Best Budget Elliptical Trainers

If you want a low impact cardio workout, the elliptical trainer may be the right choice for you. If you're getting one for your home gym, you'll see that there are a variety of brands out there...how do you know which one to choose? If budget is an issue, you'll find a few budget elliptical trainers below, ranging from $400-$1,000. If you can, try the elliptical trainer before you buy it to make sure it will work for you.

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Schwinn A40 Elliptical Machine

Schwinn Elliptical Trainer
Amazon

The Schwinn, at around $400, is a good all-around elliptical for the budget-conscious exerciser. It includes arm handles so you can work the upper body and it also includes 12 workout programs with 8 computer-controlled magnetic resistance levels. What I like about this one is its small profile, perfect if you don't have much space. It also has a longer stride than some ellipticals (18 inches) and articulating foot-plates so you don't have to worry about your feet going numb (a common problem on ellipticals).

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ProForm Hybrid Elliptical Trainer

ProForm Hybrid Elliptical Trainer
Amazon
  • Recumbent Seat; Upper-Body Workout Arms; Oversized Pedals
  • 15" Stride Length; 14 Workout Apps; 14 Digital Resistance Levels
  • Target Pacer; RPM Meter; LCD Window; Inertia-Enhanced Flywheel
  • Adjustable Leveling Feet; Transport Wheels; Dual-Grip EKG Heart Rate Monitor; Water Bottle Holder
  • 350 lb. Weight Capacity; 90-Day Parts & Labor Warranty.

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Nautilus E514 Elliptical Trainer

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The Nautilus E514 (around $750) is another favorite for budget conscious exercisers wanting a low-impact workout.  It includes 2 user profiles, 16 levels of resistance, 17 different programs and a heart rate monitor as well as a fan, magazine rack and a bottle holder. 

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