Where Do You Find a Cheap Elliptical Machine?

I can’t tell you how many times each day we get an email asking us to recommend a cheap elliptical machine. We’ve responded to hundreds of visitors, and decided we’re probably much better off making this a regular post so everyone can benefit from our expert advice.

Let me start off by stating that as with anything else, when it comes to ellipticals you get what you pay for. That’s not to say that you have to spend thousands of dollars to get a good machine. Most of us will do just fine with a $500 elliptical. But keep in mind that you’re not going to get all of the features that you might want (or need) nor will you get a machine that will survive years and years of wear and tear if you spend a couple of hundred bucks total.

So what do you do if you really want a quality machine but just don’t have the budget for it? Here is what we recommend:

1. Start off looking at some of the older models of high quality machines. Companies are always coming out with newer versions, adding new features, programs and compatibilities, especially some of the bigger manufacturers such as NordicTrack and Sole. This means that some of the models are discontinued to make way for the new ones.

But the good news is that you can find many of the “last year models” on sites like Amazon. These discounted ellipticals are a great option as they are often hundreds of dollars cheaper than they were when they were first introduced. These are the same high quality machines, so you’re not sacrificing anything. You’re simply getting a model that is a year or two old. It’s perfectly fine with automobiles…the same is true for exercise equipment. You still get a great machine, with warranty and everything else you need.

Also keep in mind that a new model may have a feature that doesn’t appeal to you, like Internet capability or a heart monitor. Why pay more when you can buy a cheaper elliptical without the feature that you don’t need anyway.

2. If you can’t find an older model that appeals to you, then just find a good new machine that fits your budget. We have our top picks here. Most of the major brands have a least a couple of cheap ellipticals. They may not have all of the bells and whistles but if it’s a reputable manufacturer, you’ll likely be happy with your purchase.

3. If you can’t find a discount elliptical from one of the major brands, check out some of the manufacturers that only make budget ellipticals like Weslo, Exerpeutic and Schwinn. At $400 or less they may not be the best machines in the world, but you’ll get a workout in and hopefully get a few years out of them before you have to get a new elliptical.

So there you have it. When it comes to finding a cheap elliptical machine, you can choose an older model (which might still be relatively expensive but you’ll likely get many more years out of it, a bigger bang for your buck), you can choose the entry level machine from a brand you know and trust, or you can just buy a cheap model and just know it’s not going to be the best thing you ever bought in your life. But hey, if you spend $300 bucks, that’s only a dollar a day to get an aerobic workout in (assuming you use it every day, which you won’t) 🙂

Bottom Line? We always recommend to spend as much as you can comfortably when it comes to an elliptical machine, or any other piece of exercise equipment. Why? Because you’ll be much happier with not only the quality of the machine, but also the features and capabilities. And when you’re happier with an elliptical, you tend to use it more, and that’s the ultimate goal right?

You’re much more likely to use a machine that you enjoy using, and if you can spend a couple hundred more, you’ll be much happier in the long run. A cheap elliptical machine will not inspire you to work out more…unless you get a really good deal on a high quality machine.