The 8 Best Commercial Ellipticals of 2024 (Expert Tested)

By Presser
April 13, 2024
35 min read

Some would-be fitness gurus — a.k.a. some guy at my gym — may consider even the best ellipticals to be inferior to stair climbers and treadmills in the cardio realm, but studies have shown that similar physiological improvements are gained when training intensity and volume are matched across each of those cardio machines. (1)  (IN YOUR FACE, gym guy!) There are a variety of ellipticals available, from under-desk to budget-friendly options, but the best commercial ellipticals are the most durable, capable of supporting routine use by a number of different individuals on a daily basis. 

Ellipticals can provide a low-impact form of cardio that can help strengthen your heart, improve your sleep, and lift your mood while taking it easier on your joints than a treadmill. (2) If you’re interested in bringing a high-quality elliptical into your home, it’s good to know what features you’re after and which machines on the market can deliver them. How much space do you have? Will fancy tech benefit your training? Are you looking to stride vertically or horizontally? With these questions in mind, our team of testers selected the best commercial ellipticals worth your consideration. Here are our top picks.

The 8 Best Commercial Ellipticals of 2024

About Our Expert

This article has been reviewed by Amanda Capritto, CPT, CES, CNC, CF-L1, CSNC, a certified personal trainer and CrossFit Level 1 instructor. She reviewed the research we cite and the commercial ellipticals we listed to help ensure we’re providing helpful, accurate descriptions and recommendations. 

How We Tested and Chose the Best Commercial Ellipticals

We’ve got a stacked squad here at BarBend that’s filled with former D1 athletes, group fitness instructors, and certified personal trainers. Our job is to find the best exercise equipment out there, and over the years we’ve tried and tested over 100 of the best cardio machines on the market. We’ve gotten our hands and feet on over 20 ellipticals, in particular, taking note on how well these units would fit into your workout routine.

Close look at our tester pedaling on the Cubii Move under-desk elliptical.
Close look at our tester pedaling on the Cubii Move under-desk elliptical.

To present a clear understanding of our research and testing methods, we use a simple scale from 1 (yikes) to 5 (radical) in categories such as portability, durability, and tech capabilities. Below, you’ll find the areas we dialed in on when selecting our top dogs.


In addition to highlighting products that felt sturdy during our rigorous testing sessions, we kept our eyes on user weight limits of at least 250 pounds — 300 to 350 pounds, ideally — and frame warranties of 5 to 10 years or more. While the prices of these machines are more higher than the average elliptical, that front-end investment provides for a piece of equipment that’s built to last.

Commercial ellipticals, much like Caitlin Clark, are simply built different. “They are designed to withstand multiple exercise sessions per day on a daily basis. This means you’re much less likely to need a repair compared to if you purchase a budget [machine],” notes Amanda Capritto, CPT, CES, CNC, CF-L1, CSNC. 

Variety is the Spice of Life

No two athletes are alike, so we made sure to choose commercial-grade ellipticals that provided a variety of training capabilities. We opted for models with impressive resistance levels that can aid with progressive overload, choices that could offer incline and decline training, and even some hybrid models with vertical stride lengths or built-in cycling. 

We looked for ellipticals that could provide structured training, with touchscreens for streaming programming, Bluetooth connectivity to pair with apps from your own device, and built-in programs that users could take directly from the on-board LCD screen. 

Bowflex Max Trainer M6 Center Console
Bowflex Max Trainer M6 center console

“In addition to being low-impact, ellipticals (at least the ones with moving arms) provide a whole-body workout, so they’re an excellent option for people who need to maximize their exercise time,” notes Capritto. As such, we included options with moving handlebars that provided multiple grips, allowing for adjustments in hand placement to target different muscle groups of the upper-body.


A wide range of resistance is needed to fine tune an elliptical’s intensity based on the athlete’s needs. With this in mind, we looked for options with a minimum of 20 levels of resistance. However, we made exceptions for some choices that didn’t hit the mark based on affordable prices, uniqueness of training, or intended use.

Additionally, it’s uncommon for ellipticals to have incline or decline capabilities. However, we made sure to include some options with this type of functionality so that users looking for the most intense lower body cardio session could opt for an elliptical with these features.

[Related: The 6 Benefits of HIIT to Inspire You to Go Hard]

Best Commercial Elliptical Overall: NordicTrack AirGlide 14i

NordicTrack AirGlide 14i

NordicTrack AirGlide 14i

NordicTrack AirGlide 14i

With 26 levels of resistance, incline and decline capabilities, and an adjustable stride length that toggles to your personal preferences, the AirGlide 14i is one of the most tech-savvy and feature-rich ellipticals on the market. Plus, like other NordicTrack machines, this elliptical is compatible with iFIT, unlocking over 17,000 live and on-demand workout programs for a fresh sense of training each time you hop on for a session.


