Nordictrack Pathfinder or Nordictrack E8.0?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: In this first category, both the Pathfinder and the E8.0 are equipped with an 18” to 20” stride length which makes them tied.
Resistance Levels: The E8.0 wins this category with its 22 resistance levels while the Pathfinder only has 15. It should be noted that 22 is considered to be above average and 15 is below average for most elliptical machines.
Max Ramp: In this category, the E8.0 wins with a maximum incline of 20 degrees while the Pathfinder on the other hand has an adjustable incline of 15 to 35 degrees.
Built In Programs: When it comes to built-in programs, the E8.0 has 24 and the Pathfinder has 20. It should be noted however that 20 built in programs are considered to be above average for most elliptical machines.
Notable Features: It was hard to come up with a winner in this category as both models offer pretty much the same features. Both elliptical machines come with a sound system that you can easily connect your mp3 to while working out.
When it comes to the pedal features, the E8.0 has oversized pedals while the Pathfinder comes with a shock absorption system that will minimize the impact while working out. Although it does not have cushioning in the pedals, the E8.0 makes up for this with a built in cooling fan that users can use while working out.
The E8.0 is also equipped with a wireless chest strap while the Pathfinder has a folding feature that can be very practical for many users.
Parts Warranty: In this category, the E8.0 beats the Pathfinder as it offers a 2-year parts warranty while its counterpart only offer 1 year.
Labor Warranty: In the labor warranty category, both models are tied as they both offer a 1-year deal on free labor coverage.
Machine Weight: It is a tie between the two models as both Nordictrack elliptical machines did not indicate their actual machine weight.
Machine User Weight Capacity: Since both machines did not indicate their machine weight, this data cannot be confirmed but the Pathfinder supposedly can accommodate up to 350 lbs while the E8.0 can only accommodate up to 325 lbs. For safety precautions, there should only be a 100-lb difference between the machine weight and the user.
Money Back Guarantee: Just like most elliptical machines, both models offer the same 30-day money back guarantee which means that within the given period, you can return the product if you are unhappy about its performance.
Conclusion: At the time of the comparison review, the E8.0 has a sale price of $899 while the Pathfinder has a price of $999. The E8.0 is the better option as it offers better resistance levels, more built-in programs and a better parts warranty deal for the additional $100.
The two models also offer different features which means that you have to decide which features are important for you to have in an elliptical machine and in any case, this can help you decide to it is all up to you to pick the elliptical with the features that you actually need.