Birkirkara, Malta -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/18/2014 -- Buying an elliptical machine will eventually turn out to be less expensive that subscribing to a gym membership year after year. However there are several different models and brands on the market; so without referring to any kind of elliptical machine reviews it is fairly difficult to choose from one model to another.
While the price is an important factor, it is not the only thing to take into consideration. Apart from the build and robustness, one must also take into consideration factors such as the time and complexity for assembling the machine, the footprint of the machine and the warranty period. Two of the best elliptical machines for the price when taking all such factors into consideration are the following:
Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Trainer by Body Solid
As the name of the company suggests, Body Solid builds solid and robust fitness machines and the Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Trainer is no exception. This machine is built using a powder-coated steel frame and supports persons of up to 275 pounds (124.7 kg). Having dimensions of 48 x 30 x 66 inches (121.9 x 76.2 x 167.6 cm), this trainer is more compact than many other competing elliptical machines in the same range. Thanks to small front transport wheels, the Best Fitness E1 can be easily moved from one room to another.
Using the contact heart rate handles, it is possible to monitor the heart beat while exercising. Apart from that, it is possible to know the amount of calories burnt, the distance traveled and the time taken to exercise, features that one can expect in any good quality fitness machine. Having 17 levels of resistance, this elliptical trainer is perfectly suitable for people of any fitness level. Another great thing about Body Solid’s Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Trainer is that it comes with a 15 years warranty for the frame and 10 years warranty for the motor. There is also a 2 year warranty for the electronics and parts, 6 month warranty for the wearable parts and a 1 year labor warranty.
This cross trainer is highly rated on Amazon.com, with an average user rating of 4.5 stars out of a maximum of 5. Some reviewers state that it is fairly easy to set up, taking anywhere from 1 to 2 hours to assemble. A single part needs to be assembled by two people but the rest can be set up by one person. Reviewers also stated that the machine is very smooth to operate without making a lot of noise.
Many reviewers also commented about the fact that the Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Trainer does not take a lot of space when compared to many other elliptical trainers. There are many user comments regarding the solid built of the machine and according to one reviewer, it is “built like a tank”. Taking everything into consideration, this is perhaps the best elliptical machine for home use.
Please click here to go to the official Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Trainer page on Amazon.com.
EX-59-02 Elliptical Trainer by Horizon Fitness
Anyone looking for a slightly cheaper elliptical machine may well take a look at the EX-59-02 Elliptical Trainer by Horizon Fitness. This elliptical has 16 levels of resistance, 10 programs and a 5 inch LCD display. The EX059-02 has a user weight limit of 275 pounds (124.7 kg), exactly like the Best Fitness E1.
An interesting feature of this Horizon Fitness model is the inclusion of an MP3 input and a headphone output for playing music from an MP3 player, smartphone or otherwise. The dimensions of the EX059-02 are 68.2 x 22 x 646 inches (173.2 x 55.9 x 164.1 cm) and the machine weighs 145 pounds (65.8 kg).
According to reviewers, it is easy to assemble, taking about 2 hours for the whole process of getting all pieces out of the box and putting everything together. Having said this, one reviewer stated that he managed to do this in 1 hour. Most reviewers are of the opinion that this cross trainer is very smooth to operate, with one user stating that this elliptical is better than the ones used at gyms. Another reviewer stated that this elliptical machine feels like one of the expensive models and according to another user, this machine is of “impressive quality for a home gym equipment”.
On the negative side is the fact that the EX-59-02 Trainer does not have an on/off switch. Thus one needs to disconnect the machine from the power supply in order to switch it off when not in use. Some reviewers also commented on the fact that some of the bolts are fairly hard to tighten when setting up the machine. All in all, while the Horizon Fitness EX-59-02 Elliptical Trainer is more expensive that some cheap elliptical machines that are available on the market, it is built to last much longer than the less expensive models.
Please click this link to visit the official EX-59-02 Elliptical Trainer at Amazon.com.
About Noel Borg
Noel has been crazy about fitness since his teens. He carries out daily workouts, plus the occasional soccer and tennis game.