There’s nothing good about a sedentary lifestyle. It make you less flexible, and also adds health risks. A majority of us are stuck to our desk for a huge chunk of the day and it can’t be helped. Or can it be? There are quite a few exercise machines designed for people like us who spend a lot of time in their desks. From under-desk cycles to standing desk converters and desk cycles, the options are many. Another category that often goes unnoticed is under-desk ellipticals.
If you have long legs or the height of your desk is a little low, getting an under-desk cycle seems impractical as you won’t get the adequate clearance to pedal. Here’s where the ellipticals come into the picture As you already might know, ellipticals make forward/back motion as opposed to the circular motion of cycles. The best part is that some of these ellipticals let you exercise while standing. Best of both worlds, if you ask me. So if you have been trying to make a change to your sedentary lifestyle while working, here are our recommendations for the best under-desk ellipticals.
1. STAMINA INMOTION ELLIPTICAL
There’s a knob at the front to adjust the resistance level. It doesn’t have fixed resistance, though. You will have to pick one as per your comfort. At 24 x 17.5-inches, it has a smaller footprint. Plus, the lightweight ensures that you can easily put it aside when not in use. Or, you can drag it to your den and use it while streaming your favorite show on Netflix.
Reviewers are happy with the range of motion and the noiseless, smooth working. For now, the Stamina Inmotion Elliptical has a rating of 4.1-star out of 5 on Amazon.
2. BIONIC BODY MAGNETIC TENSION UNDER-DESK ELLIPTICAL
The good thing about this elliptical is that it has a solid build. The low profile ensures that it fits easily under the desk, provided that your desk doesn’t have a low height. And like its counterpart above, it also ships with a battery-powered digital monitor and non-slip pedals.
Reviewers are happy with their purchases and 61% of the users gave it a 5-star rating. They love it for its low-noise level, smooth magnetic resistance, and the sturdiness it brings to the table. One user sums her experience beautifully as, “Easy to put together, all tools included. It makes a little noise but is quiet enough that none of my coworkers hear it. It fits under my desk perfectly so I can use it sitting down or lift my desk & use it standing.”
3. ANCHEER UNDER ELLIPTICAL MACHINE
If we talk specifics, this one measures 9.8-inches in height and around 17.7-inches in length. Do note that you will have to plug the product to the power outlet for the automated workouts.
The pedals are large as well as grippy and you should have no issues in your strides. Since it’s an automatic machine, you won’t be able to adjust the tension manually. But other than that, it’s a decent machine for the price. “This product really gives me the workout I need for when I’m sitting around and sedentary,” explains a user.
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4. FITDESK UNDER-DESK ELLIPTICAL
It ships partly assembled, and the remaining assembly is easy. At the same time, it has a good build quality for the price. In the long run, some of the machines may start to squeak. A user writes, “I bought this to keep my knees loose and it has been great! It was extremely quiet for the first 2 weeks before it started making an occasional noise. But it isn’t bad.”
Nevertheless, it has managed to acquire some good ratings. Out of the 90 reviews at the time of writing, it has 66% 5-star ratings.
5. SUNNY HEALTH & FITNESS MAGNETIC UNDER-DESK ELLIPTICAL
The machine’s low profile translates into a natural fit under desks and counters with height as low as 29-inches. Several users have backed that. A user adds, “I can comfortably peddle while seated, with my knees nowhere close to the underside of the desk.”
The best part is that it doesn’t require any assembly, and you can use it straight out of the box. The resistance settings are decent, and the 8-different levels mean you can switch between them as per your preference. The build is solid. However, the base can rub against the floor surface and cause it to squeak. Thankfully, that is easily mendable by getting a quality anti-slip mat.
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These were some of the best under-desk ellipticals that are available under $200. If you want to spend a bit more, you can check out the DeskCycle Ellipse or the highly popular Cubii Jr under-desk elliptical.