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Types of Step Machines

There are several types of stair climbers available on the market, but we’re going to look at just two options: the mini-stepper and the regular stair stepper machine.

Mini steppers have two stepping pads that move up and down as you step on them. One of the main advantages to this type of machine is that they’re small and portable. While some are available with handles, the majority are foot units that let you step against resistance, and overall they offer a moderate workout. These machines can also be used with an elastic rubber band, which can add resistance to your upper body during your workout.

The regular stair climber also has two pedals that move up and down with your feet as though you were climbing the stairs. They often have handrails, which are helpful for maintaining stability, and the pedals stay in contact with your feet at all times. 

Before You Buy

There are a few characteristics to consider before you buy a step machine.

Size and weight of the machine: The bigger machines are very, very heavy, so if you’re going to need to move it around your house, you’ll want to consider buying a mini stepper. If you’re looking for a regular step machine, make sure you have enough space.

Console and display: Do you want to choose a set program to make your workout more challenging? Would you like to keep track of your stats, like calories burned, stairs climbed, distance covered and your heart rate? Make sure you look into which information each machine shares so you can watch your progress.

Assembly: You probably don’t want to buy a machine that’s very difficult to put together, so make sure your step machine is easy to assemble, especially if you have any issues with it down the road and have to take it apart.

Budget: Step machines are available at many different price points, so you’ll want to find something in line with your financial possibilities. That being said, consider buying something that’s built to last.
Now that you know your way around the world of step machines a little better, take a look at our favorites below.