Our top pick for the best elliptical machine of 2018 is the Schwinn 430. It is midpriced at around $600 and delivers a quiet, smooth workout. With a 20-inch stride length and 300-pound weight limit, it can accommodate most users. Another nice feature is the built-in 3-speed fan.
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The Schwinn 430 Elliptical Trainer is a top rated elliptical machine by both individuals and fitness professionals. With a maximum user weight of 300 lbs, it is sturdy and has many features only found on higher priced machines. Some comfort features are a media tray that can hold a tablet or magazine, a USB port and a built-in 3-speed fan.
The Schwinn 430 has ECB (Eddy Current Brake) magnetic resistance which is usually only found on higher end models. This means there is very little friction and quieter operation. Another important feature is the ability to have forward and reverse motion. This means you can work a full range of leg muscles and add greater intensity to your workout.
It has a 20-inch stride which will work for even the tallest of people. This model has 2 LCD Displays to keep track of more information. One of the displays is visible even when using the media tray. However, the displays are not backlit. This will only be an issue if you plan to use this in a dimly lit room. While there are six positions of incline for the ramp, it has to be manually adjusted. If you want a powered ramp, check on the Schwinn 470.
The MyFitnessPal or the Schwinn Connect apps can be used to track and chart your workout time, distance and calorie. There are 22 preset workout programs that provide great variety.
Schwinns come with a 10-year frame warranty and two-years of warranty on parts with labor on the elliptical machine for one year.
The Schwinn 430 Elliptical Machine has more features and a wide range of resistance levels but isn’t priced as steep as its competitors. Workout metrics can be uploaded for online monitoring of performance. This is a good value priced elliptical machine.
- 22 preset program and 20 resistance levels
- 20-inch stride length
- Articulating footpads
- Forward and reverse motion
- Price around $600
- Manually adjusted incline
- No backlit display
Proform Hybrid Elliptical Trainer
The Proform Hybrid Trainer is a combination elliptical trainer and recumbent bike. You can get two workouts for the price of one all for under $600. So is it a good buy for you? Here is our review to help you decide.
You can change from an elliptical trainer to a recumbent bike in just three easy steps. Plus the console is adjustable for a better view whether you’re in the bike seat for standing on the pedals. You get 14 built-in workouts with a to add some extra challenge to your workout.
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One of the most important features on the elliptical machine is the flywheel. The Proform Hybrid Trainer has a 13-pound flywheel. This gives a good solid feel to the ride whether you’re standing or seated.
The stride length for the elliptical trainer is only 15″. This is only adequate for people up to 5′ 3″ to feel like it is a full stride. There is a 350-pound weight limit for the user. The recumbent bicycle is very comfortable, and the seat is sturdy and supportive.
The Proform Hybrid Trainer takes up 76″ x 26″ of space, which is a somewhat large area. However, it comes with transport wheels on the bottom, so it is easy to pick up and move out of the way.
The computerized display console shows you stats on time, resistance, distance, and calories burned. The heart rate pulse grip sensors on the console arms display your heart rate. This makes it easy to stay in your target fat burning zone. There is also a water bottle holder attached to the console.
- 2 Machines in 1
- 14 Pre-set workouts
- 14 Levels of resistance
- Reversible flywheel motion
- 15″ Stride length
- Console options limited
- No shelf for tablet or book
This hybrid elliptical trainer is a great choice if you like to vary your workouts and do some cross training. With only one piece of equipment, you can have both an elliptical trainer and a recumbent bike. Despite the shorter stride length and especially considering the price, this is a solid choice for your cardio needs.
Sole Fitness E35 Elliptical Machine
The Sole E35 Elliptical Trainer is a quality club grade machine. At around $1300 it has features such as powered incline, forward and reverse movement, 20 levels of resistance and adjustable stride. This is a great mid-priced machine for home use that is very durable.
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The flywheel is a heavy 29 pounds. Along with the high gear ratio, this provides a smooth operating machine. Sole Fitness boasts a “quiet drive system” that does allow for a quiet workout and the Eddy Current Brake resistance. This is usually only found on higher prices machines.
The Sole E35 has an adjustable stride length from 20″ to 22″. This should fit most users. The footrests are also adjustable. It has a maximum user weight of 230 pounds. The elliptical takes up 82″ x 31″ of space and weighs 230 pounds.
There are ten preset workout programs including two custom ones. For even more variety, there are 16 different levels of resistance. The power incline can be adjusted from 0 degrees to 30 degrees to workout an greater range of muscles.
The console displays heart rate from the built in sensors on the hand grips or from the included chest strap. It also displays time, distance, calories burned and resistance levels. There is a 6.5 inch backlit LCD screen with integrated speakers for an iPod or MP3 player. There are 2 user profile modes. Another great feature is the built-in cooling fan. While there is a water bottle holder, one feature missing is a tray for a tablet or book.
The Sole Fitness E35 Elliptical Machine is a well built, sturdy, but smooth and quiet machine. If you are wanting a gym quality machine for home use with many of the same features, this is a good choice.
- Lifetime frame warranty
- Forward and Reverse motion
- Power Incline up to 30 degrees
- Adjustable stride up to 22″
- Smooth , quiet opearation
- Large size and heavy
- No tray for tablet or book
- Cooling fan not very strong
- Only 10 preset workouts