If you're in the market for an elliptical trainer, you should certainly consider the numerous reviews available to you, but some considerations need to be made. Fitness machine reviews are written by professional critics, fitness publications, as well as previous customers – neither of which should be taken too literally at first. After all, reviews are nothing but subjective opinions.
Nonetheless they can be a great help for those considering a purchase. Professional reviewers and customers can be an excellent reference, especially when a particular machine has lots of customers willing to express their opinion. One of the best sources for large volumes of reviews is Amazon.com. I usually will not consider any product without at least 10 reviews on Amazon.
After all, you're certainly not going to get objective information from the manufacturer's sales materials. After reading a preponderance of reviews and both professional and customer opinions mirror each other, you can be assured the product is pretty solid and high quality. The best machines receive praise from both camps. Here are a few important factors to take into consideration below.
How Much Extra Value Do The Bells and Whistles Actually Provide?
It's important to keep your budget in mind when researching elliptical trainers. Many models have every feature imaginable, but the majority of users do not really need them. Heart rate monitors are not even that accurate on these machines for example, you likely need to visit a hospital for an accurate reading.
Keep in mind which reviewing the machine you're interested in. Professionals from websites, magazines, the television, etc, probably have not put in all that much time on a particular elliptical trainer to have a credible opinion. Contrast that with someone who owned the machine for 6 months or better, and they've probably gotten a chance to put it through the paces. If the reviewer admits that they have not sent much time on the machine, this is definitely a sign of higher credibility and I 'd value the opinion more heavily.
I'll admit – I like products made by the more reliable, higher ticket brand names. That's because I firmly believe that you get what you pay for. I've experienced too many expensive lessons when buying products on the cheap. Usually the real cost is much more when considering the time expense getting the machine fixed, the down time without a chance to use it, frustration wanted, etc.
Whatever model you choose, you're the best one to determine what your needs are, and which machine will meet them for you the best. Remember to look for elliptical trainers with good marks from all types of reviewers to eliminate conflicts of interests, and from having to return the item.