Best Under Desk Elliptical, Sitting Home, Office Workout

People spend an extraordinary amount of time sitting each day. Regrettably, too much sitting is not healthy. However, if you must sit, under desk elliptical, mini elliptical machine may help lessen some of the bad effects of sitting. Most noteworthy, these machines are specially built for use while sitting to exercise legs and they are somewhat easier to use than pedaling machines. Moreover, some mini ellipticals can also be used while standing.

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Best Under Desk Elliptical Machine Reviews

Editor’s Choice

Elliptical Machines: Cubii Pro

Comparison of Best Under Desk Elliptical Machines

table comparing side-by-side under desk elliptical machines, that are reviewed below, will help you make a decision. Meanwhile, below is a list of these under desk elliptical machines listed in order of recommendations.

Cubii Pro

Cubii Jr

Stamina Strider

Stamina 55-1602

1. Stamina E1000

Stamina In-Motion E1000 Compact Strider

mini elliptical machine

Above all, the Stamina in-motion elliptical trainer has the following features.

Assembly

First, the delivered mini elliptical machine is almost completely assembled. In fact, the only additional assembly is to attach the footrests and the base.

Construction

Next, it has a sturdy steel frame.

Dimensions

In addition, the mini elliptical machine is 24.5 inches long, 17 inches wide, and 11.38 inches high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Meanwhile, the LCD displays exercise time, total strides, number of strides per minute, and calories. Also, the scan button sequentially displays all the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, it is used to exercises the legs.

Noise

Because it is quiet and not intrusive, it is suited for use in the office.

Pedals

In addition, the pedals have a textured surface that secures your feet so that you can pedal as hard and fast as you want.

Pedal Movement

Next, the pedals rotate in both forward and backwards direction. Incidentally, the pedals move smoothly and quietly.

Sliding

Furthermore, it can be used on carpets, mats, and smooth surfaces.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to adjust the resistance and thereby the intensity of your workout.

Use

Because the mini elliptical machine provides a low-attention exercise that promotes leg movement and improves circulation, it’s great for gamers. Moreover, it can be used either sitting or standing.

Warranty

Especially relevant, it comes with one-year warranty on the frame and a 90-day warranty on parts.

Weight

Next, it weighs 24 pounds. Also, because it is compact and lightweight, it is easy to take it to the office or move it around the house.

Weight Limit

Finally, this mini elliptical machine is limited to anyone weighing less than 250 pounds.

PROS

First and foremost, there is a one-year warranty on the frame and 90-day warranty on parts.

Also, a knob helps control resistance.

2. Cubii Jr.

Cubii Jr. - Seated Under-Desk Elliptical

desk mini elliptical machine

The Cubii Jr desk elliptical has the following features.

Assembly

First, the delivered desk elliptical is almost completely assembled. In fact, only four screws are used to complete the assembly.

Construction

Next, it is built to last.

Dimensions

Next, it is 23 inches long, 17.5 inches wide, and 10 inches high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Meanwhile, the built-in monitor displays exercise time, strides, revolutions per minute, distance in miles, and calories.

Exercise

Most of all, it exercises the legs. In fact, it exercises:

First, the abs and core muscles.

Next, the hip flexors, which includes the psoas and illiacus muscles.

Also, the hip abductors, which includes the gluteus medius, gluteus minimus, and tensor fasciae latae.

Furthermore, the quads, hamstrings, and calf muscles.

Finally, the ankle and foot muscles.

Moreover, it also helps your posture.

Handles

Next, it has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move from one place to another.

Noise

Also, it is whisper quiet (like the sound of a small fan) with a smooth gliding motion. Consequently, it is suited for use in the office.

Pedal Movement

Next, the pedals rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Furthermore, it uses a magnetic drive system which mimics the motion of a full sized elliptical. Also it is very stable when in use.

Sliding

However, it does slide on smooth surfaces. While, the mat that you can buy with the Cubii Jr may not solve the sliding problem, a yoga mat does.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to set 8 levels of magnetic resistance and thereby adjust the intensity of your workout.

Use

Actually, the desk elliptical gives you a low impact exercise that doesn’t stress your joints. Incidentally, the elliptical machine can only be used in a sitting position. Also, it can be used under a desk or table. Moreover, it can be used while sitting in a chair or couch. Lastly, it comes with coasters so that it can be used with swivel chairs. In fact, the wheels go in the coasters to keep the chair steady.

