Elliptical trainers have become one of the most popular types of exercise equipment. The elliptical trainer, while simulating the running motion eliminates the actual impact. Most elliptical trainers on the market today also include upper body handles that provide for a total body workout. Consider these factors to when considering buying an elliptical trainer.
Elliptical trainers start under $500 and can go to $4000 and even higher. Always err on the high side of you budget range. A couple of hundred dollars, or 10 cents a day over the life of the machine, can make the difference between an elliptical trainer that is used regularly or sits in the corner.
First and foremost, select a unit that is stable during exercise and has a smooth, fluid elliptical motion. An elliptical trainer that feels rickety when exercising is will offset any otherwise wonderful features.
Next make sure the stride length is right for you. Stride lengths of 18” to 20” works for most people, but look for even longer stride length if you are very tall. Budget priced elliptical trainers have shorter stride length and are suited for people of average height.
If you are like to push yourself to the limit, consider an elliptical trainer that has an adjustable incline. Some elliptical trainers can incline as high as 30%.
You can get elliptical trainers with a large number of training programs and lots of feedback information. On the other hand, if you simply need to control your settings and keep track of time, this would be one area to save money. To train in the most optimal way, heart rate monitoring is a must. Most elliptical trainers incorporate Heart rate contact grips and many also include wireless monitoring with a chest strap.
Using your the elliptical trainer more often and stay on it longer, is worth considering paying extra for. These features include cooling fans, water bottle holders, reading racks and MP3/Ipod docking stations with speakers.
Warranty length is a strong indicator of the confidence a manufacturer has in the product but is also closely related to price. Look for elliptical trainers with 2 to 3 year warranty on parts and 1 year on labor.
Buying on-line often includes free shipping and since the seller is likely to be out of state, there is frequently also no sales tax. Many manufacturers sell directly on-line, and it is always advantageous to have a direct connection to the manufacturer if you have issues with your elliptical trainer later.
Manufacturers selling elliptical trainers on-line, including Livestrong, Smooth, Sole and Yowza.