The Lamar Ignite 821 Elliptical Review — The Best Elliptical Available for Under $700

Continuing in my review of budget treadmills and ellipticals under $1000, this time your Treadmill Sensei answers something from the Reader Mailbag. Today’s question is from Pam up in Toronto, Canada. Let’s see what she has to say…take it away, Pam!

Hi Sensei,
I love your website and your sense of humour/style! Great info for someone like me who knows little about fitness equipment.
The Ignite 821 elliptical has been recommended to me by a local fitness equipment seller (and they’re willing to give me some $ for trading in my treadmill). Of course, they’re recommending what they’re trying to sell. I haven’t been able to find any reviews of this model and I’m hoping you have some advice you can share.

Many, many thanks!! -Pam in Toronto

UPDATE: Lamar Ellipticals are no longer being sold. Check out our Best Ellipticals At Every Price Range to see other entry level top picks.


Thanks for your note and your kind works. I’m glad you like the website! It is really a shame, but there is a lack of reviews for most of the Lamar Fitness treadmills and ellipticals out on the internet. As I said in some of my other Lamar reviews, they are a brand that flies a bit under the radar of most consumers but they produce some very good equipment. If you keep on reading you’ll see that their budget ellipticals have a number of features you very rarely see in ellipticals under $1000.

I was able to get a Lamar Ignite 821 Elliptical in to the DOJO and review it about 3 months ago but just haven’t had the time to convert my review notes over to a post and I’m glad for the excuse. THe Ignite 821 is an incredible elliptical for the under $600 price it sells for…in fact, I thought our unit had been mispriced while I was reviewing it because of how it performed. For once this is the case of a manufacturer pricing an elliptical too low!

The first thing you’ll notice when checking out a Lamar Ignite 821 is how heavy the elliptical is. Weighing in at around 175 pounds the thing is a monster and outweighs pretty much everything else out there in the under $1000 range for an elliptical…heck, it out weighs a lot of ellipticals in the $1000-$1500 range as well! Going along with that weight and solidity of frame is a heavy, approximately 16 pound metal flywheel. The combination of frame, heavy flywheel and very comfortable full 18″ stride give you the best elliptical workout available in a budget elliptical under $1000.

The other feature fairly unique in an elliptical in the under $700 price range is a pair of articulating pedals. If you’ve read my other elliptical reviews then you already know how important this feature is, especially in longer workouts. The articulating pedals allow for a more natural feel in your workout and keep your feet from falling asleep, which is a very common problem with most budget price range ellipticals. It is fantastic that Lamar had the foresight to include this feature in the already great Lamar Ignite 821 Elliptical.

On top of solidity and comfort, the Lamar Ignite I821 is also fully loaded with 6 programs, heart rate monitoring and control, 16 levels of resistance and a two-tone LCD screen. The only thing missing is wireless heart rate monitoring…but Lamar even has a solution for that — for about $100 you can get the Ignite 841 Elliptical which is the exact same unit with the additional electronics for wireless heart rate monitoring. I’m still almost conviced that someone at Lamar made a mistake in pricing the Ignite 821 as low as they did.

In the Ignite 821 Elliptical, Lamar created a best buy elliptical under $1000 and definitely the best elliptical under $600 available on the market today. For having produced an uber-elliptical at a budget price, the Treadmill Sensei gives the Lamar Ignite 821 Elliptical 4.5 out of 5 golden buddahs for excellence.

Wow…just plain wow!

Lamar Ignite 821 Elliptical Specifications
Stride: 18″
Flywheel: approximately 16lbs
Display: LCD
Readouts: Time, Pulse, Distance, Calories used, Speed and Watts
Programs: 6
Resistance: 16
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes, Pulse grip
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Max User Weight: 275lbs
Unit Weight: 175lbs
Price: Under $650