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7 Best Ellipticals for Heavy Person 2024

Reviewed by: Oleksiy Torokhtiy (21 years of Oly Lifting experience)

Many people of heavier builds would like to start working out, but one common fear they share is not fitting on a gym machine.

Ellipticals are some of the most user-friendly and size-friendly exercise machines you can get for your home or garage gym.

Today; I’ll show you the six best ellipticals for heavy people and share some workout tips to get you started on your weight loss journey.

7 Best Ellipticals for Heavy Person 2024

Top 7 Best Ellipticals for Heavy Person Reviewed

  1. Schwinn Fitness 430 Elliptical — Top Pick
  2. Niceday Elliptical Machine — Runner-Up
  3. Marcy Magnetic Elliptical Trainer Cardio Workout Machine — Budget Pick
  4. Nautilus Elliptical Series E616 — Best Result Tracking
  5. ProForm Hybrid Trainer Recumbent Bike and Rear Drive Elliptical — Best Combo Elliptical
  6. NordicTrack Spacesaver SE9i Elliptical Trainer — Premium Pick
  7. HCI Fitness PhysioStep RXT-1000 — Best Maximum Weight
ProductTotalAdjustabilityMonitor
Functionality
PortabilityMultifunctionalityPrice/
Quality
Schwinn Fitness4810910910
Niceday4710810910
Marcy469810910
Nautilus45.51088.5910
ProForm45109899
NordicTrack458108109
HCI Fitness4389899

1. Schwinn Fitness 430 Elliptical — Top Pick

schwinn elliptical

Schwinn combines the best of German engineering and American design.

Their first home exercise equipment was released in 1965, and they’ve been staples in the fitness industry since.

The Schwinn Fitness 430 Elliptical machine has excellent build quality, offers a variety of workout possibilities, and provides great value for money – making it my top choice.

  • Type/Model: Front Drive Elliptical
  • Item weight: ‎165 Pounds
  • Weight Limit: Recommended for up to ‎300 Pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 70.1 x 28.2 x 63.2 Inches
  • Display: 2 DualTrack LCD, no media display
  • Workout programs: 20 levels of computer-controlled resistance, 22 preset workout programs (beginner to advanced), 6 manually adjustable incline levels
  • Additional features: Easy assembly, ergonomic handlebars with heart rate contact grips, cushioned footplates, media shelf, USB charging port, built-in 3-level cooling fan, built-in speakers, transport wheels

With regular usage, this elliptical machine with 300 lb weight capacity will help you achieve your fitness goals in no time.

The footplates are some of the softest I’ve tried, and the built-in heart rate tracker on the handlebars means you’ll always have this information.

This machine has an intuitive and easy to use mechanical display, making this the perfect elliptical for overweight beginners.

48 EXPERT SCORE

The Schwinn Fitness 430 Elliptical machine has excellent build quality, offers a variety of workout possibilities, and provides great value for money – making it my top choice.


Adjustability:0
Monitor Functionality:0
Portability:0
Multifunctionality:0
Price/Quality:0

Positives:

  • Ergonomic handles and footplates
  • Intuitive display
  • Easy assembly out of the box
  • Excellent workout presets for beginners
  • Lots of extra features such as the charger and fan

Could be better:

  • The maximum 300 Pound weight capacity is average
  • Some people may prefer built-in multimedia players

2. Niceday Elliptical Machine — Runner-Up

niceday elliptical

My second-favorite machine is the Niceday heavy-duty elliptical.

This is a simple machine that is ready to use within minutes of unpacking.

Considering this is a 400 lb weight capacity elliptical, it’s surprisingly lightweight, compact, and easy to move around and store in your house or garage.

  • Type/Model: Rear Drive Elliptical
  • Item weight: Around 106 Pounds
  • Weight Limit: Recommended for up to 400 Pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 48 x 25 x 62 Inches
  • Display: Basic digital display
  • Workout programs: 16 resistance levels, 1-6 recommended for walking, 7-12 for running, 13-16 for climbing
  • Additional features: Easy to assemble, works on mechanical power - does not require electricity, lightweight compared to similar machines, compact and easy to store or transport, electronic device shelf, transportation wheels, extra quiet

The manual magnetic resistance drive is very quiet, especially compared to electric-driven ellipticals.

This makes it the perfect elliptical machine for heavy people to work out at home, since they won’t bother other housemates or neighbors, no matter the time of day.

The elliptical with 400 lb weight capacity can measure time, speed, distance, calories, and pulse with incredible precision.

It also doesn’t overwhelm the athlete with too much display information and too many workout settings to choose from.

