Nordictrack E8.0 or Nordictrack E9.0?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: In the first category, the Nordictrack E9.0 wins with its adjustable stride of 20” to 22” while the Nordictrack E8.0 only has an adjustable stride length of 18” to 20”.
Resistance Levels: When it comes to the resistance levels, the Nordictrack E8.0 wins with its 22 settings while the Nordictrack E9.0 only has 20. Having different settings can definitely add to the intensity of your workout.
Max Ramp: It is a tie between the two models as they both have a maximum incline of 20° which can also increase the intensity of your workout.
Built In Programs: In terms of built-in programs, the Nordictrack E9.0 beats its counterpart as it offers 30 preset programs while the Nordictrack E8.0 only offers 24. It should be noted though that the average for ellipticals that belong in their price group is only 7 to 11.
Notable Features: In the bells and whistles category, the Nordictrack E9.0 beats its counterpart as it has more features to offer. It should be noted that generally, Nordictrack ellipticals have many bells and whistles even though they cost less than $1000.
Both machines have a cooling fan feature to keep you refreshed, a built-in sound system, a more reliable wireless chest strap that continuously sends feedback as well as oversized pedals for your comfort. However, the E9.0 has side handrails for your safety and it has a rare decline feature which can go down to 10°.
Parts Warranty: When it comes to parts warranty, the Nordictrack E9.0 beats the Nordictrack E8.0 with its 3-year offer while the latter only offers 2 years.
Labor Warranty: In terms of labor warranty, the two machines are tied as they both have a 1-year deal. Take advantage of these deals as labor costs can get quite expensive these days.
Machine Weight: In this category, the two are tied as they both did not indicate their machine weight. This is disappointing since most people would want to check the machine weight to confirm whether the machine is sturdy or not since the heavier the machine, the more durable it is.
Machine User Weight Capacity: In this category, the two are tied as they both did not indicate their machine weight. This is disappointing since most people would want to check the machine weight to confirm whether the machine is sturdy or not since the heavier the machine, the more durable it is.
Money Back Guarantee: In terms of money back guarantee, the two are tied as they both offer 30 days each. This means that you can easily return the product if you are unhappy with its performance.
Conclusion: Generally, elliptical machines that are pricier offer more features and such is the case with the Nordictrack E9.0. At the time of the comparison review, there is a $200 price difference between the two and the cheaper Nordictrack E8.0 does not offer as many features than its counterpart.
The E9.0 is equipped with a longer stride length setting, more programs, a rare decline feature, safety handrails, full enhancements on its foot pedals, as well as a longer parts warranty which definitely justify the increase in price.
However, the E8.0 also has more resistance levels, also has an adequate bells and whistles which can also be found on the E9.0 and is more cost-effective.
Either way, both machines are a good choice for home use. The E9.0 ranks 2nd among models that belong in the $651 to $1000 price range and the E8.0 ranks at 13th out of 33 models that have been reviewed. Making your final decision would depend on your personal preference as well as how much you are willing to spend on an elliptical.