Elliptical machines, cross-trainers, x-trainers – no matter what you prefer to call this breed of exercise machines, they are a dynamic and valuable addition to any workout setup. Most commonly referred to as elliptical machines, these unique pieces of equipment provide the user with an effective and smooth manner of aerobic exercise, engaging the whole body in a stride-like motion.
Like all other sectors of effective equipment, this particular market has become loaded. Not only does this mean more possible good machines, but unfortunately also many more not so good. To make your decision a bit easier, we review 2013’s top ten elliptical machines.
1. Precor EFX 835
Precor has always been a name synonymous with exercise equipment quality. Topping our list at number-one is Precor’s EFX 835. Not only would we argue this to be the best elliptical this year, but we would also consider it to be possibly the best made by any maker to date. The heavy-duty design, impeccable display and data systems, adjust-ability, comfort, reliability, and smoothness of operation make this elliptical one for all others to strive to be.
2. Precor EFX 5.37 Premium
Though it was actually released in 2012, the Precor EFX 5.37 Premium is an unequivocal top-dog this year. The 5.37 is just a slight downgrade from the prestigious 835 model and leaves absolutely nothing to complain about. This model features convertible handlebars, touch and telemetric sensory, extensive workout programming, and much more. This is one stout and sturdy workout machine, perfect for the serious athletic aficionados.
3. Cybex 770A Arc
The 770A Arc by Cybex is yet another definitive, top performer for 2013. Enjoy multi-focus training for power, strength, and weight-loss, a Visual Motivation display system, extensive warranty backup, and even a 400-pound on-board weight capacity. Cybex has done very well with this go-to elliptical.
4. Sole Fitness E98
At the very first glance, the E98 elliptical by Sole Fitness sends a compelling message: “I am a cool machine!” If this is what you heard, the machine speaks the truth. With a beautiful display, intuitive handle system, remarkable durability, and a whole range of exercise programming, the E98 is a real crowd-pleaser.
5. Sole Fitness E35
Making our list again is Sole Fitness with the much anticipated E35. The E35 is quite similar to the E98; however, it is made much more affordable by a few subtle changes. Regardless, this top performer boasts perks such as grip and chest monitoring abilities, a healthy index of exercise programming, a good sound system, a strong physical build, and great comfort of use.
6. Schwinn 425
The Schwinn 425 elliptical trainer is the perfect machine for experts and novices alike. An impressive, six-point leveling system keeps the unit secure at all times. The over-sized console, quality LCD display, sound and fan systems will keep you happy at all times. The 425 could best be described as a very solid choice among this year’s ellipticals.
7. Nautilus E514c
If you want a more compact home gym experience in your elliptical, the E514c by Nautilus is an excellent choice. Its compact footprint and 18-inch stride make it perfect for getting it all in within smaller areas. Enjoy 16 resistance levels, 21 programs, and an attractive display with LCD.
8. Schwinn 520
For those seeking an elliptical-recumbent combination machine, Schwinn’s 520 model is a great buy. A single stage industrial belt assures countless hours of reliable use. The intuitive fan system provides remarkably smooth action. In addition, the over-sized footplates and seating design make for some very comfortable workout time on this sturdy workhorse.
9. ProForm Hybrid Trainer
A new and interesting twist on the classic elliptical comes by way of the new ProForm Hybrid Trainer. Here, the user can stand or remain seated in using the elliptical pedal system. Not just some new gismo, the Hybrid Trainer works very well, delivering a powerful range of low-impact motions and workouts. Some specifically helpful features include adjustable feet, transport wheels, a quality LCD display, and a 350-pound weight capacity.
10. Livestrong LS8.0E
The Livestrong LS8.0E is a great choice for those just wanting a solid, yet somewhat less flashy elliptical machine. Some of its very well-made features include double LED data windows, a heavy-duty, 23-pound flywheel, personal fan, and a 20-inch stride length. The LS8.0E also features 9 built-in programs and is very anatomically comfortable and effective.