Warranty

Especially relevant, it comes with a standard warranty. However, you can choose to additionally get either a 2-year or a 5-year protection plan. Also, you get a lifetime warranty if you purchase it from Fitness Cubed on Amazon or directly from their website.

Weight

Next, this mini elliptical machine weighs about 27 pounds.

Weight Limit

Finally, there is no limitations on the weight of the user.

PROS

First, it comes with coasters for use with swivel chairs to prevent sliding.

Also, there are 8 levels of magnetic resistance. Meanwhile, the magnetic resistance gives a quiet workout.

3. Cubii Pro

Cubii Pro - Seated Under-Desk Elliptical

mini elliptical machine

The Cubii Pro under desk elliptical has the following features.

Assembly

First, the delivered desk elliptical is almost completely assembled. In fact, only four screws are used to complete the assembly.

Construction

Next, it is built to last.

Dimensions

Next it is 23 inches long, 17.6 inches wide, and 9 inches high. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Also, because the elliptical machine is bluetooth enabled, all the workout data (time in minutes, strides, revolutions per minute, distance in miles, and calories) can be synchronized with Android cellphones, Fitbit smart bands, and Apple’s Health Kit.

Exercise

Most of all, it exercises the legs. In fact, it exercises:

First, the abs and core muscles.

Next, the hip flexors, which includes psoas and illiacus muscles.

Also, the hip abductors, which includes gluteus medius, gluteus minimus, and tensor fasciae latae.

Furthermore, the quads, hamstrings, and calf muscles.

Finally, your ankle and foot muscles.

Moreover, it also helps your posture.

Handles

Next, it has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move from one place to another.

Noise

Also it is whisper quiet (like the sound of a small fan) with a smooth gliding motion. Consequently it is suited for office use.

Pedal Movement

Next, the pedals rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Furthermore, it uses a magnetic drive system which mimics the motion of a full sized elliptical. Also it is very stable when in use.

Sliding

However, it does slide on smooth surfaces. While, the mat that you can buy with the Cubii Pro may not solve the sliding problem, a yoga mat does.

Tension

Next, the tension knob allows you to set 8 levels of magnetic resistance and thereby adjust the intensity of your workout.

Use

Actually, the desk elliptical gives you a low impact exercise that doesn’t stress your joints. Incidentally, the elliptical machine can only be used in a sitting position. Also, it can be used under a desk or table. Moreover, it can be used while sitting in a chair or couch. Lastly, it comes with coasters so that it can be used with swivel chairs. In fact, the wheels go in the coasters to keep the chair steady.

Warranty

Especially relevant, it comes with standard one-year warranty.

Weight

Next, this mini elliptical machine weighs about 27 pounds.

Weight Limit

Finally, there is no limitations on user weight.

PROS

First, Cubii Pro is bluetooth enabled.

Also, workout data available on Fitbit and Health Kit.

Finally, coasters for swivel chairs prevent chair from sliding.

4. Stamina Strider

Stamina Inmotion Compact Strider

under desk elliptical

Most noteworthy, the Stamina Inmotion compact strider has many beneficial features described below.

Assembly

First, the delivered strider requires some assembly. But it’s easy.

Dimensions

In addition, it is 24 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 12 inches high. However, the pedals reach a high of only 10 inches above the floor. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Especially relevant, the built-in LED fitness monitor displays distance in miles, workout time, stride count, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan function sequentially displays the workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, the strider provides a low impact workout. In addition, the passive, low-attention exercise promotes leg movement and improves circulation. In the meantime, you are busy on your computer or watching TV or playing video games. Moreover, the low-impact elliptical motion saves your knees, hips, and other joints from the stress of normal cardio workouts. And the joint-friendly, low-impact elliptical motion not only helps you build endurance, but also tones and strengthens your lower body.

Handles

Next, it has a built-in handle that makes it easy to lift and move.

Pedals

In addition, the large non-slip pedals allow you to use the strider while you are sitting or standing.

Pedal Movement

Next, to target different muscles, the pedals rotate in both the forward and backwards direction.

Sliding

Furthermore, it does not slide on carpets or mats.

Tension

Next, the adjustable resistance lets you get a light-resistance or a high intensity workout by the turn of a knob.

Warranty

Especially relevant, it comes with a standard manufacturer’s warranty.

