4 Best Folding Ellipticals in 2024

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

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

We all know what a traditional elliptical is, but have you ever heard of a folding elliptical? Well, for the longest time - I didn't. They were some cheap knock-offs that you buy on Wish. Turns out - I was wrong. 

You can actually get those giant, clunky, and heavy ellipticals for your home, except they are made to be light, portable, and very compact. Let me introduce you to the best folding ellipticals that I’ve tried.

If you are looking for an exercise machine that actually works and won’t take up half your house - then a folding elliptical might be the type of product that might pique your interest.

I've put together a list of the 4 best folding ellipticals you can currently get your hands on. I've tried all of them out, and while all are great, one has to be at the top and one at the bottom of this list. 

Let's check out what we have!

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Top 4 Best Folding Ellipticals Reviewed

ProductTotalAdjustabilityMonitor FunctionalityPortabilityMultifunctionalityPrice/ Quality
Sunny Health4699108.59.5
Nordic45.59108.599
Ancheer45998.59.59
Youngfit44.51098.58.58.5
SUNNY HEALTH & FITNESS SF-E902 AIR WALK TRAINER ELLIPTICAL MACHINE.
At the top of my list, as the best folding elliptical, we have the SUNNY HEALTH & FITNESS SF-E902 AIR WALK TRAINER ELLIPTICAL MACHINE. It is a compact and affordable option for people seeking a low-impact cardiovascular workout at home.
  • Type/Model: Air Walk Trainer Folding Elliptical Glider
  • Item Weight: 35 lb.
  • Weight Limit: 220 lb.
  • Product Dimensions: H 57’’, W 25’’, D 19’’
  • Display: LCD
  • Workout Programs: n/a
  • Additional Features: Non-slip pedals, Adjustable abdominal pad, Wide range swing motion (30’’ stride length)
One of the critical features of this elliptical is its air resistance system, which provides a smooth and quiet workout experience. The machine also has an easy-to-use console that displays time, distance, calories burned, and adjustable resistance levels to help you tailor your workouts to your fitness level.

The elliptical has a compact design, making it a good choice for people with limited home space. It also has a low step-up height and non-slip pedals, which make it easy and safe to use.

Overall, I think that the SUNNY HEALTH & FITNESS SF-E902 AIR WALK TRAINER ELLIPTICAL MACHINE is a good choice for people looking for a basic, low-impact cardiovascular workout at home. Its compact size and affordable price make it a convenient and cost-effective option for many users. And I think that it provides you with the biggest bang for your buck.
46Expert Score

SUNNY HEALTH & FITNESS SF-E902 AIR WALK TRAINER ELLIPTICAL MACHINE is a good choice for people looking for a basic, low-impact cardiovascular workout at home.

Adjustability
9
Monitor Functionality
9
Portability
10
Multifunctionality
8.5
Price/Quality
9.5

Positives:

  • Very compact design and can be stored very easily without taking up much space

  • The price point on this product is very affordable, making this item accessible to a larger crowd

  • The full motion handlebar enables for more movement


  • If you are of shorter height, you have the option to take off the chest pad

  • It is very light, enabling for easier transportation

Could be better:

  • Has no adjustable resistance levels

  • Lacks a heartbeat monitor on the handlebars

  • Has no fixed handles

2. NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i — Runner-Up

NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i
At the runner-up spot, we have NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i, a foldable elliptical compact and convenient option for those who want to get a good workout at home. It has quite a number of features that make it an overall good choice for people with limited space in their homes or apartments.
  • Type/Model: Air Walk Trainer Folding Elliptical Glider
  • Item Weight: 215 lb.
  • Weight Limit: 325 lb.
  • Product Dimensions: H 67’’, W 32’’, D 80’’
  • Display: 5’’ backlit display
  • Workout Programs: Yes
  • Additional Features: Cooling fan
One of the main advantages of the SpaceSaver SE7i is its foldable design, as it is with these foldable ellipticals. But this one also incorporates some of these quality-of-life features. The machine can be easily folded up and stored in a closet or under a bed when not in use, which makes it an excellent option for people with limited space. It is, however, noticeably heavier compared to the other entries on this list. It has built-in wheels, which make it easy to move. So you might not even feel the extra weight.
 
