4 Best Ellipticals for Tall People in 2024

Author: Ihor Shymechko (26 years of Oly Lifting & Fitness experience)

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

Hi! Ok, so let’s say you’re tall. Like, taller than the average Joe. And if you’re tall, and you’ve ever used an elliptical machine, then there’s the chance that your experience might’ve been unpleasant. Perhaps it was because the pedals were too short or too thin. Or perhaps the seat was too low and uncomfy. Or the position you were in while holding the handles didn't feel natural, or the classic - your knees were too high up and were hitting your arms.

As a tall guy who has faced the struggle of finding the best elliptical for tall people, I'm here to save you from the same predicament.

So, what I’ve done is some extensive research (personal experience and the experience of tall fitness friends that live in the gym half of the week) on ellipticals that would accommodate people that are tall. And I’ve placed all of them in an easy-to-navigate list for you to enjoy. No need for you to read dozens of reviews and watch a bunch of YouTube videos.

 In a hurry? 

In a hurry?

In a hurry and can’t keep reading? How about you check out the Nautilus E618 Elliptical.


The first one to kickstart this list is the Nautilus E618 Elliptical. It is also the one that I’ve used for a very long time. Also, this one got the Top Rated score on this list, as you might’ve noticed.

4 Best Ellipticals for Tall People

Top 4 Best Ellipticals For Tall People Reviewed

ProductTotalDurabilityPortabilityVersatilityAdjustabilityValue For Money
Nautilus49.5109.5101010
Schwinn4910109.59.510
Sunny Health & Fitness47.599.5109.59.5
SOLE Fitness4599.5998.5

1. Nautilus E618 Elliptical – Top Pick

Nautilus E618 Elliptical

The first one to kickstart this list is the Nautilus E618 Elliptical. It is also the one that I’ve used for a very long time. Also, this one got the Top Rated score on this list, as you might’ve noticed. I’ve given this elliptical this score not because of my personal likeness of the product or my familiarity with this elliptical. It is due to its overall performance and value for money compared to the rest of the list. Let me tell you a little bit more about this amazing elliptical for a tall person.

  • Item Dimensions: 73″ L x 27″ W x 66.9″ H
  • Item Weight: 209 lbs.
  • Weight Capacity: 348 lbs.
  • Stride Length: 22"
  • Display: Blue backlit DualTrack screen with SightLine tilting console
  • Resistance: 25 levels of flywheel friction resistance
  • App Compatibility: Bluetooth connectivity and free app-based tracking tools
  • Additional Features: Suspension adjust performance cushioning system, Multi-position handlebars with integrated incline and resistance controls, Optimized drive train, Dual stride rails, transport wheels
  • Warranty: 1 to 2 years full coverage depending on type of usage (semiprofessional/home)

Before we start, if you live in a country that doesn’t use 110 volt electrical outlets, then you’ll find the same elliptical under a different model number - Nautilus E628 Elliptical. It’s the same product but made for the European market.

First impressions of this best elliptical machine for a tall person include its impressive solidity - manifested through a robust steel frame complemented by a heavy 30-pound flywheel - lending stability during intense workouts with no noticeable wobbling or shaking occurrences whatsoever, thanks mainly due to handy oversized leveling feet.

One of the first things that coughed my attention was the 22-inch stride length. It allows for comfortable and natural movement regardless of your height. This will prevent you from even being in an unnatural or uncomfortable position while working out. And it will also help prevent cramping issues if you exercise on a more intense level.

I also like the options like pedaling both forward and backward, which adds interest to an array of training variability available at one's disposal. And the suspension cushioning system really makes the stride motion extremely smooth, stable and enjoyable.

Nautilus E618 Elliptical instagram

Although what undoubtedly stands out as well is the dual handlebar configuration separating stationary handles conducive to entry/exiting, allowing optimal balance when necessary. So, it also provides leverage via multiple handles by engaging your upper region.