Weight

Next, this mini elliptical machine weighs 24 pounds.

Weight Limit

Finally, when used while standing, it is limited to anyone weighing less than 250 pounds.

PROS

Most of all, it can be used while sitting or standing.

Best Mini Elliptical Stepper Reviews

Editor’s Choice

Elliptical Steppers: jfit

Comparison of Best Mini Elliptical Steppers

table comparing side-by-side mini elliptical steppers, that are reviewed below, will help you make a decision. Meanwhile, below is a list of these mini elliptical steppers listed in order of recommendations.

jfit

Bionic Body

5. jfit

jfit Under Desk & Stand Up Mini Elliptical/Stepper

under desk mini elliptical machine

Most noteworthy, features of the jfit under desk & stand up mini elliptical are described below.

Assembly

First, the delivered jfit mini elliptical machine requires some assembly. However, it is easy to assemble in less than 20 minutes.

Dimensions

Next, it is 27 inches long, 20 inches wide, and 11 inches high to the top of the handle. However, the pedals reach a high of 12 inches above the floor. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Especially relevant, the Series 1050 monitor records your time, speed, distance in kilometers and calories.

Handles

Next, it has two built-in handles. The top handle allows you to easily move it anywhere. While the front handle provides additional support. In fact, the front handle is used to hold a chair with wheels, so that the chair doesn’t roll away during a workout.

Noise

Also, the large rollerblade wheels provide a smoother, quieter workout.

Pedals

In addition, the foot pedals are 13.5 inches long and 5.5 inches wide.

Pedal Movement

Next, to target different muscles, the pedals rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also, the stride length is 10 to 15 inches.

Sliding

Furthermore, it does not slide on carpets or mats.

Tension

Next, the tension dial allows you adjust resistance which in turn sets workout intensity.

Use

Most of all, this mini elliptical machine can be used while sitting or standing.

Warranty

Especially relevant, it comes with a limited one-year warranty on the frame and 90 days on parts.

Weight

Next, this mini elliptical machine weighs 26.5 pounds.

Weight Limit

Finally, when used while standing, it is limited to anyone weighing less than 250 pounds.

PROS

First, handle can be tied to a rolling chair. This keeps it from sliding. Also, handle helps to move machine.

In addition, it has 1-year warranty on frame and 90-day warranty on parts.

6. Bionic Body

Bionic Body Magnetic Tension Under-Desk Elliptical Machine - Mini Stepper Trainer NS-1009

desk elliptical

Most noteworthy, the Bionic Body under desk elliptical machine works as a mini elliptical as well as a mini stepper (with more like an elliptical motion) with features described below.

Assembly

First, the delivered under desk elliptical machine requires some assembly upon delivery.

Construction

Most noteworthy, it has a sturdy steel frame.

Dimensions

Also, it is 25 inches long, 21 inches wide, and 12 inches high to the top of the handle. So, use this data with "Buyer's Guide" section, below, titled "Height for use Under a Desk" to determine feasibility of under desk use.

Display

Especially relevant, the LCD computer screen displays strides per minute, total strides, exercise time, and calories. Meanwhile, the scan function sequentially displays workout data continuously.

Exercise

Most of all, it can be used to exercise your upper and lower body simultaneously. Also, it works as a stepper with the resistance tubes providing upper body, arm, and shoulder workouts.

Handles

Next, the built-in handle makes it easy to lift and move.

Pedals

In addition, the non-slip wide pedals are sturdy.

Pedal Movement

Next, to target different muscles, the pedals rotate in both the forward and backwards direction. Also, the stride length is 6 inches.

Sliding

Furthermore, it does not slide on carpets, mats, hardwood floor, or other smooth floors. However, it will likely scratch hardwood or other smooth floors. Consequently, it’s best to use a mat underneath.

Tension

Next, the adjustable resistance lever increases or decreases the resistance to tailor workout intensity.

Use

Most of all, the under desk elliptical machine can be used while sitting or standing.

Warranty

Especially relevant, it comes with a limited 2-year warranty on the frame.

Weight

Next, this mini elliptical machine weighs 37 pounds.

Weight Limit

Finally, when used while standing, it is limited to anyone weighing less than 250 pounds.

PROS

Notably, there is a limited 2-year warranty on the frame.

CONS

However, a mat is needed to prevent sliding.

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