DeskCycle Ellipse Mini Elliptical Machine Review


The bottom Line

Mini ellipticals are a great way to increase mobility and burn calories while sitting comfortably at your desk, and the new DeskCycle Ellipse Under Desk Elliptical Machine does just that. Its lightweight, durable build with improved magnetic resistance allows you to transport it easily to any workspace.

At a Glance


23 x 18 x 10 inches

Resistance settings:



Steel and high-impact plastic

In the hustle and bustle of modern-day life, it can be challenging to find time to exercise while also maintaining a balanced work and personal life.

In this sense, the DeskCycle Ellipse elliptical machine helps you work smarter, not harder. Sedentary office lifestyles are changing, with office culture placing a lot more emphasis on mental and physical wellbeing. And what better way to maximize productivity is by getting in a workout while sitting at your desk?

DeskCycle Ellipse elliptical machine is smooth with whisper-quiet rotation, so it doesn’t distract anyone around you from working. Perfect office workout equipment. 

Elliptical machines help to improve lung capacity, helping your body transport oxygen to your muscles and heart while also increasing stamina and endurance. Depending on how much you weigh, you can burn between 270 and 400 calories in 30 minutes. 

Using the DeskCycle Ellipse, you can immediately feel that it puts less stress on your joints, making it a great alternative to running. It works a variety of leg muscles, including hamstrings, quads, and even your glutes, and because you are sitting and minding your posture, you unconsciously tighten your core muscles and increase core strength.

The DeskCycle Brand.

DeskCycle is a product of 3D Innovations, LLC, lending their expertise to the world of fitness, education, and exergaming such as the very popular Nintendo Wii. Their focus is on superior engineering expertise and the desire to make exercise easier and more convenient.

What does the DeskCycle Ellipse offer?

This impressive elliptical machine boasts a high-inertia (consistent uniform motion unless changed by you) flywheel that keeps your movement smooth and uninterrupted, allowing you to switch off and focus on your task at hand. 

The flywheel’s speed is 14 times your pedaling speed and keeps things running smoothly. The magnetic resistance and sealed precision bearings are heavy-duty and ensure years of maintenance-free use.

DeskCycle Ellipse has eight resistance settings and a helpful 6-function monitor that tracks your speed, time, calories, scan, and distance. If you want to improve your calorie estimation, do this by entering your height, weight, and gender into the elliptical’s computer. 

The display accumulates up to 100 000 revolutions and 10 000 minutes before it rolls over. You can connect and upload data to your Fitbit using the DeskCycle Elipse while the progress reviewer keeps tabs on your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly exercise progress.

The DeskCycle Ellipse Under Desk Ellipse Machine

this mini elliptical was Built with comfort and durablity in mind.

The DeskCycle Ellipse has a heavy-duty patented double axle, a twin belt flywheel, and sealed bearings encased in a high-impact plastic cover.

High-impact plastic is durable and versatile and offers outstanding resistance and tensile strength. 

The new DeskCycle has done away with friction resistance, which is inherently noisy, and opted for magnetic resistance, which requires little to no ongoing maintenance. Even though tension belts are cheaper, they need occasional changing, which can be a task in itself. From a maintenance perspective alone, magnetic resistance machines are far superior. 

Flywheels resist changes in their rotational velocity, which is the speed at which they turn. The flywheel is linked to magnets, which repel or attract each other, depending on their poles. The magnets will cause drag on the metal disk that propels the flywheel, creating smooth, quiet, progressive resistance. 

This establishes an eddy current – a closed-loop flow of electrical current induced by the magnetic field. When you turn the resistance setting, you increase the current through the magnets, increasing the flywheel’s resistance. 

It has a padded handle that makes carrying it much more convenient. DeskCycle also considered security features and added a security lock that securely links to your desk, should you choose to keep it at your office permanently.

The DeskCycle Ellipse can comfortably support a weight of up to 350 pounds while sitting. It was not designed for use while standing, so please avoid this. 

what we liked about this product.

We liked the smooth consistency of the pedaling. There are no jerky movements while using the pedals. It is also very quiet. We expected some noise but weren’t prepared for the soft-spoken whispers that the elliptical made while pedaling. This makes it perfect for using it in an office environment, as it won’t distract people seated close by. 

It has a low pedal setting. DeskCycle made this machine with the intent of being an under-desk elliptical; its low-pedal setting prevents you from banging your knees against your desk or your heels scraping the floor. It accommodates various foot sizes with comfortable, extra-long, and wide pedals.

We also like that you could choose to pedal forwards or backward, which added variety to our leg workout and helped exercise different muscle groups. The lowest resistance level is a leisurely 15 mph.

We liked that the DeskCycle Ellipse you can track your calories on the LCD monitor, which we feel is important in any fitness regime, even if it is just on a mini elliptical under your desk.

what we didn’t like.

The DeskCycle Ellipse isn’t height adjustable. It can only be used at a desk with a height of 10 inches. If you are shorter, you will need to push the bike further away from you to prevent your knees from hitting the desk, or you may need to lower your chair.

we compared the deskCycle ellipse to the grearden mini elliptical.

When we compared the DeskCycle to one of its close competitors, the Grearden mini elliptical, we found that overall they were well-matched, however, the DeskCycle took first place due to its high-quality material, higher weight capacity, and whisper-quiet mechanics.

DeskCycle Mini Elliptical
Grearden Under Desk Elliptical
DeskCycle EllipseGrearden Under Desk Elliptical
Noise: Consistently quiet. Noise: May need lubricating oil now and then for squeaks.
Max Weight: 350 LbsMax Weight: 220 Lbs
Dimensions: 23″ x 18″ x 10″ Dimensions: 24.8″ x 17.3″ x 11.1″
Sitting/Standing: Sitting only.Sitting/Standing: Sitting and standing.
Material: Steel and high-impact plastic.Material: Plastic.
Monitor Tracker: Calories, speed, time, scan, and distance.Monitor Tracker: Calories, speed, time, scan, and distance.

what’s in the box?

The DeskCycle Ellipse Under Desk Ellipse Machine, including a removable display monitor and display stand. Kensington lock sold separately.

Our final thoughts on the deskCycle Ellipse.

It’s a great workout machine that doesn’t break the bank.

The DeskCycle Ellipse is proof that dynamite and longevity come in small packages. This is a worthwhile investment if you spend long hours sitting behind a desk and would like to add some activity to break your sedentary office lifestyle.

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