Passive Leg Exerciser Buyers Guide

First and foremost, this passive leg exerciser buyers guide for passive leg exercising machines, reviewed elsewhere on this site, helps you understand features of these machines. And, in combination with passive leg exerciser FAQ helps you get more insight.


First and foremost, a display shows the number of steps taken during a workout. Indeed, some users may want to keep track of steps to ensure they are consistently working out and getting the most health benefits.

Feet under leg exerciser

Second, the feet of the leg exerciser for the elderly are underneath the machine. However, not all exercisers have feet – in which case they are used while laying the exerciser flat on the floor. On the other hand, some leg exercising machines have feet in the front that can be pulled out to raise the front part of the exerciser. So, by raising the feet, foot movements occur at a slope, which may be comfortable for some seating positions. For example, if you are seated straight up in a chair, the flat position is most likely going to be the most comfortable. On the other hand, when laying back in a chair or couch, an exerciser with a slope may be more comfortable.


Third, the motor drives the footrest back and forth. And to avoid disturbing others or the user, the motor should run silently. In fact, a motor that makes too much noise would irritate not only the user but others in the vicinity.

Remote Control

Fourth, a remote controller provides a convenient way to turn the machine on or off as well as controlling the speed of the machine. Without a remote controller, all these activities would require you to get on the floor to set the buttons on the machine.


Fifth, the speed controls the rate at which the footrest moves back and forth. While some would want this rate to be slow, others may want it to be fast. Now, you may not get much health benefits if the speed is too slow. On the other hand, if the speed is too fast, some may find it difficult to use. Also, some people may want to start on the lowest speed and work their way up. While others are going to be more active and find the higher speeds much more satisfying. Therefore, the more the speed settings, the better able the leg exercising machine can accommodate the needs of a user.

Incidentally, to get the optimum health benefits, the speed of a leg exerciser for the elderly usually ranges from 47 to 84 steps per minute.

Moreover, a machine with only one speed setting is more likely to be returned if the speed isn’t just right. So, to avoid this situation, it’s best to get a machine with at least two speed settings. 


Also, some leg exercisers for the elderly have a footrest that vibrates during use. Moreover, these vibrations may help soothe tired aching feet.


In addition, some manufacturers offer a warranty on their machines. In fact, a warranty is a help when the machine has problems a few months after purchase. And, obviously the longer the warranty the better. Also, a longer warranty is an indicator of the exerciser’s reliability.

Weight of leg exerciser

Next, the leg exercisers should be light enough for you to be able to move them before or after use.

Weight of user

Finally, the leg exerciser should be able to support the use's weight. Now, in most cases, the leg exerciser is used while the user is sitting on a chair or couch. However, in case the user ends up standing on it, the machine should be able to support the user's weight.