Yesterday I gave you three treadmills that you might want to include in your home gym. Today I have the popular alternative to treadmills: elliptical machines. While running can be hard on your knees and joints, elliptical machines can take off some of that pressure. Besides treadmills, this is likely the most popular piece of equipment that people have in their home gyms.
So let’s get to it:
At $999, the Livestrong LS10.0E is the most affordable of the three elliptical machines I have chosen to share with you. It has twenty resistance levels, 11 programs, and can support up to 325 pounds. Additionally it contains a lifetime warranty on the frame and brake, three years on parts and one year on labor. Built in is the ability to plug in a usb stick that will record your workout data. When you are done with your workout this data can be uploaded to the Livestrong website, which helps you track your progress.
The Precor EFX 5.25 elliptical crosstrainer has eight preset programs and sixteen resistance levels. This machine is higher in the price range at $2,999. It’s main selling point is Precor’s patented low-impacted EFX motion, which Precor claims makes workouts more comfortable with a lower level of perceived exertion. Warranties include lifetime on frame and welds, five years on parts and wear items, and one year on labor.
Last (but definitely not least) is the Precor EFX 5.33 Premium Series. At $4,499, this is the most expensive of the ellipticals that I featured today. Comparable to the first elliptical, the EFX 5.33 has ten programs and twenty resistance levels. The warranty is the best of the three, with lifetime on frame and welds, ten years on parts and wear items, and one year on labor. This model contains an adjustable ramp (15 to 30 degrees). Handlebars measure heart rate, as well as compatibility with wireless chest strap (sold seperately). The big question is whether this machine is wor the extra $1,500 over the EFX 5.25, and the nearly $3,500 over the LiveStrong LS10.0E.