The SpaceSaver SE7i also has a 5-inch touchscreen display that allows users to access various built-in workout programs and track their progress. It can be used without the iFit App, but finding out how was a bit challenging. The elliptical will activate if you hold the Bluetooth button for about 15-20 seconds. You won't have any of the iFit features. The machine also has adjustable resistance levels, enabling users to customize their workouts according to their fitness levels.
NordicTrack

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In terms of comfort, the SpaceSaver SE7i has a padded footbed and adjustable stride length, making it comfortable to use for long periods. The machine is also relatively quiet, which makes it suitable for use in shared living spaces.
 
If you are looking for a foldable elliptical machine with some of those fancy features that a traditional elliptical would have, this one is likely right for you. It has various components that make it suitable for workouts and easy to store and move around. However, it is worth noting that the machine is on the pricier side compared to some other options on the market.
45.5Expert Score

NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i, a foldable elliptical compact and convenient option for those who want to get a good workout at home.

Adjustability
9
Monitor Functionality
10
Portability
8.5
Multifunctionality
9
Price/Quality
9

Positives:

  • Has a large 5’’ display that is very easy to read

  • Has a cooling fan to help you stay cool while exercising

  • It has core cushioning on the pedals. They are friendly and soft, making the exercise much more enjoyable and easier for your joints

  • Has a well-designed and positioned tablet holder, enabling you to connect the tablet to the iFit App or watch a movie

Could be better:

  • The most expensive entry on this list

  • Has a power cable coming from the flywheel area. It is long enough, IMO, but keep that in mind when placing the machine in your home so you can power it up

  • The water bottle holder is small. It can barely fit a 24-ounce water bottle

ANCHEER Foldable Elliptical Machine
Next, we ANCHEER with their Foldable Elliptical Machine. I like this one just because it looks cool, and it feels well-made. But it does come with some issues that earned it the 3rd spot on this list.
  • Type/Model: Foldable elliptical for home & gym Cardio Machine
  • Item Weight: 37.5 lb.
  • Weight Limit: 390 lb.
  • Product Dimensions: H 70’’, W 28’’, D 34’’
  • Display: LCD 
  • Workout Programs: 1-3 Walking, 4-6 Swimming, 7-10 Climbing
  • Additional Features: Non-slip pedals, 10 magnetic resistance levels, Magnetron Car Tension System, Heart Rate Sensor, Portable Wheels
This elliptical offers a 10-level resistance control system that allows you to customize the ride, promoting a smooth and quiet workout no matter what level you set it at. With Bluetooth connectivity, you can connect to your phone or tablet and use the FITSHOW app connected to this foldaway elliptical cross trainer machine to record and track all your information as you work out. I find this feature quite handy as it helps me keep track of my progress during the whole week.
 
Safety is also crucial with this product, so the anti-slip 15-inch pedals will help make pedaling secure and stable. Plus, pulse pads are on the additional fixed handle, so you can also keep track of your heart rate during workouts! And when it's not in use, it folds up easily for convenient storage. Now it is easy to fold and handle, but at first, it was pretty clunky and annoying. But once you get used to the process, it'll come naturally.
photo by jellyshoesruns
This product is user-friendly, with enough time given, that accurately measures your strides and ensures safety always comes first with its anti-slip features. Its high-quality mechanism is something we should give credit to in terms of ease of use and long durability, making it a practical choice for those who wish to have their own workout space.
 
And again, even though this one is foldable, it still takes a lot of space and is a bit heavy compared to the top pick. It comes with portable wheels though. Also, keep in mind that this thing is enormous once it is correctly assembled. Well, at least it is very quiet! So you can work out in the middle of the night without everyone else freaking out.
45Expert Score

ANCHEER Foldable Elliptical Machine elliptical offers a 10-level resistance control system that allows you to customize the ride, promoting a smooth and quiet workout no matter what level you set it at.

