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What’s the Best Elliptical Machine for Home Use?

For those deciding on an elliptical machine to use at home, a quick look online may leave you feeling overwhelmed with choice.  Elliptical machines have been around long enough that there’s a wide range of brands, models, prices and styles.  When trying to decide what’s the best elliptical machine for home use there are a few main factors that you should keep your eye on.  We’ve come up with an article that goes over those factors in hopes of making your decision a little easier for you.

Durability

If you plan to use your elliptical machine regularly, you want one that will be able to withstand years of use.  Looking at a machine’s maximum body weight recommendation will give you a good idea as to how sturdy it is.  No matter what your body size is, you should try and get the largest maximum weight recommendation you can afford.  Definitely try and get something that’s rated for more than 300 pounds (135 kilograms.) 

You’ll also want to invest in a machine that’s made mostly of metal or strong plastic resin parts.  Flimsy plastic will not only be prone to breaking, but it doesn’t give the machine very much stability.

The warranty will also give you some clues as to how durable the machine will be.  Look for machines with longer warranties included in the buying price.  A two-year warranty on parts and electronics should be the minimum you’re looking for.

Take the TRUE ES700 elliptical model for an example of durability.  It’s rated for a maximum weight of 350 pounds (160 kilograms), is made of heavy gauge steel and has seven-year parts and one-year labour warranty.

Features

Elliptical machines can be bare bones workhorses, but they can also have all the bells and whistles you can afford.  Most machines have an adjustable stride, but the higher end ones actually have an adjustable elevation.  These can be integrated with LCD screen readouts, exercise programs, heart monitors, phone charging ports and more.

Check out the EFX 423 Precision Series for an adjustable elevation range that goes as high as 40 degrees.  It has a 5-inch (13 centimetre) LCD readout, 10 preset exercise programs, an input for your phone or MP3 player and a wireless heart rate monitor.

Performance

Having a wide range of resistance settings means that the machine will allow you to grow as an athlete.  You don’t want to be at maximum resistance from the start and wanting a stronger machine.  Being able to adjust the stride length means that the whole family can use the machine comfortably.  And if you want more of a full body workout, look for a machine with moving arm bars.

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