February 2024

Elliptical Trainers: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of elliptical trainers rankings posted by key online experts, as of February 2024.

Summary

On 7 Feb 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 78 elliptical trainer endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

47 elliptical trainers were endorsed in total, only 16 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 7 Feb 2024, Schwinn 470 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed elliptical trainer with 5 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 5 recommended it as the '#1 elliptical trainer' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking elliptical trainers start at $130.71 (Stamina InMotion E1000) and go up to $3698 (Octane Q37Xi). Median elliptical trainer costs $999 (Bowflex M3 Max Trainer).
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At a glance - February Ranking

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Rank Change Price Elliptical Trainer
Forbes
T3
Byrdie
NBC News
Woman's World
TopTenReviews
CNET
money.com
Treadmill Review Guru
Chicago Tribune
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Schwinn 470
The Schwinn 470 Elliptical Trainer is a versatile and feature-rich machine that offers a wide range of workout options, comfortable design, and advanced tracking features, making it a reliable choice for users of different fitness levels and goals.
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Sunny Health SF-E905
The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-E905 Elliptical Trainer is a budget-friendly and compact option with adjustable resistance levels, a front-drive design, and a solid construction, making it suitable for those looking for a reliable and noise-free workout experience.
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- $2687
NordicTrack FS14i
The NordicTrack FS14i Elliptical Trainer is a highly praised machine that offers adjustable resistance, stride length, and incline options, making it ideal for users who want to customize their workouts and target multiple muscle groups.
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Sole Fitness E35
The Sole Fitness E35 elliptical trainer is a highly praised and versatile workout machine that offers a range of features, comfort, and durability for individuals looking to improve their fitness levels.
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Sole Fitness E25
The Sole Fitness E25 elliptical trainer offers a range of workout features, including adjustable resistance and incline options, heart rate monitoring, and a durable build, making it suitable for various fitness goals and preferences.
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Bowflex Max Trainer M6
The Bowflex Max Trainer M6 is a compact and space-saving elliptical trainer that offers a challenging and efficient workout, with 16 levels of resistance, a fixed stride length, and a range of tracking features.
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Bowflex Max Trainer M9
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NordicTrack FreeStrider FS10i
The NordicTrack FreeStrider FS10i elliptical trainer is a versatile and feature-rich machine that offers a comfortable and immersive workout experience, but its large size may not be suitable for those with limited space.
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Nautilus E618
The Nautilus E618 Elliptical Trainer is a versatile and durable exercise machine that offers customizable workouts, comfort features, and advanced tracking capabilities, making it suitable for individuals who want a challenging and enjoyable workout experience.
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Cubii JR1
The Cubii JR1 elliptical trainer is a compact and user-friendly exercise machine that offers a seated workout option, eight resistance levels, a front-drive system for low-impact workouts, a small LCD display screen, basic tracking features, noise reduction capabilities, and a durable construction.
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Sunny Fitness SF-E3912
The Sunny Fitness SF-E3912 Elliptical Trainer is a versatile and compact exercise machine that offers a customizable and comfortable workout experience, making it ideal for home use in smaller spaces.
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ProForm Carbon HIIT H7
The ProForm Carbon HIIT H7 elliptical trainer is a versatile and compact machine that offers a challenging full-body workout with adjustable resistance levels and a unique climbing stride length, while also providing tracking features and a durable construction.
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ProForm Pro HIIT H14
The ProForm Pro HIIT H14 elliptical trainer is a highly praised machine that offers a wide range of workout features, compact size, clear display, tracking capabilities, low noise level, and durability.
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Stamina InMotion E1000
The Stamina InMotion E1000 Elliptical Trainer is a compact and portable exercise machine that offers adjustable resistance levels and a durable build, making it suitable for new exercisers and individuals with limited space.
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Bowflex Max Total 16
The Bowflex Max Total 16 elliptical trainer is a highly praised and versatile machine that offers a range of workout features, compact size, adjustable display, comprehensive tracking capabilities, low noise level, and durability, making it an ideal choice for individuals looking to optimize their fitness routines.
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Horizon Fitness EX 59
The Horizon Fitness EX 59 Elliptical Trainer is a highly recommended machine for its stability, smoothness, and comfort, offering 10 resistance levels, a compact size, and a durable build.
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#16 $130.71 Stamina InMotion E1000
#10 $199.99 Cubii JR1
#11 $389.99 Sunny Fitness SF-E3912
#18 $706.26 Horizon Fitness EX 59
#1 $1099 Schwinn 470
#5 $1149.99 Sole Fitness E25
#4 $1549.99 Sole Fitness E35
#12 $1599.99 ProForm Carbon HIIT H7
#15 $2349.99 ProForm Pro HIIT H14
#3 $2687 NordicTrack FS14i
#8 $2739 NordicTrack FreeStrider FS10i

