Elliptical Trainer Reviews

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Welcome to Indoor Ellipticals

Hi! My name is Tiffany and I am the crazy person behind this hopefully helpful elliptical website. I’ve always been what you may call a fitness buff and in the past seven or so years you could find me at the gym on most days. Then about two years ago I landed my dream job, which was really great but meant that I had to start working longer hours and spending more time commuting to work, so I didn’t have as much free time to go to the gym. I didn’t want to give up my fit lifestyle, and of all the possible home exercise machines I considered I chose to go with ellipticals because I know that they can give you a great full-body workout and that they’re also easy on the joints.

Deciding to go with an elliptical turned out to be the easy part, choosing which home elliptical trainer was best for me was much harder. The search was frustrating because I found that all the information online was scattered, and on some websites that dealt with ellipticals there was even information that I knew was incorrect. How can this be?

Since I had already gathered so much information from different resources, I decided to put them together on my own website where I could give people accurate, relevant, and useful information on ellipticals all in one place. This website that you are on is my labor of love, I managed to pull it off between my new extra-busy work schedule and my need to get my regular workouts done, and I hope you can use the information here to find your perfect elliptical machine.

The Best of the Best

Most of you probably have a good idea what an elliptical is about, so I decided to cut to the chase and give you my selection of best picks right here. If you’re new to ellipticals or just want to read some general information, feel free to browse to the bottom of this page or use the links in the menu. Here it’s time for the cherries on the cake.

All the cross trainers that I reviewed are top-rated, but they each have their individual strengths and some of their strong points may be more appealing to you than others. I carefully selected the elliptical machines that I think stand out for one reason or another; you will find them here with a title announcing what I think is their best quality. This section is where you will find the best of the best from all my reviews.

Best Overall Elliptical Machine

To choose the best overall elliptical I took into consideration price, performance, and usability. The Proform Endurance 520 E came out on top with high points in all three areas. It does fall in the middle range of the price scale, but you get so much for your money that it is definitely a good deal. This is also a high-performing cross trainer that has the smooth functioning of magnetic resistance, as well as an incline function and many workout options to keep you engaged and motivated.

Proform Endurance 1f

Most Innovative Elliptical

The True M30 is without a doubt the most innovative of the ellipticals that I have reviewed. This is an elite elliptical machine packed with cutting edge, useful technologies that will surely enhance your workout. You will have options like the use of a virtual trainer, patented heart rate control technology, and the ability to do an upper-body-only workout, which is an option no other elliptical currently has. This is truly an outstanding machine, with features that will be appreciated by persons who are new to exercising as well as seasoned exercise enthusiasts.

True M30 1f

Best Low Impact Machine

Ellipticals are known for their low impact exercises but the Exerpeutic 1000XL has zero-impact; this is why I give it the title of best low-impact elliptical machine. It doesn’t get better than zero, and this elliptical was designed so that there will be no stress on your joints when you are exercising. Do you have any injuries or joint issues that bother you? You can feel safe using it for your workouts as you will not have to worry about putting stress on those delicate areas.

Exerpeutic 1000XL 6f

The Family Friendly Allrounder

I chose the Body Rider BRD2000 Elliptical Trainer as the best family allrounder because it is so versatile and it was designed to accommodate a wide range of users. It can be used as an elliptical or as an exercise bike, and its console is user-intuitive. The Body Rider BRD2000 also has a budget-friendly price tag so most people should find it to be affordable. It is a great 2-in-1 deal that most members of your family will be able to enjoy.

Body Rider BRD2000 3F

Most Unique Cross Trainer

The Gazelle Edge gets my vote for the most unique cross trainer because, well, it is just so different from all the other ellipticals that I reviewed. Just one look at this exercise machine and you can tell that it is unique. It may look different but it is very effective, arguably more so than many other elliptical trainers. The Gazelle Edge is an outstanding trainer that has a well-deserved reputation, and it can be yours for a surprisingly low price.