  • Price: $1,799
  • Weight: 244lbs
  • Dimensions: 71” H x 69” L x 25” W
  • Resistance: 26 levels of Silent Magnetic Resistance
  • Max User Weight: 300lbs
  • Stride Length: 17.8”-18.5” 


  • The elliptical has a ton of functionality, including a -5 to 15-percent incline range. 
  • The 14-inch touchscreen is integrated with iFIT programming, giving you access to over 17,000 on-demand workouts.
  • The 26 levels of magnetic resistance adjust smoothly thanks to the 32-pound flywheel.


  • There’s no storage for a phone or smart device.
  • Per our tester, setup can be a doozy, so users may want to seriously consider professional assembly.
  • iFIT will cost an additional $39 monthly membership after a free one-month trial.

Out of the 23 ellipticals that our team has tried and tested, the NordicTrack AirGlide 14i had the highest overall score with a 4.4 out of 5. This commercial elliptical has a lot to offer, including incline and decline capabilities, 26 levels of Silent Magnetic Resistance, auto-adjusting stride length between 17.8 and 18.5 inches, and a 14-inch touchscreen with iFIT integration. Tech capabilities, workout experience, and dynamic programming all scored a 5 out of 5.

NordicTrack AirGlide 14i elliptical
NordicTrack AirGlide 14i elliptical

Our tester, a Level 1 CrossFit coach, tried out the iFIT Climbing Pyramid class on this elliptical and loved it. “The 25-minute class had me climbing different mountains, and SmartAdjust ramped up my resistance and incline for these quick 20-second sprints. I loved the instructor and the music selection had me stoked on giving it my all,” they said, scoring workout experience a 5 out of 5.

Screen and handles on the NordicTrack AirGlide 14i elliptical.
Screen and handles on the NordicTrack AirGlide 14i elliptical.

While some cross trainers offer incline training, the AirGlide 14i is the only elliptical we’ve come across that also offers decline training. Additionally, our tester appreciated a smooth ride thanks to the 32-pound flywheel. “There wasn’t any shake during my workout and adjusting resistance felt smooth,” they said, scoring durability a 5 out of 5.

“We paid for white glove service, but it still took them two and a half hours to build the elliptical,” noted our tester, who gave delivery and setup a 3 out of 5. “If I had done it myself, I for sure would have needed an extra pair of hands to help.”

Our tester holding the handles on the NordicTrack AirGlide 14i.
Our tester holding the handles on the NordicTrack AirGlide 14i.

While the oversized cushion pedals were, “surprisingly cozy,” mentioned our tester, we wished that there had been a storage compartment, besides the water bottle holder, that could hold a phone or smart device. Conveniences scored a 4.5 out of 5.

Best Commercial Elliptical with a High Weight Capacity: Sole E25 

Sole E25 Elliptical

Sole E25 Elliptical

Sole E25 Elliptical

The E25 is a high-quality, no-frills elliptical. It features a budget-friendly price tag, a 350-pound weight limit, and a 20-pound flywheel. 


  • Price: $1,199.99
  • Weight: 209lbs
  • Dimensions: 70” H x 70” L x 24” W
  • Resistance: 20 levels
  • Max User Weight: 350lbs
  • Stride Length: 20”


  • The 350-pound user weight limit is 50 pounds more than the standard elliptical.
  • The 2-degree inward-sloping pedals may help reduce stress on joints.
  • The Bluetooth speakers are easy to use and can get pretty loud.


  • There isn’t a touchscreen, so you’ll have to use your own device to stream content.
  • The 11.67-square-foot footprint — roughly the size of the average 3-seat sofa — may be too large for those in small spaces.
  • Setup was difficult and took our tester over 2 hours to complete.

Ellipticals can be great cardio tools for heavier users, as they’ve been shown to provide a low-impact form of exercise that can help limit knee degeneration while building heart health, improving quality of life, and providing a total body workout. (3)(4) The Sole E25’s 350-pound weight capacity — 50 pounds more than the average commercial elliptical — allows access to a wider range of body types. Plus, the lifetime frame warranty can help alleviate any fears of the frame breaking. This elliptical scored a 4.5 out of 5 for durability, adjustability, and warranty.

Heavier users may also appreciate the 15-inch pedals, which feature a 2-degree inward-slope that Sole claims can help reduce ankle and knee stress. These pedals run on heavy-duty rails that help keep your ride smooth and stable. 

