Every day, we receive at least one mail, saying “which is the best cheap elliptical machine?” Finally, we have decided to make this list of top 10 cheap elliptical trainers. Here, we only have the ellipticals with a list price under $200 (excluding shipping cost, some online stores do offer free shipping for these products where you can save a few buck.).
Before swiping your card, it’s very important that you consider features, built quality, capacity, assembly and customer support. For example, if you are over 6 feet tall or weigh more than 300 lbs, none of the ellipticals listed below will be suitable for you.
There are only a couple of magnetic elliptical machines available under $200. Magnetic Ellipticals are smoother and quieter than chain drive ellipticals. They also last longer as you don’t have to worry about any chains. We always suggest buying magnetic ellipticals, as they are way better than their alternatives.
EFITMENT’s main design goal of this elliptical was to fit it in tight spaces. If you are looking for a cheap compact elliptical for your home and don’t mind the short stride length this is the perfect elliptical for you. Its stride length is 11 inch and maximum user capacity is 220 lbs, meaning, if you are more than 5 feet 6 inch, you should look into Exerpeutic 1000Xl or Body Champ BRM3780.
This is another popular inexpensive elliptical machine. But there are a lot of negative reviews for this model. Please always remember a good trainer costs at least double or triple. So, you need to make some realistic expectation from this BRD2000. You cannot work out four times a week 1 hours per session and expect this to last for one year. This is true for almost all of the machines on this list. If you are on budget; give this trainer some serious consideration (or check the BRM3671)
Look for Magnetic System. Most inexpensive ellipticals come with a chain system instead of a magnetic system; that’s why they make a lot of sounds. There is no way around this one; we suggest you shop a elliptical with magnetic resistance.
Make your programs. With programmable ellipticals you will just select a program and the machine will automatically change its resistance and inclin ; wherein cheaper trainers you will have to adjust the resistance yourself to get the best workout. You can follow our elliptical workout routine to get the most out of your trainer
Accessories. you can buy some accessories to get more our of your elliptical machine.
(1) Heart Rate Monitor
Elliptical with wireless heart rate monitors starts from a price range of $400+. Some of these cheap elliptical machines do come with contact (touch) heart rate sensors, but they are very inaccurate. Plus while working out, it’s difficult to keep your thumb always on top of that sensor. If you are buying elliptical trainers, we strongly suggest you invest $70-100 more on a heart rate monitor. Here is our list of top 5 HRM under $70. You can use a heart rate monitors on any other types of cardio exercise, and they are very accurate. To get the most out of your trainer you don’t need a fancy HRM with GPS tracker or motion sensor (your phone can do that); all you need is a functional HRM that shows your current cardio zones.
(2) Floor Mat
No matter which under $200 elliptical machine you choose, all of them will make some noise over time. It’s mainly because of the vibration of the machine with the floor. You can get a Rubber floor mat, and that will be a soft protection layer between your fitness machine and the floor. These types of Mats reduce noise and vibration, provides abrasion, impact protection, and shock absorption; causing a more silent exercise session.