LiveStrong LS8.0ELiveStrong LS8.0E

Web Price: $1,499.99 | Sale Price: $799.99

This machine is offered at a fairly low price, but it does have some problems. There are definitely some areas that are lacking with this model, namely the fact that many users have a problem with the flywheel making noise, the fixed stride length, and the basic console.

Overall Rating From Elliptical Review Guru: 2.0 / 5.0

Capacity:
Resistance:
300 lbs
16
Stride Length:
FootPrint:
20″
76″ L x 24″ W x 67″ H

Expert Reviews

UPDATE: Johnson Health & Fitness is no longer making ellipticals under the LiveStrong name. For a comparable model check out their popular Horizon ellipticals. They have many highly rated machines at similar price levels.

“The LS8.0E is the value priced version of the excellent LiveStrong elliptical design. The only real drawback on this machine is the manual incline adjustment.” – Treadmill Doctor

“The elliptical is a quality deal with all the necessary specs for an effective workout as well as several extra features… The LiveStrong LS8.0E elliptical does fall a little short in terms of pre-defined workouts.
Nine options is not terrible but we have found other ellipticals in the $500 to $1,000 price range that offer a lot more.” – Fit Rated

“The LS8.0E elliptical has most of the same features that you will find on the more expensive 10.0 and 13.0 ellipticals by Livestrong Fitness.” -Elliptical Machine Reviews.net

User Reviews

Many of the user reviews available online for the LS8.0E are favorable, however some users complain that LiveStrong deletes unfavorable comments off of their site. So I searched elsewhere to find user reviews, and found some unbiased comments from Amazon and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

“The display is pretty basic, there are three different LCD displays… The speed goes in increments of .5 or .6, for instance I usually go around 7 mph, in that range this goes from 6.3 to 6.9 to 7.5. So if you want to hit and stay at a steady pace, this doesn’t work very well… If you plan on using your arms on the handles, the H/R sensors are almost useless. It defaults to 70 BPM and resets to that if you hands are off the sensors for 4 seconds. Add that to the fact that it takes 1-2 minutes for it to acquire your heart rate, slowly climbing from 70 every time and it’s pretty much useless unless you hold the sensors the whole time.” – M. Michel, Amazon Customer

“Bought this machine on 2-12-12. It is now 4-11-12. We have had 2 different repair people here working on this 4 different times. It gets worse after each service. Have NOT been able to use for 3 weeks now. Company is claiming they will replace the whole unit… which we will again have to assemble. Then we will have to figure out what to do with the other junk machine, as they will not take it.” – Very Unhappy Customers (Ft. Wayne, IN), Dick’s Sporting Goods

“Excellent machine with all the basics, unfortunately the knocking noise that others have mentioned is widespread enough that we now believe it’s definitely a manufacturing defect. The problem seems to be at the flywheel assembly itself.” – Maragon5 (Jersey City, NJ), Dick’s Sporting Goods

“This unit breaks down constantly. If you use it every day as I do, you will have to service it every 2 weeks. Pivot joints lock up and have to be taken apart and re-greased. Internal belt wears very quickly and makes constant distracting noise. Bolt heads use allen keys—what were they thinking when they designed this. I will say that when it works right its excellent. But this unit rarely works right.” – Spucat, Amazon Customer

Conclusion

The LiveStrong LS8.0E is a questionable purchase. If you end up with a machine that doesn’t have any problems, then I would consider this to be a good purchase, however, you may want to be prepared just in case you end up with a lemon. If you buy it from a store, you will probably want to look at getting the extended warranty, just in case.

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this elliptical, since there are others out there near the same price that come with better warranties and more perks.

Editor’s Note: As the LS8.0E is no longer being produced, check out the extremely popular Horizon EX-59 as an alternative. It has just about everything you need on an entry level elliptical trainer.