We ranked Schwinn 470 #1 in February 2024 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best elliptical trainers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Schwinn 470 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Byrdie

Best Overall

Syncs with multiple apps
Acoustic speakers
USB charging port
Ergonomic design

Repair support could be improved

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NBC News

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TopTenReviews

A smooth and quiet-running cross trainer from a trusted brand

29-item program menu
Smooth striding
User-friendly LCD

Short labor warranty

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CNET

Most comfortable elliptical

Comfortable and intuitive to use
Ideal for people of all heights and weights

Lacks modern touch screen
No Wi-Fi connection
Not good for small spaces

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Chicago Tribune

Best of the Best

Has 25 different levels of resistance. The LCD screen shows you each workout and how high the resistance will get during the program. Has a time, distance, and calorie tracker. Designed to simulate natural strides. The handlebars can be adjusted.

The Bluetooth doesn't allow to sync music.

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We ranked Sunny Health SF-E905 #2 in February 2024 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best elliptical trainers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Sunny Health SF-E905 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Budget Elliptical Machine For Home

Includes safety features like anti-slip pedals
Lightweight and easy to move
Makes little to no noise when in use

Compact stride length
Very light on performance features; not recommended for cardio pro’s

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Byrdie

Best Budget

Budget-friendly
Digital display
Pulse sensors

Low weight capacity

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NBC News

Most Affordable

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Woman's World

Best Elliptical Under $200

8 levels of magnetic resistance
Compact
Digital display measures time, speed, distance, calories, and pulse

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money.com

Best for Low Prices

Built-in wheels for easy transportation and storage.

Doesn’t have a reversible stride.

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend elliptical trainers.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of elliptical trainers, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for February 2024 ranking

We ranked NordicTrack FS14i #3 in February 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best elliptical trainers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked NordicTrack FS14i as #1.
Critic endorsements:
T3

Best elliptical trainer overall

Full-body workout that’s easy on the joints
Auto-adjusting stride is fun/easy to engage
Built-in fan and at-your-fingertips incline/resistance controls

Monthly iFit membership required (30-day trial included)
Tricky to move once assembled

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Byrdie

Best Splurge:

Smart HD touchscreen
Bluetooth connectivity
On-demand workouts

Requires monthly membership

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Treadmill Review Guru

Best Elliptical Overall

The 3 in 1 functionality lets you use this machine multiple different ways.
It declines to -10% and inclines to 10% to add even more challenge to your workouts.
In addition to getting your heart rate up, it also provides a low impact exercise that is forgiving on your joints.
The 14” touch screen is excellent for viewing iFit classes and it’s easy to use.
The fan is surprisingly effective and comes with multiple air output settings.
The magnetic resistance is quiet no matter what level you’re using.
The flywheel is centered which promotes an upright posture and gives extra back support.

It is a compact machine, but it requires more space in front and behind for the pedals when it’s in use.
iFit has a monthly subscription cost after the first 30 days.

