Which Ellipticals Have Incline Capability?

Incline EllipticalIncline capability used to be something you wouldn’t find often on elliptical trainers, especially those in the lower price ranges. But as more and more users are requesting the ability to ramp up their training (no pun intended), more manufacturers are incorporating incline on newer machines.

Let’s take a look at the current incline ellipticals on the market today…

Elliptical Trainers With Incline (And Decline)

NordicTrack: Whenever we are looking for a new feature, we head first to NordicTrack ellipticals, as they always tend to have more bells and whistles than all of the other brands. Sure enough, currently most of their ellipticals have incline capability up to 20% (The FS9i actually has decline up to -10%). Most of the FreeStride Trainers, all of the C Series Front Drive ellipticals, and both SpaceSavers. The only ones that don’t are the ACT Commercial mid-drive models and the base FS5i FreeStride Trainer.

ProForm: The second most popular brand on the market also tends to have a lot of features. Most of the ProForm ellipticals have incline up to 20%, including the Endurance Series, Pro Series and Smart Strider series. The only models without incline are the 495 CSE Smart Strider and the Hybrid Trainers.

Sole: All of the Sole ellipticals have incline: E25, E35, E55, E95, E95S and E98.

Yowza: All of the Yowza ellipticals have incline. Some models actually have up to 60% incline.

Horizon: Only the top of the line Elite 7 elliptical has incline…the EX-59, Evolve 3 and Evolve 5 do not.

So those are the popular incline ellipticals, but what about the high-end commercial brands? Do they offer incline capability as well? Let’s take a look at those…

Life Fitness: None of the Life Fitness home models have incline capability currently, although the specs are a little unclear on the website.

Precor: All of the Precor ellipticals have incline capability. Some models can incline up to 40%.

Matrix: The Ascent Trainers (A30 and A50) can be inclined up to 54%. The Suspension Ellipticals (E30 and E50) can’t be inclined.

The Bottom Line on Incline Ellipticals

If you’re looking for an elliptical with ramp functionality, NordicTrack, ProForm, Sole and Yowza have the most options. All or almost all of their cross trainers can be inclined to some degree, with Yowza being the most at an impressive 60%.

As far as high end models, look at Precor and Matrix…the Ascent Trainers from Matrix incline up to 54%.

Do you need this function? No, but it is a great way to target more muscle groups in the legs, burn some more calories and lose some weight. Incline treadmills are very popular these days because of this, so if you can get this capability an elliptical trainer, why not go for it?