Best Stepper Machine for Home Use
Thanks for taking your time to read our reviews on the best stepper machines that are currently available in the UK market. These machines are best suited to people who want to work on their lower body, especially the stomach, thighs, calf muscles and all of the legs and buttocks.
These make an affordable and very useful home exercise machine. That is because they do what they are supposed to do, and they are small enough to quickly fold up, and store away.
With the many advances in technology, almost all of them come with an integrated computer to help you track your progress. That is good because you can actually see the changes in your body, the more that you use the machine.
We also like these because they are affordable, with prices starting as low as £40, so that should give everyone a chance to give this form of exercise a try.
The main purpose of a stepper machine is to replicate the movements of walking up a set of stairs, but without the heavier impact on your knees and ankles. It is also not as boring as doing that, and you don't have to worry about wearing out your carpet.
Top 7 Buyer Rated Stepping Machines
Just below we have listed the top 7 stepper machines based on buyer satisfaction rating. The ratings are important as this is what buyers thought about their machine, after they had bought the machine, used it and then took the time to leave a review.
When we do our reviews, we check out the many websites that sell this particular type of fitness machine. We make a note of the buyer rating that has been left there. Some use a 5 star system such as Amazon and other websites use a 1-5 scoring system, and some even use a 1-10 scoring system.
We gather this information, and then work out the average score, which we express as a percentage. You will see that average buyer satisfaction rating, beside the actual name of the stepping machine.
- Sportstech innovative 2-in-1 Stepper and vertical climber (96%)
- KETTLER Side Stepper (95%)
- Sunny Health & Fitness Twister Stepper (90%)
- KUOKEL Mini Stepper (86%)
- SportPlus 2 in 1 Dual Exercise Stepper (84%)
- Ultrasport Step Swing Stepper Machine (72%)
- Ultrasport Up-Down Stepper (68%)
Just below we have done a short summary of each stepper machine, which we hope you sill find useful.
No 1 - Sportstech Innovative 2-in-1 Stepper & Vertical Climber Review
- This is a climbing machine which is both a stepping machine and a climber for the leg
- This machine works great for the buttocks, abdomen, and arm muscles
- It has a chronometer, calorie, and step counter - with a very clear display
- With just three hand movements, it folds flat in a space-saving manner
- It has rubber feet that protect your floor
- You can quickly adjust the stepping machine to your body size
No 2 - KETTLER Side Stepper Review
- The is known as a side stepper and has two hydraulic cylinders for ease of movement which helps a lot especially for beginners
- The movement is known as a parallel range of movement, and that gets the hips moving and provides a very effective toning effect
- It also has an integrated training computer that shows the timer and the number of steps completed
- This machine can support a maximum weight of 100 Kilograms
No 3 - Sunny Health & Fitness Twister Stepper Review
- This is a popular choice for many UK buyers
- It is made from a durable, heavy-duty steel
- It has an LCD display console that shows your total count, time, calories burned and rep count
- It also has a very useful adjustable resistance knob so as you can set the level you wish to step at
- It comes with over sized slip-resistant footplates
- The maximum user weight is 113 Kgs
- This has a twist action that helps tone the thighs and buttocks, and also offers a very good cardiovascular workout
No 4 - KUOKEL Mini Stepper With Resistance Bands Review
- This machine can automatically track and record your exercise time, count and calories
- The foot pedals are made of ABS material, with embossment on the surface, which is anti-slip and perfect to massage your feet when exercising with the bare feet
- Comes with an adjusting knob, and you can also adjust the height of pedals according your needs
- It has two resistance bands, which can be used for stretching your arms.
- The base frame is tough and durable
- The casing has rubber to prevent damage to your floor and avoid slipping
- It is compact and only takes up a little space
No 5 - SportPlus 2 in 1 Dual Exercise Stepper Review
- This is a 2 in 1 exercise stepper machine
- It can be used as a "side stepper" or "up and down stepper"
- It has a high quality hydraulic cylinder for resistance
- This is classed as a mini and it has large non-slip footplates
- It comes with a training computer which displays calories burned, time elapsed, number of steps display and automatically displays changes
- The maximum user weight up to 100kg
No 6 - Ultrasport Step Swing Stepper Machine Review
- This is one of the more affodable stepping machines
- It has a metal frame and silent, high quality shock absorbers
- This machine has been CE certified
- It also has resistant elastic bands for additional training of the arm and shoulder areas
- Comes with a console with various automatically switchable indications, such as training time, number of steps per minute and calorie consumption
- You can adjust the resistance
- Works the abdominal region, legs, thighs and the entire lower body
- The feet are over sized and non-slip, with anti-slip edges
- Maximum load capacity: 100 kg approx.
