Who isn’t a fan of Ellipticals (cross-trainers)! They are one of the most popular pieces of equipment in a home gym. When you are putting your home gym together, it is more than often very difficult to find the right machinery at the right price. Well, guess what…that’s exactly what I am here for.
I will help you to choose one of the top home ellipticals on the market today. Sit back and allow me to do all the leg work (see what I did there!), so that you can make an informed decision, as to which one is for you. I will be having a look at 4 of the best ellipticals around. Once you have read these reviews, you will be in a great position to make the right choice for you.
Elliptical 1 – Branx Fitness Magnetic ‘X-Fit’
- Built in heart rate control, with chest strap included
- USB charging station
- 16 levels of magnetic resistance
- Body fat feature
- Drinks holder
- Takes a maximum weight of 135kg
- Bluetooth ready
- 2 years parts and labour warranty, 5 years on frame
The reason I think that this is one of the top home ellipticals is that it offers value for money. It sits in the mid to high range, price wise. One of the stand out features is the heart rate control but you do have to wear a heart rate strap across your chest (this is included). You can also keep an eye on your body fat, as this feature is included.
My Rating: Very good elliptical. However, if this is a little out of your price range, you can get cheaper ellipticals that also offer value for money.
Elliptical 2 – Blufin Fitness Curv 3.0
The Blufin comes in at the high end of the market. I had to include it, as it constantly popped up during my research. Let’s see what it offers, and whether it’s worth paying that extra amount:
- Kinomap with in-built programs
- Social media compatible
- Commercial grade, so will last longer
- 12 programs
- 16 manual levels of resistance
- Measure pulse rate
- Bluetooth enabled
- Great alternative to a stationary bike
This is a great commercial grade elliptical. It is built to last and requires minimum maintenance. The Curv gives you a larger stride, as it is one of their larger models. Yes, you pay more but in return, you get commercial quality.
Another great feature is it’s Kinomap compatibility. It features thousands of videos from around the world, live coaching and training classes, as well as structured workouts. You can even compete with fellow users!
The HRC mode will allow you to program your heart rate to ensure you are training in your desired zone. The resistance is automatically adjusted relative to your heart rate. Just hold on to the pulse monitors (on the handlebars), and away you go!
My Rating: If you are willing to splash the boat out, then this elliptical could be just for you. It’s Kinomap compatibility, gives it a real edge. Not bad at all!
Elliptical 3 – JLL CT200
A very stylish, aesthetically pleasing and practical elliptical. Let’s have a look at what it has to offer:
- 8 levels of magnetic resistance
- Built in handrail heart rate sensor
- Easy to move around and store
- Tablet/drinks holder
- Great price
- Maximum weight is 100kg
- Comes with a 12 month warranty.
The JLL CT200 is an entry level treadmill. However, even experienced trainers will have a hard time finding faults on this model. The CT200 has a very strong and sturdy frame that supports a max weight of 100kg. You can also adjust the footplates to suit you. The 12 month warranty definitely helps to make this elliptical more attractive.
I am a big fan of heart rate training, so models that come with the hand rail sensors definitely have the edge over those that don’t and I’m happy to say, this one does.
My Rating: This is a great elliptical, at an unbelievable low price. It has all you need for a great cross training experience.
Elliptical 4 – Reebok GX40
This is definitely one of my favourites. Let’s see what it offers:
- 8 levels of manual resistance
- 4 built in fitness programs
- Tracks and displays your progress
- Adjustable footplates
- Lightweight but can still take a 110kg load
- 2 years parts and labour warranty
- Drinks holder
I try to be impartial when it comes to reviewing equipment, and although most of them are evenly matched and have their own advantages, this one is definitely the David Beckham of ellipticals. This is because not only does it look great but it has all the star qualities to make it stand out.
It comes with in built fitness programs that help you to track your progress. As it is lightweight, you can move it around with ease. The GX40 comes with a great 2 year parts and labour warranty, which makes it stand out even further.
My Rating: This is definitely up there as one of the best. Great brand and great elliptical, with great features, at a great price. Top notch!
Which One is Right For You?
When choosing the right elliptical, you have to ask yourself what your goal is and how often you are going to workout, to achieve this goal.
Most people will train at an average of 3 times per week, so any exercise machine must be of a good standard, to put up with the vigorous sessions that it is put through.
An elliptical can be used in a variety of ways. You can use both the upper body and lower body at the same time, or you can just use the lower body. You can also use your upper body to do most of the work, by pushing harder with your arms.
That’s why, after researching many ellipticals, I decided to include the top four only. Each one of them has great attributes, and will contribute positively to your fitness goal.
All four of the above provide great value for money and would be a great addition to any home gym
If I was to pick one that stood out to me, it would have to be elliptical 4 – the Reebok GX40. It has a great warranty, in addition to great features.
Sometimes it is difficult to make the choice, however in this instance whichever one you choose, you will be on the right path. Just add some kettlebells and resistance bands to your workout and you will have a great all round routine.
I hope you enjoyed my review of the top home ellipticals. I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to post your comments, questions and/or feedback below. As always, it has been a pleasure to have you here. Stay safe and keep well.