Our tester holding the handles on the Sole E25.
Our tester holding the handles on the Sole E25.

However, our tester, BarBend editorial member Kate Meier, NASM-CPT, USAW-L1, CF-L1, noted, “The machine moved from side to side a little, and I wished there were floor stabilizers to help offset the shake.”  Durability still scored a 4.5 out of 5.

Unlike many of its competitors, there isn’t a touchscreen on this elliptical trainer. Instead, it has a 6.5-inch LCD display that provides basic training metrics, as well as six preset programs, two custom ones, and two targeted to heart rate. 

There is, however, a tablet holder and Bluetooth speakers so you can stream content from your own device. “I did a 15-minute fat burn workout while wearing the included heart rate chest strap, and I really liked how easy it was to connect to the speakers,” mentioned Meier, who gave dynamic programming and workout experience a 4 out of 5.

[Related: Demystifying Your Fat-Burning Heart Rate Zone]

Setup was difficult for our tester and they recommend getting professional assembly if possible. “What the manual referred to as ‘one step’ was actually like 30 steps, so I had a hard time understanding the order of operation,” they noted after spending two hours assembling the elliptical. Delivery and setup scored a 3 out of 5.

A close up view of the deck and rollers on a Sole E25.
Deck and rollers on a Sole E25.

“This machine is large and heavy,” said Meier, who scored footprint and portability a 3.5 out of 5. “Probably not the right equipment for you if you live in a small apartment.” Taking up 11.67 square feet of floor space, this machine is about the size of the average loveseat sofa. (5)

For those interested in this elliptical, be sure to check out the free Sole+ app that provides over 3,000 workouts. These classes range from 10 to 60 minutes long and are suitable for beginners and experienced athletes.

Read our full Sole E25 Elliptical Review.

Best Commercial Elliptical for Streaming: ProForm Pro HIIT H14 

ProForm Pro HIIT H14

ProForm Pro HIIT H14

ProForm Pro HIIT H14

This unique profile combines a stair stepper and elliptical for a space-saving, high-performance training experience. The Pro HIIT H14 is also integrated with the iFit online workout program, giving you access to over 17,000 live and on-demand fitness classes.


  • Price: $1,799
  • Weight: 224lbs
  • Dimensions: 66” H x 52” L x 29” W
  • Resistance: 26 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Max User Weight: 325lbs
  • Stride Length: 10” vertical, 5” horizontal


  • The 14-inch touchscreen provides iFIT programming, giving you access to over 17,000 on-demand classes and scenic climbs.
  • Its 10.47-square-foot footprint saves users nearly 2 to 3 square feet compared to the average elliptical.
  • The Silent Magnetic Resistance system can help support a quiet workout session.


  • This elliptical has more of a stepper feel due to the 10-inch vertical and 5-inch horizontal pedal stride.
  • The display console only allows iFIT streaming, so users won’t be able to watch TV shows or other programming.
  • An iFIT subscription will cost an additional $39 a month after a free 30-day trial.

The ProForm Pro HIIT H14 packs a mighty punch in a tiny footprint, providing 26 levels of silent magnetic resistance and streaming capabilities in the form of iFIT programming from the 14-inch HD touchscreen. This iFIT integration provides over 17,000 on-demand classes and scenic workouts that can be taken both on and off of this elliptical. Durability, tech capabilities, and dynamic programming all scored a 5 out of 5 with our tester.

Our tester moving the ProForm Pro HIIT H14 into position
Our tester moving the ProForm Pro HIIT H14 into position

[Related: iFIT Review – Is Virtual Coaching The New Normal?]

Before we dive in, it’s worth noting that the unique 10-inch vertical and 5-inch horizontal stride length gives off vertical climber vibes. “This definitely felt like more of a stepper,” said our tester, “so I wouldn’t recommend this for those looking for a traditional elliptical.” 

For those unfamiliar with iFIT, it’s an interactive fitness app that our tester, a CrossFit Level 1 coach, believes can go “toe-to-toe with Peloton.” On the 14-inch touchscreen, you can take virtual studio classes and scenic sessions with a trainer. iFIT’s SmartAdjust feature can also adjust your resistance for you to save you the effort during classes and better replicate a ride’s terrain. Its app integration and Bluetooth compatibility helped it score a 5 out of 5 for tech capabilities.

ProForm Pro HIIT H14 center console and touchscreen display
ProForm Pro HIIT H14 center console and touchscreen display

An iFIT subscription costs an additional $39 a month after a free month trial, and we think it’s a worthy investment — especially since no other programming or content can be streamed from this elliptical’s display. “There isn’t a media shelf, so if you want to watch something from your phone you’ll need to find somewhere else to put it,” noted our tester, who gave conveniences a 3.75 out of 5.

