Lifecore CD550 or Lifecore V.S.T/VST-V8?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: The Lifecore VST-V8 wins the first round with an 18”-26” stride length which can better accommodate taller users while the Lifecore CD550 has 17”-25”.
Resistance Levels: When it comes to the resistance levels, the Lifecore CD550 beats the Lifecore VST-V8 with a 20 to 16 advantage. If you want to have a more intense workout, set it to a higher resistance as it will be heavier for you when you pedal.
Max Ramp: It is a tie between the two models as they both do not have incline features.
Built In Programs: In terms of built-in programs, the two models are tied as they both have 12 programs to offer. However, this is a bit disappointing since with their expensive price tags, there should be more than that.
Notable Features: When it comes to the bells and whistles category, the Lifestyle CD550 wins against the Lifecore VST-V8. In terms of design, the two models are different as the flywheel of the CD550 is found at the center while that of the VST-V8’s is found on the front side of the equipment. Having a machine that has flywheels on the center is not at all usual and is yet to be tested but this brings compact footprints. But even with 4 user profiles, the CD550 still wins this round with its free wireless chest strap.
Parts Warranty: It is a tie between the two models when it comes to the parts warranty. Both the CD550 and the VST-V8 offer 5 years of free coverage of parts.
Labor Warranty: In terms of labor warranty, the two are tied with their 1-year offer which is considered to be the standard in the industry today.
Machine Weight: When it comes to the machine weight, the Lifecore CD550 wins as it is heavier at 262 lbs than its counterpart which only weighs at 238 lbs. The heavier the machine is, the sturdier it is.
Machine User Weight Capacity: In this category, the two models are tied as they both can accommodate users up to 300 lbs. It should be noted that for safety purposes, there should only be a 100-lb difference between the actual weight of the machine and the weight capacity.
Money Back Guarantee: The two models are tied as they both offer a 30-day money back guarantee. This means that if you are not satisfied with the machine’s performance, you can easily return the machine and get a refund.
Conclusion: At the time of the comparison review, the two models were not on sale and based on their retail prices, the VST-V8 is more expensive than the CD550 by $400. However, when it comes to the features and the machine’s stability, it pales comparison to its counterpart.
Normally, the expensive model has the better features but in this case, it is the other way around. That is why if you take into consideration the price and the corresponding features, the CD550 is definitely the better choice. You get more resistance levels and a free wireless chest strap monitor for $400 less. It is also heavier even if it has a compact design which makes its sturdier and will give you a better all around workout experience.