For those in need of a cardio machine that works out more than just your lower body muscles, the elliptical trainers are the perfect fit. The arc movement of the elliptical trainer is as simple as walking or jogging but before you hit on the buy now button here are a few important factors that go into buying the perfect elliptical trainer.
For a lot of the buyers especially the newbies getting value for money is important and since elliptical trainers are available in all price ranges it’s important to do your homework right before making any decision.
For occasional users who want to avoid the high cost of the fancy frills, an elliptical trainer between $500-$600 is ideal whereas the high-end models are priced around $1500-$4000 but come with unmatched features and durability.
Resistance and Braking System
One of the most important factors that go into making a buying decision is the resistance and braking system as they impact the price, workout efficiency and durability of the model. Elliptical trainers with an Eddy Current brake system are highly recommended as these use magnets for resistance.
You can control resistance with the press of a button and they are also silent thus proving a convenient option. Lower or mid-range trainers with this system come with a flywheel that weighs around 10-15 pounds whereas the top end models have a heavier flywheel.
Pro Tip: Trainers with heavier flywheels are fluid in motion and if not mentioned, don’t forget to ask about it.
The space needed to use and store an elliptical trainer varies according to the make and model. Those elliptical trainers with the drive system and flywheel in front are often easy to store and move as they are foldable.
Those models with a drive system and flywheel in the rear are bulkier and cannot be folded. Elliptical trainers with a center drive system have the flywheel on any of the sides and are the most compact of all and can be folded. Also, models with transport wheels are easier to move around.
Irrespective of the make or model a console with an LCD screen is a must. The screen should be clear and big i.e. about 8-10 inches and should display all important workout stats like the calories burned, time spent, etc. from a comfortable distance.
Some mid-range models also come with a cup holder, a built-in fan, an extra tray, reading rack etc. The higher-end models come with a console that is compatible with both Android and IOS devices and has other fancy frills like built-in speakers, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi compatibility and even a wireless heart rate monitor.
Also, most of the models will include about 10-25 inbuilt workout programs to get you started on the right track.