Thinking of buying a piece of fitness equipment? Whether it's a treadmill, elliptical, rowing machine, exercise bike or multi-gym, we often make the decision to buy an exercise machine based on our desire to get fit, to help in our rehabilitation or as a leisure pursuit.
Given there are so many options available it can be difficult knowing where to start, so to make the right choice, ask yourself a few simple questions:
Who will use it, what will they use it for and how often?
Is it for just you or several people? Is it for someone wanting to get fit, or for a real fitness enthusiast on a daily basis for many hours a week? Will it be sturdy enough for someone who's on the heavy side?
What benefits are you looking for?
Consider what you want to get out of your equipment, and what you actually need. Is it something to tide you over for the short term, or is it time to scrap the gym membership in favour of a home gym?
What features would you like it to have?
Modern designs are packed full of features including: heart rate monitoring; a variety of fitness programmes (some with additional content to download); Wi-Fi connectivity and interactivity; iPod and tablet compatibility; or simply somewhere to place a water bottle. In today's on-the-go world, see if there's a shelf or holder for your portable media device, so you're always connected. Some have an actual TV or screen inbuilt.
Start by having a look at our buying guide and then consider the following to make your own choices for the following types of machines. Remember you can see how up to 4 machines measure up against one another by using our Compare function.
If you haven't the time to visit one of our shops and talk to a fitness advisor in person, here are some questions that customers often ask me when they're thinking about buying fitness equipment. I hope it helps you to choose the right one for your needs.
Click on the questions below for answers