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Best Budget Elliptical Trainers


Updated September 06, 2012

If you want a low impact cardio workout, the elliptical trainer may be the right choice for you. If you're getting one for your home gym, you'll see that there are a variety of brands out there...how do you know which one to choose? If budget is an issue, you'll find a few budget elliptical trainers below, ranging from $400-$1,000. If you can, try the elliptical trainer before you buy it to make sure it will work for you.

1. Schwinn 420 Elliptical Trainer

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The Schwinn, at around $750, is a good all-around elliptical for the budget-conscious exerciser. It includes arm handles so you can work the upper body and it also includes 12 workout programs with 8 computer-controlled magnetic resistance levels. What I like about this one is its small profile, perfect if you don't have much space. It also has a longer stride than some ellipticals (18 inches) and articulating foot-plates so you don't have to worry about your feet going numb (a common problem on ellipticals).

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2. NordicTrack E5Vi Elliptical

The NordicTrack E5Vi has some nice features including arm handles, an adjustable stride (13", 15" or 18"), 16 preset workouts, 12 levels of resistance to choose from and a space saver feature that allows you to roll it into a corner without throwing out your back.  It also has a compatible music port for your iPod and a built-in speaker system.  At about $599,
the NordicTrack is a great price, especially considering some of the great features included.


3. Nautilus E514 Elliptical Trainer

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The Nautilus E514 (around $750) is another favorite for budget conscious exercisers wanting a low-impact workout.  It includes 2 user profiles, 16 levels of resistance, 17 different programs and a heart rate monitor as well as a fan, magazine rack and a bottle holder. 

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