The E 8.7 is the entry level trainer in the NordicTrack
Elite Series (E 8.7, E 11.7
) of front drive elliptical trainers, however this one is offered for under $1,000. The E 8.7 features a 20 pound flywheel drive system with a 325 pound weight capacity, making this trainer smooth and easy to use. The customizable options also make this trainer very easy for multiple people to use the trainer. When it comes to the stride, this trainer is capable of adjusting to a 20 inch, which is ideal for most average sized users. The adjustable oversized pedals are designed to tilt and pivot with your weight, and are also cushioned for the best in joint protection. And finally, the power adjustable stride features the new adjustable power ramp that allows users to modify their incline from 3 to 20 degrees, which is ideal for challenging lower body workouts and muscle toning. When it comes to entertainment options, the E 8.7 comes with a 5 inch backlit display screen that features 26 workout programs to choose from, 22 digital resistance levels, an iPod compatible music port and two 2 inch speakers. In addition, this trainer is iFit enabled so users can purchase the module and yearly subscription separately to enjoy hundreds of workouts, trails by Google Maps, and other advanced tracking and entertainment options. If you want to monitor your heart rate while working out, this trainer comes with CardioGrip ™ heart rate sensors built into the stationary handlebars, and it is set up to also work with the NordicTrack wireless heart rate monitoring system, but it is sold separately. The overall design of the E 8.7 is comfortable and easy to use, and the front drive design gives the feel of a stair climber, desirable to some who like to lean forward a bit more. As for the warranty, NordicTrack offers a lifetime warranty on the frame, two years on parts and one year on labor. As with other NordicTrack trainers, this model is also designed using Silent Magnetic Resistance ™ technology for their brakes and drive system, for one of the quietest workout experiences available.
Our Favorite Features
- Power adjustable incline, adjustable pedals and stride
- Power ramp feature
- Price to features ratio is impressive
- iFit enabled
- Transport wheels
Our Least Favorite Features
- No reading rack or accessories tray
- iFit module not included
- Warranty- only 1 year on labor and 2 year on parts
- Front drive design can be bothersome for some people
The Bottom Line
The NordicTrack E 8.7 is a solid, well-built trainer that is fully customizable, perfect for homes where multiple people will be using the same trainer. The console is lacking a bit when you consider the 5 inch backlit display, but for the price, you can’t beat the multiple features included. The bottom line is this is a quality, entry-level trainer that is ideal for most any user looking for a durable and reliable trainer under the $1,000 price point.