The ProForm Pro HIIT H14’s vertical design takes up just 10.47 square feet of floor space. This is nearly 2 to 3 square feet smaller than the average elliptical we’ve tried and tested. In fact, it’s one of the best compact ellipticals we’ve tried.

Best Commercial Elliptical for Beginners: Horizon EX-59

Horizon EX-59

Horizon EX-59

Horizon EX-59

This Horizon Fitness elliptical can be a great starter machine for budding home gym enthusiasts thanks to its approachable price tag, intuitive controls, and comfortable handlebar setup. The stride length is also accommodating at 18 inches, which can be great for athletes of most sizes.


  • Price: $999
  • Weight: 145lbs
  • Dimensions: 64.5” H x 74” L x 25” W
  • Resistance: 10 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Max User Weight: 300lbs
  • Stride Length: 18”


  • There are five built-in programs to help beginners start a routine.
  • A set of fixed handles can help those unfamiliar with ellipticals get comfortable before they begin working their upper body.
  • Bluetooth speakers and a large media shelf allow you to watch content from your own device.


  • There’s no cushioning on the pedals.
  • Incline or decline adjustments are not available on this elliptical. 
  • The flywheel is only 14.3 pounds, which is smaller than the 15- to 30-pound flywheels we like to see on commercial models.

If you’re new to cardio training, or just starting out on your fitness journey, you may not need or want all of the fancy gadgets and doo-dads that come along with pricier elliptical cross trainers. The Horizon EX-59 is our choice for best commercial elliptical for beginners due to its built-in programming, sets of moveable and fixed handlebars, and included conveniences to help you power through your workout. Warranty scored a 4.5 out of 5, with value, conveniences, portability, and adjustability scoring a 4 out of 5.

[Related: What is Cardio? How to Get Started (+ Best Types of Exercise for Beginners)]

While tech is limited — you won’t find an HD touchscreen or app compatibility — beginners may appreciate this simpler build. There are five built-in programs (calorie, distance, intervals, manual, and weight loss) available on the 4.5-inch LCD display to help users kick-start a routine, plus a media stand and Bluetooth speakers so you can stream content from your own device. 

Moving handlebars help to bring your upper body into your workout, and the fixed handlebars allow those new to cross training the ability to get the hang of moving their feet before taking on the full elliptical experience. 

Our tester working out atop the Horizon EX-59 elliptical
Our tester working out atop the Horizon EX-59 elliptical

While this machine lacks impressive dynamic programming and tech features, these added conveniences scored a 4 out of 5. “It’s a basic elliptical that’s meant for beginners,” noted our tester, a certified personal trainer. 

The pedals have non-slip tread to keep users of all fitness levels stable and secure. “These pedals are large, so someone with big feet will fit fine,” noted our tester. “I just wish there was some cushioning to them.” Adjustability and ergonomics scored a 4 out of 5.

Ten levels of magnetic resistance can help you work up a sweat, but users looking for added intensity in the form of incline and decline training will need to look elsewhere. Additionally, the 14.3-pound flywheel is smaller than the 15 to 30 pound flywheels we tend to see on commercial elliptical machines. Workout experience scored a 3 out of 5.

While investing in equipment is already stressful enough, the fear of gear breaking can add to that mental exhaustion. However, the frame of this elliptical is covered by a lifetime warranty. 

Best Budget Commercial Elliptical: Schwinn 430 

Schwinn 430 Elliptical

Schwinn 430 Elliptical

Schwinn 430 Elliptical

This affordable elliptical features 26 resistance levels and six levels of incline. A whopping 22 preset workout programs can add some structure to your training. The 20-inch stride length is on par with more expensive machines.


  • Price: $999
  • Weight: 168.7lbs
  • Dimensions: 63.2” H x 70.1” L x 28.2” W
  • Resistance: 20 levels
  • Max User Weight: 300lbs
  • Stride Length: 20”


  • At $999, this elliptical is roughly $200 less expensive than the average commercial elliptical.
  • The 20-inch stride length is on par with high-end ellipticals and can help simulate a natural running motion.
  • Six levels of incline can help you ramp up your training intensity.


  • Schwinn recommends users have an additional 26 inches of head space, meaning this elliptical may not be suited for those over 5 foot 10 with 8-foot ceilings.
  • At 13.73 square feet, this machine is roughly 1 to 3 square feet larger than the average commercial model. 