Adjustability
9
Monitor Functionality
9
Portability
8.5
Multifunctionality
9.5
Price/Quality
9

Positives:

  • The assembly of this machine is pretty straightforward

  • This foldable elliptical is very light, which makes portability easier as well as storing it

  • Anti-slip 15-inch pedal

Could be better:

  • Regardless of how much you tighten the machine during assembly, it can still be a bit wobbly. Especially if you're heavier or are going for a faster workout (I'm pretty heavy, though, but not over the limit)

YOUNGFIT Elliptical Machine
And there we have it – last but not least. YOUNGFIT Elliptical Machine is sitting down in the trench of this list – but I have to tell you – it is really nice.
  • Type/Model: Air Walk Trainer Folding Elliptical Glider
  • Item Weight: 104 lb.
  • Weight Limit: 330 lb.
  • Product Dimensions: H 63’’, W 20’’, D 44’’
  • Display: LCD  
  • Workout Programs: Difficulty levels from 1-22
  • Additional Features: Non-slip pedals and handlebars, Multifunctional LCD 
Investing in your health and fitness are one of the best decisions you can make for yourself. With the YOUNGFIT Elliptical Machine, you can simulate the natural movements of running and walking without putting excessive strain on your joints. This machine looks good, it is quality-made, and it is quiet with noise generated not exceeding 20 dB. 

The YOUNGFIT Elliptical Machine is not just a great way to improve your physical condition; it's also an excellent tool for weight loss and strengthening your muscles. While placing it where you want it to be, you have a handy pulley and wheels, making it very easily portable.

The YOUNGFIT Elliptical Machine could be a great choice if you don't like going to the gym and don't have much free space at home. This way, you can combine the best of both worlds and ensure you get a good quality workout - from the comfort of your home. 

The adjustable resistance levels allow users to adjust the intensity of the workout according to their fitness level and goals. Its built-in LCD shows vital stats such as calories burned, distance traveled, and time elapsed. Plus, it features an adjustable stride length, so each user can find the perfect fit. While this may be considered a standard, I personally find it very useful, as a good display is not so common on a fold up elliptical.

With so many features that make this machine stand out from other cardio equipment, you won't be disappointed with your purchase!
44.5Expert Score

The YOUNGFIT Elliptical Machine could be a great choice if you don't like going to the gym and don't have much free space at home.

Adjustability
10
Monitor Functionality
9
Portability
8.5
Multifunctionality
8.5
Price/Quality
8.5

Positives:

  • Very large pedals

  • Very quiet compared to others on this list. You can barely hear it

  • Highly adjustable resistance levels (1-22)

Could be better:

  • The tablet holder is an excellent addition, but it is designed to block a small part of the screen, which I found annoying

  • It is one of the more expensive models on this list

What Are the Benefits of Using Folding Ellipticals?

Folding ellipticals can be a convenient option for people with limited space in their homes or apartment, as they can be easily stored away when not in use. Additionally, folding ellipticals are often more portable than non-folding models, which makes them easier to transport and store.

Other potential benefits of using a folding elliptical include the following:

Cost

Folding ellipticals may be less expensive than non-folding models, as they tend to have fewer features and a more straightforward design.

Ease of Use

Folding ellipticals can be very easy, as they typically have simple control panels and minimal setup requirements.

Compact Size

Folding ellipticals take up less space when in use, which makes them a good option for people with smaller homes or apartments.

Versatility

Some folding ellipticals can be used as both an elliptical and a stationary bike, allowing you to get two workouts in one compact machine.

Overall, folding ellipticals can be a convenient and cost-effective option for people looking to get an excellent cardiovascular workout at home but have limited space.

What to Look For in Folding Ellipticals?

Numerous crucial considerations should be made when looking for the best foldable elliptical machine. It is vital to look for a foldable elliptical that is durable and solid to guarantee smooth and risk-free exercise, so look for one that meets these criteria.

Look For in Folding Ellipticals

Adjustability

Ensure that the foldable elliptical trainer has a comfortable seat that can be adjusted as needed and has padding and handles that are simple to grasp. Also, pay close attention to the dimensions and contours of the pedals and the degree to which they may be adjusted. You want pedals that are easy to operate and can suit a variety of foot sizes without being uncomfortable.

Monitor Functionality

Consider the console's capabilities, such as whether it shows the distance traveled, the number of calories burnt, and other data. There is a possibility that some models have built-in programming and pre-defined exercise routines.