The backlit screen is an ok size, large enough that you can easily see it even during a workout(sometimes if the screen is too small I have to stop in order to get a good reading). No need for stopping with this one. Even though the screen's functionality could have been improved, it still maintains some functionality. For those looking for greater immersion potential during elliptical training, increasing the touchscreen's size to 14 inches would come in handy.

Still, this machine is an absolute no-brainer top pick for those who want comfort and durability to maximize their investment potential. Considering everything you’re getting for your hard-earned money; it’s worth it tenfold.

49.5Expert Score

One of the first things that coughed my attention was the 22-inch stride length. It allows for comfortable and natural movement regardless of your height.

Durability:
10
Portability:
9.5
Versatility:
10
Adjustability:
10
Price/Quality:
10

Positives:

  • Sturdy construction

  • Dual handlebar design

  • Doesn’t wobble or shake during use

  • Extremely high weight capacity of 348 lbs

Could be better:

  • Very heavy

2. Schwinn 470 Elliptical – Runner-Up

Schwinn 470 Elliptical

In the Runner-up spot, or receiving the silver medal, as some would say, I’ve put the Schwinn 470 Elliptical. And it left quite an impression. I own one, and for good reason. It’s amazing! Could have easily taken the number one spot. The reason it hasn’t is because the Nautilus 618 is simply a tad bit better.

  • Item Dimensions: 70.1’’ Lx 28.1’’ Wx 63.2’’ H
  • Item Weight: 164 lbs.
  • Weight Capacity: 300 lbs.
  • Stride Length: 20’’
  • Display: 20’’ Blue backlit LCD monitor
  • Resistance: 25 levels, of computer-controlled resistance
  • App Compatibility: Bluetooth connectivity and free app-based tracking tools
  • Additional Features: 29 programs, USB charging port, telemetry heart rate enabled (chest strap not included), large cushioned footplates, oversized center mounted water bottle holder, transport wheels
  • Warranty: 2 years full coverage (for private home fitness)

Before we start, same story as with the Nautilus; if you live in a country that doesn’t use a 110-volt electrical outlet, then you’ll find the same elliptical under a different model number - Schwinn 570E Elliptical. It’s the same product but made for the European market.

I must say that I really enjoyed using this elliptical trainer, especially because of its performance monitor. It actively helped me keep track of important metrics such as speed, RPMs, distance traveled, calories burned, and even heart-rate. All this information allows for constant awareness during workouts.

Furthermore, if staying motivated has ever been an issue for you - look no further. With this feature, you can see your progress being tracked, which makes you more aware of your workouts and encourages you to push yourself past your previous limits!

It's both bizarre and amazing at the same time to think about how a set of numbers on a screen can motivate you beyond comprehension. If you're one such person, then this will help you out so much. Because, believe it or not - starting is the hardest part. But staying active is the next hardest thing to overcome. And unlike starting, which you have to do only once, not giving up is a battle that never stops.

Schwinn 470 Elliptical instagram

Photo by @ksjetton

This reliable machine also features twenty-nine distinct exercise programs, providing variety by eliminating monotony. This will keep the workouts challenging all the way through.

Another innovative aspect was the electromagnetic resistance system, which presents twenty-five computer-controlled resistance levels, ensuring that workouts were tailored to suit my personal fitness goals and that I could end up challenging myself at different levels.

Also worth highlighting is the remarkable 20-inch stride length of this technological wonder, which meets a perfect balance between optimum stride length for tall people and to effectively engage all muscle groups when working out while providing a space-efficient build design for users who might not have an abundance of room at home.

Transporting heavy machinery can be a daunting task, but with this elliptical, moving it around is easy thanks to its handy transportation wheels that were integrated into the design, saving you time and physical exertion(and needed, because the elliptical is quite heavy). The only slight disappointment would have been the assembly process, which took more than two hours on my part. That was somewhat longer than expected (and noticeably tiresome), but in retrospect, an investment of this caliber proves worth it regardless.

I highly recommend Schwinn’s elliptical for tall people because of its dimensions. It really feels like it was made for taller people. What I also find noteworthy is its dependable quality, abundant pre-programmed exercises, and varying resistance levels aimed at keeping anybody engaged over differing abilities in achieving desired fitness goals, making one feel great!