The Schwinn 430 is one of our favorite ellipticals with incline, as well as our top choice for the best budget commercial elliptical. For $999 — roughly $200 less than the average elliptical we tested — users can bring 20 levels of resistance and six levels of incline training into their home, plus 22 preset workout programs to add structured training to any routine.

[Related: The 7 Best Ellipticals Under $1,000]

This budget price doesn’t skimp on ergonomics, providing a 20-inch stride length that’s on par with big-ticket commercial ellipticals and is large enough to help mimic a natural running motion. 

Its incline capabilities are also an added bonus for those looking to take their interval training up a notch. “This machine has qualities that we don’t tend to see on ellipticals priced under $1,000,” noted BarBend editorial member Kate Meier, NASM-CPT, USAW-L1, CF-L1. However, it’s worth noting that the incline must be adjusted manually while off the machine. 

While we love a budget buy that provides enough training intensity to get our heart rates up, users will need a fairly large area to store this elliptical in. The 13.73 square-foot footprint is larger than the 11- to 12-square-foot ellipticals we tend to see. However, we found its transport wheels to be helpful when moving the 168-pound machine around our gym.

Additionally, Schwinn recommends users have 26 inches of head space with this elliptical, so users over 5 foot 10 inches with 8-foot tall ceilings will want to break out the tape measure before purchasing. Meier mentioned, “I’m 5 foot 4 on a good day, so I’m good, but taller users will need to be wary of their ceiling’s height.”

While this elliptical is light on tech, lacking a touchscreen or Bluetooth capabilities, there are heart rate monitor contact grips in the fixed handlebars. It’s also easy to stream content from your own device thanks to the built-in media shelf, USB charging port, and MP3 input. 

Best Commercial Hybrid Elliptical: ProForm Hybrid Trainer

ProForm Hybrid Trainer XT

ProForm Hybrid Trainer XT

ProForm Hybrid Trainer XT

Sometimes, you need to have a seat while you perform your cardio. Other times, you may prefer to stand. With this hybrid machine, you can do both. Seamlessly transition from standing elliptical to recumbent while you stride against 16 levels of digital resistance — all at a bargain price.


  • Price: $589.10
  • Weight: 146lbs
  • Dimensions: 17.3” H 49” L x 25.2” W
  • Resistance: 16 levels
  • Max User Weight: 250lbs
  • Stride Length: 15”


  • This 2-in-1 machine allows users to stride with the elliptical or ride with the recumbent bike.
  • This hybrid elliptical has iFIT integration, meaning you can use it to take the app’s vast library of cardio classes. 
  • A large media holder allows users to stream content from their own devices.


  • While this machine is set up to be used with iFIT, this membership will cost you $39 a month after a free month trial.
  • Amazon advertises the stride length at 18 inches, but, per our tester, it’s actually 15 inches.
  • The recumbent bike workout isn’t like a normal exercise bike, as your legs are more taking turns pushing instead of cycling.

We love things that morph into other things: transformers, babies, or leggings that seamlessly turn from athleisure to pajamas. Since the ProForm Hybrid Trainer can be used as an elliptical or a recumbent bike, depending on where you position yourself on the trainer, it was an easy pick for the best commercial hybrid elliptical. Dynamic programming and value scored a 5 out of 5.

“For under $600, you’re getting a two-in-one design that allows for standing elliptical exercise or seated recumbent bike rides,” said BarBend editorial member Kate Meier NASM-CPT, USAW-L1, CF-L1, who scored its value a 5 out of 5 score. Plus, this equipment is integrated with iFIT, so users can take scenic rides or high-energy studio classes from iFIT’s library of over 17,000 classes.

While there’s no touchscreen built into the machine, you can stream iFIT programming from your own device, which can be perched on the included media holder. Whether you’re taking an iFIT class or tracking your metrics from the LCD display, the media console can be adjusted to your seated or standing position. 

“The iFIT instructors are great, and they’re right there with you when you’re taking a scenic workout,” noted another tester who’s a CrossFit Level-1 coach. An iFIT subscription does cost an additional $39 a month, though iFIT offers users a free 30-day trial to see if you dig the programming. 

The budget price and hybrid nature of this machine have some drawbacks. “While the recumbent seat is super comfortable, pedaling on this bike felt less like cycling and more like pushing back and forth,” noted Meier. “But it still gave me a great workout.” Additionally, the elliptical had some wobble when moving at faster speeds, earning it a 3 out of 5 for workout experience.

A small footnote for potential buyers is that the Amazon listing of this bike notes an 18-inch stride for the elliptical. However, per our tester, the actual stride length is 15 inches.

