Choosing an Elliptical Machine? Here’s What to Look For

choosing an elliptical machine

When it comes to choosing an elliptical machine, you probably have a million questions about price, safety, and which brand is the best fit for you. We may not be able to do your workouts for you, but we can help you pick out your ideal elliptical.

Step One: Get Practical

When you’re choosing an elliptical machine, don’t forget to take measurements – and we’re not talking about your waist size.

Make sure the dimensions of your room in relation to the size of your elliptical will leave you enough space to fully extend your arms and legs. Also, we recommend that you check the outlets in your future in-home exercise studio, to make sure you don’t end up blowing a fuse when you’re breaking a sweat.

Bonus Tip: If you live in an apartment building or another type of shared residence, check with your landlord about whether or not you’re allowed to have the machine, and to get their input about how to best soundproof your workout room. You may even need to take into consideration the amount of noise an elliptical machine makes when deciding which one to buy.

Step Two: Spend Smartly

One of the most important aspects of choosing an elliptical machine? Finding one that’s as low-impact on your wallet as it is on your knees.

How much you spend depends on the features you need. If your elliptical is your main source of exercise, then you may want to choose an elliptical machine with more features – which will likely still be less expensive than a gym membership.

But if you’re following a more casual workout routine, you may not need to invest in a fancier machine.


Step Three: Ask Questions and Do Your Research

Let’s be real: you don’t always want to rely on advice from someone who gets paid on commission when you’re choosing an elliptical machine.

Some great questions to ask include:

  • Whether or not the machine is customizable (to make sure you get accurate readings and to further minimize the impact on your joints)
  • Does the machine use electronic magnet resistance (making it easier to increase your workout level?)
  • What features are included in the console, and for how long is your health data recorded? Does the machine have special programs that allow you to switch up your workout, or is everything manual?
  • What is the length of the warranty, and is it already included in the price?

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff: Other Things To Keep in Mind

If you’re choosing an elliptical machine to jump-start your weight loss journey, keep in mind that you’ll need to adjust your workout to avoid common mistakes on an elliptical. Remember that purchasing a machine that also allows you to work out your arms and legs simultaneously will give you more of a total body workout.

Most of all: if you aren’t allowed to test out the machine in the store, it’s time to move on!

No matter why you’re starting a new workout program, you can always rely on us to offer you unbiased advice that’s based on our personal experience with the best machines out there. For more tips and tricks, follow us on social media or subscribe to our newsletter.