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Q37When researching what exercise equipment to buy for use at home, people often consider ellipticals due to their low-impact, total-body workouts. In reviewing different models, exercisers typically want to know which the top elliptical machines are. Obviously that depends on who you ask and their experience with and knowledge of various brands.

In searching out the leaders, be sure to look at online reviews and company web sites, as well as ask friends, family and fitness store staff. That feedback can help you limit your choices. Make some notes on the brand/s of interest, and take them with you shopping. It’s important to physically ride each model to determine what’s best for you.

Top elliptical machines will share a few things in common:

  • Solid, durable construction
  • Natural lower-body and upper-body motion
  • Variety of pre-programmed workouts
  • Convenient features like water bottle holders; a reading rack; place to store your phone, mp3 player or tablet; and a console fan

Octane Fitness’ Q37 model, the company’s best-seller, includes all of these above, and more, such as heart rate monitoring; Workout Boosters such as X-Mode and GluteKicker that deliver cross training; and Converging and MultiGrip handlebars. Plus, the Q37ci unit includes interactive heart rate training workouts and Octane’s popular CROSS CiRCUIT combined cardio and strength routines.

It’s no surprise then, that the Q37 has consistently been rated one of the top elliptical machines. Consumer Reports has named it a Best Buy for multiple years, noting in 2012 that the Q37ci “was solidly built, earned high marks for safety, has excellent ergonomics and performed well in all the tests.” In 2013, Consumer Reports again rated the Q37ci on top.

And this unit was selected as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2012, after Oprah was introduced to the product by her trainer, Bob Greene. She said, “It provides such a variety of total-body workouts, including goal programs, like a 10K and half marathon—along with digital heart rate monitoring—that you’re more exhilarated than exhausted afterward.”