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Elliptical Trainers Buyers Guide

Manufacturers usually have an "Elliptical Buyers Guide" on their website. Here is a summary of the various recommendations to help you buy the best elliptical trainer for your need.


  • Adjustable incline and resistance.
  • Elliptical motion.
  • Spend 20 minutes testing (i.e. exercising) on a unit.
  • Forward and reverse motions.
  • Quiet operation.
  • Electronic features.
  • Safety features such as handrails and elliptical movement.
  • Maintenance free.
  • Warranty of at least 1 year labor and 1 - 3 years parts.

Proform and NordicTrack

These belong to the same parent company, ICON Health & Fitness. Their recommendations and buying guide are very similar.
  • Magnetic resistance for smooth forward and reverse motion.
  • At least a 13" stride (Proform website) or 17" stride (NordicTrack website).
  • Incline capability to targe different muscle groups.
  • Control panels with basic info such as speed, time and distance.
  • Advanced control panels for video games, iPod, sound systems and more.
  • Space saver designs allowing ellipticals to fold up for easy storage.
  • Upper body arm mechanism.

Yowza Fitness

  • Rear drive ellipticals have better feel for the motion.
  • Variable motion ellipticals.

Feel free to print out these high level elliptical buying guide and take it to your store of choice. Use it as a check list when buying your next elliptical trainer or machine.

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Guide to Elliptical Trainer Machines

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Comparative shopping guide to the best elliptical trainer machines you can buy online. Proform, Schwinn, Nordictrack, Horizon, Weslo, Octane, Ironman, Healthrider, Diamondback, Tunturi, LifeFitness and more. Summary of reviews as published on manufacturer websites.


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