Best Health and Fitness Deals
Step into self-care with discounts on top-rated treadmills, fitness trackers, and more
Prime Day may be over, but we’re still seeing some great deals on top-rated exercise equipment—and not just at Amazon. Best Buy, Walmart, and other retailers are offering solid discounts on treadmills and ellipticals. And don’t forget that all-important self-care routine: Our experts have also found savings on personal hygiene products that have impressed us in testing.
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Nautilus T616 Treadmill
A folding treadmill like this model is a space saver. Overall, this one performs well in CR’s tests; it’s sturdy, durable, and easy to use. It comes with a chest-strap heart-rate monitor.
CR’s test results: Nautilus T616 treadmill
ProForm Carbon T-10 Treadmill
There’s plenty to like about this folding treadmill in terms of ergonomics and ease of use. It gets lower scores in CR’s tests for construction, which factors in aspects such as the motor and related components, the running deck, and the results of our durability tests.
CR’s test results: ProForm Carbon T-10 treadmill
Nautilus E616 Elliptical
This is one of the lower-priced models among the ellipticals with heart-rate programs we’ve tested. (A heart-rate program automatically adjusts the intensity of the workout based on a target heart rate.) But our testers say it packs in a lot of features and has a solid construction. It has 25 resistance levels and 11 incline levels. The controls are easy to use during exercise.
CR’s test results: Nautilus E616 elliptical
ProForm Pro 9.9 Elliptical
This elliptical doesn’t have a heart-rate program feature, so automatic adjustment of the workout intensity isn’t possible. Overall, it ticks the boxes for our testers in terms of ergonomics and ease of use. Assembly is on the easier side.
CR’s test results: ProForm Pro 9.9 elliptical
Schwinn 470 Elliptical
This is one of the lower-priced models among the ellipticals with heart-rate programs we’ve tested. (A heart-rate program automatically adjusts intensity of the workout based on a target heart rate.) The hand-contact heart-rate sensors are on the stationary handgrips. They’re a little low for a taller user to reach comfortably and were unreliable in our testing. If heart-rate programs are important to you, purchasing a compatible chest-strap monitor will improve both convenience and accuracy.
CR’s test results: Schwinn 470 elliptical
Fitness Trackers and Smartwatches
Apple Series 6 Smartwatch
All things considered, the Apple Watch Series 6, which first hit the market in fall 2020, is slightly better than the Series 5 model released a year earlier.
The watch comes equipped with a blood oxygen sensor. It’s optimized for the sleep-tracking feature Apple introduced in a WatchOS software update. And when it comes to the basics—tracking heart rate and counting steps—the model proves to be just a bit more accurate than the Series 5. The price did dip to $300 last month, but we haven’t seen it fall again in weeks.
CR’s test results: Apple Watch Series 6 (40-mm) Aluminum Case GPS smartwatch
Samsung Galaxy Fit Fitness Tracker
This fitness tracker performs well in CR’s tests for ease of use, step-count accuracy, and heart-rate monitoring, and Microsoft is selling it for half off right now. It’s water-resistant and has a claimed seven-day battery life, plus a wireless magnetic charging dock that makes it easy to connect the device. The setup is a little trickier with an iPhone than an Android phone. It requires an app separate from the one you use for data monitoring.
CR’s test results: Samsung Galaxy Fit fitness tracker
Blood Pressure Monitors
Omron 7 Series Wireless Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor
Our testers found this monitor to be convenient and comfortable to use. As with many wrist blood pressure monitors, you need to be careful to position this device correctly to get an accurate reading, according to CR’s testers. But it comes with a positioning indicator: When your wrist is in the correct position, a heart symbol on the screen turns blue and little dashes above and below the heart symbol indicate the need to raise or lower your wrist. You have to click the on-page coupon to get 25 percent off the list price.
CR’s test results: Omron 7 Series wireless wrist blood pressure monitor
Omron Evolv Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
CR’s tests found the Omron Evolv to be highly accurate and comfortable to use. It has a molded cuff, which makes it easier to position on your arm than models with softer cuffs. You don’t need to sync the device with the Omron app to use it, but if you don’t, you’ll be able to see only the current reading. One drawback is that the numbers on the display are small and harder to read than those in the other models we’ve tested.
CR’s test results: Omron Evolv BP7000 blood pressure monitor
Norelco Multigroom 7000 Trimmer
This easy-to-clean trimmer gets high marks in our user tests. It works well cutting through coarse beard hair, it’s small enough for travel, and it’s simple to use once you get past the somewhat difficult-to-follow setup instructions.
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