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The Best Under-Desk Ellipticals and Cycles on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about a laptop stand approved by the ladies at The Wing, chiropractor-recommended office accessories, highly reviewed standing desks, and an ergonomic kneeling chair, because we keep hearing that sitting will be the death of us, here we’re delving into the best under-desk ellipticals and cycles you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best under-desk elliptical machine

Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer

“I’m at my desk for much of the day and needed something to get me moving and not interrupt my ability to work or type. This has turned out to be fantastic. I have bad knees (from years of catching) and find that riding a traditional bike is stressful on them, so I was nervous getting this. Turns out that it has no impact on my knees, and I can easily ride out ten miles without even thinking about it or breaking a sweat (because I’m at work, that’s important). I took the advice of other reviewers and measure by mileage and reset it every morning with my daily goal in mind. I’ve had it about a week and am already starting to feel it on my upper legs and hips, so I know it’s doing something. It’s sturdy and was easy to assemble (took about five minutes). If you’re a sitter (work, TV, computer, etc.), may as well do something good for yourself. This is a no-brainer and an easy way to get back into doing some exercise without risky impact.”

Best under-desk elliptical machine with adjustable resistance

Cubii Jr: Desk Elliptical With Built-In Display Monitor

“I love the new colors of the Cubii Jr.! I especially like that I can change the resistance depending on how much of a workout I want. If I’m just using it in the background I can put it on a light setting, and if I really want more of a workout I can crank it up. It really is quiet when you use it, too — something my co-workers would never notice when [I’m] using it.”

Best under-desk elliptical machine with Bluetooth

Cubii Pro Under Desk Elliptical

“I purchased this for a shared office at work, and so far I’ve had nothing but good experiences with it. It’s enough of a workout that I don’t feel like I’m just vegetating while sitting at my computer. My co-workers — at least the ones who have tried it out — seem to like it, too. Since I share my desk and not everyone is into the idea of physical activity at work, I’ve found that it’s a nice plus that it’s very portable as well. It isn’t overly heavy, it has an integrated carrying handle, and its low profile means it can be stuck under a table or somewhere else out of the way when not in use. As for the app, while it is fun to watch the little bicycling guy pedaling along with you for a while, I can’t say I get too much use out of the app overall. The app will input your active calories directly into HealthKit if you’re an iPhone user … Overall, I’m extremely happy with my purchase.”

Best desk stepper

Sunny Health and Fitness Adjustable Twist Stepper, Pink

“LOVE this thing. I’ve had it for almost three years, and it’s still going strong. It is an AMAZING workout! After five minutes, your legs will feel tight, and you’ll be almost breaking a sweat. I keep it at work under my desk and get up and do it every 30 to 60 minutes. After an eight-hour day, I’ve worked out usually 30 to 45 minutes total. It’s really helped speed up weight loss and getting back in shape, especially when I accompany it with going to the gym after work. I used to hate being so idle at my desk job and not being able to burn any calories at work. Everyone always asks me where I got it and they stop in to use it. Great purchase, worth every penny.”

Best under-desk pedal exerciser

Vaunn Medical Pedal Exerciser Chrome Frame

“I bought this because I NEED exercise, but I work literally seven days a week and just don’t have the time. I got tired of being out of shape and gaining weight. These pedals are well worth it! They work just as well as any $100 version and I use them all day long. I take them to work and bring them back home and use them there. They are easy enough to use even if you are a bit out of shape. They are lightweight (so you can take them wherever), they are quiet, and they give you a workout without killing you. I love this and would recommend it to absolutely anyone and everyone!”

Best under-desk pedal exerciser with adjustable resistance

DeskCycle Under Desk Exercise Bike and Pedal Exerciser

“I’ve been using my DeskCycle for almost three years, and I can’t rave enough about it. I’ve become so accustomed to pedaling while I work that I find it difficult to sit still in situations where I don’t have access to it (like meetings, for example). It takes some getting used to in the beginning, but once it becomes habit you’ll find yourself pedaling while creating spreadsheets without even thinking about it. I typically get anywhere between 50 to 70 miles in per day and have even inspired several people I know to get one of their own, one of my colleagues included. I have one at home and one at the office — the one at home is going on three years of use and it’s still as quiet as the day I bought it (with daily use) and I haven’t even had to change the batteries on the digital display yet.”

Best under-desk exercise bike

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B0418 Magnetic Mini Exercise Bike

“I recently went from working a job where I was actively walking and on my feet for nine or more hours per day to working from home on a computer. I was very worried that I would gain a lot of weight with being much more sedentary, so I got this to try out. I looked at several different types and models and this one seems to be the best value and suited my needs well. It took some finagling to figure out exactly where to place it so that my knees do not hit my desk, but I am a pro at using it now. I typically go at least 20 miles per workday with it, and I can feel the burn when I am done. I have not entirely figured out what is going on with the display, but I don’t really care either. I like how the knob works for adjusting the tension, too.”

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The 7 Best Under-Desk Ellipticals and Cycles on Amazon