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Best Ellipticals

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Ellipticals

Best Ellipticals

We tested 32 ellipticals to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Elliptical based on the following criteria:

  • Ergonomics
  • Exercise range
  • Heart rate features
  • User safety
  • Construction
  • Ease of use

Below lists the Ellipticals that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Elliptical is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Ellipticals

Best Elliptical for Ergonomics

Ergonomics considers how well an elliptical accommodates people of various sizes and aspects of the pedaling motion.


This Elliptical which tested best for Ergonomics has the following features: Resistance levels, Stride length settings, Incline levels, Magazine rack, Multi-grip handgrips, Standard power supply, Operational footprint -- LxW (in.) and Weight (lbs.).

Best Elliptical for Exercise range

Exercise range considers aspects of exercise intensity and measures incline and the effort to pedal the machine through the resistance level settings.


This Elliptical which tested best for Exercise range has the following features: Chest strap included, Resistance levels, Stride length settings, Incline levels, Magazine rack, Multi-grip handgrips, Standard power supply, Operational footprint -- LxW (in.) and Weight (lbs.).

Best Elliptical for Heart rate features

Heart-rate features considers features like heart-rate sensor type and heart-rate programs but does not evaluate their performance.


This Elliptical which tested best for Heart rate features has the following features: Resistance levels, Stride length settings, Incline levels, Magazine rack, Multi-grip handgrips, Standard power supply, Operational footprint -- LxW (in.) and Weight (lbs.).

Best Elliptical for User safety

User safety considers aspects of safety including pinch points, non-slip materials, stability and static loading strength.


This Elliptical which tested best for User safety has the following features: Resistance levels, Stride length settings, Incline levels, Magazine rack, Multi-grip handgrips, Standard power supply, Operational footprint -- LxW (in.) and Weight (lbs.).

Best Elliptical for Construction

Construction considers aspects that indicate good construction methods, design choices and our perception of quality based on noise, feel and ride.


This Elliptical which tested best for Construction has the following features: Chest strap included, Resistance levels, Stride length settings, Incline levels, Magazine rack, Multi-grip handgrips, Standard power supply, Operational footprint -- LxW (in.) and Weight (lbs.).

Best Elliptical for Ease of use

Ease of use considers ease of use aspects of controls, display and using the programs.


This Elliptical which tested best for Ease of use has the following features: Resistance levels, Stride length settings, Incline levels, Multi-grip handgrips, Standard power supply, Operational footprint -- LxW (in.) and Weight (lbs.).

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