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How to Choose a Great Elliptical for Home Use

Training on an elliptical can be a great way of staying fit. It works both your arms and legs at the same time, so you’ll be able to burn more calories. I wanted to try this for myself, using it as a way to improve my cardio performance. Here’s a list of some of the things I’ll be looking for to make sure I get a great elliptical device.

Type Of Drive Design

The first thing to consider is the type of drive design you want. There will be three main types for you to choose from. These are; front, rear, and center. The one that you pick won’t affect the type of workout that you get. But it will impact the way that you’ll be standing during the session.

The front-drive has a wheel at the front of the device. These tend to be the cheapest models. This will create a sloped path, similar to walking on a slight incline. A rear-drive will put the wheel behind the pedals. This experience will be similar to walking. Finally, you have the center drive. This can often resemble being on a treadmill.

Elliptical Weight

It’s also important to consider how much the elliptical will weigh. This can give you an indication of whether or not it is a quality device. The heavier the device, the less likely it will be to wobble when you are using it. Most high-quality ellipticals will weigh over 40 kilograms. You don’t need to worry about lifting a heavy elliptical in place. You’ll be able to use rollers under the elliptical to move it. Also, the heavier the elliptical, the higher the maximum user weight.

Smooth Movement

When you’re on the elliptical, you want to try and find something that has pedals that move smoothly. This will deliver a better workout. None of the pedals should impede the movement of the elliptical. If buying in-store, you can try it out, getting a sense of how it moves. If purchasing online, read through the user reviews. This will tell you what other people thought of the quality of the machine. It’s also worth checking out what they had to say about the volume of the machine. Though loud pedals aren’t a dealbreaker, they can be very annoying.

Foot Pedals

When buying my machine, you’ll want to take a look at my foot pedals. This will have a big impact on whether or not you’ll be working out in comfort. You’ll want to find something that offers some padding. Bare metal or plastic won’t feel good under your feet. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my feet going numb during an extended session.

Stride Length

It’s also a good idea to check the stride length. This is how far the pedals will separate at their longest ebb. Most ellipticals will have a 21-inch stride. However, it’s best to get something that will be adjustable. This will ensure that you can set it up to suit you. If you have younger people in the house, you’ll often want to need to shorten the stride to make the machine easier for them to use. You should also be able to control the height of the armbars.

Control Panel

One of the most important parts of the elliptical will be the control panel. This is where you will manage the settings on the device. These are things like setting the incline of the machine and the amount of resistance. It should be easy to control these settings, often just with a turn of the knob or push of a button. By doing this, you’ll be able to control the workout. To see how resistance levels can help you get the most out of each session, check out this high-intensity elliptical workout:

Trackable Stats

There are plenty of things that might motivate you to use the elliptical. But, for me, I want to be able to see steady progress. I want to be able to look at the data that shows that I have been getting better. I find it’s a great reason to consistently put in the effort. It can also let me show off to my friends.

Most ellipticals will come with some way of monitoring the workout. This can include stats like how long you have been going and what distance you have covered. You should also be able to track how many calories you have burnt. In some cases, you might be able to incorporate this with your smart device. This will let you monitor your heart rate. This can be stored online, so you can pull the data apart, seeing which days you are most productive.


It’s also important to consider how large the elliptical machine will be. Unless you are building a home gym, you’ll often have a limited amount of space to dedicate to the elliptical. You’ll also need to make sure that you’re leaving enough space for you to move the pedals. To make this easier, most devices will have the dimensions listed online. This will allow you to decide whether or not you’ll be able to fit the elliptical in your home. You might also be able to find a machine that you’ll be able to fold up.


Finally, you’ll need to think about the price. Most of us will have a fixed budget. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a decent elliptical machine. However, this doesn’t mean that you should pick the budget option. Often, these have been made to a lower standard, with cheaper parts. They won’t be as durable, making them more likely to fall apart. Often, a decent elliptical will start at around $800. Though you might want to spend $1,000 to $1,500. This will ensure that you’ll be able to get a device that will deliver a quality experience.


There are plenty of things that I’ll need to keep in mind when looking for my elliptical machine. Though it might take a while to find the right one it will be worth it. It’ll be able to provide a full body workout. For some tips on how to use your new elliptical check out this helpful video:

So, get an elliptical to stay in shape at home.

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