best ellipticals for 2018When it comes to the best ellipticals on the market, you’ll find a lot of different opinions out there. That’s because there are so many brands out there, and each one offers any number of different models to choose from. It can get quite overwhelming, which is where we come in to make it all easier for you.

We have tested and/or thoroughly researched hundreds of machines over the years, from every major manufacturer as well as some of the lesser known, newer brands. I myself am slightly above average in height, but my fellow reviewers vary in height and weight. So between all of us, we are able to narrow our top ellipticals down to those models that will appeal to the most people. And that’s what makes our best ellipticals unique.

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This list is updated as often as possible, and includes as many of the newer models as we can test out or review. So check back often for new updates. Models change quite often, so by the time you read about some of our best ellipticals for 2018 they may have been replaced by newer versions or discontinued. Nevertheless you can get a pretty good idea of what to expect.

We have sorted our Best Buys by overall, type and price range. So all you have to do is decide your preferred type or budget for an elliptical, then go find our expert’s top picks below. In each category we have selected our recommendation for the best elliptical as well as listed a few runners up for comparison.

If you have any questions or would like me to recommend an elliptical for you, please contact me and let me know.

» Best Overall Ellipticals For Home Use


Sole E95
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NordicTrack FS7i
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Matrix E30
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These are our expert’s three best ellipticals for home use for 2018. These machines have all received top ratings for overall design, features, comfort, workout programs, reliability and warranties. All are great options, with the Matrix being the most club-quality of the three.

» Best Ellipticals Under $500


ProForm Hybrid Trainer
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Golds Gym 380
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Schwinn A40
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These are the best ellipticals in the under $500 category. They are entry level machines built for light use, but you can get a good cardio workout with some built in training programs and resistance levels to challenge yourself.

 

» Best Ellipticals Under $1000


Sole E25
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Bowflex Max Trainer M3
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Horizon EX-59
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Moving up the $500-$1000 range you get more workout variety and resistance levels, as well as better construction than on the lower priced ellipticals. Worth the jump if it’s within your budget.

 

» Best Ellipticals Under $1500


Horizon Evolve 5
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Sole E55
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NordicTrack SE9i 2017 Model
NordicTrack SE9i
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These are the best ellipticals under $1500, and you’ll get some enhanced capabilities and features, more included workouts, wireless heart rate monitoring and better construction.

» Best Ellipticals Under $2000


Sole E95
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NordicTrack FS7i
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Bowflex Max Trainer M5
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This is where the very best ellipticals for your home are. Between $1500 and $2000 is the sweet spot for residential cross trainers, and these machines have everything you need from diverse workouts to tracking capability to near commercial-level construction.

» Best Ellipticals Under $3000


Matrix E30
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Life Fitness E1
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NordicTrack FS9i
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Moving up above $2000 is where you start to see the commercial grade ellipticals from companies like Matrix, Life Fitness and Precor. These are just like the best ellipticals from the gym, built for use in your home.

» Best Top-of-the-Line Ellipticals


Matrix A50 Ascent Trainer
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Precor AMT 733
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Life Fitness Platinum Club
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Here you have the top choices in the money no object category. These ellipticals are as good as it gets for those who want the very best machine money can buy. It’s like having a health club trainer right in your own home.

 

» Best Folding Ellipticals


Horizon Evolve 5
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NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i
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ProForm Smart Strider 895
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» Best Front Drive Ellipticals


Sole E95
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NordicTrack Commercial 14.9
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Horizon Elite E9
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» Best Center Drive Ellipticals


NordicTrack FS7i
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Precor AMT 733
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Octane Zero Runner ZR8
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» Best Rear Drive Ellipticals


Precor EFX 447
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Life Fitness E3
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NordicTrack SE9i
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Best Ellipticals – Which One Should You Choose?

The machines above are the very best ellipticals on the market today and you’ll be happy with any one that you choose. You have three choices within each category, so take a look at all three and decide which one makes the most sense for you.

Here are some additional tips to help you with your decision…

You will definitely get the biggest bang for your buck at around $1500. That seems to be the magic number, where you start seeing elliptical trainers with features and capabilities typically only found on higher end commercial machines. So if you can stretch your budget to at least that amount, you’ll definitely get a well rounded cardio machine that gives you a quite bit more than the lower priced models.

NordicTrack, Sole and Horizon give you great choices in that price range, with a number of very capable models to choose from. They also offer some very capable ellipticals in the $700-$1000 range, in case your budget is a little more restricted. ProForm has some good lower priced models as well.

Looking for something higher end? Perhaps something that is gym-quality similar to what you find at the health club? You should definitely look at Matrix first, which has some of the very best commercial-grade ellipticals on the market today.

You’re looking at around $2,000 and up there, but the quality just can’t be beat. Along with Matrix, look at Life Fitness and Precor, both of which offer a nice selection of cross trainers to choose from.

As far as cheaper ellipticals are concerned, you’re not really going to find anything great under $500. The quality just isn’t there, as it is difficult to incorporate durable components at that price level. The ProForm Hybrid Trainer that we recommend is slightly over $500, but worth the additional $100 if you can swing it. The other choices are fine, but again try to stretch your budget as much as possible.

As a general rule of thumb, the higher the price within a brand the more features and capabilities you will get. The more expensive ellipticals will also typically have higher max weight capacities and stronger warranties. That’s something to consider.

Also, although we might recommend a particular model, that’s not to say that another is not a better choice for you. For example, we recommend the NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i as one of the best ellipticals for home use. But you may find that the more advanced FS9i with a larger display and decline capability is more in line with what you are looking for. Or you might not need the touch screen or the incline and decide that the entry level FS5i is the better choice.

So which elliptical should you choose? Figure out your budget and look at the machines that fall within that category. Check out all of the features and capabilities and decide which one is closest to what you are looking for. If you need more, just look at the more advanced option in the lineup as we mentioned above. Similarly, if you need less move down in the lineup.

The best ellipticals that our experts have selected are the top choices that will satisfy the most users, but feel free to consider other models within the brands that we have recommended.

Still not sure what to pick? Contact us and let us choose the best elliptical for you based on your needs.