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Choose the Best Workout Machine
Deciding a budget for buying workout machine is hard. Choosing the best within the budget is even harder. Here we make your search simple by comparing the best elliptical machines under $1,000 with pros and cons, video reviews, pictures and buying options.
1. Horizon Fitness EX-59-02
This one is a low priced yet high-quality elliptical trainer that can be used by beginners to professionals equally. This medium duty machine enables users to workout with very low to zero impact and can handle up to 275 pounds.
As it is low impact, you don’t feel any stress on your joints. Based on magnetic brake resistance technology, it comprises of 16 levels of resistance which is more than enough for a complete workout. Since it uses magnetic resistance, you won’t hear any noise from the machine and the operation will be extra smooth with a heavy flywheel.
It also features rubberized foot pads for added comfort and safety. It has a stride length of 18 inches which is suited for short to medium height people.
EX-59-02 has 10 preset workout programs for every type of workout The 5 inch LCD screen displays all the workout data including heart rate.
Other features include a 2-speed fan to keep you cool, heart rate monitor on the handle grip to continuously monitor your heart rate, mp3 player port with speakers and a water bottle holder.
Overall, Horizon Fitness EX-59-02 is a complete bang for the buck considering the features and user reviews. They offer a lifetime warranty for frames, 20 years for magnetic brake and 1 year for other parts and labor.
Horizon Fitness is known for their quality standards in treadmills and elliptical for many years. Without a doubt, this is the No.1 in our list of top elliptical under $1,000.
- Six Star Certification
- Smooth running
- Quiet and low impact
- ZEROgap™ : Ideal pedal placement which reduces stress on hips and back
- Rubberized footpads for extra grip and comfortability
- Lots of extra features for the price
- Some of the customers have made complaint about the heart rate monitor showing inaccurate values but I found no variations.
2. Schwinn 430
Schwinn combines quality with economy through its new model Schwinn 430. It is based on the Magnetic ECB resistance (Eddy Current Brake) which has zero or low maintenance, quiet operation and smoother than others. ECB system, the best among elliptical, at this price tag is indeed a fortune.
Schwinn 430 has 20 inch stride length which is suitable for tall people also. It has 20 levels of resistance which adds to your daily intense workout. Schwinn offers plenty of workout programs for people with any skill level. There are 9 preset, 8 heart rate, and other programs for easy selection.
The machine can hold up to 300 pounds and features 10 degree manual ramp with 6 positions. The 2 LCD screens display all the workout data including heart rate.
Other features include 3 speed cooling fan, water bottle holder, transport wheels, built-in speakers, USB charging for iPad or tablet etc. Schwinn offers 10 years warranty for frame, 2 years mechanical, 1 year electrical and 90 days labor.
Overall, Schwinn 430 is a complete value for the money.
- Magnetic ECB resistance
- Heavy duty machine which runs smooth and quiet
- Long stride
- Plenty of extra features
- 20 resistance levels and 22 preset programs
- Easy to assemble
- None for the price
3. Sole Fitness E25
Sole revolutionized the fitness market with its amazing models E25 and E35 and continues to be so. Sole E25 is a medium duty elliptical under $1000 which can accommodate up to 325 pounds.
It uses Magnetic ECB resistance system (Eddy Current Brake) which is best in the industry so far. ECB system is known for its smoothness and quieter operation and low maintenance. In addition to that, E25 has a heavy duty 19lb flywheel which is responsible for the ultra smooth strides. It consists of 20-inch lengthy stride which is suitable for tall people also.
The 6.5-inch back-lit display shows all the workout data including heart rate. Heart rate is measured using the grip/chest heart rate monitors. Sole E25 has 16 levels of resistance and 10 preset workout programs.
Other features include water bottle holder, built-in cooling fan and built-in speakers. Sole offers lifetime warranty for frame, 3 years for parts and 1 year for labor.
Overall, Sole E25 is a good option if you are looking for a medium duty quiet elliptical for the whole family.
- Magnetic ECB resistance
- Quiet and high performing
- Heavier flywheel means smooth operation
- Backlit LCD screen
- Sturdy construction
- Should have added a tablet holder or a reading rack considering the price
- Manual incline
4. ProForm ZE 6.0
This highly durable and compact machine is made up of commercial grade steel which will last for a lifetime. This sturdy machine is portable too. It has 4 transport wheels to move around.
ProForm introduces Silent Magnetic Resistance technology in ZE 6.0 which is based on magnetic resistance and work smoothly and quietly. It can hold up to 300 pounds. You get 18 preset workouts to choose from and 18 levels of digital resistance which is more than enough for a professional elliptical. These workouts are classified into three.
Aerobic: For heart patients.
Weight loss: To challenge yourself with more intense workouts.
Performance: To increase endurance and fitness, useful for athletes.
The LCD screen shows time, resistance, calories, distance and other needed readings. The slip-resistant pedals will prevent you from falling off the machine.
The machine has 20 inch adjustable stride length and manual incline options to increase your intensity of workout. But the incline is manual. You will have to stop the exercise to adjust the incline.
Other useful features include iPod connecting port, water bottle holder, built-in speakers, EKG grip pulse (dual grip heart rate monitor).
ProForm offers lifetime warranty for frame, 1 year parts and labor. ProForm ZE6 is easy to assemble. I took only 1 hour in the first try.
- Solid construction
- Super quiet
- Easy to change resistance levels
- Reverse motion
- Plenty of useful extra features
- Manual incline
- No cooling fans
- LCD screen is a bit far away, you need to bend down to read everything unless you have a perfect vision
- Some of the users have complained that the heart rate monitor is not so accurate
5. ProForm Hybrid Trainer
This is a 2-in-1 elliptical trainer + recumbent bike from the well-respected manufacturer ProForm. Anyone who loves to mix up their workouts and do more in a less spacious room can definitely consider ProForm Hybrid. And on the plus side, it is very affordable also. You don’t have to spend half of the money for a good elliptical and exercise bike on this one.
Assembly and starting workout are easy here. There is a Quick start button to get going with your workout in a snap. The display is very easily readable and large which shows time, distance, calories burned, heart rate etc.
Another useful feature is the target pacer. You can set specific goals and the target pacer tells you how to vary your speed in order to achieve your goal. Hey, weight loss participants and runners, useful isn’t it?
ProForm Hybrid can accommodate up to 350 lbs and has a stride length of 15 inch which is not suitable for tall people. It has 14 levels of resistance to vary your intensity of workout.
However, compared to other elliptical trainers listed here, ProForm Hybrid lacks some features. There is no cooling fan or water bottle holder. Neither does it has a mp3 port or built-in speakers to enjoy yourself while exercising.
Speaking of warranties, ProForm Hybrid stands behind many in the list. It offers 5 years for frame, 90 days for parts and labor.
If you want an elliptical and recumbent bike together at $350 which saves a lot of space, but lacks features such as water bottle holder, cooling fan, built-in speakers and mp3 port and most importantly good warranty, go for ProFOrm Hybrid. Otherwise look down for a more worthy deal.
- Space saving 2-in-1 machine
- Target Pacer
- Compact and portable
- Low price
- 15 inch stride length. Not suitable for tall people
- Lacks features such as entertainment options, water bottle holder, cooling fan etc
- Poor warranty
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2014 healthcarepro
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on July 28, 2015:
Elliptical is my preferred form of excersize. I actually bought mine refurbished for under $500. Have been very happy with it.
Enjoyed the hub.