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Old 06-06-2015, 12:29 AM
 
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I made a related thread here the last time, but I want to try again. The last time, it seems like people were confused as to what I really wanted and they ended up recommending me a $1,600 machine.

I'm not looking for machines that are that insanely expensive.
I am NOT interested in having ellipticals with TV screens and radio ports. Those are luxuries that are completely unnecessary for me.


I do, of course, want the basic heart monitor, automatic intensity adjustment and length adjustment. I would like the machine to be very stable for a 170 lb person.
Optional (but not necessary): The ability to be folded up for tidy storage.


$200 to $400 would be a budget machine.
I can go up to $700 to $900 dollars, but no more.
Do any of you have good recommendations?

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Old 06-06-2015, 05:05 AM
 
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i think your best bet is to keep an eye on craigslist . the machine i recommended the last time was higher than you wanted to spend but the same machine is now on the local craigslist for 150.00 because they are moving. lots of great deals on that site. a couple months ago i picked up an Olympic weight bench for 25.00. 3 weeks ago i needed more weight plates bought 416 pounds of plates for 80.00
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Old 06-06-2015, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Shady Drifter
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I bought a Schwinn on Amazon for $550 and it's been great.
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Old 06-06-2015, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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i think your best bet is to keep an eye on craigslist . the machine i recommended the last time was higher than you wanted to spend but the same machine is now on the local craigslist for 150.00 because they are moving. lots of great deals on that site. a couple months ago i picked up an Olympic weight bench for 25.00. 3 weeks ago i needed more weight plates bought 416 pounds of plates for 80.00
This! Quality exercise equipment is expensive. Decent exercise is expensive when new. You cannot get anything but junk on a budget of under $500 if you insist on new.
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Old 06-06-2015, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Eastern Oregon
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Yes. Look on Craigslist. If you get a new low end model, you are going to be disappointed with it, and you'll quit using it.

I know you are looking for an elliptical, but...we got a new exercise bike. A Nordic Trak, which is a Sears brand, and kind of mid level (price wise). No fancy features. Just the basics. But it kept needing adjustments, parts wore out. It was more trouble than it was worth. So we sold it, and got a Precor. The Precor has been very reliable; it has an excellent record. It was expensive, but it's working.

Moral of the story: look on CL for a very good brand. Don't settle for a cheap brand like Nordic Trak. It may not hold up well, and then you will be left with a very expensive piece of junk.
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Old 06-06-2015, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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In addition to C.L., you might have a store for used exercise equipment. In my area, there's Second Wind and Play It Again Sports.

I try not to get too hung up on brands when I'm shopping used. Bad design, plus wear and tear is more important to me. I've found brands of exercise bikes that I've never heard of that were just fine for home use.
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Old 06-06-2015, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Eastern Oregon
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The only thing about used is that the equipment doesn't come with any kind of warranty. Unless the store (Play it Again, maybe) offers its own warranty, you could pay $300 or so for that equipment and find yourself having to make repairs yourself if the thing breaks. The parts can be darned pricey also, if you are able to make repairs yourself - and the parts for our Nordic Trak were not easily available.

Our Precor has a really good warranty for labor, something like a 10 year warranty for parts. That's better than what I've seen for most equipment.
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Old 06-06-2015, 01:28 PM
 
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i think your best bet is to keep an eye on craigslist . the machine i recommended the last time was higher than you wanted to spend but the same machine is now on the local craigslist for 150.00 because they are moving. lots of great deals on that site. a couple months ago i picked up an Olympic weight bench for 25.00. 3 weeks ago i needed more weight plates bought 416 pounds of plates for 80.00
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I bought a Schwinn on Amazon for $550 and it's been great.
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This! Quality exercise equipment is expensive. Decent exercise is expensive when new. You cannot get anything but junk on a budget of under $500 if you insist on new.
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Yes. Look on Craigslist. If you get a new low end model, you are going to be disappointed with it, and you'll quit using it.

I know you are looking for an elliptical, but...we got a new exercise bike. A Nordic Trak, which is a Sears brand, and kind of mid level (price wise). No fancy features. Just the basics. But it kept needing adjustments, parts wore out. It was more trouble than it was worth. So we sold it, and got a Precor. The Precor has been very reliable; it has an excellent record. It was expensive, but it's working.

Moral of the story: look on CL for a very good brand. Don't settle for a cheap brand like Nordic Trak. It may not hold up well, and then you will be left with a very expensive piece of junk.
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In addition to C.L., you might have a store for used exercise equipment. In my area, there's Second Wind and Play It Again Sports.

I try not to get too hung up on brands when I'm shopping used. Bad design, plus wear and tear is more important to me. I've found brands of exercise bikes that I've never heard of that were just fine for home use.
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The only thing about used is that the equipment doesn't come with any kind of warranty. Unless the store (Play it Again, maybe) offers its own warranty, you could pay $300 or so for that equipment and find yourself having to make repairs yourself if the thing breaks. The parts can be darned pricey also, if you are able to make repairs yourself - and the parts for our Nordic Trak were not easily available.

Our Precor has a really good warranty for labor, something like a 10 year warranty for parts. That's better than what I've seen for most equipment.
I've read this all. Thanks for the awesome advices and warnings.
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