NordicTrack E 8.0 Elliptical Reviews
Overall Rating: 4.55
Looking at the E 8.0 it is hard to not compare it to the E 5.7, both from NordicTrack. The featues and design are very similar, the difference being is one is the E5.7 is sold directly from NordicTrack and the E 8.0 is sold through Sears. It looks like Sears is trying to make too much money off of this machine.
The NordicTrack 8.0 is a pretty solid elliptical for a sub-$1,000 model, but considering its similarity to the E 5.7, which sells for $200 less, you're probably paying too much for it. Of course, if you enjoy spending extra money, or you happen to be a firm supporter of Sears, this may be just the machine for you.
At this price, the ergonomics of this elliptical are quite impressive. It has a range of motion that is as natural as several models that cost well over $1,000. The adjustability isn't great, but considering the price, you can't expect to do much better. The stride length can be set between 18"-20", giving you the opportunity to modify it to fit your particular body type. Having good ergonomics and adjustability is very important. We worry that models that don't do well in this area could end up putting unnecessary stress on your joints.
The projected reliability is about average, which is the best you can hope for in such an inexpensive model. Its life expectancy is similar to many ellipticals that cost $1,000 or more. The quality of parts what you looking for in this price range. Keeping prices this low means using cheaper components.
This machine is a bit louder than the average elliptical. In this price range, slightly less quiet than average is nothing to be ashamed of. If quiet operation is important to you, you're going to have to go above this price range.
The warranty on the NordicTrack E 8.0 is pretty weak. Labor is covered for 1 year, parts are covered for 2 years, and the frame is covered for life. Finding a better warranty for such an inexpensive model is not easy. This is the one clear advantage this elliptical has over the E 5.7.
These products are produced by Icon Health and Fitness. They are the largest retail fitness company. This well-known brand name is heavy on features, and their newer units are holding up quite well in the home, if you don't count some of the glitch prone features. The treadmills are beautifully packaged machines and look great in your home. NordicTrack is quickly becoming known for making a solid quality machine at a bargain price, and they are selling more units that anyone else in their respective price range.
Quality / Philosophy
NordicTrack is produced by Icon, a company with thousands of employees and large resources. Put simply, their machines have the best design in the business. Icon has a long, storied history that provides an example of how the big keep getting bigger. Icon used to be the mass-market darling because of their cheap prices, but they had the quality to match. These days they put quality into the machines and pack them with features. The NordicTrack brand as a whole has improved dramatically over the past 5 years, and service improvements give us hope that this can be the leading brand in the home market..
Icon is the largest fitness equipment producer in the world with over $1 billion in sales. If the fitness industry were a solar system, Icon is so powerful that they would be the Sun. In terms of stability they are the best, but overall, their customer service isn't up to the standards of any of the lower volume producers. They have promised an improvement on this and have new management in the service department, so we hope this helps. Although you get a value price for the product, you also get value service, so keep this in mind when buying their machines. Due to the sheer number of units they produce, we pick up support in many cases where this factory leaves off..
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