Budget ellipticals are becoming more and more popular these days. However, it isn’t always easy to find a good one. Fortunately for us, there are models such as Exerpeutic Aero Air which make the whole process pretty straight forward. It is one of the best ellipticals you can get under $200 and today we are going to take a closer look at it. As you are about to find out, Aero Air has quite a bit to offer. Lets get right down to it.
The moment you lay your eyes on Exerpeutic Aero Air it becomes apparent that they designed this thing with space saving in mind. It is a rather light and compact package which makes it really easy to move in or out of storage. The frame is rugged but ultimately modest. Exerpeutic has used quality piping, however they didn’t over engineer the whole thing. As a result, you have a strong but lightweight machine. Dual action workout arms are positioned just right for most users. They come with padded portions which increase comfort during use, although they too are pretty basic. Moving on to the pedals we see two very large units, each featuring pronounced ridges. Establishing decent grip is as easy as you would want it to be, while those ridges prevent any kind of slipping.The most interesting thing about this particular elliptical is its source of resistance. Instead of going with a flywheel, Exerpeutic chose a adjustable strap tensions to achieve the same results. Generally speaking, they have managed to deliver a challenging elliptical experience in a very compact package.
When dealing with budget ellipticals, there isn’t really much you can expect in terms of features. These machines are generally reduced to the most basic form in order to reduce the cost of manufacturing and to stay competitive in a very unforgiving market. With Aero Air, Exerpeutic has done just that. However, they did include a few things which make this particular model pretty interesting. For starters, they have fully covered the whole compact design idea. Not only is this machine small and light, but you also get a set of transport wheels on the front bar of the H pattern frame. This makes transporting the bike a very easy task. Tension adjustment is done by twisting a knob. The knob itself is very simple. So much so that there are no numerical resistance values to read but rather an arrow which tells you which way to turn the knob. This can make it somewhat confusing to track your progress. Last but not least we have a simple but effective LCD display unit which shows you all of the relevant stats.
Despite whatever quirks Exerpeutic Aero Air may have, it is still one of the most impressive elliptical machines in the budget segment. It packs all the right features and has the potential to deliver a challenging workout whenever you need it. Because of that we can’t really criticize it too much. If you are just starting out and are looking for a decent entry level elliptical that comes with arm extensions, this is about as good as it gets. Especially if you need something compact and lightweight. Overall, we think that Exerpeutic has done an amazing job with this one.