NordicTrack E 8.9 Elliptical Review 4

NordicTrack E 8.9 Elliptical Rating

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Pros The price is one of the most attractive features of this model. For just $799, you get a brand name trainer with multiple customizable options that would find on more expensive models. This model is not much different from others in this series that are more expensive, making the 8.9 model an excellent deal overall.
Cons Like the previous model, the E 8.7, the console is lacking when it comes to entertainment options or unique features that other NordicTrack elliptical trainers are known for. The flywheel weight and warranty offering are really the only other two “cons.” The flywheel weight is only 20 pounds, making it not less sturdy and a bit noisier, and the warranty only covers two years on parts and one year on labor.
Summary The 8.9 model is an improvement from the 8.7 model in some aspects, mainly on the console area, still lacks when it comes to entertainment options. And while the flywheel weight is lower than we’d like to see, and the warranty less than impressive, as a whole, NordicTrack makes well-built and quality trainers that have an excellent reputation for durability. The price is an excellent feature too, so if you are unsure of what trainer to go for, starting with an entry level model like the 8.9 is a great choice.

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NordicTrack E 8.9 Elliptical Detailed Overview

The E 8.9 is the entry level trainer in the NordicTrack Elite Series (E8.9, E11.9, E12.9, E16.9) of front drive elliptical trainers, offered for just $799. It is one of our top-rated best cheap ellipticals. The E 8.9 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 multi-person use. When it comes to the stride, this trainer is capable of adjusting from an 18 to 20 inch stride, 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 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 8.9 comes with a 5 inch backlit iFit® 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. New on this year’s model (an upgrade from the 8.7 model), is a more advanced console featuring OneTouch™ controls, Digital Quick Incline™, an integrated tablet rack, and a larger cooling fan.

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 8.9 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

  • Adjustable incline, adjustable pedals and adjustable stride
  • Price to features ratio is impressive
  • iFit® enabled
  • Digital Quick Incline and One Touch™ Control keys
  • Transport wheels

NordicTrack E 8.9 Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Incline:3 - 20 Degrees
Stride Length:18-20 Inches
Flywheel:20 LBS
Programs:26 workout apps
Weight Capacity:325 LBS
Dimensions:67.1" L x 25" W x 69.1" H

Our Least Favorite Features

  • 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 8.9 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 $799, you can’t beat the price and 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.

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