Ready to step up your fitness and torch some serious calories? Do it figuratively and literally on one of these stair-stepper machines. From beginner options to more advanced models, there’s one that’s best for your body’s needs. We spent several hours researching stair-steppers, watching video reviews and installation videos of them, and even tested one at a local gym. We’ll help you find the best one to help you achieve your fitness goals without breaking the bank.
ProForm Cardio HIIT Trainer
In terms of overall value, we think this stair-stepper from ProForm is the best option for those who want to get their cardio fix at home. It’s much more durable than other fold-up steppers you can buy online, and it will give you a more intense workout.
That’s because your feet travel on a 10-inch vertical while simultaneously going on a 5-inch horizontal elliptical path. This effectively replicates stair-climbing and triggers your calves, hammies, and quads. If you’re holding onto the handle bars, you’ll also get an arm workout and build biceps and triceps. The climber has 32 built-in programs and in-handle controls — plus it measures your heart rate, and it offers 24 resistance levels. There’s a fan, and even a spot for your water bottle and your tablet. Its frame is backed by a lifetime warranty, and parts and labor are covered for 3 years and 1 year, respectively.
Stamina SpaceMate Folding Stair-Stepper Machine
Tight on space? You’ll appreciate the fold-up design of this stepper that easily stashes away when not in use. The machine, which only takes 15 minutes to install, comes with two resistance hydraulic cylinders that provide a smooth stepping motion. Depending on how hard of a workout you want to have, you can adjust their resistance in terms of how much effort and strength you need to push the pedals. The small monitor between the foam-covered handlebars can track your steps per minute, steps during the workout, and the time and calories burned. The machine supports up to 250 pounds, and will have you dripping sweat in less than 30 minutes.
Sunny Health & Fitness NO. 045 Twister Stair-Stepper Machine
Like working out at a friend’s house? Or enjoy an extra dose of cardio after your afternoon yoga class? This mini stair-stepper is an excellent option. It’s less than 2 feet tall, and only weighs 20 pounds, so you can easily toss it in the trunk to work out anywhere. You’ll quickly form a love-hate relationship with its digital LCD display, which shows total step count, time, and calories burned. It’ll make you proud after your workout is complete, but during it, the display will mock you throughout your “uphill battle” that seems like it’ll never end. A PopSugar editor said the stepper changed the way she exercised, adding that within minutes she had worked up a sweat, burned 100 calories, and was feeling muscle tension in her calves and thighs. Not only can you step up and down on this steel-constructed tool, but you can also twist side to side on the pedals. Pair that with the ability to use the included resistance bands, and you can tone your arms, legs, glutes, and back while you’re at it. It even comes in pink!
Bowflex Max Trainer M7 Stair-Stepper Machine
Compared to other steppers, this one allows you to easily set, monitor, and track your fitness goals. And since it’s Bluetooth-compatible, you can even stream video content from professional trainers with Bowflex’s Max Trainer app on your phone or tablet. Besides its smart features, we appreciate the M7’s compact space-saving design and its stainless steel handlebars — which conveniently have buttons for adjusting resistance. This Bowflex machine is a top-of-the-line stepper made with commercial grade parts. It supports up to 300 pounds and comes pre-programmed with 11 workout programs, which you can monitor via its two displays. If you have a larger budget, consider opting for the newer Bowflex M8, which is packed with more workout programs and extra resistance levels, and it offers the ability to track more users’ workouts.
Best Choice Products Total Body 2-in-1 Vertical Climber and Exercise Bike
This option is essentially a mashup between the popular Maxi Climber machine and an exercise bike. It’s a perfect option for those who get bored easily and like to mix up their cardio regimen. It’s easy to use, set-up takes about 25 minutes, and it works well for all fitness levels. Trust us, you’ll definitely get a full-body workout, burn calories, and develop muscle over time. The machine has eight levels of resistance and a display screen to track your workout. It has a weight capacity of 330 pounds and can fold up to be stowed when it’s not in use.