Deciding Between Three High-Rated Elliptical Machines

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I recently decided to buy an elliptical machine for my apartment. I have a local gym membership, but I don’t go as often as I’d like, so when I have the option to renew my membership this April, I figured I would decline and then use the money to buy my own elliptical machine for a more convenient exercise option. I know that I want something affordable that is easy to install and maintain, but isn’t too flimsy. I have started looking into various models, and there is quite a wide range of variety. The prices I’ve found vary from $300 to $2,000!

I talked to two trainers at my gym, asked some friends on Facebook, and searched online for elliptical machine ratings 2015. So far I have been able to narrow the pool down to three models: the Schwinn 430, the ProForm Smart Stride, and the Exerpeutic 1000XL.
elliptical at home
The Schwinn 430 is high-rated elliptical among fitness magazines, and it is available for about $500. It has 20 different resistance settings and a USB port. I like that I can connect it to MyFItness Pal, but the machine itself seems a slightly unsteady. It guarantees to withstand up to 300 pounds of weight, and I am nowhere near that size, but when I tried a model at a local athletic store, it didn’t feel as secure as I would like. This just might be a personal preference of mine because it was rated 6 out of the top 10 elliptical machines by Health and Wellness. Also, I can’t beat the price. It’s one of the highest rated machines under $600.

The ProForm Smart Strider is pretty incredible. It has 24 resistance settings, has an option to move your arms or keep them stable, and you can FOLD IT UP! How handy is that? I’ve never seen such a sturdy machine with this collapsible. It seems to be the perfect blend of convenience and performance. The one problem is that at $1,200 it is by far the most expensive of my final choices. One of my friends recommended it, and a man at my gym encouraged me to think of this as an investment: would I really want to spend half as much on something I didn’t like?

The Exerpeutic 1000XL is only $200 and came recommended by a close friend of mine. I was wary because it’s so cheap that I thought it would be trashy, but it has a lot of terrific reviews. You change the resistance on this model by turning a knob which is the main difference between this one and the other two. I think this is why this model is so inexpensive. Also, the stride range on the Exerpeutic is only 13 inches, and I have very long legs, so I think I’m going to try it out before I make my final decision.

They’ve all been rated fairly well by experts. I really like the option to food up the ProForm, but it is so expensive. I love the $200 price of the Exerpeutic, but I’m really worried about maintaining a consistent workout with a manual resistance machine. The Schwinn seems to be a nice compromise, but I’m worried about durability.

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