The 8 Best Ellipticals Under $2000 That You’ll Love
Elliptical machines can be a great source of exercise for those who are looking to get some cardio workouts done while also not straining or putting excessive pressure on the joints. Elliptical is in a way similar to the experience of treadmills without the forceful impact of the feet on the moving ground. Many elliptical machines come with resistance settings that allow for the user to customize their workout by changing both their speed and the actual resistance of the machine.
These machines can really come in use for those who have suffered injuries in the past but still want to get some regular cardio workouts into their day. They also are useful for those looking to get some cardio workouts in while many public gyms and areas are shut down due to the outbreak of COVID-19. After all, even in normal time periods, it is easier to hop onto an elliptical machine at home than to go out to a local gym and look for an open one.
But the question is, how do you decide which elliptical machine to get? There are a bunch of ellipticals under $2000 out on the market. Fortunately, that is where we come in. We have sorted through many of these machines in order to find the best home ellipticals under $200 based on a variety of factors that we will go over at the end of the article. With all of that out of the way, let’s get into our list of the best ellipticals under $2000.
Best Cross Trainers Under $2000 Compared
|Sole Fitness E95 Elliptical Machine||20"-22" Power Adjustment||0-30 Degrees Motorised||On Handlebars & Monitor||10 Built-in programs||Bluetooth, media shelf, & bottle holder|
|Sole Fitness E35 Elliptical Machine||20" Fixed||0-30 Degrees Motorised||On Handlebars & Monitor||10 Built-in programs||Bluetooth, media shelf, & bottle holder|
|Precor EFX 221 Energy Series Elliptical||18"-22" Manual Adjustment||15-25 Degrees Manual||On Monitor||10 Built-in programs||Media shelf and bottle holder|
|Life Fitness E1 Cross-Trainer Machine||20" Fixed||N/A||On Monitor||14 Built-in programs||Bluetooth, dual bottle holders, & media shelf|
|Octane Fitness Q35x Elliptical Machine||20.5" Fixed||N/A||On Monitor||8 Built-in programs||Media shelf and bottle holder|
|Bowflex M5 Max Trainer Machine, Black||4" Fixed||N/A||On Monitor||8 Built-in programs||Bluetooth, Media shelf and bottle holder|
|Bowflex E216 Elliptical Cross-Trainer||22" Fixed||0-30 Degrees Motorised||On Handlebars & Monitor||11 Built-in programs||Bluetooth, Media shelf and bottle holder|
|Body-Solid E300 Endurance Elliptical||21" Fixed||N/A||On Monitor||7 Built-in programs||Media shelf and bottle holder|
Sole Fitness E95 Elliptical Machine
Up first on our list of the best cross trainer for home use under $2000 is the Sole Fitness E95. This is a brilliant elliptical that will provide the cardio workout that you have been searching for. It comes with a motorized adjustable stride length, which is a feature only found on some of the newest ellipticals. This adaptable stride length allows for even more customization in terms of the intensity of a workout. The Bluetooth compatible LCD monitor that comes with the elliptical has 10 different programs for regular workouts, custom programs and heart rate programs.
This monitor also has a water bottle holder and speaker for any music playing while the workout is ongoing. Meanwhile the elliptical also has 20 different resistance settings, allowing for users of all skill levels to take advantage of this machine. The E95 has adjustable foot pedals for all sorts of shapes and sizes. This machine does not fold, which should be kept in mind. This is a brilliant elliptical machine for a relatively cheap price compared to the quality, coming in at $1,800 at the time of writing.
The E95 has a max user weight of 400 lbs (181 kg) and weighs 236 lbs (107 kg). Its dimensions are 83 inches (211 cm) long, 27 inches (69 cm) wide and 62 inches (157.5 cm) tall. This elliptical has a range of 0 to 30 degree motorized adjustable incline. It also has an adjustable stride length of 20-22 inches max. It has 20 levels of incline and is power-adjustable. It has pulse grips and is compatible with chest straps. The E95 is a smart elliptical. It has a lifetime warranty on the frame, a 5-year warranty on the electronics and parts, and 2-year warranty on the labor.
