Stair Climbers: Ratings of Sources
TreadmillReviews.net is a prolific reviewer of fitness equipment, although their main focus is treadmills. On this page, they compare and contrast the newest offerings from Bowflex, the TreadClimber TC100 and TreadClimber TC200; elsewhere they have in-depth reviews on each model. Both treadclimbers get 4 stars out of 5 overall, and the TC100 earns a "Best Buy" award as well. Editors note that either treadclimber is a great alternative to a treadmill for those with joint issues, but say the warranties are not long enough for such pricey machines.
Amazon.com is a great source for user reviews of stair steppers, particularly small, portable stair climbers and upright steppers in the $100 to $200 price range. The top-rated stair climbers get feedback from hundreds of users. Many write-ups are detailed, and reflect usage over a long period of time. Comments regarding durability and customer service can be particularly helpful in identifying top choices.
Walmart.com sells a wide variety of stair climbers as well, though they get far fewer reviews overall than stair steppers at Amazon.com. Comments tend to be brief, but owners can leave a bottom line assessment on whether or not they would recommend a specific stair climber to a friend.
More than 60 products show up on Target.com in a search of "steppers," although some are actually considered elliptical machines. Stair climbers here tend to get fewer reviews than at other retail sites, but some of the smaller, portable machines get several dozen.
This review site ranks the Bowflex TreadClimber TC200 as best in the "TreadClimber" category, with a rating of 94.8 percent. The Bowflex TreadClimber TC100 is a close runner up. According to the site, ratings are based on features, warranty, specs, and "1000's of verified user 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.