Top Elliptical Exercisers

Your New Year's resolution may have you weighing whether to get an exercise machine. If you're wondering whether you'd really use it, take heed. A new Consumer Reports' survey finds 59% of machines are still regularly being used a year after they were purchased.

Consumer Reports just finished testing one of the biggest sellers-elliptical machines.

Ellipticals imitate the motion of running without the hard impact. Consumer Reports tested more than a dozen designed for home use. They cost anywhere from $800-$3000.

Testers designed an apparatus to measure how much force you need to move the pedals at various resistance levels.

Peter Anzalone of Consumer Reports says, "That's important because if a machine has a wide range of resistance levels, you can modify the intensity of your workout."

Testers also assess the structural integrity of each machine. With a jack, they increase the force on the elliptical's pedal.

And trained panelists evaluate the machines.

The $2,200 Endurance E400 was the lowest rated elliptical scored. It didn't offer testers a smooth ride.

The top-rated elliptical is the $3,100 Octane Fitness.

Anzalone says, This machine performed well in all of our tests. It's built well, and it has a nice display that's easy to read."

For far less, the Vision X30 Premier came in at second. It costs $1,800.

Anzalone says, "It's easy to access and program your exercise sessions."

Consumer Reports cautions that elliptical machines are dangerous for children.

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