Trying to pin down the best exercise machine to lose weight is not an exact science. While certain machines might help you burn more calories, they won’t necessarily be the best option for you – there’s no point splashing out on one of the best treadmills (opens in new tab) if you hate running, for example.

If you really want to lose weight, you’ll need to achieve a calorie deficit. This means you’ll need to burn through more calories than you consume. Studies – such as this one published in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism (opens in new tab) – have shown that it doesn’t matter how you achieve this. If weight loss is your goal, a sustainable calorie deficit is a must.