No 7 - Ultrasport Up-Down Stepper Review
- Although at number 7 on our list, this is actually the best seller, and we believe that is because of the lower price
- It is a practical home trainer, perfect for training your leg, hip, bottom and upper body muscles
- It has a training computer with display of training time, step count per minute, scan and calories burned
- Uses hydraulic cylinders that ensure a comfortable and even training session
- It has over sized, non-slip tread surfaces and a metal frame
- TÜV/GS tested fitness device
Stepper Machine Buying Guide
If you plan on buying and using a stepper machine in your home, then there are a number of things that you need to understand and then give serious consideration to. Many home users opt for this type of low cost equipment because they either do not want to go to a gym, or simply prefer to do their exercise in the comfort of their own home.
Some people just like their privacy when they are getting fit or simply trying to lose a few pounds
The stepper combines two types of movements. There is the normal stair like movement of up and down, but almost all of these stepping machines also have a twisting movement built into them as well. That allows this machine to also work on the back and buttocks and is very good for toning of the bottom. This twisting motion also helps tighten up the lower core.
What Are Your Expectations from Using a Stepper Machine?
The stepper has been designed to replicate walking. It is well known that walking is a great way to exercise. The majority of people will normally go outdoors to do that type of activity.
Some people prefer not to do that and simply do it at home. The stepper will allow you to do that. Likewise, and given the weather in the UK, it is not always possible or desirable to walk in heavy rain, cold temperatures or snow and icy conditions.
That means exercise can be limited or restricted. One great way of getting around that is to use either a treadmill, exercise bike or stepper. The advantage of using a stepper is that it is easier to set up. move around and store away. I have listed below some of the benefits of using a stepper.
Benefits of Using a Stepper Machine
- It quickly helps you to burn calories and also burn fat
- They help improve overall fitness levels and increase your endurance
- They help improve cardiovascular health
- They are super for improving the lower torso toning of muscles
- They are an affordable way of allowing you to exercise in the privacy of your own home
- They do not take up much space and are easy to store
- They help improve balance and stability
- Good for people of all ages and levels of fitness
Steppers with Resistance Bands
Now one thing a stepper machine does not do is allow you to do an upper body workout. These machines are made to work out the lower torso. A simple, effective and affordable way of exercising the upper body is to add a set of rubber resistance bands to the stepper. When these are combined together then you can work every muscle in your body and they make this simple stepping machine twice as good. Resistance bands are also very cheap to buy. Many steppers now come with these built into them.
Many of the steppers now come with what are called "training ropes" or "bungee arm cords." These are in effect a type of resistance band and help give a good overall body workout.
Please be aware that these machines are affordable for most people. You can get a very good basic one for around £30-40. If you want something at the higher end with all the bells and whistles, then you can get those too. Just be aware that for those you can pay anything between £100-250. Below I have done a quick buying guide for stepper machines and underneath I have picked out 3 of the best currently available on the UK market.
Storing Your Stepper Machine
One of the biggest problems with any piece of fitness equipment is being able to store it away. These are for items like cross trainers, exercise bikes, rowing machine etc. With a stepper you really do not have to worry about that problem. These are compact and light and easy to put away.
Even the larger stepper and climber combinations have been made so as they can be stored away quickly and easily.
Stepper Machine Price Points
Always consider your budget and how much you want to spend. If this is just for general exercise there is no need to break the bank. At the lower end these cost around £45-50 for a basic machine that will suit most people.
If you want something with more options then you will need to stretch your budget to around £100-120.
Different Types of Stepper Machines
There are a few slightly different types available:
- Up- Down steppers - As the name would suggest these simply have an up/down movement
- Twist Stepper - These have an up/down movement and also a small twisting movement that helps tone the bottom
- Side Steppers - These as the name would suggest move from side to side and are particularly good for exercising the waist and bottom
- Stepper/Climber - These are for the more ambitious fitness workout. They offer a more high intensity option
- With Cords/Ropes - This is where some form of rope or cord is added to the stepper that allows for a full body workout. The alternative to this is to use a resistance loop band along with an up/down stepper.
Other Features of a Stepper Machine
Almost every stepper machine has some form of LCD monitor or display. This can be very useful and will show important measurements. Most people don't actually use these though, as they simply use the machine for a set period of time like 15 minutes, 30 minutes etc.
Noise Levels - This may sound like a silly thing but it isn't believe me. I have had a couple in the past that make a very annoying noise which gets worse over time. It can get to the point where you want to throw them out the window. Make sure that whichever one you buy does not have that type of problem.