Elliptical machines are among the best types of exercise equipment because of its high intensity but low-impact workout offering. They are also usually equipped with the latest cutting-edge technology, making your exercise a truly amazing experience.
They are so popular that when you go in a gym, you’ll see people flocking these machines. This is why more and more people are purchasing their own so they won’t need to line up just to work out on one. If you are one of them, you want to make sure that you’re going to get the value for your money. These machines tend to be more expensive than one would expect, but it’s all worth it. For starter, ellipticals provide an excellent full-body workout. When using an elliptical machine, you’re working your legs, back, glutes, abs, arms – just about every major muscle group. Some models even let you tailor your workout to your desired difficulty level.
So, if you have decided that an elliptical machine is for you, here are hybrid models that combine elliptical and recumbent bike that you can choose from.
Top-Rated Commercial-Grade Hybrid Elliptical Machine
The Precor AMT 813 Adaptive Motion Trainer is part of Precor’s Experience™ Series. It combines top performance design with comfort and versatility options. It is expensive, but all the features it offers are worth the spending.
This commercial-grade AMT 813 model is the entry-level in the Adaptive Movement Trainer (AMT) line of the trusted fitness brand, Precor. The AMT lineup is designed to offer users a unique and personalized workout experience by providing an adjustable stride and innovative open frame design with three sets of handlebars. This makes for a natural stride that offers an incredibly wide range of motion, unlike any other elliptical model you see on the market.
This elliptical machine has an adjustable stride that ranges from 0 to 36 inches and 20 levels of resistance. The three handlebars include rodeo handlebars (with heart rate sensors built in) along with moving handlebars, so that you can work both your upper and lower body. When changing stride length, the StrideDial™ feature allows you to notice what muscle groups they are targeting and how to make adjustments that align with individual workout goals. In addition, its max user weight is at 350 pounds. The company offers a warranty of 7 years on the frame, 2 years on parts and 1 year on labor. Finally, it is equippe with a P10 console that features a LED screen display 12 electronic readouts, QuickStart™ Button, six built-in workout programs, tactile dome keys and 10-key pad.
Top-Rated Hybrid Stepper-Elliptical Machine
The Sole Fitness SC200 is unlike the traditional stair climbing machine. It is raised high enough to prevent stress on the knees, hips and other sensitive joints in the lower body. It keeps your body in constant contact with the machine instead of allowing the harsh impact that is associated with real-life running and stair climbing. And since it is in part an elliptical trainer, expect it to be low-impact on joints even when exercise is high intensity. Its difference with the elliptical, though, is its pedal motion, which is more up-and-down than forward-and-back.
The SC200 comes with moving handlebars that have convenient resistance controls built into the tips. These handlebars come in handy when you want to focus on your upper body. Additionally, the machine is equipped with 20 levels of resistance, making it a perfect fit for any fitness level. If you are an advanced user, you can surely benefit in terms of cardio training and rapid calorie burn. Its workout programming and stats are shown on a 7.5” LCD with adjustable angle. Special features on the Sole Stepper SC200 console include a personal cooling fan, a secure tablet holder, speakers and a port for an MP3 players, a water bottle holder and a small storage area.
Top-Rated High-End Elliptical Machine
The Yowza Naples Plus Hybrid Elliptical is an advanced machine that combines comfortable usage with real fitness results, making it the perfect machine for both novice and advanced elliptical users. Here are some features:
- ErgoFit self-pivoting pedals adapt to your movements for reduced risk of injury.
- Maximum user weight of 400 lbs – this is approximately 50-100 pounds heavier than competing machines.
- MP3 audio jack & USB charging station
- 9 user profiles
- 16 levels of resistance
- Built-in heart-rate monitor
- Lifetime warranty on frame, 7 years parts and electronics
Top-Rated High-End Elliptical for Home Use
The Life Fitness Platinum Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer is a top model commercial-grade elliptical trainer, and that makes it really pricey. This is a high-quality, light commercial-grade machine that can withstand weights of up to 400 pounds of user weight is equipped with a frame that has been designed and tested in the US under extremely high standards. Simply put, you pay a premium, but you get what you pay for with the quality and durability of a health club level machine.
This series offers three interactive console options: the Explore Console, the Discovery SI Tablet Console and the Discovery SE Tablet Console. The Explore Console is the entry-level console, which features a 7” LCD non-touchscreen display. The Discovery SE is the mid-level console which features a 16” LCD touchscreen as well as a TV. On the other hand, the Discovery SI Console is the elite, and priciest, option with a 10” LCD touchscreen display. Both of the Discover consoles are equipped with a touchscreen tablet with LF Connect built-in, and Apple and Andriod compatibility. But not only that, you also get up to 42 built-in workouts, up to 8 customizable apps and limitless user profiles. All three consoles come with internet connectivity, are Bluetooth enabled, and come with integrated courses and apps for advanced fitness tracking options. Finally, Life Fitness offers a lifetime warranty on the frame, with years coverage on parts and one year coverage on labor.