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Elliptical exercisers Buying Guides

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We have divided the types of ellipticals available according to price. For the most part, you get what you pay for.

Budget-priced ellipticals

These tend to be markedly flimsier than the commercial models found in gyms.

You might find a satisfactory elliptical trainer for $1,000 or less if you shop carefully.

Budget-priced models might be less stable than the more expensive ones, and they generally come with a shorter warranty.

Expensive ellipticals

Paying more usually buys you sturdy construction close to that of a commercial gym machine.

The more expensive machines tend to feel more solid, operate more smoothly, and have more features than the under-$1,000 models. You might also get superior ergonomics, a wide range of features, and a more generous warranty.

Models that did best in our tests cost well over $2,000. And high price is no guarantee of quality. One $2,700 model had a design defect serious enough for us to rate it Not Recommended.

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