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Top ellipticals under or around $200

Finding a low cost elliptical trainer isn’t as easy as it sounds. It’s not for the lack of products on the market, for that there are many, but finding one that offers the qualities needed to conduct an effective cardio session can prove difficult.

So, we have taken matters into our own hands to help our readers find a model that is affordable and around or below 200 dollars. We recommend you keep your expectations in check because manufacturers offering trainers at this price often need to leave some higher tier technology out that you would often find in more expensive options.

Exerpeutic 1000Xl

You only have to look at various online sources such as e-commerce stores and health blogs to understand that this is an elliptical exercise machine with a great deal of popularity. But what stands out about it?

Well to start with, you get a decent amount of tension choice, eight in total which is fantastic for beginners and intermediate users. What’s more, it runs on magnetic style resistance which enables it to operate smoothly and quietly.

And despite it being a low budget elliptical, you can expect a decent amount of strength in the frame with Exerpeutic recommending a user weight limit of up to 300 pounds.

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Exerpeutic Aero Air

Next up on the list we have another Exerpeutic elliptical in the form of the Aero air. This is perhaps one of the cheapest options on the market with a great range of features including a natural striding path, dual action arms, and a display to understand your progress.

It’s also has a naturally compact design that isn’t going to take up much space in the household. After all, no one needs a overly large machine in a room with limited space or a low ceiling.

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ProGear 300LS

A newcomer to the list with a decent spec list that states it has a 275 pound weight limit, pulse readings, and over sized striding peddles designed to prevent users from slipping whilst training.

It comes with a reasonable stride length of fourteen inches, which is OK for your average and shorter users, but may not be suitable for tall people because they tend to need longer strides to give there legs a good workout. Overall though, a good machine with some decent functionality for the price.

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Sunny Health & Fitness SF-E3416

This is a dual action elliptical from Sunny, meaning users will get a good upper and lower body workout thanks to the moving peddles and arms. You get a surprising amount of choice in how you choose to train including eight tension options.

Perhaps more impressive is the steel frame that allows it to handle up to 250 pounds whilst still remaining reasonably portable. So if you live in an environment where you need to move your cardio equipment around, this could be a good match. Made even simpler by the inclusion of transportation wheels at the front.

Reviews from most of our sources come across as positive for the most part, and whilst researching into what consumers are saying, we found several online stores that had high ratings. Definitely one worth considering.

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Body Rider BRD2000

Unlike many ellipticals listed above, this trainer comes with a seat. Some people may see that as a good thing – something to rest on, whilst others may see it as something that gets in your way and hinders performance. That comes down to user preference.

However for less than 200 bucks, you can get your hands on a machine that provides differing levels of resistance that can be adjusted using a knob, a tracking computer to note down performance data, and fan blades that naturally produce cooling air as you exercise.

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Wrapping up

These are arguably some the best cross trainers you can buy for  around or under $200. From looking at the specifications and their capabilities, we believe choosing one of these on a budget could be a smart and sensible choice. However, if you’re expecting high performance, and plenty of training applications, this is where they begin to fall short of their more expensive counterparts.

Do you have a slightly higher budget? Why not check out some of our favorites in the under 500 bucks list.

Editors note: Because of the nature of the exercise equipment industry, prices are constantly changing, so this list may become slightly inaccurate at times. We do our best to monitor products and keep the list up to date.