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Best Cross Trainer for Home Use

Thanks for taking your time to read our information on the best cross trainer for home use. In this article we will bring you reviews of the top 10 cross trainers for home use that are currently available in the UK market.

Often you may also here cross trainers referred to as x-trainers and elliptical trainers such is the type of jargon used in the world of fitness. There is actually a difference though. Most elliptical machines do not have the moving arms, but in some cases they do, especially in gymnasiums.

The normal elliptical machine has arm rails for holding on to. If you would like to find out more about elliptical trainers, then please click here.

Cross trainers are typically easier to use than elliptical trainers, and are usually cheaper, though that does vary depending on the features included and on the individual brand.

Top 10 Buyer Rated Cross Trainers

Below you will find a list of the best buyer rated cross trainers. The ratings are based on a summary of actual real life online buyer reviews. These are people who have bought the product, used the product and also take the time to leave a detailed review.

We calculate the ratings by looking at the websites that sell these products. We then collect the ratings and calculate an average score which we mark out of 100%. The higher the score the better the buyer rating is.

At least that way you know the reviews are legitimate and are based on what real people actually think, rather than on what the marketing companies might say. Before we look at those, it is worthwhile reading the below information to find out if this is the right piece of exercise equipment for you?

No 1 Choice - Reebok GX50 Cross Trainer

  • This cross trainer makes use of a 9 kg flywheel - that makes for a challenging, smooth and quiet low impact workout experience
  • There are 32 levels of electronic resistance for you to choose from
  • Comes with 20 fitness programs built into the console
  • Has an LCD screen that shows the feedback you need to help improve your fitness level by tracking and displaying your progress - this includes speed, distance, time, calories, pulse, watts and RPM
  • It also has cushioned adjustable footplates and dual-action and fixed handlebars​
  • Easy to move around your home using the integrated transport wheels
  • Maximum user weight of 120 kg (approx. 18 stone)
  • Comes with 2-year parts and labour warranty as standard

No 2 Choice - Viavito Sina Elliptical Cross Trainer

  • Like the one above this Viavito branded cross trainer also makes use of a 9 kg flywheel
  • There are 32 levels of computer controlled magnetic resistance for you to choose from
  • The stride length is 15" (38 cm) and has 20 programs
  • Has an LCD screen with full display
  • It also has large adjustable footplates
  • Maximum user weight of 120 kg (approx. 18 stone)
  • Comes with 2-year parts and labour warranty as standard

No 3 Choice - Marcy Azure EL1016 Elliptical Cross Trainer

  • This model makes use of a 4 kg flywheel
  • There are 8 levels of resistance and it is battery powered
  • The stride length is 14" (35 cm) and uses a 3 piece crank and a belt drive
  • Has an LCD screen that displays time, speed, distance, calories and pulse
  • Maximum user weight of 110 kg (approx. 17 stone)
  • Has a water bottle holder and flip out stand for phone or tablet
  • Comes with 2-year parts and labour warranty as standard

No 4 Choice - JTX Strider-X7 Magnetic Cross Trainer

  • This model makes use of a 12.5 kg flywheel and 16" stride length
  • There are 16 levels of magnetic resistance
  • There are 21 programs such as heart rate control, hill, interval training and more
  • The console is programmable and you can save up to 4 programs of your own choice
  • Has a large colour touch screen that displays time, speed, distance, calories and pulse
  • Maximum user weight of 130 kg (approx. 19 stone)
  • Has non slip adjustable pedals and wheels for easy transport
  • Comes with 2-year parts and labour warranty as standard

No 5 Choice - XS Sports CT700 Magnetic Deluxe Elliptical Cross Trainer

  • This model makes use of a 5.5 kg magnetic flywheel and adjustable stride length
  • There are 8 levels of resistance
  • There are 21 programs such as heart rate control, hill, interval training and more
  • The console is programmable and you can save up to 4 programs of your own choice
  • Has a screen that displays speed, distance, pulse, odo, calories and duration
  • Maximum user weight of 110 kg (approx. 17 stone)
  • Has chip resistant paint and CE certified design, extra wide foot plates, transport wheels and a phone/tablet holder

No 6 Choice - XS Sports Luna Pro 2-in1 Elliptical Cross Trainer

  • Can be used as an exercise bike and a cross trainer
  • Front mounted flywheel
  • Has a screen that displays Pulse, Time, Speed, Distance, Calorie & Scan Mode
  • Maximum user weight of 110 kg (approx. 17 stone)
  • Has a solid steel frame, large comfortable seat, front wheels and large platform style foot plates

No 7 Choice - Reebok ZR8 Cross Trainer

  • This model makes use of a 9 kg magnetic flywheel and adjustable stride length
  • There are 32 levels of electronic resistance
  • There are 20 fitness programs
  • The console is programmable and you can save up to 4 programs of your own choice
  •  Has a large backlit LCD screen that tracks and displays speed, distance, time, calories, pulse, watts and RPM
  • Maximum user weight of 120 kg (approx. 18 stone)
  • Has cushioned footplates that can be easily adjusted to suit your stride length and also has dual-action and fixed handlebars
  • Comes with 2-year parts and labour warranty as standard

