Stair Climbers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 8 Sources
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by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentThe most highly rated stair-stepper models on Amazon.com, with average scores of at least 4.1 stars (out of 5) from more than 100 reviewers, are all from Sunny Health & Fitness. They include the Mini Stepper with Resistant Bands, Twister Stepper, Climbing Stepper, and Twister Stepper with Handle Bar. The Stamina SpaceMate Folding Stepper and the Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical, which allows you to step as well as walk or run, also score well.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart carries more than 20 models of stair climbers, with the Stamina SpaceMate Folding Stepper earning the highest average rating -- 4.4 stars out of 5 -- from nearly 170 users. Two Sunny Health & Fitness Models -- the Twist Stepper with Handle Bar and the Mini Stepper with Resistant Bands -- also earn high average ratings, but from far fewer reviewers.
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentMore than 50 products show up on Target.com in a search of "steppers," although many are actually elliptical machines. Of the true stair steppers, only the Sunny Health & Fitness Twist Stepper with Handle Bar garners 20 reviews or more. This model earns an average 4.5-star rating out of 5. The Sunny Health & Fitness Stepper, TriStar Air Climber, Stamina Folding Stepper, and Stamina InStride Pro Electronic Stepper also score well, but with fewer reviews.
Best Budget Stepper
by Arthur Thares
Our AssessmentPersonal trainer Thares names the Stamina SpaceMate Folding Stepper his top budget pick, saying it provides a smooth feel and decent resistance. Other models on his best-five list include the Stamina InStride Electronic Mini Stepper; the Twister Stepper and Climbing Stepper, both by Sunny Health & Fitness; and the Gaiam Mini Stepper with Resistance Cords Plus Bonus CD. Thares does not say he personally tests all models, but his writing reflects familiarity with the category.
Fitness Equipment Reviews
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com gathers customer reviews from other sites, so it should be used cautiously, since some retailers may display only positive comments. The Bowflex TreadClimber TC10 has the most -- nearly 2,000 -- reviews in this category, with an average rating of 4.1 stars out of 5. Other models with high ratings from 30 reviewers or more include the TriStar Air Climber; DMI Mini Stepper Exerciser; and Mini Stepper and SpaceMate Folding Stepper, both from Stamina Products.
by Editors of FitRated.com
Our AssessmentThis review site ranks the Bowflex TreadClimber TC20 as best in the "TreadClimber" category, with a rating of 95.9 percent. The Bowflex TreadClimber TC10 is a close runner up. According to the site, ratings are based on features, warranty, specs, and "100's" of user and expert reviews, although there's no mention of how reviews are gathered. While FitRated.com reviews many elliptical and treadmill brands, no basic step climbers are included.
Bowflex TC20 TreadClimber
by Editors of TreadmillReviews.net
Our AssessmentTreadmillReviews.net gives the Bowflex TreadClimber TC20 a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Editors praise its ergonomic console and compact design and training efficiency, but they consider it high priced and maintain that the warranty could be longer. The website only reviews treadmills; the TreadClimber is included because it is a treadmill that also includes climbing workouts.
Best Mini Stepper
by Editors of BestHomeExerciseEquipmentReviews.com
Our AssessmentFour models are included in this "Best Mini Stepper" article: the Twister Stepper and Twister Stepper with Handle Bar, both by Sunny Health & Fitness; the Stamina InStride Pro Electronic Stepper; and the Mabis DMI Exercise Stepper. Reviews mostly consist of product descriptions, however, with user ratings from Amazon.com also cited. The descriptions are detailed, and the article is clear and well written, but there does not seem to be any original research or testing.