Even though assembly has proved to be slightly time-consuming - it is definitely a gadget worth considering as your home workout buddy! A well-deserved second spot on my list.

49Expert Score

I highly recommend Schwinn’s elliptical for tall people because of its dimensions. It really feels like it was made for taller people.

Durability:
10
Portability:
10
Versatility:
9.5
Adjustability:
9.5
Price/Quality:
10

Positives:

  • Transportation wheels

  • 29 preloaded exercise programs

  • Performance monitor 

  • 2 years full coverage if used in a home fitness environment

  • 25 levels of resistance

Could be better:

  • Long assembly process

  • The 20’’ stride length is enough, but still the lowest on this list

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-E902 Air Walk Trainer Elliptical

In the penultimate spot is the SF-E902 Air Walk Elliptical Trainer. It’s made by Sunny Health & Fitness, a well-known and respected brand in the gym equipment industry. So, let me share my expert opinion and my thoughts on this elliptical for, you've guessed it, tall people.

  • Item Dimensions: 19” L x 25” W x 57” H
  • Item Weight: 35 lbs.
  • Weight Capacity: 220 lbs.
  • Stride Length: 30’’
  • Display: 2” LCD monitor
  • Resistance: No resistance levels
  • App Compatibility: None
  • Additional Features: Non-slip pedals, Adjustable abdominal pad, Wide range swing motion (30’’ stride length)
  • Warranty: 1-year frame, 90 days parts

Boasting a whooping 30-inch stride length, there's little doubt that the Sunny H&F elliptical trainer left quite an impression on me. It’s the biggest stride length of all the ellipticals on this list. Just wow! This feature had previously been such a struggle for me to find in other machines. So finding it here felt like such a relief! The added ability to customize these motion preferences also enhanced my overall comfort during my workouts.

One more aspect that stood out was its impeccable construction quality.

The use of high quality steel contributed greatly to stability and durability (even though you wouldn’t expect it from such a small and thin elliptical trainer - assuaging any fears of wobbling or instability during more challenging sessions (which I was expecting). The weight capacity of 220 lbs is very unexpected for such a light, 35-pound machine. This only proves the materials are of superb quality.

While there are no preloaded exercise programs available, users can still rely on their phone/tablet or TV to get some entertainment (if they require any during their workouts). That’s what I did. Considering how little you’ll spend on this elliptical, it really justifies the lack of extra features such as this one.

I've talked to a lot of people who use this elliptical on a daily basis. I've also spoken to clients who use this elliptical more frequently in the gym. Almost all of them complained about its lack of a flywheel (which is unusual for an elliptical). And that's a valid complaint to make. However, I still think that the SF-E902 elliptical trainer is very capable overall and should make a welcome addition to any home gym setup. It makes the workout a bit different, but while the way you get tired is different, you still get tired - so don’t underestimate it.

So if you like this one and are looking to buy it - I don't think you'll regret that decision.

47.5Expert Score

The weight capacity of 220 lbs is very unexpected for such a light, 35-pound machine. This only proves the materials are of superb quality.

Durability:
9
Portability:
9.5
Versatility:
10
Adjustability:
9.5
Price/Quality:
9.5

Positives:

  • Largest stride length from all the ellipticals on this list - 30’’

  • 30-day free iFit trial 

  • Can be folded

  • Extremely compact elliptical

Could be better:

  • No adjustable resistance levels

  • No heartbeat monitor on the handlebars

  • No fixed handles

SOLE Fitness E95S Elliptical

I have one more elliptical with a long stride to recommend to all of you tall gym people. SOLE Fitness E95S Elliptical. It is not the last one because it is the worst; rather, I wanted to make a list with a wide range of ellipticals so you could pick one that suits you personally and that you will like. With a 30-pound flywheel, the E95S provides exceptionally smooth movements that mimic the natural stride of walking or running, and the stride length is impressive, to say the least.

