Splurge, Steal, Best Deal: Elliptical Machines

by FitStudio Editors

Splurge, Steal, Best Deal: Elliptical Machines

The Splurge: NordicTrack E8.7 Elliptical

The first thing that caught our attention was its sleek, regal look. What made us fall in love? The fly-wheel design for a smooth glide, padded and adjustable foot rests, a feature that lets you customize your stride with the touch of a button, and an iPod-compatible sound system with good speakers right in the console (bye-bye, earbuds!). And its extravagance is equally matched by its functionality, with 24 built-in workouts, 26 resistance levels, and heart rate monitors on the arm handles. Go ahead—treat yourself!

The Steal: NordicTrack E 6.3 Elliptical

You know how your hands can get sore from gripping the handles on an elliptical too tightly? Well, this model comes with a soft grip feature that keeps your palms pain-free. The stride length and ramp are manually customizable, and the water bottle holder is actually reachable, a feature you’ll need to compliment the 20 built-in workouts and 22 resistance levels. Is the ride herky-jerky, you wonder? Nope—it’s silky smooth and feels natural, thanks to the fly-wheel design. Book-a-holic? Rest your good reads on the book-holder.

The Best Deal: ProForm 475 Elliptical

Want to drop a few pesky pounds? This winner comes with 14 built-in programs, seven of which are designed specifically for weight-loss by a certified trainer. It also sports an EKG monitor that accurately tracks your heart rate that displays on an LCD screen, so you can clearly see how hard you’re working. The best part: It’s got wheels. Park in right in front of the TV during your workout, and then easily roll it back into a corner. Oh, and our tester gave it four, glorious stars.