From adjustable pedals to make sure every user setup the machine for a comfortable exercise to the combination of incline and stride adjustment features, to the price and warranty, all together make the E95 the best elliptical under $2000. We love it and I am sure you would too.
- Power adjustable stride for short and tall users
- Power adjustable incline to simulate uphill climbing
- Bluetooth, speakers, fan, tablet holder and device holder
- Durable frame with 400 pounds of user weight capacity
- Generous warranty from and reliable brand
- Smart electromagnetic resistance (can automatically change based on programs)
- 9" Blue backlit easy to see display
- Incline and resistance controls on the moving handlebars
- Might be a bit expensive for some. That’s about it for the negatives.
- Also, it's not foldable and new workouts can not be downloaded to the machine
Sole Fitness E35 Elliptical Machine
Following up the number one spot is another cross trainer from Sole Fitness. This time we have the E35 model. The Sole E35 elliptical actually shares many of the features of its fellow machine, immediately tossing it up the list. It has the same amount of programs available on its Bluetooth compatible LCD screen (10 for those who have forgotten). Admittedly, the E35 console is smaller at 7.5 inches, though it provides just as much useful and visible information about the workout.
Also compared to the E95, this elliptical has 3 different positions for the foot pedals. Still a good amount of customization, just not quite as much. The E35 does have a 25 lb flywheel, which allows for regular usage. Otherwise, the pair share many of the same features like cooling fans, a water bottle holder, a tablet or phone holder and the same Bluetooth speakers. Of course, because of the different build, the E35 costs $1,500 at the time of writing. It also has the same generous warranty that the E95 comes with. Overall, another quality elliptical from the men and women of Sole Fitness.
The E35 has a max user capacity of 375 lbs (170 kg) and weighs 231 lbs (105 kg). Its dimensions are 83 inches (211 cm) long, 31 inches (79 cm) wide and 71 inches (180 cm) tall. It has a fixed stride length of 20 inches (51 cm) max. It has 20 levels of incline (0 to 30 degrees) and is power-adjustable. The E35 is a smart elliptical. It has pulse grips and is compatible with chest straps. It has a lifetime warranty on the frame, 5-year warranty on the electronics and parts, and 2-year warranty on the labor.
It’s a great value elliptical fur under $2000 even though it is missing some of those luxury features like a bigger screen and more foot pedal options that you would get with the E95. With that out of the way, the E35 comes with many similar great features to more expensive ellipticals for slightly less money, this is a great middle range elliptical for those who look to use it regularly.
- Power adjustable incline that allows you to do hill climbing
- Built-in incline and resistance controls on the moving handlebars
- Multi-grip moving and stationary handlebars for better upper body workout
- Bluetooth and fitness app connectivity to save and track daily workouts
- Cooling fan, speakers, USB port, and blue backlit monitor
- Generous warranty and very affordable considering the features
- 10 Preset-programs and a 29 pounds flywheel to make the ride smooth
- Durable construction with 375 pounds of weight capacity
- Stride length can't be adjusted therefore some users may not find it comfortable.
- Some floors might not be stable enough for the weight, so keep that in mind.
- New workouts can't be uploaded to the monitor
Precor EFX 221 Energy Series Elliptical
The Precor EFX 221 Energy Series Elliptical is third on our list. Another excellent elliptical that comes with many of the features you would expect in one of these top machines. Its patented adjustable CrossRamp® technology allows you to alter the height of the footpaths in 3 different degrees. It comes with 16 different resistance levels, allowing for an excellent amount of customization in the workouts.
The LCD screen comes with 10 preset exercise programs that can be changed during the workout. This adaptable feature of the elliptical is a really nice feature, as it allows you to mix and match different workouts based on how intense of one that you want. It also displays the time elapsed, total calories, total distance and the average strides per minute. This is a commercial quality elliptical, and costs a similar amount. It is just around that $2,000 mark, which might be a hesitation for some people.
