Reader Mailbag: Elliptical Suggestions Under $800?

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Today I am writing you from here in San Diego while we’re attending the IHRSA commercial fitness trade show. We don’t do a lot of these trade shows but with IHRSA down in our backyard we couldn’t resist checking it out. Even being away from the DOJO for the day I wanted to make sure I didn’t neglect you, my loyal readers.

Today we have a question from Jeff and his wife who have just purchased a treadmill and are looking to add an elliptical trainer to their workout room. Jeff is on a little bit of a budget but still wants to get the most bang for his buck.,

Dear Treadmill Sensei,

First off, I love your website and recently used your advice to buy a Fuel treadmill that I absolutely love. My wife and I plan on adding an Elliptical to our home gym as well, and we do not want to spend more than $750 on an Elliptical. Right now we have 5 Elliptical machines that we are currently looking at. I would love to hear how you would rank these 5 Ellipticals head to head. My wife is 5-3 118 pounds and I am 6-0 200 pounds. Your advice would be greatly appreciated, we want to buy the best Elliptical in our price range. Keep up the great work! You have an awesome website that I will recommend to anybody looking to buy an Elliptical or Treadmill.

Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer
Fuel Fitness FE44 Elliptical
Bladez 850E Elliptical Trainer
Esprit by Spirit EL-3 Elliptical
ProForm CrossTrainer Elliptical 600

Thanks, -Jeff


Thanks for the note and I am tickled pink to hear our advice worked out for you. It is always great to hear back from our readers who have followed through and made a purchase. The Fuell treadmills have been doing really well for those who need a solid treadmill for a budget price. Sole has done an excellent job with their design.

In regards to what elliptical to add in to your home gym, you’ve picked out some excellent choices. Of the equiment in your list, I’d place the Proform 600 at the bottom of the list, follwed by the Schwinn 431. The Fuel FE44 is a fantastic budget unit — very stable, very nice elliptical feel to it. I’d have to say the Fuel FE44 Elliptical is going to be the best bang for your buck right now.

You also mentioned a unit on Ebay. I’d be a little careful of anything sold on Ebay because you may be looking at a gray market unit and the manufacturer’s warranty may not be valid for units sold on there. I personally buy stuff on Ebay every week, but for something which may need a manufacturer’s warranty to help with problems down the road I would suggest caution.

I hope that helps, Jeff. Good luck with your quest for a new elliptical and make sure to drop me a note to let me know how things work out for you and your wife. Take care!

-The Treadmill Sensei

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Treadmill SenseiThe Treadmill Sensei has been in the fitness industry for several years. He is familiar with several brands of fitness equipment and has written several reviews of many different treadmills and elliptical machines. You can see what he thinks are the best treadmills or you can get help choosing a treadmill.

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TreadmillMy treadmill reviews are both subjective and objective. They are objective in the sense that I will provide you with information about each machine, such as motor, weight capacity and other features. But they are subjective in the sense that I am really giving my opinion of each treadmill. You may agree or disagree with my opinion, but my hope is that my elliptical and treadmill reviews can be helpful to you in making a decision on what to buy. Remember that each review is just what I think. You can always check out Treadmill Doctor, Treadmill Review Guru or these other treadmill reviews if you want another opinion.