June 2021

Elliptical Trainers: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Elliptical Trainer rankings posted by key online experts, as of June 2021.

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 June 2021 ranking

At a glance - June 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Elliptical Trainer
CNET
NBC News
Treadmill Review Guru
money.com
Forbes
Woman's World
Chicago Tribune
Byrdie
T3
TopTenReviews
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+2 $15 NordicTrack FreeStrider FS10i
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-1 Check price Sunny Health & Fitness SF-E905
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-1 $1399 Nautilus E618
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- Check price Sole Fitness E25
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- Check price Bowflex Max Trainer M6
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- Check price NordicTrack FreeStride FS7i
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New * $999 Schwinn 470
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-1 $999 ProForm Carbon HIIT H7
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-1 Check price ProForm Hybrid Trainer
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-1 Check price NordicTrack SE9i
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-1 $954 NordicTrack SE7i
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-1 $2625 Sole Fitness E35
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We ranked NordicTrack FreeStrider FS10i #1 in June 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Elliptical Trainers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked NordicTrack FreeStrider FS10i as #1.
Critic endorsements:
NBC News

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Treadmill Review Guru

Pros
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

Cons
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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Woman's World

Best NordicTrack elliptical

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

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Chicago Tribune

Best Of The Best

Pros
Has a 10-inch screen where you can connect with trainers using the proprietary iFit platform. Offers smooth gliding motion and reasonably quiet operation. Versatile, as it can also be used as a stepper and treadmill.

Cons
Somewhat pricey. Takes up a bit of space.

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We ranked Sunny Health & Fitness SF-E905 #2 in June 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Elliptical Trainers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
NBC News

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money.com

Best for Low Prices

Pros
Built-in wheels for easy transportation and storage.

Cons
Doesn’t have a reversible stride.

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Forbes

Best Budget-Priced Elliptical

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Woman's World

Best Elliptical Under $200

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

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Byrdie

Best Budget

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We ranked Nautilus E618 #3 in June 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Elliptical Trainers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Nautilus E618 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Most Comfortable Elliptical

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Forbes

Best All-Around Elliptical

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Chicago Tribune

Best For Everyday Use

Pros
Bluetooth connectivity and free app-based tracking tools. Optimized drive train with a weighted flywheel for a smooth experience. Has a 350-lb. load capacity. Warranty on frame, parts, electronics, and labor.

Cons
Leaving your phone or bottle of water in the tray may disrupt some tracking or training programs.

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TopTenReviews

Best Elliptical Machine For Guided Workouts

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

Cons
Fixed 22" stride length

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We ranked Sole Fitness E25 #4 in June 2021 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:
NBC News

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money.com

Editor's Pick

Pros
Warranty lasts lifetime on frame and 3 years for parts.

Cons
Limited preset workout programs compared to other models.

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T3

A Robust Machine Guaranteed To Last A Lifetime

Pros
Lifetime guarantee
Gym-like spec

Cons
More expensive

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TopTenReviews

Best Home Elliptical Machine Under $1,000

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

Cons
Stride length isn’t adjustable

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We ranked Bowflex Max Trainer M6 #5 in June 2021 because:

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

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Treadmill Review Guru

Pros
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

Cons
Bowflex app has a subscription cost after the initial 2 month trial
Less extensive warranty than comparable machines

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Woman's World

Best Elliptical Worth Splurging On

Pros
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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We ranked NordicTrack FreeStride FS7i #6 in June 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Elliptical Trainers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked NordicTrack FreeStride FS7i as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Byrdie

Best Luxury

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TopTenReviews

Best Elliptical Machine For Home Overall

Pros
Quiet in use
Free iFit subscription
Low impact cardio workouts

Cons
Lighter max resistance

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We ranked Schwinn 470 #7 in June 2021 because:

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

Best Overall

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TopTenReviews

Best Elliptical Machine For A Varied Workout

Pros
29-item program menu
Smooth striding
User-friendly LCD

Cons
Short labor warranty

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We ranked ProForm Carbon HIIT H7 #8 in June 2021 because:

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

Best Elliptical for Smaller Spaces

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TopTenReviews

Best Elliptical Machine For Small Spaces

Pros
Total-body training
30lb flywheel
Compact

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We ranked ProForm Hybrid Trainer #9 in June 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Elliptical Trainers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
NBC News

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money.com

Best 2-in-1 Elliptical Machine

Pros
Easily transitions from elliptical trainer to recumbent bike.

Cons
Some customers complain about it being noisy.

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We ranked NordicTrack SE9i #10 in June 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Elliptical Trainers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Treadmill Review Guru

Pros
Cushioned pedals are comfortable underfoot with a nice lip to hold feet securely
Motion is fluid as you move the pedals back and forth
The touchscreen display makes watching programs fun and entertaining
Quick Touch controls on the console feature large, easy to read numbers for incline and resistance levels
The SE9i will fold when not in use!
iFit classes are updated frequently so you won’t run out of training options!

Cons
Touchscreen is full color, but only 7” so it may be hard for some people to see
There is a monthly subscription cost for iFit after the first year

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Forbes

Best Compact Storage Elliptica

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We ranked NordicTrack SE7i #11 in June 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Elliptical Trainers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
money.com

Best Folding Elliptical

Pros
Live workout classes available via iFit
Free membership available.

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Chicago Tribune

Best Bang For The Buck

Pros
Offers a comfortable workout that puts zero impact on joints. Compact design is easy to store. Surprisingly quiet to operate. Has a 5-inch screen that allows you to access trainers while you exercise.

Cons
Heavier than expected, but this isn't a major concern considering all it has to offer.

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We ranked Sole Fitness E35 #12 in June 2021 because:

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

Best Elliptical for Sensitive Joints

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Byrdie

Best for Comfort

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