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Best Rated Recumbent Elliptical Trainers – Comparison & Reviews 2015-2016

February 20, 2016 by  
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Best Rated Recumbent Ellipticals * Comparison & Reviews 2015-2016: This is a roundup, comparison and reviews of the best rated recumbent elliptical trainers. A recumbent elliptical allows you to train in a seated position, making it easier on your back, and easier to mount. People with disabilities or mobility programs prefer the recumbent type of elliptical. You will see the higher end models in rehab facilities. Those with arms are called cross trainers, as they can build your upper body as well. Elliptical Trainers provide an excellent form of aerobic exercise at home that you can do no matter what the weather is outside. Elliptical machines are easier on your joints than other forms of cardio exercise. These low-impact exercise machines also build arm and leg strength. You can compare each elliptical trainer below by features such as workout programs, reviews, maximum weight capacity, price, and other features. A glossary of terms is available at the bottom of this page.

Best Rated Recumbent Ellipticals – Comparison & Reviews (2016)
(Top-rated recumbent elliptical machines)

Schwinn 520 Recumbent AireDyne Elliptical Trainer Inspire Cardio Strider 1 (Cs1) Recumbent Elliptical Inspire Cardio Strider 2 (Cs2) Recumbent Elliptical HCI Fitness PhysioStep LTD RXT-500 Seated Elliptical Trainer
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Recumbent Elliptical
AirDyne Fan
Infinite Levels
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3 Workout Programs
LCD Display
Water Bottle Holder
Maximum User Weight: 300 lbs.
5 Yr. frame warranty
14-inch Seated Stride
62″L x 28″W x 40″H
Recumbent Elliptical
Magnetic Resistance
16 Resistance Levels
Moving Handlebars
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Basic LCD Display
Water Bottle Holder
Maximum User Weight: 300 lbs.
3 Yr. frame warranty
12-15″ Seated Stride
58″L x 32″W
Recumbent Elliptical
Magnetic Resistance
16 Resistance Levels
Moving Handlebars
Grip Heart Monitor
Telemetric Transmitter
8 Workout Programs
Backlit LCD Display
Water Bottle Holder
Maximum User Weight: 300 lbs.
3 Yr. frame warranty
12-15″ Seated Stride
59″L x 32″W x 44″H
Recumbent Elliptical
Magnetic Resistance
16 Resistance Levels
Moving Handlebars
Grip Heart Monitor
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6 Workout Programs
Backlit LCD Display
Water Bottle Holder
Maximum User Weight: 325 lbs.
lifetime frame warranty
12-inch Seated Stride
66″L x 21″W x 51″H
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Glossary of Terms

Maximum User Weight = Each recumbent elliptical trainer depending on its construction has a maximum user weight limit. More expensive trainers generally can handle more weight. So if the limit is 300 lbs, and you are over 300 lbs., you should not buy this trainer but look for one with a higher weight limit. If you weigh substantially less than the weight limit, this will put less strain on the machine and parts.
Magnetic Brake Resistance = Most recumbent Elliptical Machines use magnetic resistance which offers resistance through magnetic fields. One type of magnetic resistance is ECB (described below). Magnetic resistance is more maintainance free than those older technologies that relied on friction pads and belts. Magnetic resistance braking is smoother to use is quieter than other types of resistance mechanisms.
ECB Resistance = ECB Resistance is a high quality form of magnetic brake resistance. ECB = eddy current brake. This is the best type of resistance and is in most recumbent ellipticals.
Magnetic Resistance Levels = You can adjust the level of magnetic resistance to adjust the intensity of your workout. The more levels of resistance, the more choices you have in how hard a workout that you can select.
Heart Monitor = Most elliptical trainers have a heart monitor (grip or clip on type) which allows you to monitor your heart rate to meet heart rate goals for cardiovascular fitness. Grip monitors are built into the handlebars. The heart rate can be gotten by either a grip pulse monitor, or chest monitor. Most ellipticals have at least the grip monitor, and some have both a grip and a chest monitor.
Polar Compatible = A polar wireless telemetry belt can be used for your heart rate.
Telemetry Belt = This is a belt that is worn to monitor your heartrate. This can be used instead of the grip type of heart monitor and is considered more accurate.
Stride Length = This is the distance between your front foot and back foot at full extension on an elliptical trainer.
Workout Programs = Almost all ellipticals have a small computer and display where you can run multiple workout programs that vary the resistance. Some examples of programs are: Time, Distance, Calorie, Hills, Weight Loss, Reverse Train.
LED/LCD Display = The recumbent elliptical trainer will have a display to give you information (such as time, calorie burn, distance). They can be either LED lit, or use an LCD screen. Many ellipticals have LCD screens that are not backlit, as many run on batteries. If its says “BACKLIT LCD”, then it has a backlight illuminating the screen. LED displays are illuminated screens.


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