Best Commercial Elliptical for Small Spaces: BowFlex Max Trainer M8

BowFlex Max Trainer M8

BowFlex Max Trainer M8

BowFlex Max Trainer M8

The hybrid elliptical has more of a vertical stair stepper footpath, built for those looking to bring some high-intensity interval training into their routine. With 20 levels of resistance, heart rate handlebar sensors, and a burn rate monitor, most users will find the training intensity and feedback to fuel their gym session.


  • Price: $1,642.50
  • Weight: 148lbs
  • Dimensions: 65.2” H x 30.79” L x 47.83” W
  • Resistance: 20 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Max User Weight: 300lbs
  • Stride Length: Vertical and horizontal path


  • This unit takes up 10.23 square feet of floor space, making it one of the smaller commercial ellipticals we’ve tested. 
  • The moving handlebars have various options for grip, providing for a more customized and ergonomic user experience.
  • JRNY app compatibility allows you to stream programming and track your workouts from your own device.


  • There isn’t an interactive touchscreen.
  • Those looking for a more traditional elliptical may not appreciate the vertical stepper stride, which may be best suited for HIIT training. 

The BowFlex Max Trainer M8 is our choice for the best elliptical for small spaces due to its vertical design, JRNY app integration, and 20 levels of magnetic resistance. While the average elliptical we’ve tested takes up about 11 to 12 square feet of floor space, this unit takes up only 10.23 square feet, making it roughly one-third the size of a typical queen-sized bed. (6)

“The space-saving design is due to the vertical foot path and narrow build of this machine,” noted BarBend editorial member Kate Meier NASM-CPT, USAW-L1, CF-L1, who gave footprint and portability a 4.5 out of 5. “There are transport wheels on the front, but moving this was a little awkward because it’s heavy.” 

The moving handles provide multiple hand grips, and the stationary handles have heart rate pulse sensors to help you track your training. The pedals are large, with grippy treads to keep shoe sizes of all sizes from slipping around. An improvement over the previous M6 model is the inclusion of cushioning on the pedals.

While you won’t find a touchscreen on this compact elliptical, there are two media holders so you can stream content from your own devices. The JRNY app is compatible with this machine and comes with a free 2-month trial, followed by a monthly $11.99 membership. 

Our tester moving the Bowflex Max Trainer M6 into position for a workout
Our tester moving the Bowflex Max Trainer M6 into position for a workout

Users can track their progress, stream workouts, and take advantage of the app’s adaptive training.“You take an initial fitness assessment that helps JRNY understand what classes to recommend for you based on your ability,” noted one tester, a CrossFit Level 1 coach.

While equipment built for small spaces can falter when it comes to durability, that’s not the case here. “It’s well built,” mentioned Meier, “and when I felt some rocking during my workout, all it took was some minor adjustments to the floor stabilizers and I was set.” Durability scored a 4.5 out of 5.

[Related: The Best Compact Exercise Equipment for Any Small Space]

Users looking for access to LISS training may want to look elsewhere since the vertical stepper stride is meant more for HIIT workouts. If that sounds like your speed, you’ll also probably like the burn rate monitor on the center console. Meier did. “It looks like an odometer and it helps you know when to pick up your intensity or ease up. It’s really cool!” she said. 

However, we wished there was a touchscreen on this elliptical, especially for the price. For this, value scored a 3.5 out of 5.

Best Commercial Under-Desk Elliptical: Cubii Move

Cubii Move

Cubii Move

Cubii Move

The Cubii Move can be a great solution for athletes that want a way to stay active from the confines of their home office. The sleek, 17.6-pound frame fits easily under a desk, giving you access to low-impact resistance training as you power through your daily step counts, email responsibilities, and Zoom calls.


  • Price: $199
  • Weight: 17.6lbs
  • Dimensions: 9.7” H x 21.7” L x 19.7” W
  • Resistance: 6 levels
  • Max User Weight: 300lbs
  • Stride Length: 6.13”


  • At 9.7 inches tall and 19.7 inches wide, this elliptical is compact enough to fit under most desks.
  • The LCD monitor tracks your stride count, calories burned, duration, and mileage.
  • The 17.6-pound build is lighter than the 20- to 25-pound average we’ve seen for under-desk ellipticals.


  • There’s no built-in handle to help with moving this unit around.
  • Users must reach down to the floor to adjust resistance, which may be difficult for those with limited mobility.
  • There’s a Cubii App, but it’s limited in functionality to select workout programs.

I love to make money because I love to spend it. But the only thing I love more than money (with apologies to my family) is working towards my fitness goals. While being stuck at a desk all day may seem like an excuse to lay off your cardio routine, under-desk ellipticals like the Cubii Move provide a means to work up a sweat while you’re working. 

