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Best Elliptical for Home Under $500

Over the years, many fitness enthusiasts have claimed that the elliptical isn’t as fun and productive as other gym equipment, such as the treadmill. We are here to tell you that the elliptical game has turned up a notch and that you can benefit greatly from having one of these machines in your home.
  • Magnetic Resistance
  • Silent machines
  • Compact Footprint
  • Manual Incline
  • Small Stride
  • Basic HRM
  • Basic Programs
An elliptical is a low-impact machine, making it perfect for anyone that has issues with back, knee, or any other joint issues. Even if you don’t, the elliptical is ideal for anyone, whether you are a beginner or expert in cardio activity.

 ModelCapacitySizeResistanceStridePrice
Schwinn 411 Schwinn 411 300 lbs54L x 24W x 62.5H1618″Check Price
Exerputic 6000 QF270 lbs55L x 25W x 64H2418″Check Price
Schwinn A40275 lbs59L x 23W x 63.5H817.5″Check Price
ProForm 250i 250 lbs60L x 25.5W x 69H1217″Check Price
Best Fitness Crosstrainer (BFCT1)225 lbs45L x 26W x 66H816″Check Price

If you enjoy using the elliptical or feel like it will be an excellent addition to your workout routine, there are many great machines on the market that you can add to your home for added convenience. This way, you won’t have to go to the gym if there isn’t enough time and you can multitask. Here is an elaborate list of best elliptical under $500 that’s perfect for your home:

Schiwnn 411

The 411 is the newest model of elliptical in our list, and its a big hit. As of today (3rd January 2020), this elliptical is ranked 4th in amazon in the elliptical category (among all price groups).

This model is a well-crafted elliptical that checks all boxes for an under $500 machine. It is designed for small space (saves 30% space compared to its alternatives). It has a comfortable stride length, well suited for anyone between the height of 5’5″ to 6’2″. Schwinn is a century-old US brand (was founded in Chicago in 1895), you can buy from them with certainty.

Magnetic

Resistance

300 lbs

Capacity

12

Programs

18"

Stride

Exerpeutic 5000

If you have strict fitness goals that you want to achieve, the Exerpeutic 5000 has a mobile app that helps you track your progress. The app uses Bluetooth technology to immediately upload your results after you are done working out for the day. If you leave the house and realize that you forget to upload them, you can do so anywhere at any time.

Another great thing about this product is that it is equipped with a three-piece cranking system to improve durability and performance. With this, you will have continuous momentum without any problems or hiccups in the machine, no matter how long you use it. ⇉ read full review

Magnetic

Resistance

275 lbs

Capacity

12

Programs

18"

Stride

Nautilus E614 Elliptical Trainer

Even though the E614 is not exactly under $500, we are still listing it here. The Nautilus has almost all the same features that other ellipticals on the market have, but with more in store. 

There are many different levels and settings that you can choose to workout on and speakers that allow you to hear your favorite songs at the same time. With large foot pads, you can be as comfortable as possible, and you have the choice to record your progress. ⇉ read full review

Magnetic

Resistance

300 lbs

Capacity

20"

Stride

22

Programs

Exerputic 6000 QF

Exerputic re-branded their old 1318 series and named it 6000 QF. The core frame is exactly as the old model, but they have also added MyCloudFitness support and increased some ergonomics.

Compared to other models in this list, the 6000 QF has a wider display where you can comfortably place your phone or iPad. Exerputic introduced double transmission for this model for better stride experience. With this “double transmission”, you will get 2 separate flywheels attached via two belts.

Magnetic

Resistance

270 lbs

Capacity

18"

Stride

24

Programs

Schwinn A40

The Schwinn A40 Elliptical is a fan-favorite and known for combining value and quality (under $500). Because of its popularity, Schwinn refreshes the A40 model every 3-4 years. This model was last refreshed in 2016 and do not have any smart features like the above mentioned Exerpeutic 5000. Featurewise, the A40 has 17.5″ Stride with a heavy flywheel. It only has seven programs and eight resistance levels, but this is more than enough for home usages.

If you are looking for a compact, silent elliptical to ensure worth-while cardio workout at you home, this is the elliptical for you. ⇉ read full review

Magnetic

Resistance

275 lbs

Capacity

7

Programs

17.5"

Stride

Sunny Circuit Zone Elliptical

The Sunny Circuit Zone (SF-E3862) is a relatively new model by sunny health, and it has quickly become a crowd favorite. Sunny health is widely known for its cheap under $200 products, so when they released an elliptical with a list price over $500, we were skeptical. But this machine has stable built quality. It’s incredibly silent and does not take a lot of floor space.

It comes with a lot of (24) built in programs and has a comfortable stride.

Magnetic

Resistance

265 lbs

Capacity

24

Programs

15.75"

Stride

ProForm 250i Elliptical

If you are looking for an elliptical that isn’t as strenuous as others, this is the perfect choice for you. The stride length is less than others on the market, so if you have any joint issues or back pain, you will have a greater chance of not overexerting your body.