No 8 Choice - New Image Maxi-Glider 360, 10 in 1 Cross Trainer

  • This model has 4 movement types, glide, rotate, ski and split
  • There are 4 levels of resistance
  • Has a digital progress tracker and wall chart
  • Maximum user weight of 110 kg (approx. 17 stone)
  • Comes with a tablet stand

No 9 Choice - Exerpeutic Aero Air Elliptical Trainer Crosstrainer

  • This is a small compact elliptical trainer with adjustable strap tension and workout computer
  • Use an elliptical motion that reduces stress on joints
  • Has large non-slip pedals
  • Uses dual-action workout ​
  • Easy dial tension adjustment for more or less of a challenge
  • LCD display indicates distance, calories burned, elapsed time, and speed

No 10 Choice - JLL CT300 Home Elliptical Cross Trainer

  • This model makes use of a 5.5 kg magnetic flywheel and adjustable stride length
  • There are 8 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Has a screen that displays RPM, Speed, Distance, Time, Temperature, Heart-Rate, Calories, Body Fat & Pulse Recovery.
  • Maximum user weight of 100 kg (approx. 16 stone)
  • You can pedal forwards and backwards, has dual action handlebars and the monitor can be used as a tablet holder.

Cross Trainer Buying Guide

We find it is always helpful to include a full buying guide for any piece of fitness equipment. Cross trainers are not cheap to buy, so we highly recommend reading this guide before parting with any of your hard earned cash.

What Is A Cross Trainer, and What Does it Do?

They are a low impact method machine that can tone your legs, tummy including the sides and also your legs. It is considered to be an all over body workout as it uses your arms as well as your legs and improves your overall aerobic fitness.

Many ladies will use a cross trainer as part of a weight loss program. That is because a cross trainer will help you burn a lot more calories than using something like an exercise bike.

It is in effect a stationary piece of exercise equipment, that allows the user to simulate, walking, running and stair climbing without applying to much pressure to the joints.

That of course helps a lot in minimising the risk of injuries. These machines are also very good at improving your general aerobic fitness.

Who Would Benefit from Using a Cross Trainer?

  • Weight Loss - Treadmills work well for weight loss but cross trainers are actually even better for burning off calories. A typical workout on a cross trainer can burn off between 8-12 calories per minute so ideal if you are on any type of weight loss program. So if you train for half an hour on one of these you can burn off a whopping 360 calories.
  • Low Impact Workout - Using a cross trainer is classed as a low impact piece of equipment. In other words it has a low impact on the joints. That does make it ideal for older people who can not risk damaging the joints. It is also ideal for people trying to recover from any type of injury.
  • Full Body Workout - Cross trainers do work the entire body so good for those who want to exercise all of the body in the comfort of their own home.
  • Strength Building - Cross trainers do help build up the strength and endurance over time and help improve muscular definition.

How To Pick A Cross Trainer Suitable for your Home?

There are two main types of cross trainer which are:

  1. Belt Style - ideal for basic workouts and the best value for money
  2. Magnetic Resistance Flywheels - offers a wider range of resistance programs for higher levels of fitness and are quieter that the basic belt type

You can guess from just the above information that the belt type is going to be a lot cheaper than the magnetic one. If you are just looking for a good basic cross trainer, to help you improve your fitness, or lose some weight, then the belt one is adequate.

If you want to take your fitness regime to the next level, then splash out more cash, and upgrade to a magnetic version.

Key Features of a Cross Trainer You Should Understand

We have included the key features to understand before buying a cross trainer. Some of these you may need and others are nice to have features. Your budget should dictate which cross trainer to go for, based on the features that you really need to have.

Description

What it means?

Console

Located on the front panel and where you will find the controls for your machine

Display

This is the digital read out and is found on the console

Belt

This forms a key part of the transmission, and the belt pushes back, when you build up your speed

Transmission

This is the mechanism that creates the resistance as you train

Tension Control

With this you can change the resistance level to make it easier or harder

Frame

This is the main structure of the trainer and the moving parts attach to the tubular style of frame

Functions

The different ways of using the trainer, levers, pedals and reverse pedalling

Programs

Where you can make your choice of workout, point to point, downhill, cross country skiing etc

Heart Monitor

Your pulse is taken through hand grips and allows you to improve your training

Self generating power

Recharge the battery as you train, to save on batteries, or don't need to plug it in

So as you can see there are a number of quality products at a range of prices. The decision is which one will best suit your needs. Many of them also come in a range of colours and you can find that out by checking out our more detailed reviews.

We found when doing these that even those at the lower end of the price points have more than enough features for anyone getting started.

It comes down really to deciding what levels of fitness you want to try and achieve. These are all well made trainers that are easy to assemble and allow you to get started exercising quickly.

For anyone wanting to work out all of the muscle groups such as the chest, back, biceps, triceps, the core, calves, thighs and quads it would be recommended that you go for one with movable handlebars. That is because they mainly allow for a better upper body workout.