Our tester using the Cubii Move while working on her computer.
Our tester using the Cubii Move while working on her computer.

At 9.7 inches tall, the Cubii Move can easily fit under standard 28- to 30-inch desks. (7) This makes it suitable for those without access to a standing desk where a walking treadmill might be worthy consideration. And at 2.82-square-feet — about the same size as two 13-inch MacBook Pro’s side by side — it’s small enough to fit basically wherever you want to pedal from. 

[Related: The Best Under-Desk Treadmills for Your Office]

However, there isn’t a transport handle, so while this 17.6-pound unit is lightweight compared to the many 20- to 25-pound under-desk ellipticals we’ve tested, it may be difficult for some to maneuver. Some customer reviews echoed this sentiment, with one review noting, “I like almost everything except it is awkward to move… Can you add a handle?” 

There are 6 levels of resistance that can be manually adjusted with a friction knob on the top of the elliptical. However, there’s no remote control or app compatibility to adjust this resistance, so users with poor mobility may struggle to reach down towards their feet to turn up the intensity. The LCD monitor, meanwhile, can display your stride count, calories burned, duration, and mileage while you’re busy looking for a spreadsheet that a co-worker says they put on Slack. 

Adjusting the Cubii Move Under-Desk Elliptical.
Adjusting the Cubii Move Under-Desk Elliptical.

While the Cubii app allows users to input their training metrics and stream workout programs, our tester didn’t see the app as holding much value. “Since most people are using this elliptical while they work, I don’t see much benefit to this programming,” noted our tester, a certified personal trainer.

Benefits of Commercial Elliptical Machines

The best elliptical machines can cost a pretty penny. “You’ll pay a lot of money to get top-tier features on an elliptical, just like you will for any other big piece of cardio equipment. While there are plenty of budget-friendly ellipticals available, they won’t check all of the boxes for a lot of people,” notes Amanda Capritto, CPT, CES, CNC, CF-L1, CSNC. For the added cost, here are some of the benefits you can expect.


Commercial ellipticals are built with longevity in mind. They’re constructed with the notion that they’ll have multiple users and will need to withstand constant wear and tear from commercial gym settings. Of course, they’re also perfectly suitable for cardio workouts from home

While we hope these machines never break, there’s always a chance they will. We like to see weight limits of at least 300 pounds on commercial ellipticals, allowing for use by a wide range of athletes. We also like to see impressive warranties to help justify the price tags and give us the peace of mind that our investment is protected over time. Many of the options on our list have frame warranties that range from 5 years up to a lifetime.


The bestest, most bougie, top-notch, top-shelf ellipticals should have all the bells and whistles you’re after. When spending more than $1,500, these features can include touchscreens with integrated programming, Bluetooth capabilities for built-in speakers and app pairing, and incline and decline adjustments to increase your training intensity. 

The pedals and deck on the NordicTrack AirGlide 14i.
The pedals and deck on the NordicTrack AirGlide 14i.

Lower-priced commercial ellipticals — closer to $1,000 — tend to cut costs by limiting premium features. But you’ll still want to look for Bluetooth capabilities and integrated programming around this price range, while you may not necessarily find HD touchscreens and incline capabilities.

Low-Impact Cardio

We love cardio for its wealth of benefits, from burning calories to strengthening our hearts to improving our mental health. (8) However, there’s no need to run on treadmills or perform HIIT cardio if your knees and joints can’t handle the load. “For those who need low-impact exercise options, ellipticals sit near the top of the list. These cardio machines provide a full-body workout without putting undue stress on the joints,” says Amanda Capritto, CPT, CES, CNC, CF-L1, CSNC. 

[Related: What Muscles Does An Elliptical Work?]

How Much Do Commercial Ellipticals Cost?

Commercial ellipticals tend to be stronger, bigger, and more versatile than standard ellipticals. Our picks range from $199 up to $1,799, with a majority of options costing around $1,000. Check out the chart below to see how each of our top picks compares when it comes to the Benjamins.

The two top-priced commercial ellipticals, the NordicTrack AirGlide 14i and ProForm Pro HIIT H14, both offer built-in touchscreens with iFIT integration. The AirGlide 14i provides a more horizontal stride as compared to the Pro HIIT H14’s more vertical footpath, and offers adjustable incline and decline training. As such, users who want the ability to adjust their incline intensity may prefer it over the Pro HIIT H14.