  • Item Dimensions: 29.92’’ L x 15.35’’ W x 8.66’’ H (package)
  • Item Weight: 265 lbs.
  • Weight Capacity: 400 lbs.
  • Stride Length: 24’’
  • Display: 10.1’’
  • Resistance: ESB, 20 levels
  • App Compatibility: -
  • Additional Features: Workout Programs, Cooling Fans, Bluetooth Speakers
  • Warranty: 5 Years

The E95S elliptical has an exceptional feature - the capacity for transferring data through Bluetooth which lets me examine my improvements and accomplishments through specific fitness applications that fit me best! At first, I found this feature more like "meh", until a friend of mine told me how amazing it was.

Naturally, I've given it a go, and "wow". I've found myself reading and examining the data before I go to sleep and during my morning routine, thinking of ways to improve it or what else I'm able to achieve. I've given myself micro goals, which vary day-by-day. It's done miracles to keep me going and made sure my motivation stayed high. Just for that, I'd recommend you get it.

It's an efficient method, so anyone can use multiple height settings suitable for their ability levels.

I am an individual who prefers working out early in the morning but fears awakening other people around me with noisy exercise equipment - well, thank goodness for this product being shaped lightly and operating silently!

SOLE Fitness E95S Elliptical instagram

Given that advanced-level Bluetooth speakers are built into the equipment without any additional effort required from your end, it means you're free to focus on enjoying your favorite music or motivational podcasts while you exercise! The USB port is very conveniently placed and convenient in general (because not many ellipticals have one). This way, I can always ensure enough battery life without worrying about charging beforehand!

As implied, there is somewhat of a higher price point with this machine; however, it's fairly minor compared to what you're getting in return.

Just bear in mind that it doesn't have an extraordinary amount of air movement, given the lack of a forceful rotating fan, and the standard fan behind it is pretty loud. Despite all this, I think people should consider the benefits that come with buying this elliptical.

45Expert Score

The E95S elliptical has an exceptional feature - the capacity for transferring data through Bluetooth which lets me examine my improvements and accomplishments through specific fitness applications that fit me best

Durability:
9
Portability:
9.5
Versatility:
9
Adjustability:
9
Price/Quality:
8.5

Positives:

  • 30 lbs flywheel makes movements very smooth

  • BT speakers

  • 24’’ stride length

Could be better:

  • Pricey

  • Loud fan that blows very little air

What to consider when choosing the best elliptical for tall people?

Let’s jump to shoes and shoe size for a moment. If you’re tall, chances are you’re struggling to buy a comfortable pair of shoes. Mostly because the choices are limited, so sometimes you have to compromise by buying something you don't like in order to get what you need. And regardless of what you end up buying, the prices are usually ridiculous; for the simple fact that you’re tall. Coming back to ellipticals - I can’t say that the situation is much different.

I’ve made a comprehensive list of the best ellipticals that I’d recommend to my friends and ones that I personally enjoy using for their great features. But, if you're looking for a different one, then I’ll give you some pointers on what to look for when buying an elliptical and you also happen to be tall.

Performing Air Walk Elliptical

1. Adjustable Stride Length

It's prudent to prioritize an adjustable stride length when picking out an elliptical machine. Choose options appealing to the needs of taller users by selecting equipment with at least 20 inches or more maximum stride lengths. Such machines allow them to exercise freely because they can extend fully without any discomfort or strain.

2. Sturdy Frame and Weight Capacity

If you’re tall, then chances are that you’re heavy. Those two go hand in hand. You have to make sure that the elliptical that you’ll be using can take the beating. This means max capacity, but it also means that you don't want the elliptical to be made out of low-quality materials such as plastic, hollow pipes, or soft and cheap metal. You want the elliptical to last. Because, what’s the point if you buy it, like it, but it breaks down in one month. Even with a warranty, it would get old real quick!

3. Large Pedals

If you’re tall, then you also likely have above-average-sized feet. This might cause a problem if the elliptical doesn’t accommodate that issue. What you want on an elliptical is - large or long pedals. These types of pedals grant ample room for your feet to rest comfortably and also promote stability throughout your workout routine.