The EFX 221 has a tested max user weight of 250 lbs (113 kg) and weighs 193 lbs (72 kg). Its dimensions are 75 inches (190.5 cm) long, 29 inches (74 cm) wide and 65 inches (165 cm) tall. It has heart rate monitors in the handles and is compatible with chest straps. The EFX 221 is a smart elliptical. It comes with a lifetime frame warranty, 5-year part warranty, 3-year console warranty and 1-year labor warranty.
The price might be a stopping point for some, especially considering the E35. At $2,000, it is certainly at the top of this price range. However, if you want to focus on your lower body to build your calves and booty, this is an excellent low-maintenance option.
- The EFX 221 is an excellent, commercial quality elliptical for home usage.
- It displays helpful data, has plenty of preset workouts that can be changed.
- 15 to 25 Degree adjustable incline for better leg (calf and booty) workouts.
- 18" tp 22" Stride length (only adjusts when you change the incline)
- EFX 221 elliptical machine also has a generous warranty.
- Preset workouts for all fitness levels to kick off the exercise.
- Smart Rate target heart zone to achieve your goals easier.
- Media shelf and accessory holder for your bottle, keys, etc.
- There is no moving handlebars so you can't workout your arms/shoulders
- The stride doesn't adjust unless you adjust the incline angle
- Manual incline adjustment (not motorized/powered adjustment)
- Low weight capacity which limits who can use this cross trainer under $2000.
- There is no Bluetooth connectivity so you can't save your daily workouts.
Life Fitness E1 Cross-Trainer Machine
While the Life Fitness E1TC-XX00-0106 E1 Cross-Trainer might have an absolute swamp of a name, it does turn out to be a good elliptical machine for under $2000. One of the most advertised aspects of the E1 is how quiet it is. However, it seems that despite their “Whisperstride” technology, it really is not that quiet. Which is to be expected from a 200 lb elliptical exercise machine that cost $2000. The elliptical also claims to use “biomechanical research” to create smoother motion during the workouts. It does seem to work, as the workouts are also quite comfortable and not very straining on the muscles.
Even the higher intensity ones don’t feel too uncomfortable. There are heart rate monitors on the handle. Meanwhile, the console allows for connection to apps like MyFitnessPal, Nike+, Garmin and a host of other fitness apps. The console also allows for the creation of a profile and the tracking of workout progress. With 20 different resistance levels, you can be sure that one of these levels will suit the mood for the day. Another elliptical at the top of the price range, the $2,000 price range might be off-putting for some.
The E1 cross trainer has a max user weight of 400 lbs (181 kg) and weighs 211 lbs (96 kg). Its dimensions are 82 inches (209 cm) long, 30 inches (77 cm) wide and 59 inches (150 cm) tall. It has a 20″ fixed stride length and heart rate monitors in the handles. The E1 Cross-Trainer is a smart trainer but it doesn’t have incline adjustment to simulate stair climbing workout. It has a lifetime warranty on the frame, 5-years on the parts, 3-years on the console and 1-year on the labor.
The largely advertised part of it being quiet seems to be ineffective (in some cases). But considering that it comes with a really good monitor, great warranty, and Life Fitness’s reliability, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Life Fitness E1 elliptical machine for under $2000 (unless you like to mix stair climbing with elliptical workout because there is no incline here).
- The rides are pretty smooth on this machine, on all levels.
- 400-Lb user weight capacity indicates a solid built structure.
- It has a good console that is compatible with many fitness apps.
- The warranty is also as generous as it should be.
- 20" Of stride length fits most users (I wish it was adjustable)
- Tablet holder and two accessory and bottle holders
- Moving and stationary handlebars to focus on lower or fully body workout
- Bluetooth, USB port, contact and wireless heart rate reading
- 14 Built-in programs, 12-customizable programs, and 4 user profiles
- Life Fitness E1 Stride is fixed (not adjustable).
- This elliptical doesn't come with incline adjustment.
- There are no controls built-into the handlebars.
- The price is just on the border of $2,000.