It is also made with quite a few features to make your workout feel better. It is compatible with music players such as iPods and iPhones, so if you want to listen to music, you can control it through the machine. Another great thing about this elliptical is that it has a tablet holder so that multitasking can be more comfortable. ⇉ read full review

Magnetic

Resistance

250 lbs

Capacity

17"

Stride

14

Programs

ProForm Hybrid Trainer

ProForm Hybrid Elliptical is one of the most popular recumbent elliptical trainers available. For the last few years, its price was always under $400. But because of the current COVID-19 situation, its price has increased a bit. That is why we are adding this model in our “Under 500 Elliptical” list.

This model is an excellent investment and provides great value for your money (even with the increased price).
⇉ read full review

Magnetic

Resistance

350 lbs

Capacity

15"

Stride

14

Programs

Fitness Reality 2366 X-Class

The Fitness Reality 2366 X-Class is the best elliptical for almost any type of home gym. This is also very friendly for new users (who are new in elliptical training). It is one of the cheaper ones on the list but still high in quality. The design of this machine is unique with its red and silver highlights against a black frame.

There are many features in place to perfect the performance of this machine, including a flywheel that is heavier than the average to make the device smoother, many program options, and different levels of tension resistance to give you diversity in your workouts. ⇉ read full review

Magnetic

Resistance

300 lbs

Capacity

20"

Stride

21

Programs

Best Fitness Crosstrainer (BFCT1)

This is a very basic elliptical that is built to last. The BFCT1 is the most compact (only 45″L x 26″W x 66″H) elliptical in this list. This elliptical will get the job done, year after year (as this machine is out in the market for the last ten years).

The BFCT1 comes with 8 levels of magnetic resistance, 12″ stride and 225 lbs of capacity. ⇉ read full review

Magnetic

Resistance

225 lbs

Capacity

N/A

Programs

12"

Stride

Checklist to get the best elliptical under $500

Now that you have an idea of what ellipticals can offer, you will need to choose the model that will best suit you and your needs. Knowing what to look for in an elliptical will make it easier to make a decision, as you can solely pay attention to the features that you care about. Here are some of the critical things to look for in your elliptical.

Stride Length

Before making a purchase, it is essential that you determine how much exercise you want out of your elliptical. Some stride lengths are longer than others, so the longer they are, the more motion you are going to get. 20 inches and above mean that the elliptical is capable of higher intensity workouts than those that are shorter.

Performance Tracking

Another feature that you will want to look into is if the machine comes with a fitness tracker. Although not entirely a necessity, a performance tracker can help you keep up with your progress and encourage you to reach your fitness goals.

Flywheel Effectiveness

The flywheel weight is essential, as this will determine how smooth and consistent your workout will be. The heavier the weight, the smoother it will be since the movement will be more controlled.

Number of Programs and Resistance Levels

When buying an elliptical, you will want to make sure that there are options and intensity levels that you can adjust to give your workouts diversity. Plus, the more you workout, the more your muscles will get used to what you are doing, so be sure that the machine can make up for this.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best elliptical machine for home use?

It depends based on your home and the budget that you have for a cardio machine. Every single home elliptical must have the following: (1) Magnetic Drive system, (2) Correct stride for your height (here is a guide), (3) silent mechanism so that you do not disturb your neighbors, (4) strong build, because you do not want to replace your elliptical machine every 3-4 years. Based on these attributes, you cannot go wrong with the following elliptical machines: Schwinn 411, Schwinn A40, Exerpeutic Elliptical, ProForm Hybrid Trainer. You can have a look at our elliptical reviews to find the perfect elliptical trainer for your home.

Do ellipticals help lose belly fat?

Yes. With just ellipticals, you can lose 2 centimeters from your abdominal area (belly fat) within 6 weeks. This is without any type of diet change and with regular 30-minute elliptical sessions (you can even use built-in workout programs in your machine).  According to this Duke University Medical Center’s research, Aerobic exercise is better at burning belly fat than resistance training.

Please note: one of the worst types of fat is visceral fat. These are the fat that are in our abdominal area that wraps our organs. These are the most difficult type of fat to get rid of. If you want to escalate your belly fat reduction with diet change, we suggest you have a look at this amazing article from The Johns Hopkins University.

We also suggest mixing: light weight lifting, 20 -60 second Plank, basic situps, crunches to get even faster results. 

What are the top 10 ellipticals?

Here are the top 10 elliptical according to the summer of 2020 (without any specific price range).

Sole fitness E35, Schwinn 430, Sunny Health & Fitness SF-E905 , Schwinn 411, Schwinn A40, Exerpeutic Elliptical, ProForm Hybrid Trainer, Nautilus e616, NordicTrack c 9 5.

Which elliptical is better front or rear-drive?

Read drive elliptical trainers that have longer stride length (over 16″) are better as they provide a more balanced and centered user experience. Most users will not find much of a difference between front-drive and rear-drive elliptical when the stride length is short (because the core is already balanced due to the compact size).

Rear-drive elliptical that has longer stride is usually has a more expensive price tag than the front-drive alternatives.

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