For less than 1000 dollars, you cannot get an elliptical that will surpass the quality of the elliptical machines found in your gym. But even in this modest budget there are some very good options that will give you the best bang for your buck. After considering a number of factors and going through customer reviews, as well as expert recommendations, we found the following three models to be the best in this price range:
Horizon Fitness EX-59-02 Elliptical Trainer
Quite frankly, this is the only elliptical machine in the market at present to deserve the first spot of this list. This Six Star Certified elliptical trainer is smooth, and is known to operate really quietly. The 5-inch LCD is not the fanciest, but gets the work done just fine. The reason this product is selling like hot cake is because it is highly durable. The assembly process only takes about 1 to 2 hours, and even a single person can easily assemble it as the instructions are very clear. The manufacturer could have placed the bottle holder a bit higher, but that is not so big of an issue. Good part is, this elliptical trainer does not take much space. Overall, this trainer, offering 16 levels of resistance, is remarkable in many ways. You can buy 3 or 4 years worth of warranty by paying a little extra, too.
Schwinn 520 Recumbent Elliptical Machine
When we first started researching the various elliptical units available in this price range, we had no plans to include a recumbent in this list. But, during our journey, again and again we found this product being recommended or mentioned, so we picked it too. The machine works really well for those who cannot use upright elliptical trainers or treadmills due to suffering from Achilles heel, injured knee, knee replacement etc. The seat provides superior comfort, and the machine is well made for the most part. The only problem is, it does not provide intense resistance. So if you are in search of an elliptical to push the boundaries, this is not the machine for you. Still, the Airdyne fan system works like a charm when it comes to providing moderate progressive resistance. The assembly is easy, as well.
Nautilus E616 Upright Elliptical Trainer
Before you read about this product, let us tell you that this product is not a very popular model or anything. This model is comparatively new in the market. However, although it is not a bestseller or anything yet, it has huge potential. The elliptical has a dual track LCD, displaying as many as 13 workout details. There are 29 programs, 25 resistance levels, and 4 user profiles. The machine gives a rich look to any room and operates fairly quietly. We found that this Nautilus is selling out very fast at the moment, and it is not hard to see why.
To our knowledge, these are the best elliptical machines under $1000 for now. We cannot guarantee anything, but we can say that these 3 are your best bets at the moment.