Octane Fitness Q35x Elliptical Machine
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The Octane Fitness Q35x Elliptical Machine might share the name of the chemical that can set things on fire, but fortunately the elliptical does not do the same. What it does do is provide a solid and smooth workout for any user. It has 20 different levels of resistance for both beginners and experienced athletes. The console comes with 8 different preset workouts, allowing for both lower and higher intensity training sessions. One of the unique things about the Q35x is the offer of its “CROSS CIRCUIT” feature.
This alternates between strength workouts and cardio by having parts of the elliptical that can attach to bands, which can then be stretched for the aforementioned strength training. While on the cardio side, the moving arms allow for arm exercise as well, mimicking the natural running motion that the machines with stationary arms cannot. With a 20.5 inch stride length, it really does have a comfortable and natural feel to the run. Another elliptical that borders on the $2,000 limit, that might be a bit too much for some. It provides a solid amount of features for the value, but not quite as many as some others.
The Q35x has a max user weight of 300 lbs (136 kg) and weighs 210 lbs (95 kg). Its dimensions are 65 inches (165 cm) long, 26 inches (66 cm) wide and 62 inches (157 cm) tall. When the handlebars are stationary, it has a heart rate monitor. No incline or stride (20.5″) adjustment. The Q35x is a smart elliptical. It has a lifetime warranty on the frame, 5-year warranty on the parts and a 1-year warranty on the labor.
Considering both Sole machines have more for a cheaper price, this does make the Q35x not as good in terms of value for money. So, you may want to look at those, unless you are looking for a compact and simple elliptical with fewer bells and whistles to look after.
- The Q35x is a solid elliptical with 300 lb weight capacity.
- It has a strength training feature that sets it apart from other ellipticals.
- It has 20 levels of electromagnetic silent resistance system
- There are 8 preset workouts for all fitness levels to hop on and start
- It has a good warranty, especially the 5 years on parts comes handy
- There is no incline adjustment for the Octane Q35 elliptical.
- Also, stride length is fixed (20.5") which means no stair climbing workout.
- There are only 8-preset programs (not bad but there are ellipticals under 2000 USD that offer more)
- It is expensive for the number of features it comes with (but it does come with unique durability).
Bowflex M5 Max Trainer Machine
The first of two Bowflex ellipticals on here, we have the Bowflex M5 Max Trainer. This training machine features 16 different resistance levels and 8 different workout programs. The most prominent of these is the 14-minute Max workout that gets some excellent work done in a very small amount of time. The M5 is different to many others in design, as it combines aspects of a stepper and ellipticals to form a unique workout. But not only are there elements of steppers, but also the influence of treadmills as well. The machine lets you move at full speed, but has you moving in a type of movement pattern that is more akin to an elliptical or a stepper. It most certainly is not a machine for those who are trying to get an easy ride.
If you want a more intense and high level workout, the M5 is the direction in which you want to look. It has a backlit LCD display that can connect to the Max trainer app. The monitor is also compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 devices. Heart rate monitors are inside the handles and a chest strap can be attached for those who want to monitor those increasing beats. While not foldable, the design of the M5 does mean that it can fit in extremely small spaces. This makes it good for those with smaller apartments or living spaces. The M5 has quite a few different prices depending on where one is shopping. On Amazon, it nears that $2,000 range, meanwhile at Dick’s Sporting Goods it is $1,200. For those upper prices, the value is questionable. Though it can be found for a very solid price in other places.
The M5 has a max user weight of 300 lbs (136 kg) and weighs 143 lbs (65 kg). Its dimensions are 46 inches (117 cm) long, 25 inches (63.5 cm) wide and 63 inches (160 cm) tall. It has integrated heart rate monitors in the handles and is compatible with a chest strap. The M5 comes with a 2-year warranty.
It comes with a nice amount of programs and resistance levels to keep you busy for a long time. The compact size is also convenient for smaller housing. However, the price range is confusing (also keeps changing) and you can end up overpaying depending on where you buy from. It also seems somewhat shaky due to the vertical design. With that said, if you want quick results and like doing high-intensity intervals, this is the best elliptical to buy under $2000.