Portability

Folding ellipticals are designed to be more portable than non-folding models, as they can be easily stored away when not in use. Many folding ellipticals have a very compact design and can be easily folded up and stored in a closet or under a bed, or they can be moved with little effort. Some models may even come with built-in wheels, which make it even easier to transport the foldable elliptical machine for home from one location to another.

Tips From the Champ

Folding ellipticals can be a convenient option for people with limited space in their homes or apartment, as they can be easily stored away when not in use. Additionally, folding ellipticals are often more portable than non-folding models, which makes them easier to transport and store.

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Multifunctionality

Some folding elliptical machines are designed to be multifunctional, meaning they can be used as both an elliptical trainer and a stationary bike. These types of machines typically have pedals that can be used in elliptical motion and pedals that mimic the movement of a bike.


Multifunctional folding ellipticals can be a good option for people who want to get a variety of workouts in a compact machine. They are also a good choice for people looking to save space and money by purchasing one device that can serve multiple purposes.


However, it's important to note that a multifunctional folding elliptical trainer may not be as effective as dedicated elliptical trainers or stationary bikes. They may provide a different resistance level or offer as many features and programs. A dedicated elliptical or stationary bicycle may be a better choice if you're serious about your workouts and want a machine specifically designed for one type of exercise.

Price/Quality

Determine how much money you have available to spend, and then seek a model that falls within that price range while still providing the necessary capabilities and features.

When it comes to the quality of collapsible ellipticals, they can vary significantly depending on the manufacturer and the specific model. In general, you can expect a higher-quality folding elliptical to be sturdier and more durable, with a smooth and quiet operation. It should also offer a range of resistance levels and have a comfortable, adjustable seat and handlebars.

To ensure you're getting a high-quality folding elliptical, you may want to consider the materials used in the construction of the product. Higher-quality models will typically be made of sturdy, durable materials such as steel or aluminum. If you still aren't sure, then consider reading customer reviews to get an idea of how well the elliptical performs and whether it is of good quality. And finally, take a close look at the warranty. A longer warranty is often a good sign that the manufacturer has confidence in the quality of their product.

With these considerations in mind, you should be able to locate an elliptical machine that folds up and satisfies your requirements while giving you quality exercise.

How to Use Folding Ellipticals Right?

Following these steps, you can use a folding elliptical safely and effectively to get an excellent cardiovascular workout.

Familiarize Yourself With the Machine

Take a few moments to get used to the elliptical settings and functions before beginning your exercise on the device. Make sure you are familiar with how to modify the settings on the console and how to adjust the resistance if any of those features are. Make sure you know how to alter the settings on the console and how to change the resistance if any of those features are there.

Use Folding Ellipticals Right

Warm Up

As with any workout, it's essential to warm up before exercising on the elliptical. This can help prevent injury and prepare your body for the physical demands of the training.

Adjust the Machine to Fit Your Body

Check that the elliptical machine is set correctly to accommodate your height and weight. Adjusting the resistance level to your liking, the angle of the slope (if there is one), and the location of the pedals and handlebars are all part of this process.

Begin Your Workout

As soon as you feel comfortable using the elliptical, you should stand on the pedals and grab hold of the handlebars. To operate the pedals in an elliptical motion, you should use a fluid and smooth movement.

Keep a Good Form

While using the elliptical, it is vital to keep the proper form to get the most out of your exercise and avoid injury. Make sure that your feet are perfectly positioned on the pedals, that your back is straight, and that your shoulders are calm.

Cool Down

After you have finished your exercise, spend a few minutes cooling down by lowering the resistance on the machine and slowing down the rate at which you are moving. Your body will be able to heal more quickly and have less muscular discomfort as a result of this.

Following these instructions will give you excellent cardiovascular exercise while using a foldable elliptical safely and effectively.

Cool Down

FAQs

Can Ellipticals Fold Up?

Yes, some ellipticals can be folded up for storage when they are not being used. These types of ellipticals are often referred to as "folding ellipticals." Folding ellipticals are designed to be more compact and portable than non-folding models, making them a good option for people with limited space in their homes or apartments.

