• Trusty Home Guide Team

Best Ellipticals for any Senior's Home!

Updated: Dec 22, 2020

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I want to congratulate you on deciding, either now or many years ago, to take control of your body through exercise, and hopefully also through a good diet. That journey now took you to search for the best elliptical machine for your home, and we can help you!

For our full article on the best exercise equipment for seniors, click here.

In this article, we will dive into our top picks for elliptical machines for your home for seniors in 2021. Our picks are the following:

  1. Best of the best: Nautilus Elliptical Trainer

  2. Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Elliptical Back-style

  3. Schwinn Compact Elliptical

  4. Sunny Health & Fitness SF-E905

However, first, we want to take a look at why we like ellipticals in the first place. Here are the top health benefits of an elliptical for you.

Benefits of using an elliptical

Here is our compilation of the top 8 health benefits you can expect when using an elliptical to workout from your home.

Excellent for your heart

This is not unique to ellipticals, but to all workouts and all machines: working out is great for your heart! The more still that you are, which is very easy to do in places or times where and when it can be difficult to go outside to walk, bike, or run, the worse your health will be. Ellipticals are a great alternative to walking while workout your heart inside, safely and conveniently.

Great low-impact exercise

If you have problems with your knees or ankles and are looking for a low-impact workout, you will love ellipticals. In a few words, you will not feel the bounce or the hard impact of concrete when running or the bumps on the road when walking, not to mention the danger of tripping. Ellipticals give you a great workout with very little impact, which is great for your joints at ANY AGE.

It is Safe!

Friends of ours are avid runners and walkers who have often gotten hurt after falling or twisted an ankle due to uneven surfaces. It may seem pretty obvious, but working out on an elliptical from the comfort of your own home is safe because it happens inside, without moving, in a controlled environment. This also makes it a great option for the elderly or people recovering from trauma.

Very Accessible and Convenient

One of the best ways to make sure that you workout often is to make working out as simple and convenient as possible. If you are home often or work from home, or if you are staying indoors due to Covid, you should consider an elliptical. Ellipticals allow you extremely well to do everything from a simple and calm low-resistance walk to a high-intensity core and leg workout at any time by increasing the resistance!

Burns calories effectively

Yes, ellipticals are a very efficient way to burn calories and, in doing so, burn fat! Walking burns calories, and ellipticals mimic that motion in a safe and low-impact way while allowing you to adjust resistance and also workout your arms.

Lowers the risk of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular issues

Working out reduces the risk of obesity, and an elliptical makes working out as simple and accessible as ever! As is well documented, working out reduces the risk of obesity and everything that comes with it, such as the risk of cardiovascular issues, diabetes, among others.

Helps Reduce Stress

One of the best ways to improve your quality of life is to improve your mental health, regardless of your age, and that can be done by working out. You can be especially calm while working out in a safe way in which you are not afraid of others, of the weather, or of uneven sidewalks. By riding an elliptical, you are able to clear your mind, focus on your body, and reduce the stress of everything around you. By reducing stress, you are able to be your best self and improve your mood! Now, what happens when you are happy at work? You perform better! Don't believe us, try it out for a week and see.

Improves balance and coordination

An elliptical not just works out your legs but also your core because of the way it is designed. It is very important to keep a strong core because it will help with balance and posture. According to the Mayo Clinic, a strong core leads to improved balance and stability, which makes all daily activities easier. This is especially important as you age! In addition, riding a stationary bike will help you improve coordination, especially as you increase the difficulty of your workouts by increasing resistance.

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Now, to what you came for. Our top picks are here based on these key features:

  • Build - How sturdy is the frame, and what materials were used in making it?

  • Weight capacity - Can it safely support most weights, or does it have a low weight threshold?

  • Comfort - How comfortable is the design? How well can it support your spine and hips while keeping you balanced?

  • Resistance - How much resistance can you apply, and how easily can you change the resistance for a thorough workout?

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Best of the best: Nautilus Elliptical Trainer

Pros: Nautilus is a brand that is simply great when it comes to workout equipment. In particular, the E616 is great because of a very comfortable design, a very sturdy steel frame, and useful features. The feature we like the most is its app, which connects the machine to your phone via Bluetooth and allows you to take advantage of things like their Explore the World feature, track your progress, etc. Other than Bluetooth connectivity, here is some of what we like the most:

  • Stride length of 20"

  • Comfortable padded handlebars

  • A sturdy base for a safe workout

  • a large LCD display to track and customize your workout

Here is an elliptical that will last for many, many years.

Cons: Issues with this machine have been centered around damaged items due to shipping problems. However, this is a company that stands behind its products, so reach out if you have any issues. We did not see or experience any problems ourselves.

Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Elliptical Back-style

Pros: Sunny Health & Fitness is also known for making great fitness equipment, and this is no different. This machine is great for anyone looking for a smooth workout, and it really is for almost anyone because of its high weight threshold of 330 lbs. This is made of steel, so it is durable, and it is designed well for a comfortable workout. It really takes everything into consideration, even adding a smartphone holder to use during your workout. Here are the features we like the most:

  • Simple magnetic resistance adjuster

  • Large weight capacity at 330 lbs.

  • Backlit LCD display to track your workout

  • Includes floor stabilizers and non-slip foot pedals

  • Pulse sensors

Cons: There really isn't a problem with this machine that is common other than those related to shipping, which is common for heavy equipment like an elliptical. Again, this is why you buy from a reputable company; they will make it right.

Schwinn Compact Elliptical

Pros: If you are looking for the top brand on this list, the BMW of ellipticals, you need to take a good hard look at this Schwinn Compact Elliptical. When it comes to design, Schwinn is at the forefront of workout equipment, and this elliptical is no different. This is a well-designed, comfortable, durable piece of equipment that you will be able to enjoy for many years. When it comes to bells and whistles, it has them all:

  • 29 workout programs

  • 25 levels of resistance to fit every person

  • Connects with the popular Run Social App

  • Includes Bluetooth connectivity

Cons: If money is an issue, then you may want to go with another bike on this list. This Schwinn costs more than most, but it also means you get a better product than most and a product that will last for much longer than its competitors.

Budget Pick: Sunny Health & Fitness SF-E905

Pros: In every post, we like to show you a budget pick, a pick that may not be as great as the others on the list, but it is great for the value. Here, you get a compact, minimalistic elliptical that simply gets the job done without all the bells and whistles of other ellipticals and at a very affordable price. A few of its key features are:

  • 8 levels of resistance to choose from

  • Digital monitor to track workout

  • Pulse tracker

  • Safe, anti-slip footpads and handles

  • Compact, ideal for small spaces

Cons: The quality is not like that of products above $500 shown on this list, and the ride will not be as smooth. However, for the price, you will not find a better option.

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