Ellipticals are some of the most popular machines at any given gym, and it’s easy to see why. On top of the fact that they offer a low-impact but complete workout (more on that in a bit), they’re one of the few gym machines that can’t easily be replaced by something else. If you don’t have a treadmill, you can go for a run. No exercise bike? Ride a regular bike. Ellipticals, on the other hand, offer a unique workout that doesn’t quite compare to anything else.
They’re also a great way to work out. For those with joint problems or anyone looking for a low-impact alternative to running, ellipticals can offer that. And, full-size elliptical machines allow you to work out both your upper and lower body muscles, providing a more thorough workout than leg-centric stationary bikes.
Whether you’re tired of competing for machines, you don’t have time to go to the gym or you just want a way to workout at home, then it’s worth considering buying an elliptical machine. One of our favorite kinds is an under-desk elliptical machine. As the name suggests, they’re designed to allow you to work out your legs while you sit at a desk.
Under-desk elliptical machines save space, so you can use them at home or even at the office. It’s a great way to stay fit, or at least to keep moving, especially considering how much of our time is spent stationary. If you are using them at the office, you’ll want to prioritize a machine that isn’t too loud, so as to not distract your cubicle neighbor (or worse, the person next to you in an open-floor office).
Unlike full elliptical machines, under-desk machines don’t provide an opportunity to work out your arms. So, while they’re no replacement for a full-size machine, they’re a great way to work out anywhere you might not otherwise be able to.
Under-desk ellipticals are pretty similar to under-desk cycling machines, but there are a few benefits that an elliptical has over a bike. For one, under-desk elliptical machines are a great option for taller people. If you find yourself bumping your knee when you so much as try to cross your legs, then you’re unlikely to have the clearance needed to use a bike. The back and forth motion of the elliptical means you don’t have to move your knees up and down as much. And since ellipticals have longer pedals, they may be more comfortable for those with bigger feet. Plus, ellipticals can work different muscles than a bike can.
If you want a low-key way to burn off some calories from that big lunch while fighting the mid-day slump, then these are the under-desk ellipticals to get.
1. Cubii Pro – Seated Under-Desk Elliptical
Cubii’s elliptical is available in a sleek “Noir” color or classic “Chrome.” It’s designed to be very quiet, so it won’t distract your co-workers if you’re using it at the office. A dial on the front of the elliptical allows you to switch between eight different resistance levels. The thing that sets this machine apart is Bluetooth compatibility. You can pair it with your favorite fitness app or FitBit to track your progress.
Cubii Pro – Seated Under-Desk Elliptical
2. Sunny Health Under-Desk Elliptical
This elliptical machine from Sunny Health & Fitness has a dial with adjustable resistance levels, so you can increase or decrease the intensity of the workout as needed. A digital monitor on the screen allows you to track time, speed, calories and distance, so you can easily work toward a set goal. Plus, a handle on the top makes it easy to carry.
Sunny Health Under-Desk Elliptical
3. Stamina InMotion Compact Strider
GOOD FOR LARGE FEET
This compact elliptical machine has a convenient carry handle. The pedals are designed to be large enough to suit people with larger feet. The dial allows you to adjust the resistance level, and the digital LCD display allows you to track distance, workout time, calories burned and number of strides taken. It’s also one of the more affordable options on the market.
Stamina InMotion Compact Strider
4. DeskCycle Ellipse
The DeskCycle is designed to run quietly so you can use it at work. The pedals are extra long and wide, making this machine easy to use for taller people and those with big feet. There are eight different resistance levels. The free app from the brand allows you to log your activity and easily view it, although the elliptical doesn’t automatically transmit that data. One of the best features is that the tracker is detachable, and has a long cord. That means you can place it on your desk, so you don’t have to constantly look under your desk to track progress.
5. ATIVAFIT Under-Desk Elliptical Bike
CAN USE WHILE STANDING
Unlike many under-desk ellipticals, you can safely use this unit while standing (although you may need to stabilize yourself on something). The rotating dial allows you to customize the resistance level, and the large pedals have a tread pattern to keep your feet from slipping. The LCD display allows you to track helpful metrics like speed and distance.
ATIVAFIT Under-Desk Elliptical Bike
6. Cubii Go
BEST PORTABLE OPTION
For a portable under-desk elliptical that is perfect for taking into the office and back home at the end of the day, there’s the Cubii Go. Weighing just over 19 pounds, the Cubii Go has a retractable handle and built-in wheels that add to its ease of portability. Users can track their progress using the illuminated LCD display directly on the Cubii Go or by checking the app, which can be synced with FitBit and the Apple Health Kit. Eight levels of resistance help to ensure users get a great workout every time and the monitor can be cleared after each use, allowing multiple people to use the elliptical and track their progress. Arriving fully assembled, users can start exercising immediately.
