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| Horizon EX-59
Elliptical Trainers for under $1000
Reports directly from our consumers to you!
|2015 Update Our Choices for over $1,000:
#1 Precor EFX 835 Elliptical Crosstrainer #2 Sole E35)
2015 Update. Consumer Reports (CR) ranked the Horizon Fitness EX59 as the second best Elliptical trainer under $1,000 with the Schwinn 470 as number one. The Schwinn is $100 more (as of 8/12/15) so you have to decide if the higher overall rating is worth the extra $100. For some reason, CR doesn't rank Sole any more.
Under $1,000: Our Top Pick = Sole E25 @ $979.99
(We own the Sole E35)
Horizon Fitness EX59-02 Elliptical - Was $999.00 Now $699.99
Schwinn 470 Elliptical Trainer Now $799.00
Elliptical Trainer Brand Summary
Back in 2013, we started our search with the 2013 Consumer Reports "Buyers Guide." No elliptical machines were listed so next we checked the January 2013 issue of Consumer Reports magazine. Again, none were listed in the index! We should have started with Amazon.com....
OK, lets try Amazon.com and see what "the crowd" likes the best since this relies on many to select "best sellers." We checked this list of Amazon.com's Best Sellers in Elliptical Training Machines and below is a summary of the top five we like that include a flywheel and arms, items we consider necessary for a good, stable machine.
What is nice about Amazon.com (note 1) is FREE delivery. Some of these weigh well over 200 lbs so this saves money and your back! Some places will deliver to the curb for free, charge $50 to put it inside your house and up to $200 to bring it up stairs. Make sure you get this figured out BEFORE you order!
Brands: TOP OF PAGE
|Icon Health and
The original NordicTrack went bankrupt some
years ago and Icon bought the name. You can find
NordicTrack at Sears. Icon also builds Epic (sold at Costco to make
it appear they are not heavily discounting the Reebok
(Sold at Sears and Sports Authority), Reebok (sold at Costco) and Schwinn elliptical
trainers. Icon products are also found at
Wal-Mart and Dicks Sporting
Goods. Most elliptical review sites say
they create "innovative products with numerous
bells and whistles" but their shortfalls (in both
elliptical trainers and treadmills) are quality
components. Buying an extended warranty is a
good idea if you plan on heavy use. The better
brands offer 3 to 10 years on parts. Our top
EFX 5.33 offers lifetime on
frame and welds with 10 years on "parts and wear
items" with one year on labor. If you look
closely, some of the Schwinn models (Schwinn 431 and
Schwinn 460) only offer 90 days parts for wear on
parts. Your shoes might last longer running on
Precor was established in 1980. It is the most expensive brand but we feel you get what you pay for. "Precor has distinguished itself as a worldwide industry leader, providing state-of-the-art fitness equipment to health clubs, hotels, spas, fitness centers, and private homes all over the world. The company is proud of their hard-won reputation for producing fitness equipment that's easy for people of all abilities to use and durable enough to withstand years of use. The same experience and commitment to quality that goes into all of their commercial equipment also goes into the creation and manufacture of our home models."
Sole, Xterra and Esprit/Spirit are all made in China by the same parent company--Dyaco in headquartered in Taiwan with a US office in Jonesboro AR. Sole is mainly sold online and at Sears and Dicks Sporting Goods. Xterra has a different dealer network including some of the warehouse stores like Costco. Esprit and Xterra both have models similar to the Sole E35.
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