticals can be a safe way to get a low impact workout. In fact, using an elliptical can be less stressful on your knees, hips, and back than running or using a treadmill (2).

Before beginning any new exercise routine, it’s important to check with a healthcare professional. They can advise you on any specific personal health concerns that would make working out on an elliptical unsafe.

What brand is the best elliptical?

It depends on your personal preference, as all ellipticals have their own unique features and benefits. However, if you’re looking for a high quality elliptical brand, all the brands mentioned above are worth considering.

Is the elliptical machine good for losing belly fat?

No specific workout can help you lose belly fat faster than another. However, if you want to burn calories, elliptical machines can offer a high intensity workout without impacting your joints as much as, say, a treadmill.

Working out on an elliptical machine can improve your core muscles, which won’t necessarily help you lose belly fat, but can help you strengthen your abdominal muscles.

What single machine is better than an elliptical?

A treadmill has some benefits over an elliptical: It can be more effective for burning calories and improving strength. However, the elliptical is easier on your joints, especially your knee joints, offering lower impact workouts.

If you’re looking to get something specific out of your workouts, it might be best to discuss it with a physiotherapist or personal trainer, as they can give you personalized advice on which machines to use.

Elliptical machines are a low impact way to get your heart rate up at home (3).

With many options to choose from, you can use this list as a starting point to find the elliptical trainer that best fits your lifestyle. Remember to check with a healthcare professional before beginning any new exercise plan.