With colder weather here and most gyms still in various states of limited capacity, there’s never been a better time to take your workout program into your own home. But getting the same intense workout you get at the gym can be tricky, unless you have the right fitness equipment, like a really great home elliptical.

Unlike treadmills, a elliptical is low impact and can reduce stress and strain on your knees and legs. If you use the handles, an elliptical also gives you a whole body workout that’s similar to the motion of natural walking. But with hundreds of options out there, sorting through the junk and narrowing it down to the best elliptical can take a really long time. That’s why I did it for you.

NordicTrack C 9.9 Elliptical

The “C” in the NordicTrack C 9.9 Elliptical stands for “commercial”, but don’t let that scare you. All that means is this elliptical machine is tough enough (solid steel construction, 350lb user capacity) and challenging enough (see workouts etc. below) to withstand the beatings and demand of commercial gym goers – while at the same time being a machine perfectly suited for private home use. As one NordicTrack reviewer put it, the C 9.9 Elliptical “kicks my butt daily”.

The NordicTrack C 9.9 elliptical machine comes with more features than most other ellipticals on the market. The 7″ Smart HD Touchscreen and iFit membership (1-year free included with purchase) opens the doors to a dynamic world of workouts with virtual scenery from around the globe, interactive training with elite coaches, real-time tracking of all your workout stats, and even total-body workouts on and off the elliptical. On-demand studio elliptical training sessions feature the trainers’ ability increase and decrease your machine’s digital resistance and incline levels in real time. This “personal trainer’s touch” basically allows them to be right there with you guiding you through every minute your workout.

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-905 Elliptical

Sunny Health & Fitness is consistently rated one of the most popular brands for affordable, solid exercise equipment, and with the Sunny SF-905 Elliptical they don’t disappoint. An elliptical cross-trainer with 8 levels of magnetic resistance and a digital monitor, the SF-905 has everything you need to get a great workout at a super affordable price.

This compact elliptical machine has pulse sensors on the workout arms so you can track your heart rate. It also has anti-slip handlebars, floor stabilizers, and transportation wheels for storing when not in use. Overall, this is a winner and makes a great addition to any home gym.

Bowflex M3 Max Trainer

The Bowflex M3 Max Trainer is an interesting and effective combination of a elliptical trainer and a stair-stepper. This 2-in-1 elliptical machine offers the ability to get a serious calorie burning cardio workout with the muscle-building aspects of a stair-master.  Bowflex is a respected brand name in the exercise equipment market and they know how to create a quality piece of fitness machinery.

The Bowflex M3 Max Trainer’s interactive backlit display features multiple workout programs and eight resistance levels. The burn rate display shows how many calories you’re burning and helps set activity level targets.