To fold up a folding elliptical, you will typically need to release a latch or lever that allows the machine to be collapsed. Some models may require you to remove the pedals or other parts before folding. Once the elliptical is collapsed, it can be stored in a closet, under a bed, or in another small space.

It's important to note that not all ellipticals can be folded up. Some models are designed to be used in a stationary position and cannot be folded for storage. If you are looking for a compact and portable elliptical, look for a model specifically designed to be folded up.

Do Compact Ellipticals Really Work?

Compact ellipticals, also known as folding ellipticals, can be effective for providing a cardiovascular workout and improving overall fitness. However, it's important to note that they may offer a different level of resistance or features than larger, non-folding ellipticals.

In general, compact ellipticals are best suited for people looking for a basic, low-impact cardiovascular workout and don't need a lot of features or resistance levels. They may be less effective for people looking for a more intense or specialized workout, or for those training for a specific athletic event.

If you are considering a compact elliptical, read customer reviews and compare the features and resistance levels of different models to find one that meets your needs. Try out the elliptical in person to get a feel for the machine and ensure it is comfortable and easy to use.

Is 20 Minutes a Day on Elliptical Enough?

The amount of time you need to spend on an elliptical to get a good workout will depend on various factors, including your fitness level, the intensity of your workout, and your goals. It is recommended that people participate in cardiovascular exercise for at least two and a half hours per week at a moderate intensity; this duration may be broken up into shorter sessions of 20-30 minutes each day.

Twenty minutes of elliptical training every day at a moderate level may be required to get some of the health advantages of this kind of exercise. But, if you want to see more substantial increases in your fitness level or accomplish particular objectives, you can work out for more extended periods or up the intensity of your exercises.

Remember that cardiovascular exercise is just one component of a comprehensive fitness regimen. This is another reason why it is essential to keep this in mind. To get the most out of your workout regimen and reach your fitness goals, you should include strength training, flexibility training, and balancing exercises.

Conclusion

All in all, foldable ellipticals are an excellent investment for someone looking to get fit or stay active. They offer many benefits that other exercise machines cannot provide. 

If you are interested in purchasing a foldable elliptical, research and read reviews before making a final decision. With so many different brands and models on the market, it cannot be easy to know which one is right for you. 

However, if you take the time to find the perfect machine for your needs, you will enjoy all the benefits these fantastic devices offer.

SUNNY HEALTH & FITNESS SF-E902 AIR WALK TRAINER ELLIPTICAL MACHINE received the highest score and thus earned my TOP PICK rating. The Sunny H&F Elliptical gives you the best value for your money and is out of all the 4 candidates, the best elliptical that you can fold, store and move around – which can be seen based on the high points it scored across all five categories.

If you have already used any of my 4 recommended foldable ellipticals or have just now decided to buy them, please share your thoughts and impressions via the comment section below. I would be delighted if you would share your experience and tell me if my folding ellipticals review helped you to get the right one for you.

Also read:

References:

  • Elliptical trainer // Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliptical_trainer
  • Warm-up and cool-down // Nhsinform: https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/keeping-active/before-and-after-exercise/warm-up-and-cool-down
  • Do Ellipticals Work? We Investigate // Byrdie: https://www.byrdie.com/do-ellipticals-work-5118339
  • How much should the average adult exercise every day? // Mayoclinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/expert-answers/exercise/faq-20057916

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Ihor Shymechko

Coach, PRO Olympic Weightlifter

Experience: 26 years

Best Results: Snatch - 208 kg,

C&J - 240 kg

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I competed at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.

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Olympic Weightlifting Champion

Experience: 21 years

Best Results: Snatch – 200 kg,

C&J - 240 kg

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2 comments

  • Torokhtiy Team

    Hi @Davide!

    Portable ellipticals can be worth it depending on your needs and preferences. They offer convenience and flexibility, allowing you to exercise anywhere at any time. They are compact, lightweight, and easy to store, making them suitable for small spaces. However, portable ellipticals may have limited features and a smaller stride length compared to traditional ellipticals. Consider factors like your fitness goals, available space, and desired workout intensity before deciding if a portable elliptical is right for you.

  • Davide

    Are portable ellipticals worth it?

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