Elliptical Trainer Rating Sources
Total of 8 Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentTesters with Consumer Reports test more than 20 elliptical trainers hands-on, evaluating factors including ergonomics, ease of use, construction and user safety. Each elliptical trainer receives ratings in the individual categories, plus an overall comparative rating. Several have been discontinued fairly recently. Full details are available to subscribers.
Elliptical Best Buys
by Editors of TreadmillDoctor.com
Our AssessmentTreadmillDoctor.com editors rigorously test the products they review, including disassembling each elliptical. Grades are assigned for factors such as ergonomics, adjustability, reliability and more, and information about the manufacturer's track record is provided, but discussion isn't particularly detailed. Best Buys and runners up are named in several price categories.
Elliptical Trainer Reviews
by Fred Waters
Our AssessmentThe author, a former vice president of marketing for Smooth Fitness, evaluates elliptical trainers based on manufacturer interviews, visits to fitness equipment stores, hands on testing (albeit sometime brief stints), customer reviews and customer feedback. He reviews more than 100 models overall, selecting a top few for his yearly "Best Buy" list.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentThe quality and length of Amazon.com's user reviews vary widely; some owners comment on their elliptical trainers after years of use, while others comment after the first time they put the trainer together and step aboard. The highest numbers of reviews go to the mid-priced, budget and downright cheap ellipticals. Commercial and gym-quality machines tend to get lower ratings overall.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com's selection of elliptical trainers is heavily weighted to appeal to the budget-conscious. Some models receive just a handful of user reviews, but others are dramatically more popular and have hundreds of ratings.
by Contributors to Wayfair.com
Our AssessmentWayfair.com stocks a healthy selection of elliptical trainers in varying price ranges, but the budget-priced models are much more popular than higher-priced alternatives. Many of the ellipticals here get hundreds of reviews and very high ratings overall.
by Contributors to DicksSportingGoods.com
Our AssessmentAt DicksSportingGoods.com the focus is on higher-end, more expensive ellipticals, although there are some budget models on the site as well. There tend to be fewer reviews overall, although we see better ratings for the high end elliptical trainers than we see elsewhere.
by Contributors to AcademySports+Outdoors.com
Our AssessmentAcademySports+Outdoors.com offers a wide variety of elliptical trainers on its site, but there are far fewer reviews here than we see at better known online retailers. In searching for equipment, you can see what each item is rated, but have to click on the link to see how many reviews that rating is based upon, and it's often just a small handful.