Elliptical Machine vs Treadmill – Which Burns More Calories?

Probably the second most frequent question I get is which machine burns more calories. I briefly touched upon this in the article treadmill vs elliptical trainer, but I wanted to dedicate a full article to it.

What burns more calories treadmill or elliptical? While there is an argument for either one, I believe the points below will help clarify:


As you probably know treadmills have varying speeds, so if you are walking on a treadmill you are going to burn less calories than if you are running on a treadmill. Other factors also come into place such as your level of fitness, your age and even your weight.

Walking the calorie burn is calculated by taking .30 x your weight and running is .60 x your weight. So as you can see for the most part running will burn more calories than walking.

Elliptical Trainers:


Elliptical trainers are obviously different than treadmills, they have less impact on your joints which for most people means that you can workout longer without hurting your body. These longer workouts can help you burn much more calories. The key here is not everyone can workout longer.

Buying the right machine and reading elliptical reviews to make sure an elliptical trainer is right for you is important.

A half hour workout on an elliptical trainer burns approximately 450 calories.

Final Say:

As you can tell there is no one answer which is best. Ultimately you have to make the decision because no matter which one you buy if you do not use it you will not burn any calories. So the question is which machine will you use more frequently and is more convenient for you to use over the long term.

If you have certain joint issues an elliptical trainer might be better for you, while if you have balance issues a treadmill might be best.

These are all things you have to consider before making your buying decision.