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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We just recently purchased one for my daughter. You really need to go test them. They have different sizes, and depending on your size, feel different (or cause pain).
Once you decide, then you should start searching on price. My daughter decided that only the $1300 one did not cause knee pain. We found one at a Sears Outlet that was store demo at half-price.
She would have never used the others that we liked.
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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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I 2nd the Precor. More expensive, but should last you indefinitely without repairs.
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