Where To Buy A Cross Trainer
Where to buy an elliptical cross trainer depends on whether you’re looking for a safe buy that may cost a little bit more or whether you’re prepared to take a risk and spend less. Within seconds you can search the internet and find hundreds of websites selling cross trainers.
However, before you buy from the company with the cheapest price you’ll need to consider the bigger picture.
If the trainer for sale is only available from just one or two suppliers in the UK it may be an older refurbished one that’s reached the end of its shelf life. It may still be a good machine and offer good value for money but please check the warranty!
If it’s for just ONE YEAR call them and find exactly what is covered. If something goes wrong with your machine you may only get telephone assistance. An engineer will ask you questions and then send a part in the post and expect you to install it. This obviously isn’t an acceptable solution. Find out if you get parts, labour and on-site help.
If you find a supplier offering a popular brand much cheaper than anyone else they may not be an authorised dealer for that brand in the UK. This isn’t illegal and you’ll still get exactly the same machine but they won’t be able to offer the full manufacturer’s warranty.
The majority of the machines we review here come with a minimum of a TWO YEAR warranty with on-site support, many have more more. If you buy a trainer with a limited warranty you could be taking a risk. Yes, you may get an initial bargain but it could be costly if it develops a fault.
All the retailers we mention on this site are authorised dealers for the models they sell and can therefore offer the full manufacturers warranty. From our experience the top retailers for customer satisfaction are :-
Sweatband.com – stock a wide range of trainers from budget right up to top of the range. Over 480 visitors to this site have purchased machines from Sweatband and to date we’ve received only two minor complaints – both resolved within a week.
Fitness Superstore – have five large showrooms across the UK and stock both trainers for home and commercial use.
Inspire Fitness– a great choice of machines right across the mid-range. Inspire are also a licenced refurbisher of Horizon machines and always have a number at big discounts. They have a great reputation for impartial customer advice and after-sales service. As a visitor to this site Inspire Fitness will throw in a free high impact mat to place under your trainer for all orders over £500.
Argos – a huge retailer with a wide range of fitness equipment
Also see our guide to buying an elliptical cross trainer on eBay.