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Best Stair Climbers

Originally created in 1983, the stair climber is one of the oldest pieces of cardio equipment on the market. Using a stair climber - also known as a stair stepper - can be a great way to add a low-impact, calorie-burning workout to your fitness routine. On average, you can expect to burn up to 1,000 calories in a 60-minute session, depending on your weight, your overall fitness level, and the intensity level you set for your workout.

There are several kinds of stair climbers on the market. First, you may have seen the machine known as a “stairmill” at your local health club. It gives the impression of walking on an escalator, as the workout is delivered by a rotating staircase rather than pedals that you push up and down, and the intensity is changed by the speed of the stairs’ rotation. However, most stair climbers for home use do use those pedals; the intensity of the workout changes as you increase or decrease the resistance of the pedals themselves.

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Stair Climbers

5 stars
Bowflex Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

Although you may think of home gym strength equipment when you think of Bowflex, their three stair climbers are a great choice for your workout, especially if you’re on a budget. Bowflex also offers one of the most generous return policies on the market: 6 weeks from the date of purchase, with no restocking fees.
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4.5 stars


NordicTrack is a popular brand of fitness equipment for home gyms, probably made most famous by their infomercials. With three models of stair climbers to choose from, all of which feature the ability to change the pattern of motion to be more like stairs or like an elliptical machine, at least two dozen resistance levels, and iFit compatibility, NordicTrack earns high marks.
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3.5 stars


Precor enjoys a great reputation for quality fitness equipment, especially for commercial use in health clubs and other fitness facilities. They offer 4 models of stair climbers, all with adjustable stride lengths; the highest-end model allows users to change the stride height as well. Unfortunately, the extremely high price and lack of a return policy may put Precor’s stair climbers out of reach for the average customer. Read More... Visit

3 stars
Life Fitness


LifeFitness is a top brand in the fitness equipment market. With only one model of stair climber - on the high end of the price spectrum - and a restocking fee of up to $500, LifeFitness may be out of range for many customers looking to add a stair machine to their home gym.
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Also, you may find equipment that combines the motion of a stair climber with the stride patterns of an elliptical machine. These types of stair steppers tend to provide a more full-body workout, if you’re looking to combine upper- and lower-body toning while getting your cardio exercise.

As you use a stair climber, it’s important to remember a few tips in order to exercise safely and get the best possible workout. If your fitness level allows, you should try not to use the handrails as you step. This will help you burn more calories and improve your balance. Next, make sure that you are using your whole foot on the step/push, not just the balls of your feet - otherwise, it’ll mostly be your calves that get a workout. And, as with any exercise session, be sure that your shoes are firmly tied! Getting your laces tangled up in the machine is definitely a recipe for injuries!

When deciding which brand and style of stair climber to purchase, there are several factors to keep in mind:

  • Cost. What is the price range for the stair climbers offered by this retailer? Are the prices competitive with other stores?
  • Resistance Levels. Does the machine offer a wide range of resistance levels, to allow you to push yourself as your fitness improves?
  • Range of Motion. Do you prefer a traditional up-and-down stepping motion, or would you rather have a machine that allows for different foot patterns (up-and-down step as well as front-to-back elliptical)?
  • Return Policy. If your stair climber doesn’t measure up to your expectations, will the store allow you to return it for a refund? If so, will there be a restocking fee?
  • Warranty. If the motor fails or parts break, what will the retailer cover and for what length of time?

TopConsumerReviews has reviewed and ranked the best stair climbers available today. We hope these reviews help you choose the best stair climber for your home gym or office!

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Published:  Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:20:00 GMT

Majestic Centre stair climb in memory of a mate

Firefighters, divers and a dog were only a few of the characters packing out the stairs of the tallest building in Wellington over the weekend. More than a hundred people from children, to members of the Armed Offenders Squad, Dive Squad and ambulance ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:11:00 GMT

Extreme heat and its physical effects on the body happen quickly

She walked for 10 minutes and used a stair climber for five. After walking, her heart rate jumped 50 percent. After just five minutes on the stair climber and doing a little more work, her heart rate jumped more than 100 percent. Firefighters say this kind ...

Published:  Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:16:00 GMT

Stadium Stair Climb Challenge helps homeless veterans

Homes for the Brave will host the 3rd annual Step Up For The Brave Stadium Stair Climb Challenge at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport on Saturday, Sept. 23. This event will raise funds for Connecticut's homeless veterans. Early bird registration ...

Published:  Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:30:00 GMT

Riverfront Park will auction off pieces of its history Saturday

Items being sold include: A menu board with a light. Oak tables. A power stair climber. A microphone stand and podium. An oscilloscope. Three carousel horse replicas. Film projectors. Gold and brass lamps. Three eight foot benches and five eleven foot benches.

Published:  Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:56:00 GMT

These Energy-Recycling Stairs Make Climbing A Breeze

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Published:  Thu, 13 Jul 2017 03:44:00 GMT

3rd Annual Step Up For The Brave Stadium Stair Climb Challenge

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Published:  Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:49:00 GMT

New high-tech steps "˜recycle' seniors' energy when they climb stairs

The energy is then released when a person climbs the stairs again. People who want a good workout or improve their general stair-climbing abilities should have a look at this video. According to the researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology and ...

Published:  Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:00:00 GMT

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