- The LCD screen is a very fine one for this trainer.
- It offers excellent interval workout for quick weight loss result.
- There are multi-grip stationary and moving handlebars for a complete workout.
- It comes with 8 built-in workouts to hop on and start burning calories.
- You can set 2 user profiles to save your workout settings.
- Max 5 also has Bluetooth to connect with the Max Trainer app.
- One of the most compact machines that you can find on the market.
- The warranty isn’t great considering you need to pay so much.
- It's louder than most ellipticals because it uses air (pulse magnets) for resistance.
- There is more impact on the knees compared to traditional ellipticals.
- It doesn't have stride or incline adjustment for user comfort.
- Bowflex Max 5 doesn't include built-in controls on the handlebars.
Bowflex E216 Elliptical Cross-Trainer
Our next Bowflex entry on the list of best elliptical machines for home use under $2000 is the E216. This elliptical is quite good for those looking to achieve specific goals in their workouts. It has 15 levels of power incline (30 degree), allowing you to boost your metabolic rate and enhance the cardio challenge of the workout. It has Bluetooth compatibility as well as connection with wireless chest straps for those who are really looking to track every bit of data possible in their exercise. The elliptical does happen to ship with a wireless chest strap, so you will not have to go and get one on your own. That connection also extends to the Free Results Series™ App for those looking to export their heart rate, calorie burn and other data to fitness apps like MyFitnessPal.
In addition to the power incline, the E216 has 11 pre-programmed workouts and 25 different resistance levels. It also has 15 different levels of power incline. These can boost your metabolic rate, enhance the cardio challenge, and help you target specific muscle groups like hamstrings or the glutes. You can really customize this machine to exactly how you want it. The BXE216 Elliptical supports up to four user profiles. On the negative side, the fact that the stride length is fixed means that it narrows down who can use it comfortably. The E216 costs around $1,800, which might be a bit much for some people. However, this is still a very solid elliptical.
The E216 has 22″ fixed stride, a max user weight of 400 lbs (181 kg) and weighs 263 lbs (119 kg). Its dimensions are 77 inches (195.5 cm) long, 31 inches (79 cm) wide and 70 inches (178 cm) tall. It comes with a wireless chest strap and the ability to monitor said strap. It has a 15-year warranty on the frame, 5-year warranty on the electronics and mechanical parts, and a 2-year warranty on the labor.
A very good elliptical machine under $2000 for those who have workout goals in mind. It is especially good for those who want to track their health data and change incline on the fly. The only downside is that it comes without adjustable stride which shouldn’t be an issue if you are average height. Also, the lack of a touchscreen console that some of these others have is somewhat disappointing but not a deal-breaker.
- The customizable resistance levels are also quite a good deal.
- Power adjustable incline to target different muscle groups.
- Bluetooth technology and app connectivity to have a fun workout.
- Built-in controls on the moving handlebars for convenient changes.
- 11 built-in workout programs to help you reach your goals easier.
- 9" Full colour display to see the stats without difficulties.
- Content and telemetry heart rate reading and included chest strap.
- Switch select pedal suspension technology for extra comfort.
- Good warranty, tablet and device holders, wheels/transport handle.
- The fixed stride length is a downside for some who have different natural stride lengths.
- Bowflex is not the most popular brand for customer services in the U.S.
Body-Solid E300 Endurance Elliptical
Rounding out our list of the best ellipticals for under $2000 is the Body-Solid E300 Endurance Elliptical Trainer. While not the fanciest to look at, this elliptical has a durable steel frame that keeps it steady even during the most intense workouts. It has 20 resistance levels, 7 preset programs, 21 inches fixed stride, large comfortable pedals, static and moving handlebars to provide a full-body workout. There are also 2 custom programs, which allow the user to set up their own exercise routine.
