CONSUMER REPORTS: New fitness equipment

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - If you'd rather skip the gym and get your workout in at home, Consumer Reports' latest tests of ellipticals and treadmills reveal some good news.

Peter Anzalone with Consumer Reports believes, "You don't need to get all the bells and whistles. We found you can get a good workout on machines that cost around a thousand dollars."

With elliptical machines, testers measure each one to see how well it fits a broad range of people.

Anzalone says, "We've created devices that measure the machine and compare it to the 95th percentile American male and the 5th percentile American female."

This Diamondback for $2,000 earned top scores. But for a fraction of the price, the $800 Schwinn 470 is also a good choice. It's well-made, easy to use, and is a good fit for most people.

When it comes to treadmills, a sturdy frame and construction is a must-have, especially for runners.

Anzalone adds, "We're looking at different aspects of the machine to make sure that if there are people who are of different fitness levels, it works for the beginner to the advanced person."

Testers liked the downhill feature on this Sole TT8 for $2,300. If you're not concerned with downhill running and walking this $1,000 Sole F63 is also a good choice and costs half the price. Its large buttons and display make it easy to use and is a good option for runners or walkers.

No matter which treadmill or elliptical you buy, Consumer Reports says it's a good idea to try it out in the store to make sure it works for you.