Best Cross-Trainer Hybrid Ellipticals of 2020

Cross-trainer elliptical bikes are also known as hybrids. Indoor trainers, used either sitting or standing, they feature an adjustable seat for easy transition between the two positions. The flywheel is typically located in the front, but closer to the user than in the front- drive design. The design of elliptical cross-trainers mimics the feel of walking or jogging while in the standing position and also has the leaning forward movement of a stair climber similar to the front-drive design elliptical trainers. When sitting, the cross-trainer mimics the feel of a traditional bicycle or in-door exercise bike. Depending on the seat placement, it can also ride like a recumbent bike. The cross-trainer elliptical bike is ideal for anyone seeking a mix of exercise options in the home, yet only space for a single machine. After much research, we can assure any shopper that these are the finest cross-trainer elliptical bikes on the market.

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Coming in as our top recommendation is the ProForm Pro HIIT H14, designed to accommodate the interactive iFit workout programs by way of a 14-inch touchscreen. At 66" L x 29" x 52" the unit sports a total weight capacity of 325 pounds and is powered by a whopping 30-pound flywheel, which is considerably heavier than most of its peers. Flywheel weight ensures a smooth ride, and 18-20 pounds is more the norm, making the H14 a superior ride, particularly for larger users.

Bringing innovation to the workout is the Octane Zero Runner ZR8 and it's "floating" runner design. With no flywheel, the unit is operated by way of hanging pedals and is completely self-powered. No friction and easy to maintain, the ZR8 boasts a 58-inch stride, 300-pound weight capacity, low step-on height of only 5.2 inches, and narrow 1.4-inch pedal spacing. Also unique is the LCD display with Bluetooth connectivity and SmartLink compatibility allowing for customized workouts. Meanwhile, the unit itself brings 13 built-in endurance programs, 12 for toning, and 10 for active recovery. The ZR8 offers wireless heart rate monitoring by way of chest straps.

The Bowflex Max Trainer M8 is a premier offering from that manufacturer's line-up. The Max Intelligence Platform-enabled unit features 29 on-demand workout videos, as well as compatibility with other apps. Training is tracked and enhanced by way of dual mode LCD/LED screens and up to four individual user profiles are afforded here. Also included in the performance pack is the Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6-inch tablet and arm-band heart monitor. A full 20 resistance levels are offered on the machine which measures 49 inches long by 30.5 inches wide and 65.5 inches high.

 

 

 

 

 

Best Hybrid Ellipticals

Model Rating Price Lowest Price
ProForm Pro HIIT H14 5-stars Under $2,000 See best price »
Octane Zero Runner ZR8 5-stars Over $2,500 See best price »
Bowflex Max Trainer M8 5-stars Under $2,500 See best price »