How Much Does an Elliptical Machine Cost?
Ellipticaltrainer.net claims an elliptical machine is better than a treadmill because it has lower impact, which means it is better for the joints and muscles, and it offers an over-all body workout rather than just the lower body.
How much is it?
- On average, an elliptical machine can cost anywhere from $120 to as much as $2,200. The cost will depend on the durability, features, brand and stride length.
- A non-electronic elliptical machine, such as the Gazelle Edge, will cost about $100-$180. A non-electronic elliptical machine will have no assistance electronic-wise, requiring you to power the machine on your own.
- Electronic elliptical machines will cost anywhere from $200 to $1,000, depending on the brand and features. For example, the Body Champ BRM3671 can be purchased for $230. The Schwinn 430 will cost $600 while the Spirit Esprit EL-455 will cost about $1,000.
- A portable elliptical machine, which can be taken anywhere on the go, can cost anywhere from $55 to $200. These machines will commonly have two small steps with no handles.
- Consumer Reports states higher-end ellipticals cost upwards of $2,000, but a good one can also be found for half this.
|Livestrong Elliptical||$600 to $1,300|
|Nordictrack Elliptical||$650 to $2,000|
|Proform Elliptical||$175 to $500|
|Sears Elliptical||$300 to $1,000|
|Walmart Elliptical||$90 to $600|
What is going to be included?
- Most of the time, the average machine will be six feet long by 2.5 feet long. The average length can be 50 to 84 inches; however, keep in mind this length can extend as you move the pedals forward and backward. Stand-up heights can range from five to 25 inches.
- Models will have various resistance ratings.
- Most elliptical machines will come with some type of manufacturer’s warranty. This warranty can last more than 10 years, depending on the brand.
- All machines will come with a users’ manual. Some will even come with suggested workouts.
- Electronic machines will have the capabilities to keep track of your time, calories burned and distance.
- Regardless of which machine you purchase, it should allow you to adjust the weight resistance and height. Depending on the model, some may have oversized pedals, programmable exercise routines, MP3 connections, and monitors.
- There are three common elliptical configurations: the front-drive, center-drive and rear-drive. A front-drive configuration will have a wheel in the front, often with a large housing. This machine will have pedals that are supported by the wheels and glide on track. A center-drive configuration will have a wheel located in the center, and this type of machine will take up the least amount of space. A rear-drive configuration will have the wheel located in the rear, often in a smaller housing unit when compared to the other two. This type of machine will have a track and roller setup that are suspended on longer arm pedals.
What are the extra costs?
- Because the elliptical machines can weigh a lot, purchasing one online can result in high shipping and handling costs. Shipping fees can range from $50 to $200.
- Many stores offer delivery and set-up services for an extra charge.
- If problems occur down the road, an experience repair service may have to be notified. A repair visit without any repairs can start at $60.
- Higher end, electronic based elliptical machines may need some type of oil to make sure the tracks continue to function properly. Oil designed for exercise equipment can start at as little as $4 per bottle.
Tips to know:
- Be sure to consider your weight and height. Each machine is going to cater to different types of people. If you haven’t tried a machine yet, it may be best to consider looking at one in a store. Most sporting goods stores will have these machines on displays for those to demo.
- If you’re able to use a machine in person, pay close attention to your posture. As you use the machine, are you able to hold an upright position? You should feel comfortable and the pedals should be as close together as possible.
- When testing a machine in a store, be sure to note the feel. Non-electrical and electrical machines are going to have a rather big difference. The non-electrical machine is going to be cheaper, but it can require a lot more works in term of a work-out.
- Elliptical machines have many different features that include electronic programming, ergonomics, heart-rate monitors and gadgets such as a fan. Consider these add-ons as each one will usually drive up the price tag.
- Features that most people look into is the adjustable incline, the motion, how quiet it is as well as how well it adjusts to resistance.
- Since children can often pinch their fingers in the moving parts, try to keep this machine in a room where no younger children can access it.
- Try to purchase a machine with a warranty longer than five years on parts and at least one year on labor. Most reputable brands will have a lifetime warranty on the frame.
- Check the store’s return policy before returning it. If you purchased it online, see how much you may have to pay for return shipping.
Top brands to consider:
- Life Fitness
- Nordic Track
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