Why should you believe reviews on elliptical machines? You shouldn’t! Not unless the website that you are looking at for your reviews of elliptical machines is completely and totally unbiased.
Looking at the home page of the manufacturer of the machine you are considering will only give you favorable reviews. Oh, they might mention one or two little insignificant issues just to make you think that they are being fair; but chances are, those reviews are there for one reason and one reason only – to convince you to buy their elliptical machine.
By checking online and reading as many reviews of elliptical machines as you can get your hands on, you stand a better chance of making an informed decision. And there is no better decision than an informed one!
There are many things that go into the consideration of the rating system used in reviews of elliptical machines. Ordinarily, a five star rating system is used just like with fancy restaurants and hotels. An elliptical machine receiving one star would be like staying at a Motel 6. But the five star rating can also mean that there are added extras on the machine that, while making it highly desirable and high end, are unnecessary and end up boosting the cost of the machine.
Here’s a list of things to consider: does the machine have a monitor for your heart rate; are the extra features that are included necessary or important enough to spend the extra cash; what is the noise level like (will everyone in the neighborhood know when you’re working out?); are the handles able to be utilized in such a manner that you’ll be able to condition your arms as well?
Other topics that go into the consideration of reviews of elliptical machines are the stride length—not everyone is 6 feet tall so the stride length needs to be extremely adjustable. While we’re on the topic of adjustments, an adjustable incline is important to some people looking to develop their hamstrings and glutes.
Another way of developing the same areas is with is with variable resistance. You not only get a great cardio workout with this but can develop and strengthen muscles as well. Almost all of today’s elliptical machines come with pre installed programs. An assorted choice of these programs is a nice feature. Of course you can always make up your own program but with some people, the easier the better. Speaking of easy, that’s another thing that is looked at in reviews of elliptical machines.
The consoles on the old fashioned treadmills were easy to understand. Stop, go, slower, faster. The console on some of today’s machines looks like the cockpit of an airplane. If you don’t know how to fly an airplane; and you don’t want to know how to fly an airplane, why would you get an elliptical machine with a console that looks like the cockpit of one? That is why when viewing reviews of elliptical machines, the ease of use is an important factor to some people. You’re already working out. If you have to work at working out… who needs that?