The Stamina SpaceMate Folding Stepper earns the most positive reviews of any stepper we found. It has a few great features for the price, such as adjustable resistance and an electronic monitor to track your workout. The handlebars offer extra stability for the exerciser. Owners particularly praise the foldable design that makes it easy to store. A few users report that it wobbles or breaks easily -- but many more say they're entirely satisfied with their purchase.
Extremely effective. Users say the Stamina SpaceMate Folding Stepper provides an excellent lower-body and cardio workout. One reviewer comments, "I'm able to get my heart rate up just about as quick as I can on real stairs." It features adjustable resistance and can handle a maximum weight of 250 lbs. Some users, however, would like the top resistance to be harder, and some find the model noisy. It has foam covered handlebars for stability, but they don't move to allow for upper-body strengthening. An electronic monitor tracks number of steps per minute, number of steps during the workout, workout time, and calories burned.
Folds in half for easy storage. The Stamina SpaceMate Folding Stepper gets high marks for being easy to assemble, move and store. "I put it together in ten minutes," says one user. Many also like that it has rollers for convenient transporting, and one of its most popular features is its ability to fold down easily -- and flat enough to store under a bed. It has hydraulic cylinders for smooth stepping, and foam-covered grips for comfortable handing. Slide-resistant pedals also add comfort and stability. Still, a few owners find that the SpaceMate is wobbly on floors (one suggests that a mat can help).
May not last as long as you'd like. The Stamina SpaceMate Folding Stepper has a heavy-duty steel construction that many reviewers find sturdy and solid. "The welds look good," adds one reviewer, while personal trainer Arthur Thares, writing for Bestcovery.com, says, "The hydraulics hold up to regular use." We read some reports of breakage soon after purchase, and a handful of users find the pistons or computer unreliable. Still, most -- even those who say they weigh over 200 pounds -- report using it regularly with no problems. The model has a one-year warranty on the frame and 90 days on parts.
More than 165 reviewers post about the Stamina SpaceMate Folding Stepper on Walmart.com, for an average 4.4-star rating out of 5. Most find it easy to use, and many say it has helped them lose weight or otherwise improve their fitness. A few find it wobbly, and some say the step-counter malfunctions.
Review: Stamina SpaceMate Folding Stepper, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of April 2014
Almost 160 Amazon.com users review the Stamina SpaceMate Folding Stepper, giving it an average rating of 3.7 stars out of 5. Most say it is easy to use, sturdy and quiet, and many say it provides a good workout. A few report breakdowns, and some say the workout is not strenuous enough.
Review: Stamina SpaceMate Folding Stepper, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
Thares names the Stamina SpaceMate Folding Stepper his "Best Budget Stepper" pick, saying it provides a workout similar to what you'd experience in a gym. He adds, however, that it provides no upper-body strengthening. A personal trainer, Thares does not specify if he personally tested this model.
Review: Best Budget Stepper, Arthur Thares, Aug. 6, 2013
The Stamina SpaceMate Folding Stepper garners more than 60 reviews on Buzzillions.com, with an average rating of 3.8 stars out of 5. Reviews are gathered from retail websites. The positives most frequently mentioned include that it is easy to use and store. However, some find it flimsy and/or noisy.
Review: Stamina Products Spacemate Folding Stepper, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of April 2014