The LifeGear Dual Action Magnetic Elliptical – A good little elliptical for under $250

The Treadmill Sensei loves to save money…I wouldn’t say I’m cheap (although my wife might!), but I do like getting the most for my dollar. Unfortunately, with ellipticals and treadmills it’s tough to really save money and get a great machine, especially when you’re looking for a unit under $300. Like I’ve said before, there is no magical machine that is going to feel commercial and cost $250. I wish I could tell you otherwise but I can’t.

When you’re looking at an elliptical in the extremely low price point what you’re looking for is stability and sturdiness.

You won’t find programs, you won’t find a completely smooth elliptical motion (they tend to feel more like a “D” shape than an elliptical) and you won’t get a long stride. In fact, a sub $250 elliptical is really just for people who do very light workouts a couple of times a week — under 30 minutes three times a week is perfect for these machines.

LifeGear has been around since the early 1990s. They manufacturer low-low end equipment that hasn’t done a whole lot to set itself out from the crowd at this point. Surprisingly, tho, they have put out an interesting little machine in their very long named LifeGear dual action magnetic elliptical, also known as the LifeGear 93810. We’ve never actually gotten one of these units in at the repair shop because of their lower price. However, everyone who knows me knows to bring over any new fitness equipment they or their friends or family purchase. I love tinkering around on and trying out every elliptical I can get my grubby little hands on! I was able to give the LifeGear dual action magnetic elliptical a quick workout recently…and here’s what I found!

The LifeGear elliptical is very lightweight but will hold up better than most of the other units in this price range. Compared to the Tony Little machines it’s rock solid. The machine is stripped down and offers no programs, 8 levels of resistance and a single button monitor where you can scroll through 5 different pieces of workout information. Interestingly, I couldn’t find any information on the stride length for this unit. I measured it myself and it seems to have about a 14″ stride…maybe as long as 14.5″.

My single warning is that while the manufacturer says the LifeFear Elliptical can handle users up to 250 pounds, I wouldn’t push that weight. It’s best with users under 175 pounds or so. Anything beyond that and it gets a little shakey.

For not being as bad as everything else in its price range, the Treadmill Sensei gives the LifeGear 93810 3 out of 5 golden buddahs.


The LifeGear dual action magnetic elliptical gets 3 gold buddahs out of 5
for NOT being a Tony Little Gazelle!

LifeGear Dual Action Magnetic Elliptical Specifications
Stride: 14″
Flywheel: 16 lbs
Heart Rate Monior: Pulse grip
Resistance: 8 levels
Max Weight Capacity: 250 lbs
Monitor: LCD
Readouts: time, speed, distance, hand pulse and approximate calories burned