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We ranked Sole Fitness E35 #4 in February 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best elliptical trainers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Sole Fitness E35 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Elliptical Machine For Sensitive Joints

Reduces ankle and knee stress
Extra low-impact workout; great for seniors

Bare-bones display
Pricier option than others on this list

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T3

Best elliptical trainer for adjustability

Sleek, compact, and quiet
Designed to be easy on the joints
Compatible with the STUDIO app, which offers 50+ elliptical-targeted classes

No built-in video screen

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Byrdie

Best for Comfort

Foot pedals encourage natural running motion
Power incline
Quiet operation

Assembly could be easier

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NBC News

Best Overall

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We ranked Sole Fitness E25 #5 in February 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best elliptical trainers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Sole Fitness E25 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
T3

Best elliptical trainer for durability

Lifetime guarantee
Gym-like spec

Requires a decent amount of space

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TopTenReviews

A gym-level cross trainer without the premium price tag

Industry-leading warranty
Oversized foot pedals for a comfy workout
Wireless heart rate monitoring

Stride length isn’t adjustable

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money.com

Editor's Pick

Warranty lasts lifetime on frame and 3 years for parts.

Limited preset workout programs compared to other models.

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We ranked Bowflex Max Trainer M6 #6 in February 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best elliptical trainers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
NBC News

For Small Spaces

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Woman's World

Best Elliptical Worth Splurging On

Includes free 2-month trial of the BowFlex JRNY™ App
Magnetic media rack for tablet or smartphone
Bluetooth heart rate compatible
16 levels of resistance

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Treadmill Review Guru

Best Compact Elliptical

Compact size with lots of features!
Low impact workout safely in your own home
Upgraded console is now easier to see and use
Handlebars and pedals sync for coordinated motion

Bowflex app has a subscription cost after the first year
Less extensive warranty than comparable machines

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Chicago Tribune

Feature-Packed

Has 16 different levels of resistance, offering a harder workout for those who want it.
This machine is equipped with a variety of exercise programs to help you progress your strength over time.
Comes equipped with a phone charger and Bluetooth heart monitor capabilities.

Some users noticed that it can be a bit loud on higher resistance settings.

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We ranked Bowflex Max Trainer M9 #7 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best elliptical trainers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Bowflex Max Trainer M9 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Elliptical Machine For Home Overall

Smaller footprint for easy storing
Cross between an elliptical and a stair stepper
Includes a large 10-inch HD touchscreen to follow fitness journey

Can be loud at higher speeds

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T3

Best premium elliptical trainer

Many helpful features to combat subcutaneous fat
Dual-mode LCD/LED screens
Takes up half as much space as traditional ellipticals
Short workouts ideal for time-poor people

Limited stride length

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We ranked NordicTrack FreeStrider FS10i #8 in February 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best elliptical trainers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
NBC News

Most Versatile

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Woman's World

Best NordicTrack elliptical

Automatic trainer control
24 resistance levels
Comes with a 1-year iFit membership

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Treadmill Review Guru

Best Hybrid Elliptical

Both resistance and incline offer hearty training variables that will kick that heart rate up!
Smooth quiet motor is centered under the user’s body weight
Quick touch controls on the console make it easy to choose resistance or incline levels
iFit is included free for one year so you can evaluate the content to see great trainers and classes
Comfortable foot pedals are cushioned underfoot
Transport wheels enable you to move or slide the machine gently when needed

The FS10i does take up a bit of space since the pedals extend quite a ways both forward and back
There is a monthly subscription cost for iFit after the first year

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We ranked Nautilus E618 #9 in February 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best elliptical trainers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Byrdie

Best App-Based

Syncs to apps with Bluetooth connectivity
Smooth acceleration
Padded handlebars boast integrated resistance controls

Repair support could be improved

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TopTenReviews

A great cross-trainer if you need a wealth of workout data

Comfortably cushioned footplates
Power incline up to 15 percent
Wireless heart rate monitoring