However, there is no advanced built-in computer to track or calculate your statistics, so you’ll have to do it manually.

47 EXPERT SCORE

Considering this is a 400 lb weight capacity ellipticalfrom Niceday, it’s surprisingly lightweight, compact, and easy to move around and store in your house or garage.


Adjustability:0
Monitor Functionality:0
Portability:0
Multifunctionality:0
Price/Quality:0

Positives:

  • Compact, easier to store and move around
  • Easy maintenance compared to similar machines
  • Magnetic resistance makes the machine very quiet
  • High maximum weight capacity considering its size

Could be better:

  • Display has only basic information
  • Requires you to manually track workout stats and goals

3. Marcy Magnetic Elliptical Trainer Cardio Workout Machine — Budget Pick

Marcy Magnetic Elliptical Trainer Cardio Workout Machine

Marcy Fitness offers a wide assortment of quality workout equipment at affordable prices.

Their elliptic cardio machine offers a lot compared to similar products, especially considering its price range.

This would be my home/garage gym recommendation for those on a tighter budget.

  • Type/Model: Rear Drive Elliptical
  • Item weight: 77 Pounds
  • Weight Limit: Recommended up to 300 Pounds
  • Product Dimensions: ‎20.5 x 51 x 64 Inches
  • Display: Multi-functional LCD
  • Workout programs: 8 tensions levels that simulate walking, running, and climbing stairs
  • Additional features: Compact, transport wheels, electronic device shelf, foamed handlebars

The first thing I noticed and a big upside to this elliptical machine is how little space it takes up.

With just over 50 inches in length and 20 inches in width, it can fit in even the smallest rooms and house corners.

However, I have to mention that the machine isn’t out-of-the-box ready, it does require assembly.

This isn’t necessarily hard to do, and the manufacturer does provide written and video manuals.

But some people may not want to deal with this, so I’m pointing it out.

The simple LCD can track a variety of stats including time, speed, distance, and calorie consumption, and even has a built-in odometer for measuring long-term usage.

That said, there is no advanced computer or tracking system, so if you wish to track and use your stats, you’ll have to do it manually.

The non-slip, foam handlebars feel soft to the hand, and the oversized pedals allow for more choice with foot placement, which are great ergonomic features.

46 EXPERT SCORE

The non-slip, foam handlebars feel soft to the hand, and the oversized pedals allow for more choice with foot placement, which are great ergonomic features in Marcy's elliptical.


Adjustability:0
Monitor Functionality:0
Portability:0
Multifunctionality:0
Price/Quality:0

Positives:

  • Great option on a budget
  • Soft foamed handlebars
  • Odometer feature is unique

Could be better:

  • Not out-of-box ready, requires assembly
  • Only 8 resistance levels

4. Nautilus Elliptical Series E616 — Best Result Tracking

Nautilus E618 Elliptical

Nautilus is a famous brand in the home and garage fitness world.

Their elliptical machine offers a lot in terms of features and functionality considering its price.

The Nautilus E616 is very similar to my top choice on this list in terms of specs, but with the added smart device compatibility.

  • Type/Model: Front Drive Elliptical
  • Item weight: Around 170 Pounds
  • Weight Limit: Recommended maximum 300 Pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 71.5 x 26.7 x 63.2 Inches
  • Display: Dual LCD screens for detailed stat and workout tracking
  • Workout programs: 29 built-in workout programs, adjustable 20 Inches stride length and 10-degree incline
  • Additional features: Easy to assemble, Bluetooth compatibility, monitoring chest strap, USB charging port, smart device holder, built-in speaker, cooling fan with three speeds, transportation wheels
Nautilus Elliptical Series E616 Instagram
Photo by cocoa_kitsune

The best feature of the Nautilus E616 is the console Bluetooth sync.

This will allow you to connect your smart device to the workout machine to adjust workout regimens and import and export data.

Nautilus offers and recommends using its fitness app for doing so.

However, it’s compatible with other apps as well, such as RunSocial.

The device holder and USB charging port are welcome additions for anyone looking to diversify their workout with a smart device.

45.5 EXPERT SCORE

Naytilus elliptical machine offers a lot in terms of features and functionality considering its price.


Adjustability:0
Monitor Functionality:0
Portability:0
Multifunctionality:0
Price/Quality:0

Positives:

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Exportable workout results
  • Fitness app compatibility
  • Smart device holder and charging port

Could be better:

  • Not out-of-box ready, assembly can take you a couple of hours

5. ProForm Hybrid Trainer Recumbent Bike and Rear Drive Elliptical — Best Combo Elliptical

ProForm Hybrid Trainer Recumbent Bike and Rear Drive Elliptical

If you’re looking for something with increased exercise variety, this ProForm 2-in-1 elliptical and bike machine might be the choice for you.