While the BowFlex Max Trainer M8 is only about $150 less expensive, you won’t find a touchscreen on this elliptical. However, Bluetooth capabilities provide app connectivity, so users can stream programming from their own device. Plus, those tight on space will appreciate the 30.79-inch length of this machine, which is almost 40 inches shorter than the AirGlide 14i and 22 inches shorter than the Pro HIIT H14.

Horizon EX-59 elliptical handlebars
Horizon EX-59 elliptical handlebars

The ProForm Hybrid Trainer and Cubii Move are budget options in this lineup, but these machines aren’t typical commercial ellipticals. The Cubii Move is itty-bitty, weighing less than 20 pounds, and meant for under-desk use. The ProForm Hybrid Trainer, meanwhile, is like a centaur: half-elliptical, half-recumbent bike. Both of these options have less sturdy builds and less impressive warranties when compared to the competition.

What to Consider Before Buying a Commercial Elliptical

“Ellipticals, even the simpler, budget-friendly models, are machines with many components, so potential buyers should be aware of what’s considered standard, better, and best when it comes to elliptical specifications,” notes Amanda Capritto, CPT, CES, CNC, CF-L1, CSNC. Here are some areas to consider before buying an elliptical machine.

Frequency of Use

First question: Do you need a commercial elliptical? These machines are built to withstand routine use from multiple users on a daily basis. This durability can be enticing, but it may not be worth your hard-earned cash if you don’t see it being used on a consistent basis. Instead, you might opt for more budget-friendly equipment. 

[Related: The 12 Best Budget Home Gym Equipment]


Once you’ve made a checklist of your non-negotiables, you’ll be armed with the information you need to help guide you towards the best model for your budget. If you’ve got cash to burn, you’re set up to bring a commercial elliptical with all the bells and whistles into your home. However, those looking to save a few bucks may need to sacrifice high-tech features like HD touchscreens, incline capabilities, and app integration for a lower price. 


While we’d all love a dedicated home gym, many people keep their fitness equipment in offices, bedrooms, and common living areas. As such, footprint can be a major consideration. 

A person riding the Sole E25 Elliptical
Our tester riding the Sole E25 Elliptical

The average ellipticals we’ve tested take up around 11 to 12 square feet of space, but some of the more vertical options on our list edge closer to 10 square feet. Before purchasing, you’ll want to triple-check the measurements of your intended space (and doorways!) to make sure you’re met with no surprises when it arrives. 

Type of Training

What sort of training are you looking to do? No two commercial ellipticals are the same, so you’ll want to nail down the type of training you’re looking to do before you make your choice. “If you want something that can provide you with a way to do high-intensity interval workouts and slow, steady cardio, look for models with more resistance and incline levels,” says Capritto. “If you only intend to do steady-state cardio, you can get away with fewer of each.”

If you need guidance on how your training should look, opt for an elliptical with dynamic programming via a touchscreen or Bluetooth capabilities for app pairing. For those just looking to add a little more exercise to their routine, and aren’t concerned about tech features and heightened resistance and intensity, a lower-priced commercial elliptical may be the right choice for your goals.

[Related: Elliptical Workouts for Weight Loss]

Final Word

Commercial ellipticals are high-quality machines that can help take your fitness to new heights. These ellipticals provide a low-impact cardio alternative to running, and they’re built to last with frames that can stand up to daily use from multiple users. 

Before you rush into a purchase, make a list of the most important features you want from this machine. Give priority to the features that you think you’ll most benefit from so that you know what you really want and need from your purchase. Then you’ll be armed with the information you need to help you navigate our top choices. Whether you’re looking to sprinkle in some cardio throughout your week, or are looking to kick start some rigorous trainer-led workouts, there’s a commercial elliptical on this list for you.


What is the best commercial elliptical?

The NordicTrack AirGlide 14i comes with 26 levels of Silent Magnetic Resistance, decline and incline capabilities, and a 14-inch HD touchscreen integrated with iFIT, which provides access to thousands of cardio classes and automatic resistance and incline adjustments for your workouts.

How long do commercial ellipticals last?

Use tends to be the deciding factor for how long an elliptical will last, but commercial ellipticals are built with heavy use in mind. These machines can last up to 20 years with a little luck and some proper upkeep. (9)  Regardless, many of the ellipticals on our list provide 5-year to lifetime warranties on the frame, so with non-commercial use, there’s the potential for these machines to last for years to come.

How much should you spend on a commercial elliptical?

While you can find a budget elliptical for under $1,000, mid-range ellipticals will run you up to $1,500 and high-end models can cost up to $2,000. It’s important to keep in mind that many of the high-end commercial elliptical machines have integrated programming with touchscreens that also require monthly subscriptions, so you’ll want to include that fee into the cost of the treadmill you’re considering.


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