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best-buy-awardElliptical reviews are helpful if you’re in the market to purchase a machine, as they can help provide information and comparisons between the many models available. Be sure to look at more than one review, however, to get a more comprehensive and accurate view of the machines. is one Website that has been reviewing many ellipticals for several years, and here you can see rankings on multiple categories of each product, which can help narrow down your search. The site’s review board has expertise in fitness equipment design, mechanical engineering, bodybuilding and personal training, which adds credibility to its reviews.

Recently, nine Octane elliptical machines earned Best Buy awards from for the 2013-2014 season, with Octane winning the most Best Buys from this site since its inception.

The new LateralX was named the Best Crosstrainer overall, and reviewers said “With the touch of a button, the user can electronically adjust their stride from a wide skating motion to a smooth stairclimber motion, or anywhere in between.”

According to the reviewers, “for those looking for the ultimate standing elliptical, it is difficult to do better than an Octane,” which explains why Octane’s Q47ci was the Best Elliptical overall for the seventh consecutive year and the Q47c earned the Best Elliptical Under $4500 for the fifth year.

The Best Elliptical Under $3500 for the second consecutive year was Octane’s Q37ci; the Q37c won Best Elliptical Under $3000, and the Q35c is the Best Elliptical Under $2500 for the fourth year, with high marks for ergonomics, construction and aesthetics.

And Octane’s xRide recumbent ellipticals were big winners as well, with reviewers noting, “The ingenious design allows the user to choose upper-, lower- or whole-body exercise with either a cardiovascular or strength-targeted workout – all while seated.” The xR6ce earned the Best Crosstrainer Under $4500 award for the sixth consecutive year; the xR6e won the Best Crosstrainer Under $4000, and the xR6 was selected as the Best Crosstrainer Under $3500 for the fourth year in a row.

Once you’ve checked elliptical reviews and created a list of models that you are considering, the best thing to do is test out each in a store before making a purchase. Your body will help you decide which one to select.