Getting two machines for the price of one provides great value.

  • Type/Model: Rear drive elliptical
  • Item weight: 135 Pounds
  • Weight Limit: Recommended for up to 350 Pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 70.5 x 24.5 x 60.5 Inches
  • Display: LCD integrable with smart devices
  • Workout programs: 16 resistance levels, auto-adjustable with iFit compatibility via smart device
  • Additional features: Two-in-one bike and elliptical machine, oversized adjustable pedals, grip sensor heart rate measurement, smart device holder, iFit integration and statistics tracking, built-in speakers, automatic adjustment based on workout selection

The elliptical mode can be used for standing workouts, while the recumbent bike allows for a variety of seated exercises.

The adjustable seat and pedals allow you to find the most comfortable workout position for you.

The LCD is compatible with the iFit workout app and can sync your results with your tablet or phone, which can be placed in the smart device holder.

45 EXPERT SCORE

The adjustable seat and pedals in ProFrom elliptical allow you to find the most comfortable workout position for you.


Adjustability:0
Monitor Functionality:0
Portability:0
Multifunctionality:0
Price/Quality:0

Positives:

  • Two machines for the price of one
  • The display is iFit compatible
  • Adjustable seat and pedals

Could be better:

  • Requires more space to use and store

6. NordicTrack Spacesaver SE9i Elliptical Trainer — Premium Pick

NordicTrack Spacesaver SE9i Elliptical Trainer

NordicTrack is globally famous for its cardio machines, for good reason.

This high weight capacity elliptical packs everything from build quality, ergonomics, multifunctionality, connectivity, and more into one.

If you’re someone that doesn’t care about the price and wants to buy the all-in-one premium product, this would be my recommendation.

  • Type/Model: Rear Drive Elliptical
  • Item weight: About 220 Pounds
  • Weight Limit: Recommended for up to ‎325 Pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 31.9 x 78.7 x 66.4 inches
  • Display: Multimedia and stat tracking displays, 7-Inch smart HD Touchscreen, electronic device compatible
  • Workout programs: 24 resistance levels, 0-10 degrees incline, over 17,000 workout plans via iFit app, Google Maps track simulation (outdoors and inner-city)
  • Additional features: Easy assembly, compact design, electronic device holder, cooling fan, touch screen, 30 preset workouts, on-demand workout library, outdoor and studio workout simulation, daily workout recommendation, iFit compatible, wireless Bluetooth chest strap, result tracking and exportable stats

Most of the focus on this product was put on the touchscreen display and the infinite multifunctionality through app usage.

The on-demand iFit workout library with over 17,000 workout plans means you’ll never run out of ideas or recommendations.

Using the Google Maps feature, you can simulate a walk pretty much anywhere on earth, in the cities or outdoors.

Want to go for a walk in the French Alps or down the streets of Barcelona? You can.

The workout intensity such as pedal resistance and incline angle will adjust automatically according to what’s shown on the screen.

Considering the machine’s compatibility with a variety of fitness apps, tracking stats and monitoring your progress has never been easier.

But all the cool and modern features aside, the machine itself is well-built.

The console and handles can be collapsed down to the seat, allowing you to store it both horizontally and vertically.

The magnetic resistance system once again makes very little noise and won’t bother you or the people around you as you work out.

The durability and build quality are also unmatched, as they should be considering the price range.

45 EXPERT SCORE

The magnetic resistance system in NordicTrack once again makes very little noise and won’t bother you or the people around you as you work out.


Adjustability:0
Monitor Functionality:0
Portability:0
Multifunctionality:0
Price/Quality:0

Positives:

  • Amazing all-in-one machine
  • Built-in multimedia display allows for endless features through apps
  • Can be stored horizontally or vertically
  • Magnetic resistance drastically reduces noise during workouts
  • Compatible with a variety of fitness apps and exportable stats

Could be better:

  • Non-adjustable 18 inch stride won’t fit all users
  • Not everyone will be able to justify the price, even if they can afford it

7. HCI Fitness PhysioStep RXT-1000 — Best Maximum Weight

HCI Fitness PhysioStep RXT-1000

Finally, I wanted to include the best elliptical for big guys out there.

HCI heavy-duty elliptical has a maximum capacity of up to 500 pounds.

