It is no wonder that elliptical machines, or rather just ellipticals are getting more popularity every year. They are great, usually affordable machines for cardio. It is a great way to improve your condition and lose excess weight, if you need to.
So if you are tired of exercise bikes, elliptical machines are great calorie-burners alternatives. But some of these machines are not so affordable. You can find ellipticals under $200 and you can also find them above $2000. In this comprehensive guide, I’ve picked 7 best affordable elliptical machines on the market.
Affordable Elliptical Machines Compared
Dimensions (L x W x H)
Maximum Weight Limit
63 x 21 x 66 inches
50 x 20.5 x 62 inches
38 x 15 x 25.8 inches
60 x 28 x 64 inches
59 x 23 x 64 inches
43 x 24 x 62.5 inches
50 x 23.5 x 62 inches
Benefits of Elliptical Machines
As I’ve already mentioned above, elliptical machines improve your condition via cardio. But that is not everything. The motion on these machines is very similar to cross-country skiing, which very similarly engages minor and major muscle groups, which is very beneficial for you.
Besides cardio, you improve your stability, leg strength and the core. You can expect to improve and strengthen your quads, calves, glutes and hamstrings.
What to Look for Before Purchasing
There are several factors you should consider before the purchase. I’ll outline them below. Here are some factors to consider.
Maximum weight support
You do not want to get an elliptical that supports 200 lbs, if you have 220 lbs weight, right? One of the first things you should definitely check is the maximum weight support. From my own experience I know that every manufacturer states this information.
It is a good thing that most of these machines are not very noisy, although some are nosier than others. If you are sensitive and you prefer silent machine, or if you plan to work-out while watching TV, noise level is definitely a factor worth considering.
It Should Be Transportable
If you plan to move the machine around the house or apartment, make sure you pick a model with front wheels. Alternatively, you can consider it a strength workout. ^^
You don’t want to fall off the machine during your workout now, do you? Make sure the frame is sturdy and the construction will not fall apart during the workout.
Circle of Motion
Another important thing to consider is the circle of motion. Some ellipticals, especially cheaper ones, tend to have a small circle of motion, which can be uncomfortable and awkward for people with long legs who are used to make longer steps.
The last but not least feature to check is the price. If you meet every criteria mentioned above, make sure the chosen elliptical is worth the money.
7 Best Affordable Elliptical Machines Reviewed
Now that we are familiar with the benefits and what to look for before purchasing the machine, let’s dive into our list of the best affordable ellipticals.
1. Sunny Health & Fitness SF-E3862
- Performance monitor: conveniently Track time,...
- ElectroMagnetic resistance: challenge...
- Pulse monitor: easily monitor your heart RATE...
- Device holder: take control of your...
I don’t think that the Sunny Health & Fitness brand needs a special introduction. They have been on the market for over a decade now.
The elliptical SF-E3862 is one of the best that you can find in regard to quality / price ratio. It’s a good value for your money. The machine uses electro-magnetic resistance with 16 tension levels, adjustable via a digital LCD. The monitor allows you to track distance, time, speed, calories burned wattage, heart rate and rotations per minute.
It also has 24 exercise presets, 7 workout modes and a BMI calculator. If you do not want to use the electro-magnetic combination, you can use just magnetic setting, without the need for electricity. The pedals have anti-slip design and the length stride is 15.75 inches.
The elliptical comes with transportation wheels, device (tablet, cellphone) holder and bottle holder. The max supported weight is 265 lbs, the assembled dimensions are 63 x 21 x 66 inches and the empty weight is 125.7 pounds
2. Doufit EM-01
Elliptical machine manufactured by Doufit deserves a spot on our list mainly because of the combination of its functions and affordability. The machine comes in an attractive modern design in the combination of white and black colors. The frame is made of heavy-duty steel, thus making it stable and sturdy.
The pedals (pads) are large enough to accommodate any feet and they are textured, with an anti-slip design. As with most ellipticals on our list, Doufit uses magnetic resistance with 8 different tension levels. It comes with a simple LCD monitor and is also equipped with transportation wheels for convenient portability.
The dimensions are 50 x 20.5 x 62 inches and the maximum supported weight is 264 lbs.
3. MaxKare Magnetic
- 【Adjustable Resistance from 1 to 8 levels &...
- 【Front Flywheel Design & Dual-direction...
- 【LCD Display & Pulse Grips】This...
- 【Cup Holder Design】The elliptical bike...
