I'm looking to by an Elliptical for daily use by 2 people (one person is 5'4 and the other is 6'2). We've consistently used elliptical trainers at the gyms before so we know we're going to use it frequently. It has been a confusing experience after trying elliptical machines at different stores and doing online research I'm very confused about what to get. So far I've like the feel of sole E25 (handle bars were short for the 6'2 person) and E35. These are front drive and online research has been consistently saying stay away from front drives because of high maintenance and not so natural feel. We tried some rear drive (Pro form, health rider under $1000) and we found the stride to be short and the motion to be a bit up/down motion. It felt like I was jumping up and down on these. Sole E35 felt like I was taking longer strides and it was much smoother.
Some features that are important to us:
Incline feature - to target other muscles so it doesn't get boring.
longer stride - 20' - 21'
smooth/non bumpy motion
Price range: Under $1300
Does anyone have any experience with Front drive or a sole elliptical? Will the rear drive give you a better workout? Are there other elliptical trainers I should be checking out?