If you’re looking for the best recumbent elliptical, you may want to look at an option that’s not an elliptical at all.

Seated elliptical trainers are a favorite among cardio fitness equipment because they’re forgiving on the joints while giving a good aerobic workout. The FreeStep Recumbent Cross Trainer is no different in that regard, delivering a truly effective exercise experience that is easy on the back, hips and knees.

What sets the FreeStep apart from the rest is the Patented Stride Technology, a completely unique, natural striding motion. The smooth, linear path mimics a leg press, strengthening your glutes, quads and hamstrings while stabilizing the back and hips for a more stress-free workout than the standard elliptical pedal motion.

It’s a common issue for the timing to be off with recumbent trainers that use both arm and leg motion, resulting in an awkward “pop” with each stride. By licensing the FreeStep technology from a large company that sells high-end physical therapy equipment, we were able to ensure that our design delivers the smoothest function and feels more natural than elliptical options.

Below is a look at how the FreeStep compares to the most popular recumbent ellipticals.

FreeStepTMCompetitor 1PhysioStep LTDOctane xR4x


Shipping CostFREE$484.00Must Use Freight$100
Product Weight110 lb210 lb185 lb196 lb
Footprint54" x 38"60" x 27"66" x 21"53" x 35"
Money Back Guarantee60 Days30 Days30 Days + 25% fee30 Days + 30% fee
Multi-Pay Option12 x $66**48 x $89.00***Financing Available
Patented Stride Technology
Muscle Targeting
Protects Knees & Joints
Upper & Lower Body Workout
Adjustable Seat & HandlesSeat Only
Magnetic Resistance

Benefits of Magnetic Resistance:

• Whisper-quiet and smooth operation
• Reliable with little-to-no maintenance ever needed
• A wider range of resistance settings to make your workout more challenging over time
• Intensity controlled with one simple dial

While most magnetic resistance machines tend to be the more expensive options, the FreeStep was designed to offer all the same benefits at a more affordable price.

What to look for in a recumbent elliptical:

Fitness and Physical Therapy at an Affordable Price

Although all the popular machines listed in this article are designed to protect your back, knees and joints during exercise and offer similar results, prices vary dramatically. The most affordable model of our top competitor costs more than five times the price of a Teeter FreeStep. Even the lower priced HCI PhysioStep will set you back an additional $2,000. Plus, you can get started for even less when you choose the FreeStep multi-pay option.

Thanks to the FREE shipping and 60-day Money Back Guarantee from Teeter, you can shop with confidence, knowing that you won’t lose out on your well-earned money should you not be satisfied with the product (though we know you will be). With PhysioStep and Octane Fitness’s large restocking fees, it actually costs more to return their products than it does to purchase a FreeStep.Teeter FreeStep Recumbent Cross Trainer

Versatility and Muscle Targeting

Working out the same way day in and day out becomes boring. No one wants a boring workout, so choosing a machine that allows you to change it up and progress as you get stronger and more fit will keep you motivated and on track! The FreeStep offers muscle targeting by letting you isolate your legs or arms to add intensity or reposition the handles to target biceps, triceps and back muscles. The other recumbent elliptical trainers either lack customizable handles or have no way to isolate your arms by resting your legs.

Easy Storage

A great part of having home exercise equipment is not being confined to one room. Want to work out in front of the TV in the living room? You can!

You might want to store the machine elsewhere the rest of the time, so it’s important to consider the weight and footprint of the machine. Weighing 86 lb less than its lightest competitor, the FreeStep is a low-profile addition to your home, complete with wheels for convenient transport. With a length of just 54 inches, it’s also one of the most compact recumbent machines, allowing for easier storage no matter the location.

A recent Consumer Perception Survey of FreeStep users showed:


Feel the FreeStep is a gentle, low impact exercise for the knees and back.


Feel the FreeStep delivers less stress on the knees and back than other cardio options.


Find the FreeStep convenient to use indoors without taking up too much space.

At Teeter, it’s our mission to make fitness and recovery easy and comfortable for all ages and fitness levels, that’s why we designed the Teeter FreeStep – a completely impact-free home exercise machine.

The comfortable and naturally-reclined seated position reduces body fatigue and eliminates the stress on your joints and back while the unique pedal motion and synchronized handles deliver a full fat-burning cardio workout.

Click below to learn more about the unique features and benefits of the FreeStep that you won’t find with any other cardio options.


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* Prices and purchase terms listed as of


and are subject to change. See the FreeStep product page and the websites of HCI Fitness (PhysioStep) and Octane Fitness for current purchase terms and prices.

* Teeter is not affiliated with HCI Fitness, Octane Fitness or their parent companies in any way. -

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