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Similar to when folks call tissue paper “Kleenex”, many refer to the stair stepper as a “Stairmaster”. Why? Because ever since Stairmaster built the first stair stepper in the early 1980s, it has been building great stair steppers ever since. The 4400CL is Stairmaster's top home unit, and crams 25 long years of stair stepper expertise into a sleek economical design. All the features are there, including the wide sweet spots, and all the Stairmaster programs that make the 4400CL a “must-see” if you are looking to bring a stair stepper home.
I'd planned on listing the Fold-A-Way Cardio Stepper as a bargain in Best of the Rest, but I just couldn't think of a darn good reason to disqualify the Taiwan Sunbanker stepper from Best of the Best, just because it may save you about a $1000! The engineering of the stepper apparatus, and the variables the computer tracks and displays are as robust as those on machines three times the price. But if you consider the space savings and the cost savings, then the Fold-A-Way deserves a Best of the Best thumbs up!
Though its surprisingly reasonable price tag put it within reach in the “home stair stepper” category, the Cybex stepper's commercial quality from top to bottom shows. The 39 programmable levels are unheard of in a home fitness machine, but what really sets the 800 apart is the silent operation of the stepper apparatus. If you've got a thorny neighbor or accusatory family member… or heck, maybe you have both! Then the Cybex 800 Stepper may be the optimal “noise friendly” compromise for which you've been searching.
Precor has built a reputation of top quality cardio machines in both the home and commercial categories, and the C764 is another sound example. Though the footprint may be a little larger than some home fitness rooms have space for, if stability and safety are a purchase criterion, then the extra wide stance with redundant hand placements may be the answer, if you've got the space. Similarly, the extra wide display screen also delivers “commercial size and quality” in a home unit.
Bowflex's streamlined version of its Treadclimber series is all the engineering quality of the commercial steppers, less a little “sizzle” that you'll never miss. The stepper apparatus is the same as the TC5000, and the panel display and programming options are as complete and robust as any home unit on the market. If you've got the space, this is a big heavy-duty unit that will last a long time and accommodate all users big or small, beginner or advanced, young or old.
Stamina has built a combination stepper and elliptical that land at the top of our “Best of the Rest” list as the economical no-brainer. On the 55-2010, the process of switching back and forth between stepper and elliptical is remarkably easy, and even with that dual functionality, the 55-2010 has a fairly small footprint. If you're building a home workout room, yet don't have money to burn, then the two-in-one capability of both stepper and elliptical make the Stamina hybrid an option worth looking at.
The Multisports ST-2200 is a solid stepper at a very attractive price. It tracks and displays all the variables you need, and the programming capability rivals most commercial models. If you are shopping for a stepper that can accommodate multiple users across a wider range of sizes, ages, and ability levels, then an especially attractive feature is the wrap around handlebar for unlimited hand placement options and safety. Another attractive feature is the “no-noise chain mechanism”, especially if a noisy machine might pose a problem with family members, roommates, or neighbors.
I'm a free weight sorta guy, but I've always been a fan of the “hydraulic machines” as a way to change things up a bit. The general idea is pretty simple: the hydraulic drum is engineered like a shock absorber and thus the harder you push, the more resistance you get from the apparatus. Kettler has put this technology into a stepper and the result is a quality stepper that will give you the exact resistance you need, in real time, with no adjustment necessary! Also, the hydraulic technology has always been as dependable and maintenance-free as any technology out there.
NordicTrack is certainly known for quality fitness equipment, but it is equally unknown for targeting the economy space with those products. But somewhat surprisingly, with the MTN 740, NordicTrack has delivered a high-quality stepper for a reasonable home gym price. The MTN 740 has the high quality engineered stepper mechanism from NordicTrack's commercial line, but many of the features have been left on too, including the sensors in the hand grips, the higher end display, and the built-in fan to help keep you cool.
It's dirt-cheap and it's tiny, but believe it or not, the darn thing works! If you are just getting started into an exercise routine, or are looking to supplement your time at the gym, then ActiveForever may deliver the exact product you're looking for. Throw it in your trunk, toss it in your travel bag, hide it in the corner of the office; you can literally take the Duro-Med Mini Stepper with you anywhere you go!
bowflex treadclimber...this thing is great for the price, the size and the work out you get from it...it can b easily stored under the bed
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