Gazelle Edge 1f

Best Compact Elliptical Machine

When you have a small space for your workout equipment, the size of your elliptical is very important. Cross trainers are usually large and bulky but the Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Trainer has a compact design that will allow it to fit in spaces that somewhat cramped. People who live in apartments, for example, would appreciate the compact size of this machine. Its design also incorporates several ergonomic features that will make it more comfortable for you to use.

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The Professional Home Elliptical

If you are looking for a high-performance elliptical trainer, you will want to check out the Sole Fitness E95. The price tag is definitely on the high end, but you get so much for your money in this high performing machine that I think it is worth it. The E95 operates smoothly and is very quiet due to its heavy flywheel. It has a multifunctional digital console and also an incline feature to give you better results from your workouts. This elliptical was clearly made for people who want only the very best-performing exercise trainer.

Sole Fitness E95 1f

Most Attractive Elliptical Trainer

I like a workout machine that looks as good as it performs, and so I gave the title of most attractive elliptical trainer to the Schwinn 430. The shining black color with red accents looks gorgeous, but I may be a bit biased because it fits so well with my decor. This cross trainer is more than just beautiful however, it is a high performance, quality machine with many features that you will normally see only on higher priced models.

Schwinn 430 7f

Best Budget Elliptical Machine

The title of best budget elliptical machine goes to the Exerpeutic Aero Air. This elliptical is not only super-affordable, it is also compact and very effective at giving you a full-body workout. It will help you meet your fitness goals and stay in shape. What makes the Exerpeutic Aero Air even better is that despite its low price it still has several features that you would not normally find on budget ellipticals.

Exerpeutic Aero Air 1F

Buying Guide

This article covers all the information that you need to know about ellipticals before you purchase one. If this is your first experience with elliptical trainers then I would suggest that you start here. I will cover all the essential topics, including the different types of drive systems, how they affect an elliptical’s size, and the features to look for on the console monitor.

The Different Drive Types

There are basically three different types of drive systems that you will find on an elliptical machine. Each of them has different advantages and if you don’t know about them you may be missing out. Read this article to find out about the three drive types and see which one is best suited to enhance your workouts.

Health Benefits

Do you know all the benefits that you will get from using a cross trainer? Ellipticals are powerful exercise tools that have an array of health benefits. Here I will go into detail about the most common health benefits of using an elliptical. Just knowing about the benefits will enhance your workout sessions and help you to get more out of it.

Elliptical Trainers vs Treadmills

These are easily two of the most popular exercise machines for home use, and many people have a hard time deciding if they should get an elliptical or treadmill. This article should make that decision a little easier as it details the benefits and the disadvantages of using each type. Everyone is different, and an elliptical might the best option for you while a treadmill may be best for someone else. Read this article to find who will win in the battle of the elliptical versus the treadmill.

Safety Precautions

I’m a firm believer in taking proper safety precautions wherever possible, especially when using exercise machines – or any machine, for that matter. Exercise is supposed to make you better and not injure you. In this article I talk about some of the best safety measures that you can take to protect yourself when using a cross trainer.

All My Elliptical Machine Reviews

Here I have thoroughly reviewed 17 of the best elliptical machines available for home use. I used my research and many resources get all the details on these trainers, including their benefits and their weaknesses, to help you make a decision as to which one will be best suited for your needs. To save you the time it took me to get all of this information, I have put all the reviews together here in one convenient place.

Thanks for Watching

I hope that you have as much fun reading through the information on this website as I did writing it for you. Ellipticals are wonderful exercise machines that can really help you to stay healthy and achieve your fitness goals, but in the end it is up to you to put in the time and effort that is needed. My intention was for this information to help people who are on a quest to find the perfect elliptical for their home. I too have made that journey, and I was able to find one that works great for me. It’s my sincere wish that you will also be able to find a great elliptical machine that will meet or exceed all your expectations.

Happy exercising!


Exerpeutic Aero Air

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True M30

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Exerpeutic 1000Xl

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Body Champ

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Body Solid E1

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BRD2000 Eliptical Trainer

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ProForm Hybrid

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Nautilus E614

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Sole Fitness E95

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Sole Fitness E35

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