5 Best Budget Elliptical Machines under $500

Updated: Aug 17


Ellipticals are one of the best machines one can buy to get a full body workout, but they don’t need to cost thousands of dollars either. With the internet, and especially Amazon, an affordable elliptical is easier than ever to find; however, there are a plethora of options, and it can feel overwhelming to find an affordable elliptical that’s going to last and give someone amazing results. To help combat these feelings, and get people started on their fitness routines ASAP, we’ve compiled the 5 best budget elliptical machines for under $500. Read on and discover the ellipticals of everyone’s dreams that aren’t going to break the bank.


1. Sunny Health & Fitness Advanced Programmed Elliptical Machine

Sunny Health & Fitness prides itself on making affordable exercise equipment that’s the same quality as what one can find in a gym. Their Advanced Programmed Elliptical Machine offers two flywheel options for consumers, an 11lb model and a 15.5lb model, as well as programmable magnetic resistance to ensure one is getting the best workout possible. Users are able to track their progress with the onboard, backlit display that tracks speed, distance, RPM, resistance, time and calories burned so they always know exactly what their doing. The machine also offers 24 workout modes (including a manual mode for those who wish to push their workouts to the next level using FitScope) and a device holder so they’re never without their phone or remote. With the high quality steel craftsmanship and easy-to-assemble instructions, no one can go wrong with the Sunny Health & Fitness Advanced Programmed Elliptical Machine and at just under $500, it’s budget friendly.


2. Schwinn 411 Compact Elliptical Machine

Schwinn’s made bikes for years, and their forays into the elliptical market reflect their dedication to quality and value as well. The Schwinn 411 Compact Elliptical Machine is compact enough to be stored anywhere in one’s house but still offers the 18” stride they would expect with a large elliptical machine as well as 16 different resistance levels to allow a challenging workout based on the user’s fitness level. The console is one of the most streamlined on the list, displaying workout time, speed, calories, distance and heart rate thanks to the handlebars with built in heart rate sensors. The unit is durable and easy-to-assemble and, unlike other machines at the same price point, is smooth and quiet when operated and works for people of all heights. At just under $500, the machine is at the higher end of the list, but it’s more than worth the price point for a high-quality machine consumers will utilize for years to come.


3. Sunny Health & Fitness SF-E905 Elliptical Machine

This is the most budget friendly option on our list at $149 at the time of writing, but it’s easy to think someone paid at least double the list price for this machine. With 8 levels of resistance that are easily adjustable, this machine is bound to give anyone a high-intensity workout that they’d expect from a much more expensive machine. Featuring a compact machine that still offers an 11” stride and a stabilizer for smooth and level movement. The machine still tracks everything one would want from their elliptical, including, speed, distance, pulse, calories burned and workout time. The best part? The transportation wheels allow for the machine to easily be moved from room to room, which means a user can workout no matter where they need to be in their home.


4. Body Rider Elliptical Trainer and Exercise Bike

Fitscope proudly offers exercise bikes and ellipticals, depending on the machine, but what if one had a machine that could easily convert to either machine? The Body Rider Elliptical Trainer and Exercise Bike offers just that for under $200! The seat is adjustable both vertically and horizontally to allow anyone to use it and to make conversion easy as pie, while the fan blades make for a quiet workout experience. Resistance is adjusted thanks to the handy knob at the front of the machine, meaning one can change their workout with only a few clicks. Thanks to this machine, one won’t have to choose between an exercise bike or an elliptical, either due to space constraints (the machine is relatively compact). Finally, the machine offers a digital display that tracks distance, time, speed and calories burned so the user knows exactly where they are in their workout.


5. ANCHEER Elliptical

Have friends who are also on Fitscope? With the ANCHEER Elliptical app, anyone is able to see their progress as well as their friends, meaning one can have a workout buddy anywhere in the world! With a full 18” stride length and 10 magnetic resistance levels, this elliptical is guaranteed to give anyone a full body workout that’ll blast calories! The ANCHEER also features one of the most unique displays on the market, tracking calories burned, workout time, distance speed, heart rate AND room temperature as well as a tablet holder to listen to music or watch movies while working out. The machine is also portable due to the wheels on the machine’s frame, features non-slip foot pedals to ensure users are safe while using the machine and has a 390lb weight capacity to allow anyone to start their workout journey. Finally, ANCHEER offers a 1-year quality assurance guarantee, meaning free replacement parts if anything goes wrong.


Finding a budget elliptical machine can feel stressful or worrying, but it doesn’t have to be when one knows which machines are the best on the market. Remember that Fitscope Studio offers a plethora of workout options, no matter what fitness level someone may be at. Our elliptical workouts work with every machine on the market and are guaranteed to give you the best workout of your life. We offer a free trial to allow you to explore our classes and decide if you want to have the best body of your life. To start your FREE 7-day trial, please click here.

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