Elliptical Stepper Buyers Guide

First and foremost, this elliptical stepper buyers guide may help you research elliptical steppers. Also, this elliptical stepper buyers guide can be used with elliptical stepper FAQ to help you find the best one.

Accessories

First, check out if the machine has a water bottle holder, a place for your mobile device such as your cell phone or tablet.

Body Weight

Second, one of the things to consider when selecting a stepping elliptical is ensuring the maximum weight it can support exceeds your weight.

Console

Third, a console will display your progress expressed as workout time, calories burned, revolutions per minute, and distance. Other useful features include a display showing graphically your workout progress.

Dimensions

Fourth, the dimensions of the stepping elliptical will help determine where it would fit in your home. For example, if it is taking up too much space, you may end up having to find a smaller machine that will fit in the available space.

Flywheels

Fifth, a flywheel makes the stepping machine move smoothly and quietly. Incidentally, the heavier the flywheel the more smoother and quieter the elliptical stepper will be.

Handle

Sixth, fixed handles are used for safety. On the other hand, movable handles give you an upper body workout. For example, multi-grip handlebars, give you an upper body workout, decreases stress on the wrists and shoulders while increasing triceps activation. Also, some elliptical steppers let you adjust the handle bars for your height.

Heart Rate Monitor

Seventh, a heart rate monitor will enable you to track your heart rate as you work out. Consequently, you can turn up the workout to achieve your targeted heart rate.

Horizontal Stride

Next, look for a horizontal stride of at least 6 inches. Anything less may not give you a good workout.

Noise

Also, there is nothing more irritating that a noisy elliptical stair stepper. Now, machines with a heavy weight flywheel are known to provide a smoother and a quieter workout. Furthermore, a smooth belt drive mechanism helps deliver a quiet workout.

Pedals

In addition, two oversized, cushioned pedals give your feet more room and avoid cramping.

Resistance

Furthermore, resistance determines the amount of exertion you will have to put out during the workout. So, the more the resistance, the more calories you will burn, for a given stepping rate. Typically, there are two types of resistance offered by the stepper ellipticals reviewed here.

Firstly, there is the magnetic resistance. Magnetic resistance uses magnets to create tension against the flywheel. Unlike contact resistance, the magnets don't actually make contact with the flywheel. But, the flywheel feels resistance to its motion.

Secondly, there is the eddy current braking resistance.  Here, fixed magnets, on the frame, create a magnetic field through which the flywheel travels. As a result, eddy currents are generated in the flywheel. And, these eddy currents, in turn, produce their own magnetic field. Moreover, this eddy current created magnetic field resists the magnetic field created by the fixed magnets. As a result, the flywheel experiences resistance to its motion. So, the more you ramp up the resistance, the stronger the fixed magnetic field, which, in turn, results in more flywheel resistance. And, this flywheel resistance is felt as you use the pedals.

Speakers

Meanwhile, speakers on your stepping elliptical will help you be entertained as you work out. For example, bluetooth speakers will let you listen to sounds from you bluetooth capable handheld device.

Stability

Next, ensure that the elliptical stepper combo stays stable as you go through periods of intense workouts. Incidentally, a heavier machine is more likely to ensure stability than a lighter machine.

Vertical Climb

Also, the vertical climb should be enough to give you a good workout. So, look for a vertical climb of at least 8 inches.

Warranty

In addition, a warranty helps you with peace of mind once you’ve invested in a stepping elliptical. Now, in general, warranties cover the frame, motor, parts, and labor. Also, it goes without saying, the longer the warranty, the less likely the stepping elliptical will break down, at least during the duration of the warranty.

Wheels

Finally, wheels make it easy to move the stepping elliptical. However, ensure that the wheels are located in such a way that it makes it easy for you to move the machine.