The Lamar Ignite 841 Elliptical Review – Excellence on a budget under $700

The Treadmill Sensei has been very impressed with Lamar Fitness over the past few months. When they first popped on the fitness scene in the early 2000s they produced some fairly forgetful equipment. However, since that time they’ve spend the last 5-6 years slowing improving their quality, their design and their manufacturing to the point where they are no producing some of the best budget and mid range ellipticals and treadmills. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any of their sales people to talk to me at the fitness expo in Denver this past August, 2007, so my information is limited to the units that either come through the DOJO for setup or repair, or from units we purchase to review. The Lamar Ignite 841 Elliptical is one of those I was so excited about that we went out and bought one to review a couple of months ago (along with the Ignite 821).

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

The Lamar Ignite 841 is essentially the same fantastic elliptical trainer as the Ignite 821 elliptical. I have already reviewed. The only differences are in the 841’s electronics — Lamar has give it an upgrade to having wireless heart rate monitoring for about $100 more.

With or without the wireless heart rate integration, the Lamar Ignite 841 Elliptical is still the heaviest duty, smoothest feeling elliptical under $700 — and, to tell the truth, is probably the single best buy elliptical under $1000. The Ignite 841 outweighs every other elliptical under $1000, coming in at about 175 pounds and with a huge 16 pound metal flywheel. When you factor in the 18″ stride then you have a very smooth workout for a budget price.

A feature that I was very surprised to see on an elliptical priced at under $700 is articulating foot pedals. Most units in the budget range have static pedals which can lead to numbness in your feet during longer workouts. By adding in the articulating pedals, Lamar has gone above and beyond the call of duty in their design and manufacturer of the Ignite 841 Ellitptical.

If you’re on a budget but still looking for a top rated elliptical and a best buy under $1000, then make sure to check out the Lamar Ignite 841 Elliptical as it shines in a world of low end, poorly manufactured ellipticals. In my opinion it out-performs a lot of ellipticals under $1300. This unit is amazing and under priced…get it before Lamar gets wise and tries to raise the price!

For being a truly elegant, sturdy and well-designed elliptical, the Treadmill Sensei gives the best buy Lamar Ignite 841 Elliptical 4.5 out of 5 golden buddahs.

The same mechanics as the Ignite 821 but with some upgrades get the Lamar Ignite 841 4.5 gold buddahs.

Lamar Ignite 841 Elliptical Specifications
Stride: 18″
Flywheel: 16lbs
Display: LCD
Readouts: time, pulse, distance, RPM, calories, speed, temperature, and watts
Programs: 10
Resistance: 16 Levels
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Max User Weight: 275lbs
Unit Weight: 175lbs
Price: Under $700