7. Cubii JR2 Compact Seated Elliptical Machine
If you still want a portable Cubii option but at a lower price point, the Cubii JR2 Compact Seated Elliptical Machine is a great choice. The elliptical is designed with Cubii’s ZeroGravitii Flywheel technology, which allows for a smooth exercise experience and a low-impact workout that burns more than five times the number of calories from a standing elliptical. The lightest Cubii available, the Cubii JR2 has a built-in handle and also comes with eight levels of resistance for a great workout no matter your fitness level.
Cubii JR2 Compact Seated Elliptical Machine
8. Under-Desk Bike Elliptical Machine with Built-in Display Monitor
CAN USE MANUALLY
If you’re looking for an affordable under-desk elliptical that still packs in all the bells and whistles of more expensive models, try the Under-Desk Bike Elliptical Machine with Built-in Display Monitor. A built-in display monitor has a light-up LED screen that keeps users up to date on their current workout progress, including speed, calories burned, and distance. Users can choose from five levels of resistance and opt for forwards or backward pedaling. Quiet and easy to assemble, the elliptical can be plugged in or used manually.
Under-Desk Bike Elliptical Machine with Built-in Display Monitor
9. MaxKare Under-Desk Elliptical Trainer
CAN BE USED WITH BATTERIES
Get in a great workout with an elliptical trainer that is quiet and easy to use. The MaxKare easily fits under most desks and provides users with a smooth and stable workout, helping to burn calories, improve muscle mass and aid in rehabilitation. The MaxKare can be plugged into a wall outlet or powered with batteries, making it easy to use the machine just about anywhere. A digital display provides readouts for each workout and the MaxKare comes with a remote control to help users change their resistance level and a convenient holder for the control.
MaxKare Under-Desk Elliptical Trainer
10. LifePro Under-Desk Elliptical
EIGHT TENSION LEVELS
Affordable, reliable and durable, the LifePro Under-Desk Elliptical provides users with a quality workout that doesn’t require them to stand. The under-desk elliptical has a magnetic resistance that includes eight levels of adjustable tension. The non-slip rubber bottom helps to keep the LifePro in place while users build endurance and muscle. Stabilizers are also included to keep the user’s legs in place and the LifePro comes with an optional tether strap for fixing the device to a chair.
LifePro Under-Desk Elliptical
11. ANCHEER Under-Desk Elliptical Machine
COMES WITH REMOTE
For an under-desk elliptical machine that works with and without a power source, there’s Ancheer’s versatile model. The elliptical can be plugged into a wall outlet or used manually, making it easy to take your workout to any spot in the home, office, and beyond. The Auto mode allows for three levels, while the unit’s Manual setting has five levels of difficulty. Anti-slip foot pedals help to keep feet in place while the quiet unit works to improve circulation and muscle tone. At 20 pounds, the Ancheer is one of the lighter models on our list and comes with a touchscreen and remote control for added convenience.
ANCHEER Under-Desk Elliptical Machine
12. Bionic Body Magnetic Tension Under-Desk Elliptical
DOUBLES AS STEPPER
Sit or stand for a great workout with the Bionic Body Magnetic Tension Under-Desk Elliptical. The multi-use workout buddy can be used as an elliptical machine in the seated position, or users can stand and use the Bionic as a stepper. The heavyweight, 37-pound machine stays in place whether users are seated or standing and comes with resistance bands for an added exercise element. A large LCD screen displays the number of strides, time elapsed and calories burned. A built-in handle for easy transport and a tension rod all help to make this an excellent at-home or at-work exercise companion.
Bionic Body Magnetic Tension Under-Desk Elliptical
13. Singes Under-Desk Cycle Electric Elliptical
FEATURES PRESET ROUTINES
Get a great seated workout with the Singes Under-Desk Cycle Electric Elliptical. The unit can be used either as an elliptical or as a seated bike, with users able to pedal forwards and backward. The Singes allows for use when the elliptical is plugged in and when it’s not plugged in, making it easy to set up just about anywhere. A remote is included and the unit has a built-in remote holder for when the machine is not in use. Featuring five speeds and several preset routines, the Singes provides a great workout that is also quiet.