The E300 is also quite compact, allowing for those in smaller living areas to fit it comfortably into their home. What it does not have are the fancy LCD touchscreens and Bluetooth connection that some of the other machines do. There’s also no adjustable stride length or step simulation, so if that is what you are after, you won’t find it here. The E300 is an extremely durable elliptical for the reasonable price of ~$1,700. This machine will last you forever, and if you do not intend on going for the elite levels of athleticism, it should fit you fine.
The E300 has a max user weight of 300 lbs (136 kg) and weighs a hefty 232 lbs (105 kg). Its dimensions are 50 inches (127 cm) long, 31 inches (79 cm) wide and 66 inches (167 cm) tall. It picks up the heart rate from stationary handles and is not compatible with wireless chest straps. It has a lifetime warranty on the frame, a 5-year warranty on the parts, 2-years on the electronics and 1-year on the labour.
This elliptical is extremely durable and will fit almost any home out there, thanks to its compact center-drive design. It is also cheaper than many others with an excellent warranty in the rare case that it does break. However, it does lack some of the more luxurious features of other machines. If that’s not a factor and you want a compact elliptical, this would last years.
- Durable construction with 300 pounds of weight capacity.
- Compact dimension making it perfect for small apartments.
- Affordable price and good warranty from Body Solid.
- Good stride length 21" (unfortunately not adjustable.
- Heart rate training zone and two user programs.
- Tablet holder, transport handles, and stable base.
- No Bluetooth compatibility or no chest strap connection.
- There is no accessory holder and the bottle holder is not easy to reach.
- There is no built-in controls on the handlebars for easy resistance adjustment.
- This elliptical machine doesn't have incline to target different leg muscles.
- Stride is fixed so some shorter riders may not feel as comfortable.
That concludes our list of the best ellipticals for under $2000. Now we’re going to look at some of the factors that led us to our ranking in this elliptical machine reviews under $2000. These are some aspects of these machines that you should look out for in your own hunt of the best elliptical.
The price. These ellipticals are obviously all under $2000, but that is still a large amount for a piece of exercise equipment. Just keep that in mind compared to how much you will use it. Maybe you want to consider a water rowing machine that costs less and has less maintenance to look after?
The built-in programs. Some of the best elliptical machines under $2000 come with a ton of programs that allow you to just hit a couple buttons and start moving. These can be really convenient for newcomers to the elliptical scene and for those who just don’t feel like doing a custom workout. The programs can also be useful for those who have family members who want to use the elliptical as well. After all, having separate sets of data helps all the family keep track of their own progress.
The warranty. Unlike some other exercise equipment such as let’s say rowing machines (where all the weight is on the stationary frame), elliptical joints and little moving parts support the full weight of the user. Therefore, it is important to invest in a best home cross trainer under $2000 with a good warranty and build.
The size. Some of these ellipticals under $2000 can take up a hefty amount of space. This should be kept in mind for those who live in smaller apartments or homes. You also need to keep in mind that most best-rated elliptical machines for home use under $2000 don’t fold and they are heavy. So, you can’t move them after each workout.
Q: What is a smart elliptical?
A: Smart ellipticals are those like some model from the Sole Fitness, Precor and Octane Fitness ellipticals. They have advanced technological features like Bluetooth and Internet connections, automatically adjusting stride lengths and incline adjustments to simulate uphills/downhills, have entertainment features and usually have connections to fitness programs like iFit.
Q: What kind of maintenance do ellipticals require?
A: The upkeep of ellipticals really is not that intense or stressful of a process. You should wipe down the machine after a workout, especially if there was some intense sweating done. If the machine is making any strange sounds or feels awkward, be sure to inspect it and see if you can identify the source of the noise. If you cannot, then it is recommended to call customer service and see if they can figure out what the problem is. Usually using a bit of lubrication on rails/bearings solves the problem.
Q: Is height a factor in choosing an elliptical?
A: Yes. Depending on the elliptical, there can be an adjustable stride length and incline. This allows for people of various sizes to make sure that their workout is as comfortable as possible. One should check with other reviews to make sure that there isn’t a minimum or maximum height that can comfortably fit on the machine.