NordicTrack E 8.0 Elliptical Review - $799.00
Brief OverviewThe E 8.0 is similar to the E 5.7, it just sells for $200 more.
Overall QualityLooking at the E 8.0 it is hard to not compare it to the E 5.7, both from NordicTrack. The features 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.
Adjustability 5 Reliability 5 Noise Level 4 Value 4 Warranty 4 Quality 5 Ergonomics 5
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