The ProForm Hybrid Trainer is one of my top picks for the best budget-priced elliptical/recumbent bike on the market. This trainer offers impressive versatility as it can be transformed from a recumbent bike into an elliptical trainer with a few simple adjustments. Thus, allowing users to perform cross-training on a single machine.
You can use it as either a recumbent bike or as an elliptical. It only takes two quick adjustments – in the pedals and the console – to change it from a recumbent bike into an elliptical – or vice versa. And unlike some other 2-in-1 elliptical bikes, it’s not hard (or back-breaking) to make these adjustments. You can do it in less than 30 seconds.
The console on this trainer is relatively basic and straightforward, but you get the essential feedback of speed, time, distance, calories burned, pulse, and RPM. The machine comes with built-in Bluetooth/iFit compatibility. From there, you can monitor and track your workout progress over time to see how far you’ve come. You can also download new workouts and even run or world-famous bike trails.
The seat is easily adjustable forward and back with extra padding to ensure a comfortable recumbent bike ride. The back is a mesh back – which lets the air flow through to keep you fresh as you cycle. The bike also comes with oversized pedals with built-in traction that you can adjust to fit your frame – again for a more comfortable ride or run.