  • Type/Model: Recumbent Elliptical
  • Item weight: Around 209 Pounds
  • Weight Limit: Recommended for up to 500 Pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 60 x 32 W x 44
  • Display: 9 Inch digital statistics display
  • Workout programs: 16 resistance levels, 18 built-in programs
  • Additional features: Fully adjustable seat, built-in workout programs, trackable and exportable stats, manually powered

It’s important to mention this is a recumbent elliptical, meaning the exercises are done while seated.

It’s difficult to find a standing 500 lb weight capacity elliptical.

Luckily, the seat is nice and comfortable, with contoured back support and built-in heart rate monitoring.

The pedal straps help secure your feet in place, and the multi-grip handles allow for a side or front hand grip.

The color-coded display not only tracks your stats, but allows you to export them via USB, to save your results.

43 EXPERT SCORE

Luckily, the seat in HCI PhysioStep is nice and comfortable, with contoured back support and built-in heart rate monitoring.


Adjustability:0
Monitor Functionality:0
Portability:0
Multifunctionality:0
Price/Quality:0

Positives:

  • 500 lb weight capacity elliptical
  • Ergonomic seating with back support and heart rate sensor
  • Feet straps on pedals

Could be better:

  • Seated exercising means less workout variety

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What are the Benefits of Using Ellipticals for Heavy People?

Ellipticals are Easy to Use

Ellipticals with high weight capacity do not require extensive workout knowledge to use.

In the most basic terms, just stand on it and start walking, and you’re working out.

Ellipticals are Excellent for Weight Loss, Especially for Beginners

One of the best weight loss exercises you can do for yourself is just regular walking or running. Elliptical machines can help you simulate both and also develop your workout through resistance and incline levels, for example. This is why they’re one of the most popular cardio and weight loss machines.

Ellipticals are Great to Have if You Don’t Get to Move a Lot

Walking is without a doubt the most important daily physical activity.

Regular walking has proven to prevent or reduce cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, improve your sleep and mental health, and is an excellent weight loss method.

If your daily life schedule does not allow you to move a lot and utilize the many benefits of walking, an elliptical machine for your home or garage gym can solve this problem for you.

It’s Easy to Choose Your Exercise Intensity with Elliptical Machines

The World Health Organization recommends adults aged 18-64 years do at least 150-300 minutes of moderate workouts or 75-150 minutes of high-intensity workouts per week. An elliptical machine for obese users is good for either workout intensity, just choose your workout method depending on your schedule and work-life balance.

Ellipticals Build Muscle, Fix Your Posture, and Improve Your Balance

Regularly going for walks or runs with your elliptical machine can help you straighten your back, fix your posture, and improve your balance. You also build muscle in your lower body and core while using it.

What to Look for in the Best Elliptical for a Heavy Person?

1. Adjustability

Two things are important when picking out the correct elliptical machine for a heavy person:

  1. You need to be able to ascend and descend from your machine without issues
  2. Once you’re on the machine, it should provide adequate resistance and motion to perform your workout

Nearly all elliptical machines have adjustable resistance and incline levels.

Sometimes, the handles and pedals can be additionally adjusted, but more often they’re purposely built to fit a variety of shapes and sizes. Each machine on this list was described in detail, along with specifications, to help you make the right choice for you.

Best Elliptical for a Heavy Person

2. Monitor Functionality

Monitor functionality mostly comes down to preference.

All elliptical machines track your workout statistics.

The main difference is what and how it is displayed, and whether the machine can process that information for further, more detailed results.

Some people will find a lot of usage for multimedia touchscreen computers found on premium elliptical machines.

Others might prefer a minimal design that doesn’t distract with too many numbers and buttons.

People with weaker eyesight especially prefer simple designs with physical buttons, for example.

Most workout machines nowadays tend to have electronic device shelves, in case you want to be entertained while you work out.

3. Portability

Some people will place their elliptical machine and let it sit in the same place.

Others may need to move it around the house and be able to store it away compactly when it’s not in use.

Machines vary in shape and size, but most come with transportation wheels or another assistance tool that make moving them around easier.

Some, such as the Niceday or NordicTrack elliptical, have collapsible consoles or other storage functionalities and can be placed away both horizontally and vertically.

Others are light enough that an adult can carry them from one room to the other or safely push them on wheels.

4. Multifunctionality

Ellipticals are easy to use.

However, they’re also multifunctional tools that can be used for a variety of exercise methods.

Some machines offer adjustable resistance and incline settings to simulate motions like walking, running, hiking, climbing stairs, etc.

