What to Consider when Buying an Elliptical

Buying gym equipment can be stressful.  There are so many things to consider before making a purchase.  If you are looking for an elliptical machine for your home gym, here are a few tips to help you find the best machine for you.

The first consideration should be how much space you can dedicate to your new home gym machine.  Elliptical trainers can take up a significant amount of space.  It is important that you take measurements of the place where you plan to use and store your machine before buying to avoid problems with too little space.

Budget is another important consideration.  Gym quality elliptical machines will usually be $2,000 or more, but for most home gyms, you will not need a machine that is this expensive.  There are many quality machines under $1,000, and you can find bargains on craigslist.org, in your local newspaper, or at garage sales.

Also consider which features are important to you.  Do you need preprogrammed workouts?  adjustable pedals?  Would you like it to have a reversible direction option?  Take these things into consideration when searching for the right machine.

Another thing to consider is the manufacturer’s warranty.  A 2 year parts and labor warranty will usually be adequate to cover most malfunctions, but each manufacturer is different.

Finally, make sure that you spend at least a few minutes trying the specific machines that you are considering.  Read online customer reviews and research models that meet your needs, but never neglect to try the specific model that you are considering.  You want to be sure that the machine is stable at different intensity levels and that it provides a smooth and comfortable workout.

Keep your needs, your space, and your budget in consideration before you start shopping for your elliptical.  Once you have your options narrowed down to a few models, go to your local fitness retailer and try each machine.  By taking these few preparatory steps, you will be certain to find the best elliptical trainer for your home fitness equipment.

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