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Best Treadmills and Ellipticals For Your Home

Bad News For Anyone Looking to Buy Home Machines

The ratings experts at Consumer Reports have recently compiled a report on the best treadmills and ellipticals for the home and it's looking like if you want something that works well, you're going to have to shell out a few thousand bucks for it. That's because the Landice L7 Cardio Trainer treadmill (pictured) and the Precor 5.31 elliptical took the top spots overall and are both well over $3,000.

The best value in terms of elliptical machines was the $1,000 NordicTrack AudioStrider 990. Overall it was found that ellipticals that cost $2,000 and up were well-built and felt stable to testers, more like the $5,000 machines at gyms. And they were less likely to have defects.

To see the best values on treadmills just


For the best value on treadmills, the magazine recommends two $1,300 machines — the Vision Fitness T900 Simple and the Epic View 550. However, in treadmill tests the magazine found that you have to spend well over $2,000 to get a machine designed for serious runners, though lower-priced models are just fine for walkers.

Online subscribers can read the full reports here.

If you own a treadmill or elliptical tell us about it in the comments section below. Do you like it? Was it pricey? Ya know, give us the dirt.


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tifygodess24 tifygodess24 9 years
I would hate though for this to disappoint someone into not excercising because they cant afford a expensive machine. There are models out there you can buy for 500 that are great for personal home use, and even though its not gym quality its still important to get up and work out. I think this article, while informative kinda sends out a bad message that you need a great machine for a great workout. I purchased a elliptical that was 425.00 on sale Reg price was still only 550.00 and its is great and have had it for a while and use it all the time. It has a heart rate monitor and tons of resistance and an incline , so it just goes to show everyones so called "cheap" gym equipment can sometimes be a great deal.
Lara16 Lara16 9 years
I've had a Sole Elliptical for about a year (use it about 4x week) that cost about $1600... love it so far... money well spent
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
I purchased a treadmill two years ago with my tax return. I researched for months - going to fitness stores and testing, reading reviews and not rushing the process. I settled on a higher end model from Proform that was on sale and I got a a $100 heart rate monitor and shipping for free. I know that their customer service is horrible, but I rarely deal with them. I found mu own fitness equipment repair guy just in case I have any problems. I'm very satisfied with my purchase and I feel safe running on it.
superfoxml superfoxml 9 years
Yeah I've been researching ellipticals for a bit now and had basically decided on the Nordictrack. Glad to see it's rated a good value in this article too. On a side note: anyone ever get a bowflex treadclimber? thoughts?
ashlee683 ashlee683 9 years
I just got the NordicTrack Audiostrider for christmas and I LOVE it! It got it on sale for around $800 and it was worth every penny. The thing that was the most suprising for me was the resistance levels are reaaaally hard which is great because I can grow into the machine. I would definetly recommend it!
emalove emalove 9 years
My husband and I are planning on buying an elliptical machine soon, but there's no way I'm paying $3,000.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
My friend has the Nordic Trac elliptical and it is great. She is going to be storing it at my apartment and I am so excited. I will still keep my gym membership but it will be nice to work out while I am watching TV in the evenings.
Mizbetty Mizbetty 9 years
WOW ! That's great information!! I am looking right now for different work out machines. I am a diabetic and my doc says she doesnt want to put me on shots and I dont want them either so I have to go into a heavy workout soon and a treadmill and elliptical was my choose of machines. I have other work out stuff already like a small trampaline and weights and a goldgym stay ball.But the prices are way out of my range right now and now i know why!! Wow!!!
jkat jkat 9 years
I can't wait to move and turn a room or the basement into a home gym (this is a few years down the line since I am a city girl). I would never buy cheap gym equipment though. It is a waste of money in the end. It is Precor and Life Fitness for me all the way. I would also never buy brand new from a store either. There are plently of barely used machines (more like to have been a drying rack than actually used for exercise) available at resale stores and on craigslist.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
OMG...My dad got a treadmill for the house and it SUCKS, big time. When you're jogging on it, the propeller slides! NOT safe.
julieulie julieulie 9 years
I have a NordicTrack elliptical which was about $1400, and I LOVE it. I know it's cheaper to join a gym, but I'm so much more motivated to use something in my own home. I work long hours (read: I usually leave the house by 6am and don't get home until after 8pm) so going to the gym wouldn't really fit in my schedule, whereas when I get home, I start to cook dinner and jump on the elliptical while dinner is in the oven. I can't do that kind of multitasking if I have to commute to a gym. Plus, I never have to wait in line (unless my fiance is using it) and I can always control what's on the TV.
joghog joghog 9 years
I also researched my treadmill (which I bought in July) and like MandyJoBo, really wanted the Sole F85, but wasn't able to shell out the cash. Instead I bought a NordicTrak Apex 6000 directly from their website (it was a $2000, on clearance for $899). I researched this model quite a bit and felt it was a good value for the money...has good horsepower, which is important for runners, and has 10 speed, 10 incline settings... the ball bearings went out in the first 2 weeks (may have happened during delivery), but I had free in-home repair within 7 days and no problems since!. Great machine for the money, but definitely not for someone who runs half/whole marathons, etc. Ya really gotta drop the hard cash for that!
gingereg gingereg 9 years
We just bought one at Sam's before the holidays and it was about $800. It has tetris and another game on it that you can play while you're working out, which has been great to take your mind off the fact that you're working out (but they don't make you lazy on the machine...the games involve your pace, so the quicker you go the better you will be at the game.) It was a good investment for us; we're much more likely to work out at home on our own time than having to go to a gym before/after work. Plus you can hop on for 15 minute intervals while you're in the middle of washing clothes or stuff like that!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I did a lot of research when I was looking for a treadmill and I ended up getting one I kept seeing and hearing about: Sole F85. It was a fantastic purchase! It folds, but it's not like your typical folding treadmill. I always leave it set up. It took me six months to save for it, but it is worth it.
onesong onesong 9 years
agreed aimeeb - you'd get 8 years at my gym for that price, lol
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Holy... Wow that's a good chunk of money. I don't think I'd pay 2k for a treadmill or elliptical-cheaper to join a gym!
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