4. Connectivity and Entertainment Options

Incorporating music or podcasts into workout routines has been proven to enhance motivation and overall enjoyment. Invest in an elliptical that boasts Bluetooth compatibility or built-in speakers to easily connect and enjoy your favorite tunes during exercise sessions.

elliptical machine training

Benefits of ellipticals with long stride

Beyond merely causing bodily discomfort lies the more significant issue of poor performance results linked with inadequately-sized equipment setups - exercising on them exerts little challenge on users when their range of motion is already limited by ill-fitted items. Therefore, transitioning towards long stride elliptical platforms offers many advantages, inclusive of superior comfort levels and productivity during sessions.

1. Natural Range of Motion

By imitating walking or running movements with lengthy strides, ellipticals enhance a more natural flow of leg motion for users. This fluidity promotes comfort during exercise while protecting joints against stress and minimizing injury risks. Furthermore, elongated stride machines are practical for rehabilitation treatment plans following running-related injuries.

2. Increased Calorie Burn

Choosing longer strides during your workout could require you to expend significantly more energy and effort. It takes more torque in order to create the momentum necessary to go from zero to an optimal stride speed. Larger pedals increase that torque requirement even more. This can, however, translate to shedding more calories as well - which is great! In as little as 30 minutes, there's the potential to burn anywhere between 270-378 calories.

And with increased calorie burning comes cardiovascular endurance. These two go together the same as peanut butter and jelly. (Except for the fact that peanut butter and jelly might give you a heart attack. So, probably not the best analogy!)

Ellipticals for taller people are an amazing choice if you’re looking for an arduous cardio regimen. Because the larger stride ellipticals require more effort to operate, especially from a full stop, they will better pump up your heart rate followed by lung activity, which in turn will have a positive effect on your cardiovascular endurance.

Tall Man on Elliptical

FAQ

How long should my elliptical stride be if I’m 6 feet tall?

If you're 6' or taller, then getting an elliptical with a stride length of around 20 to 22 inches is a high recommendation. But, like with all things in life - stride length is not everything. If the rest of the elliptical is not to your liking, then opting for the worse option just because of the stride length might leave you feeling sour about spending your well earned money. Try different ones, and do plenty of research before deciding to buy the elliptical that will suit you overall.

What is the best stride length for an elliptical?

The ideal stride length for an elliptical machine is dependent on your height and personal comfort. Typically, most individuals find a stride length ranging from 18 to 22 inches to be suitable since it facilitates natural and comfortable movement.

Conclusion

For taller individuals wanting a comfortable and effective exercise experience, selecting an appropriate elliptical machine is important. But it can also prove difficult, as you have to find an elliptical that is perfect for you.

Considered the top pick on my list of ellipticals for tall people, the Nautilus E618 Elliptical takes center stage due to its solid structure, customizable features, and engaging workout programs.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic. If you're super tall, like me, you might have had trouble finding the right elliptical trainer that meets your needs. Did you? Also, which one are you using currently? And if you're using one of the ones I've recommended, I'd like to hear about your experiences with them. So don't be shy and share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below.

Also read:

References:

  • Health Benefits of Elliptical Machine Workouts // WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/health-benefits-of-elliptical-machine-workouts
  • Treadmill or Elliptical? Which Is Better for You? // ClevelandClinic: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/treadmill-or-elliptical-how-to-decide-whats-your-best-workout/
  • Effects of incorporating elliptical trainer exercise during rehabilitation on physical function and self-reported outcomes after total hip arthroplasty // NCBI: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35291467/
  • Physiological and Metabolic Responses to Exercise on Treadmill, Elliptical Trainer, and Stepper // NCBI: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33477112/
  • Calories burned in 30 minutes for people of three different weights // Harvard: https://www.health.harvard.edu/diet-and-weight-loss/calories-burned-in-30-minutes-for-people-of-three-different-weights

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