Best Elliptical Machines

High Value Ellipticals For Your Home

Looking for the best elliptical machines?

Maybe you don't have time to sift through hundreds of elliptical reviews - you just want to know which crosstrainer is best!

This page lists all our picks for ellipticals that give you the most value for your money in their respective price categories.

best elliptical machines

These crosstrainers have been rated highly by experts and users alike. We've given you brief reviews of each below

Best Elliptical Trainers:

Nordic Track Elite 15.0

Price: $ 1599
Stride Length: 18, 20, 22”
Incline? Yes
Resistance Levels: 28
iPod Dock? Yes
User Weight Capacity: 400 lbs

Nordictrack Elite 15.0 Elliptical Trainer


The Elite 15.0 is the first home elliptical to come with a built-in Web Browser. So you can surf the net or read your emails as you workout. You also get iFit LIVE free (no extra module needed) with this machine. So you can download new workouts from Jillian Michaels, plan out new workout routes with Googlemaps and more.

There are also 2 HD Video Console workouts included and incline as well as decline on the machine for extra effective crosstraining. Wow.

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Livestrong LS10.0e

Price: $ 999.99
Stride Length: 20”
Incline? Yes
Resistance Levels: 20
iPod Dock? Yes
User Weight Capacity: 325 lbs

Livestrong ls10.0e elliptical


Built with closer foot pedals, a more upright design, the Livestrong LS10.0e Elliptical trainer is more ergonomically correct and will give you a more comfortable elliptical workout. The power incline changes the slope of your elliptical pathway with the touch of a button – great for crosstraining.

And with the Free USB device included you can track your workouts, compare them and even download new workouts to your machine from Lance Armstrong’s conditioning coach.

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Smooth Agile DMT

Price: $ 2299
Stride Length: 19 -24”
Incline? No
Resistance Levels: 20
iPod Dock? No
User Weight Capacity: 400 lbs

Smooth Agile DMT Trainer


The Smooth Agile DMT Trainer gives you 12 different elliptical motions to choose from. Designed to keep your toes behind your knees as you workout the DMT is also ideal for people with knee problems. The articulating foot pedals follow the motion of your feet and reduce joint stress as you workout.

The Agile also comes with MySmooth Virtual Fitness Trainer where you can get customized workout programs, track your progress and set new fitness goals. And with the touch controls on the arm bars you can change your elliptical motion pathway without ever stopping your workout.

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Nordic Track Audio Strider 990

Price: $ 999
Stride Length: 20 - 23”
Incline? Yes
Resistance Levels: 24
iPod Dock? Yes
User Weight Capacity: 350 lbs

nordic track audtiostrider 990 pro elliptica


A Consumer Magazine ‘Best Buy’ 4 years in a row, the 990 Pro elliptical from Nordictrack is both affordable and offers a range of impressive features. You get dynamic training with the 15 – 40 degree incline ramp (which also changes the stride from 20 – 23”).

The iFit LIVE opens up a whole new world of training possibilities – from downloading new workouts by Jillian Michaels to mapping out new routes on Googlemaps. And with the 3-angle pedal adjustment, you can find the right elliptical feel for your body.

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Sole E95

Price: $ 1599.99
Stride Length: 20”
Incline? Yes
Resistance Levels: 16
iPod Dock? Yes
User Weight Capacity: 400 lbs

sole e95 elliptical trainer


Earning 'Best Buy' awards for the last 3 years, the Sole E95 is the premium home elliptical in the Sole lineup. The impressive 29 lb flywheel and high gear ratio (not commonly found at this price point) gives you a super-smooth ride that doesn’t jerk or jump even when you pick up the pace.

The power incline ramp ranges from 0 – 40 degrees, great for lower body crosstraining. And the specially-designed footpedals keep your body in neutral alignment to reduce to stress on the joints. You can also adjust the slope of the footpedals for the most comfortable fit.

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How Were The Best Elliptical Trainers Chosen?

So how did we select the best elliptical trainers for 2012?

We looked at a number of factors, explained in detail below.

Also, please note that these 'Best Buy' awards are for the newest 2012 version of that particular model.

Stability - While home ellipticals don't have to feel like health club machines, they should be stable and feel solid when you work them. They shouldn't wobble or shake, even when you pick up the pace.

Comfort - A lot of elliptpicals today may look pretty - but they are not comfortable for long periods of time. We tried to find crosstrainers that were built to ergonomically correct standards and that would give you a comfortable workout.

Smoothness - The Smoothness of the elliptical ride is important for your long term enjoyment of your crosstrainer. You don't want a trainer the jump and starts. Factors that go into the smoothness include the weight of the flywheel, pivoting footpedals and stability of the machine.

Stride - Stride is the distance between the foot pedals. A shorter stride can feel bumpy and a stride that is too long, for shorter users, is too much of a strain. We chose machines that offered a wide variety of strides - and even some with multiple strides.

Comparison to Other Trainers In Similar Price Categories - We compared ellipticals in their relative price categories and tried to find machines that just gave you more in terms of features, stability, warranty and comfort.

Expert and User Reviews - Many of our 'Best Buys' have also earned awards from other experts like Consumer magazines. They also have a trend of very high user reviews over time - which is a good sign of long term quality.

So those are some of the factors we used to select this year's Best Elliptical machines. If you still want to review elliptical trainer ratings by brand, check out our brand reviews here.

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