Best Rated Ellipticals Under $1000 Dollars For 2018

Exercising and working out regularly can help one stay fit and active even in their later years. But not everyone has the time to go to the gym or get the membership. Those that do usually tend to make excuses to skip exercise. Well, having an elliptical at home can change that. You have no excuse to skip, you do not need a membership or time limitation, and you can work out whenever and however you like. But purchasing one is not the easiest job on the planet, especially if you are new to these things. One has to keep numerous things in mind, such as the stride length of it, the incline and the resistance. These things are what one has to see when purchasing a machine and has to make sure they have the right ones for themselves.


Stride Length

Without a natural stride one would not feel comfortable while exercising. Short strides are common among cheaper models of elliptical, while the more expensive ones have larger strides for more comfort and ease during exercise. The least stride a machine should have is at least an 18 inch stride, which is pretty ideal for shorter people. The industry standard is considered to be a 20 inch stride.

Adjustable stride length is always preferred because then once can configure it to their comfort and height, and can also change it when someone else decides to run that machine. It gives the user more variety and options to explore. These adjustable features are usually found in the more expensive models and are rare in cheaper ones.

Incline – Manual or Automated

The best elliptical machines always have automated inclines. This helps to give the user a metabolic boost almost instantly, and makes the machine more fit for sculpting muscles. Uphill workouts are where one would require an incline. The change in angle puts different pressures on the different muscles and helps build them up. A 20% incline is one of the highest available in the market, and is good for upper body workouts.

Manual inclines are found on cheaper models because they are cheaper to create. Here one has to manually pull out a pin to change the posture.


Magnetic resistance is one of the most common ones found and it is quieter and more durable than mechanical resistances. Mechanical resistances are ones that do not last very long, they wear out pretty quickly and makes use of felt brake pads.

The more expensive a machine is or the model is, the more resistance it will normally have. The least is a 12.5 pounds, which can be found on cheaper models and is not too much. Better and more expensive models have resistances of about 18 to 25 pounds, which is good not only for intermediate trainers, but beginners as well.

#1 Schwinn 470

The Schwinn 470 makes use of Bluetooth technology, which syncs with its trainer app to track your fitness. It can take up to 300lbs of weight without showing faults. The assembly is very to understand and easy to put together as well. But one can always request for a free assembly from amazon if they were to order from that site since that is offered. The incline is not manual, it is automatic which users love.

It is recommended to get help while assembling this machine because it is pretty big in size. One should also make sure to connect the wires properly while assembling it, because doing it later on can prove to be a challenge.

The speakers here are pretty loud, but the machine itself is not. There is a USB port that one can use to charge their phones while sing the machine, or wants to keep their charging phone close while working out. It also has a headphone jack incase the user does not want to use the speakers. The fan here works pretty well and helps to cool one down during workout. It is very sturdy for an at home workout machine, and delivers like the professional ones one would find at the gym.

Users have loved the machine for it works their whole bodies, without being too hard on their joints. From putting the whole thing together, to downloading the app and finally getting started with exercise the whole process is super easy.

Some of the cons here are the wheel which is not free spinning so is a little harder to work with initially or for beginners. While adjusting the fan or recline it will make a temporary sound, but not one that lasts.

Learn more about the machine in my Schwinn 470 review.

#2 Nautilus E616

The Nautilus E616 has high levels of resistance for a proper workout and a good stride length as well.  It makes use of Bluetooth connections to connect the machine to its app which can help the user track their exercise. It does not take a lot of time to assemble, nor is it a tough job. It can be put together quite easily.

The handle bars are fixed and padded. This makes it easy to move around in a variety of positions and makes it an ergonomic elliptical. The machine also comes with a media shelf, in-console speakers if one wishes to listen to music while working out, and also a MP3 input port, a USB media charging port to be able to charge your phone while working out, and last of all an adjustable fan to keep you cool while exercising.

The machine is easy to use as well and does not put any extra pressure or force on the user’s joints or hips, places that can be sensitive. There are a lot of programs that one can choose from and get started with whatever looks best to them or for their needs. The machine overall is very sturdy and quiet, it does not make unnecessary noises which is a common problem with such machines. Users recommend this machine for it helped them get into proper shape while maintaining their other diet routines.

Here is my more detailed Nautilus E616 review.

#3 Horizon Fitness EX-59-02

Horizon Fitness EX-59 Elliptical TrainerThe Horizon Fitness EX-59-02 is an elliptical that is super easy to set up and use. It takes about an hour or two to put it all together, which is not much for such a big machine. Every tool is provided and labeled to make it easy for the user.

The stride length is fixed here, but it is still moderate in length and works for a lot of people. This is an elliptical that is not priced very high, but it definitely performs like one. It does not make noises when running, nor does it feel too flimsy.

Users love the elliptical and would choose it over their gym machine, primarily because it is easier to do so at home, and also because the performance is not very different from the ones you get in gyms. This machine can run for years without trouble if maintained properly. Oiling and lubricating it can make it last for long and give one more than their price’s worth.

The only con is that some people have faced trouble with the construction and that it did not serve them for too long. For this problem it is best to get a professional to assemble the machine, so there is no problem with the construction later on.

Read more about Horizon Fitness EX-59-02 here.


Buying an elliptical for the first time can sure be challenging, but hopefully these tips and reviews from customers about some of the best in the market will aid one during buying their very first one. From the models available to the things one need to keep in mind, all of it is listed here in details and will surely be of help for anyone looking to get themselves an elliptical for their everyday work outs.