The Elliptical Cross Trainer – The Perfect Addition to the Home Gym
Creating a home gym can be quite a difficult process, mainly due to the sheer variety that you will find in gym equipment these days. There are so many different types of workout machines that you can buy and each of them offers different benefits.
The one machine that is versatile enough to meet the needs of everyone is the cross trainer. The elliptical cross trainer allows you to mimic walking, running and climbing at different levels of intensity and different inclines. It is the perfect machine for those who want to lose weight, those who are particularly unfit, or even those with peak fitness levels.
Choosing an elliptical cross trainer for your home is a little tricky because there are so many different models available. This is why we have tried and tested some of the best cross trainers on the market right now so that we could review them for you. Please read on below for our top three picks.
3. JTX Tri-Fit – Our Top Pick
JTX have been around for quite some time now and they have built themselves a solid customer base who has been very satisfied with their products. Whilst we were sure that this cross trainer would perform well; the Tri-Fit actually exceeded our expectations. Take a look below for our JTX fitness cross trainer review.
17kg Flywheel – 16 Levels of Silent Magnetic Resistance – 19 Workout Programs – Customisable Workout Program – 150Kg Max User Weight – Electromagnetic Resistance & Incline Control – Bluetooth
- Plenty of built in workout programs.
- 16 levels of SMR for varying workout intensity.
- Customisable workout program for maximising results.
- Powerful 17kg flywheel.
- The frame is heavy.
- It is a little more expensive.
Upon assembly, the one thing that we did notice is that the cross trainer frame is a little on the heavy side. This may be problematic for some people, but it actually has its plus points as well. For one, when we had fully assembled the cross trainer we immediately noticed how sturdy the frame feels. The frame of the JTX Tri-Fit actually comes with a lifetime warranty so you can rest assured that it is very well made.
The machine has a 17kg flywheel which makes it powerful enough for those of all fitness levels. This, combined with the adjustable stride length, makes this cross trainer perfect. It has a maximum user weight of 150kg which is more than sufficient and makes it suitable for most people.
The handlebars of the JTX Tri-Fit are very comfortable to hold. The LCD screen is large enough to see all of the features clearly and operating the machine itself is no trouble at all. Now that we have talked about the design, let’s talk about using the cross trainer to workout.
The first thing that is definitely worth pointing out is how quiet this cross trainer actually is. The silent magnetic resistance certainly works well. As well as this, there is no movement from the frame itself because of how sturdy it is. It doesn’t wobble or struggle during use.
The 19 built in programs of this cross trainer are fantastic and allow the user to really vary the intensity and style of their workout. It is an incredibly versatile machine. As well as this, there is the added bonus of a customisable workout program which is perfect for those who want to really push themselves.
There are several extra features with this cross trainer that make it stand out. The main one that we liked was the built in Bluetooth function which allows you to pair your cross trainer with the iConsolethe app. This is perfect for those who want to keep a close eye on their fitness progress.
Overall, the JTX Tri-Fit is a fantastic, versatile machine that is suitable for everyone, regardless of fitness level, age, or anything else. This is why it is our number one on this list.
2. Nordic Track Elliptical Cross Trainer E7.2
Nordic Track is another well-known fitness brand. They have a reputation for manufacturing mid-range to high-end fitness machines that are well designed and versatile. Having tested some of their fitness products before, we were fairly sure that this cross trainer would meet our expectations and we weren’t disappointed. Please read on for our Nordic Track Elliptical review for the E7.2.
9kg Flywheel – 20 Levels of Digital Resistance – 20 Built in Programs – 150kg Max User Weight – Adjustable Incline – Built in Speakers
- 10 performance programs and 10 weight loss programs.
- Adjustable resistance allows you to vary your workout intensity.
- Built in speakers allow you to listen to music while you train.
- The flywheel could be a little more powerful.
- It is still on the expensive side.
The first thing that we immediately noticed during the assembly process of this elliptical cross trainer is how lightweight it feels. We were initially concerned that this would affect the sturdiness of the cross trainer itself, but fortunately this wasn’t the case.
The assembly process was actually really simple and we had the machine up and running within an hour. The handlebars are very comfortable and the Nordic cross trainer also has an adjustable stride length as well as a maximum user weight of 150kg so it is suitable for people of all heights and weights.
The LCD screen is clear and bright enough to see very clearly and operating the different settings is very easy thanks to the sensitive buttons which can be found alongside the screen. The one niggle that we did have with this cross trainer is that the flywheel at only 9kg could be a little more powerful.
However, what this machine lacks in power it certainly makes up for in other ways. For example, there are 20 built in programs; 10 for performance and 10 for weight loss so there is something for everyone. As well as this, there are 20 levels of digital resistance so varying the intensity of your workout is very easy.
This machine is a little noisier than our top pick, but not so much so that it would be distracting or cause any problems for people around you. There are a couple of extra features that we really like with this cross trainer.
The main feature that really impressed us was the built in speakers which allow you to connect your iPod or any other MP3 device, including your phone. This allows you to listen to music as you workout. We were really impressed with the sound quality of the speakers. There is no distortion and it masks any noise that the cross trainer makes.
There are also other features such as access to the iFit database of workouts which can be programmed into the cross trainer with compatible devices. Overall, this is a really impressive mid-range cross trainer.
3. Charles Bentley Fitness Elliptical Cross Trainer
Charles Bentley is not as well-known as a fitness brand as the previous two on our list, but they do have a good reputation for manufacturing affordable fitness equipment. We hadn’t actually heard much about the brand before, so we were curious to see what this machine had to offer. Read on below for our Charles Bentley Cross Trainer review.
4kg Flywheel – 8 Levels of Magnetic Resistance – 100kg Max User Weight – Adjustable Incline
- It is an affordable cross trainer.
- It has a very lightweight frame.
- The adjustable incline offers some variety.
- It is a fairly basic model so wouldn’t be suitable for professionals or fitness fanatics.
- The flywheel isn’t very powerful.
- There aren’t any built in programs.
There are a few things that we should definitely point out before we get into the review. First of all, this is a budget model so you shouldn’t expect anything too fancy. It is also important to remember that at only 4kg, the flywheel isn’t going to offer much power. Aside from this, the Charles Bentley Fitness Elliptical is a fantastic low-end cross trainer.
First of all, the assembly was incredibly simple. At only 28kg, the frame is very lightweight in comparison to the others on our list. This does make it feel a little less sturdy than some of the others, but again, this is a budget model and this should be kept in mind.
It doesn’t benefit from a large LCD screen like the others, but there is a small screen which will show your time and other things. In terms of resistance, this machine only offers 8 levels of magnetic resistance, but if you are a complete beginner then this is all you are really going to need until your fitness progresses significantly.
In terms of noise, there is a fair amount of noise that comes with using this machine. It certainly isn’t silent. However, it isn’t loud enough to cause any problems either. The 4kg flywheel certainly doesn’t offer much in the way of power, but as we have already mentioned, it is a budget model and it does what it needs to do.
Although there are no fancy extra features to note, this is a very good cross trainer for those who want something inexpensive that does the job. We definitely recommend it as a low end model.
Hopefully, now you have a better idea of the right elliptical cross trainer for you. There is something for each price range on this list, so there should be something that is suitable for you no matter what your needs are.