How much will I need to spend for a decent elliptical machine ? I've been looking a little and they range all the way up to $2000.00. I don't need all the bells & whistles (like plugging in an Ipod, etc) but I want something that works well. Should I look for one with a larger fly wheel ?
I have a Precor EFX 5.21si. Not sure what the current models are like. Uses an electro-magnetic mechanism on the flywheel. It is real smooth an simulates hills. I have had it at least 10 years, has held up well, no problems. I don't know the competition, but I think Precor is well respected.
I would go to Craigslist and search for Precor. Exercise equipment is one of those items that people dump at a big discount, usually in great condition because it was used very little.
The $2000 ones are designed for Gym type use where somebody is going to be on them 10 hours a day. You don't have to spend that much, but get a sturdy one that runs smoothly and you can control the resistance. They are a very good workout with low impact on the knees, ankles and back. They're great for us old people.
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I had a cheap elliptical that was awful. With hindsight, it was because the stride was so short (15") and it was hard on my knees. When I joined a gym, I LOVED those machines with their 22-24" strides. Then started a new business, and wanted something for use at home.
My compromise? First, I was looking at "Sole" brand ellipticals - then discovered their less-expensive brand called Spirit. I bought a Spirit Esprit 5 on Amazon for around $900, shipped free. It has a 20" stride, canted foot platforms (takes a load off your knees!), a huge magnetic 30-lb (I think?) flywheel; and a nice basic program selection. The stationery handles have pulse-rate sensors in them which seem fairly accurate (based on those I used in "real" gym equipment). And it's VERY quiet - just a slight hum of the magnetic part. I've used it for 4 years now - and it's in my unheated sunroom, which means it goes from freezing to warm to freezing again. Spirit and Sole also offer fancier models that can receive signals from body-worn heart rate monitors, etc.
I also agree that if you can find a used gym-quality elliptical like Precor (NOT "ProForm") - you'd love it!
Here's one like mine, only with a lighter (21 lb) flywheel, for $836.00:
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