Other machines, such as the NordicTrack SE9i, provide additional multifunctionality through their extensive technological capabilities, such as the unique Google Maps simulator.

At the end of the day, all elliptical machines serve the same purpose.

5. Quality for Price

Quality for price is one of the most important product aspects for me.

When I make these lists, I make sure to include products for a variety of budgets.

My top picks usually include equipment that offers the most value for the money spent.

However, I understand that some of you are on tighter budgets, while others want to get the best product regardless of price.

I make sure to include options for you as well.

I consider all of these products as high quality and worth their price, so whatever you choose, I guarantee that you won’t waste your money.

Ellipticals are Easy to Use

How to Correctly Use Ellipticals for Heavy People?

1. Pay Attention to Your Posture

Proper posture is one of the most important aspects of any workout, and elliptical machines are no different.

Stand up straight, straighten your back, and keep your shoulders back.

Tips From the Champ

If you’re having trouble maintaining posture, reduce the resistance, lower the incline, or take a break if necessary. Less exercise with good posture is more valuable than more exercise with poor form. Proper posture increases the effectiveness of the exercise, while significantly lowering the risk of injury.

Oleksiy Torokhtiy
Oleksiy Torokhtiy

Olympic Weightlifting Champion

2. Use Your Arms

It may be tempting to rest your hands on the handles or monitor.

However, don’t underestimate the calorie burning coming from hundreds of arm swings you do with proper handle usage.

Not only do they help you burn more calories, but they also help build your arm, shoulder, and back muscles, too.

3. Push Down with Your Whole Foot

People often find that pushing the paddles on the top of their toes requires less energy and activates fewer muscles.

However, less energy and lower muscle activation are the opposite of what you want on the elliptical.

Remember to push down with your whole foot - not only will you lose more calories, but also exercise your legs and lower back.

It’s better to choose an easier workout regimen and do the exercise correctly than to do it halfway on higher difficulty settings.

4. Be Consistent

As a professional athlete and former Olympic competitor, I know how much consistency and discipline matter when it comes to achieving fitness goals.

While fewer but more intense workouts are preferable for muscle building, working out consistently has proven to be better for weight loss.

If you maintain consistency, you’ll see progress in no time.

FAQ

Are Ellipticals Good For Overweight People?

Yes. Elliptical machines are ideal for overweight people looking to exercise and burn a lot of calories.

They can be adjusted to provide resistance levels and motion length to fit a variety of body types and weights.

Are Ellipticals Good For Losing Belly Fat?

Yes, but there’s a catch.

A high weight capacity elliptical can help you burn calories in general, but for the best weight loss results, studies show that taking care of your diet is equally important as working out.

Targeted fat loss is a myth, if you want to lose belly fat, you’re going to have to reduce your weight overall.

Which Type Of Elliptical Is Best For Weight Loss?

All elliptical machines can help with burning calories.

However, standing ellipticals will show better and faster results than seated ones.

Front-drive ellipticals can be better for high intensity-exercises, while rear-drive ellipticals may be better for simulating long-distance workouts.

Conclusion

Elliptical machines are great for people of various sizes to burn more calories during workout or simply stay in shape. Regular exercise on them will improve your balance, fix your posture, and build muscle all in one.

Overall, the Schwinn Fitness 430 proved to be the best elliptical for heavy people and the best elliptical for overweight beginners. That said, the other listed options have their benefits as well and one of them might be more to your liking.

Have you tried elliptical machines in your exercises? Do you have any results or tips to share? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section, and remember to follow me on social media for more workout and fitness tips.

Also read:

References:

  1. Walking for Exercise // The President and Fellows of Harvard College: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/walking/
  2. Physical activity // WHO:
  3. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/physical-activity
  4. How often to work out for weight loss and muscle gain // Medicalnewstoday:
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Experience: 26 years
Best Results: Snatch – 208 kg,
C&J – 240 kg

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Reviewed by: Oleksiy Torokhtiy
Olympic Weightlifting Champion

Experience: 21 years
Best ResultsSnatch – 200 kg,
C&J – 240 kg

Oleksiy Torokhtiy is a professional athlete boasting 20 years of experience in Olympic weightlifting. With multiple European and World titles under his belt, he has showcased his prowess in two Olympic Games (Beijing 2008 and London 2012). Upon concluding his illustrious career, Oleksiy dedicated himself to coaching. By 2022, he had conducted over 200 weightlifting seminars worldwide. He is the visionary behind an international sportswear and accessories brand known for its motto, “Warm Body Cold Mind.” Additionally, he is an esteemed author and the creator of a series of training programs and eBooks.

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