When 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 Models change quite often, so by the time you read about some of our best ellipticals for 2018 they may have been replaced by newer versions or discontinued.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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Xterra FS 3.0
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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


NordicTrack C 9.5
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Bowflex Max Trainer M3
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Sole E25
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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


Sole E55
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Horizon Evolve 5
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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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Horizon Elite E9
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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 X3
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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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Yowza Islamorada
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Those are the very best ellipticals on the market today and you’ll be happy with any one that you choose. You get the biggest bang for your buck at around $1500. That’s where you start seeing the cross trainers with the most features and capabilities without having to spend commercial-level prices.

NordicTrack, Sole and Horizon give you great choices in that price range, with a number of very capable models to choose from. On the less expensive end your best bet is ProForm which has some of the best elliptical trainers in the $599-$799 range.

Looking for something higher end? 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. After that look at Life Fitness and Precor, both of which offer a nice selection of cross trainers to choose from.

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