Fixed 22" stride length

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CNET

Most classic elliptical

Sturdy
Smooth stride
Mostly quiet

Outdated display screen
Bluetooth technology is limited
No Wi-Fi

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We ranked Cubii JR1 #10 in February 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best elliptical trainers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Byrdie

Best Under-Desk

Compact
Non-slip mat included
Quiet operation

Low weight capacity

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NBC News

For Under Your Desk

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Chicago Tribune

Best for Small Spaces

Choose between the 8 resilience levels for personal preference.
Miniature LCD screen displays progress in calories, strides, and distance.
Compact design allows users to transport it to work or different areas in the house.
Includes live exercise classes led by professional trainers.

Heavy, so it may not be easy to change locations on a regular basis.

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We ranked Sunny Fitness SF-E3912 #11 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best elliptical trainers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TopTenReviews

A mid-level home elliptical machine at an entry-level price

High weight capacity
Full-motion arm exercisers
24 unique workout modes

Short 14-inch stride length

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Chicago Tribune

Best Bang for the Buck

Has 24 built-in programs designed to target resistance and strength. Electro-magnetic resistance system contains 16 resistance levels. Device holder supports listening or streaming appliances. Foot pedal made with non-slip textures. Floor stabilizers add further safety on uneven or wooden floors.

Some users complain that the machine makes a clunking sound while working.

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We ranked ProForm Carbon HIIT H7 #12 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best elliptical trainers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TopTenReviews

Save on space with this hybrid cross-trainer machine

Total-body training
30lb flywheel
Compact

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CNET

Best Elliptical for Smaller Spaces

Ideal for small spaces
Quiet
Has iFit membership option

Turning it off can be a challenge
Lacks space for a tablet or other streaming device

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We ranked ProForm Pro HIIT H14 #13 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best elliptical trainers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Compact Elliptical Trainer For Home

Compact and easy to move
Works your entire body
Immersive and varied training options
Preprogrammed workouts available with WiFi connection
Sturdy and durable

Assembly is reportedly difficult
Not for casual workouts
Subscription required for full functionality

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Treadmill Review Guru

Best Elliptical For HIIT

The unique pedal motion moves up and down 10” and forward and back 5” to work more muscle groups.
The handles offer plenty of grip options to work for you. Plus, the stationary handles let you just focus on your lower body.
It has a compact footprint, especially compared to other elliptical machines.
iFit is free for the 1st month and offers thousands of classes both on and off the machine.

iFit requires a monthly subscription after the first 30 days.
The pedal motion is a bit more like a stair-stepper than an elliptical.

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We ranked Stamina InMotion E1000 #14 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best elliptical trainers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Under-Desk Elliptical Machine For Home

Lightweight and highly portable
Can be used while sitting or standing
Affordable

Can take awhile to catch your balance when standing
Some reviewers mention it can get noisy

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money.com

Best Under-Desk Elliptical

Very light, portable and easy to store.

No upper-body workout.

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We ranked Bowflex Max Total 16 #15 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best elliptical trainers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best elliptical to stream your favorite shows

Fits in most spaces
Has a big HD touchscreen
Lets you stream Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services
Personalizes your workout experience

Heavier than Bowflex Max M9, which can be a hassle to move
Expensive
Can't use without a JRNY membership

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Treadmill Review Guru

Best Elliptical For Netflix, Hulu, Etc

High-intensity training in a compact design.
Textured pedals and multi-grip handles work your entire body.
Subscription content on the 16” touch screen to never get bored while working out.
20 different levels of resistance to adjust and choose from.

The warranty is less than what other brands offer.
A subscription to JRNY is required to access the content on the touch screen.

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We ranked Horizon Fitness EX 59 #16 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best elliptical trainers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Byrdie

Best for Low Ceilings

Low pedals
Bluetooth speakers
Rapid-charge USB port

Short strides

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TopTenReviews

The best cross-trainer to kickstart your fitness journey

Low price
iPod-compatible
30-day money-back guarantee

Small 14lb flywheel

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