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that MaxKare elliptical made it to our list – they produce quality home-gym equipment for a long time and their elliptical is a good representation of their brand. As the names suggests, this is yet another magnetic resistance machine with 8 tension levels. The machine can be used in dual direction, thanks to the heavy-duty bi-directional flywheel.
Thanks to the convenient, ergonomic design, you can exercise for long period of hours without the risk of damaging your ankles and knees. Of course, there is a LCD display that offers all the basic stats like speed, time, distance, calories burned and also heart rate, thanks to the hand pulse monitor.
It also comes with a bottle holder, tablet holder and transportation wheels for easy portability. The maximum user weight is 264 lbs.
4. Body Champ 3-in-1 Trio
- MULTIFUNCTIONAL DESIGN: With a patented...
- PLUS TWO: In addition to its patented 3-in-1...
- HASSLE-FREE TRANSITIONS: The innovative...
- FLUIDITY FLYWHEEL SYSTEM: The smooth...
Our list of the best affordable elliptical machines continues with a trainer manufactured by Body Champ. This time we will take a closer look at the 3-in-1 version. Body Champ 3-in-1 can be used as an elliptical trainer, recumbent bike and upright bike. The great thing about this fella is that the transition is smooth without actually unmounting or adjusting anything.
There are 3 handle bars to choose from. U-shaped with heart rate monitor, dual action (for elliptical training) and wraparound. The machine comes with bigger LCD display and 21 programs ready at your disposal. It is a magnetic-resistance machine with good adjustability and quality motor drive. The assembled dimensions are 60 x 28 x 64 in and the maximum support weight is 250 lbs.
5. Schwinn A40
- 7 preset programs: 6 profile, 1 quick start
- High speed, high inertia perimeter weighted...
- 8 levels of resistance to keep you on your...
- Large LCD console tracks speed, time, RPM,...
The Schwinn A40 elliptical is very well known and it deserves a place among our list. This particular elliptical is a bit more advanced than most on the list, but it’s also a bit more expensive. It uses high-inertia perimeter weighted flywheel for quiet and smooth workout and comes with 7 pre-set programs, one of which is a quick start, while the rest 6 are profile programs.
A40 comes 8 different levels of resistance, so you can adjust the trainer according to your needs. The handles are ergonomically designed and equipped with a hand pulse monitor, so you can check your heart rate at the provided LCD display. The assembled dimensions are 59 x 23 x 64 inches and the maximum weight limit is 275 lbs.
6. Sunny Health & Fitness SF-E3804
- ENDURANCE TRAINER: High Intensity Cardio...
- RESISTANCE: 8 Levels of Magnetic Resistance...
- SAFETY & CONVENIENCE: Transportation wheels...
- PERFORMANCE MONITOR: easy to read display...
Yet another trainer on our list manufactured by Sunny Health & Fitness. As with other models on the list, this one also comes with magnetic resistance system with 8 tension levels. It features 13.5 stride length. The machine comes with transportation wheels so it can be moved around easily. All-black pedals are covered with slip-resistant material.
The included LCD display provides information about time, speed, RPM, distance and burned calories. Thanks to the pulse grips you can also monitor your heart rate. Featuring a heavy-duty steel frame, the machine supports up to 287 pounds of weight. The assembled dimensions are 54L X 24W X 63H Inches and the weight is 93 pounds.
7. Efitment E006
- COMPACT - A small footprint design makes this...
- TOTAL BODY WORKOUT - Provides a no impact,...
- DIGITAL DISPLAY MONITOR - The LCD monitor...
- QUIET AND MOBILE - A belt driven flywheel...
The last elliptical trainer on our list of the best affordable elliptical machines is manufactured by Efitment. This is actually another machine with the magnetic tension system with 8 resistance levels. However, this machine features 11” stride length.
It also includes transportation wheels and LCD monitor with standard features along with the heart rate monitor. Free addition is the phone / tablet holder. The dimensions are 50L x 23.5W x 62H, weight is 63 lbs and maximum user weight support is 220 lbs.
That’s it. There goes our list on the best affordable elliptical trainers for home. When choosing your winner, make sure to go through the ‘What to Look For’ guide first. This way, you can pinpoint potential issues that should be avoided.
Eventually, it is up to you if you prefer cheaper elliptical trainer, or if you would rather go for more expensive 3-in-1 machines. Every single one has its pros and cons, so don’t forget to check them as well. Hopefully, the guide was somewhat helpful and don’t forget to check my other guides.