Well quest no more…Some of my avid readers have been messaging me to my inbox asking me for my opinion on which is the best compact ellipticals for home. As opposed to responding individually as i have been doing over the last year, I have now decided to do a weekly post every Sunday (fingers crossed I will be able to meet this commitment) summarizing the 5 weekly top rated elliptical trainers for you.
My weekly best small elliptical machine summary is based on a number of metrics, which i have been using in drawing my space saving elliptical reviews posts (You can read my two most popular posts on this subject here and here). The metrics I use for arriving at which small elliptical exercise machines to include are:
1. Elliptical Footprint
To qualify for my weekly post, all elliptical trainers I review should have a small footprint. An elliptical trainer’s footprint simply refers to the space it occupies, measured as length (L) by Width (W). This is an important metric as space in the home is limited so vital to have an elliptical trainer which is not intrusive. You can read more about small footprint elliptical trainers in my post here.
2. Customer Reviews
All the small home elliptical machines I will include in my weekly posts should have good user reviews. I will combine my own testing efforts, chats with store reps, reading through the net and most of all how many Amazon customer reviews they have. To help you make a buying decision, I will share the number of 4 and 5 star Amazon.com reviews (thanks to Alice for the tip… this one if for you).
Price will be an important factor in my summary tables. You will notice that on here on my site i mostly do review for elliptical machines in 3 broad price bands namely under $300, Under $500 and under $1000. For my weekly summaries, I will therefore only include the compact machines valued under $1000. Only in exceptional cases will I include equipment above this price range so when I do, bookmark the elliptical trainer for when you have the budget.
Below is my first summary for the week ending 10 January, 2014 which i have put together based on the above metrics.