The NordicTrack E8.9 Elliptical Front Drive Machine

NordicTrack E 8.9NordicTrack E 8.9

Web Price: $1,299 | Sale Price: $799

Great features including incline capability, iFit technology and self-adjusting fan make this entry level front drive elliptical a winner.

Overall Rating From Elliptical Review Guru: 4.0 / 5.0

Capacity:
Resistance:
325 lbs
22
Stride Length:
FootPrint:
18-20
67.0″ L x 25″ W x 69.1″ H

The E8.9 has been discontinued and replaced with the all new C 7.5.
Check out our review of the new model here.

The E 8.9 is a front drive elliptical training machine from NordicTrack. It is an entry level trainer offered by the company as part of its Elite Series machines. Sturdy and compact, the machine is loaded with features and comes with a surprisingly small price tag.

We’ll start off with the pros:

• The E 8.9 is very compactly designed. At 68”, it is even smaller than the NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i, which has a length of 81”. So, it is very easy to use and even easier to store.

• The power incline is an excellent feature. You can change the angle from 3 to 20 degrees, which is amazing considering this is an entry level elliptical machine. In fact, the E 8.9 has one of the steepest incline ramps in its class.

• You can adjust the angle to increase the intensity of your workout and target different groups of muscles in your lower body. As you adjust the angle of the incline, the stride length also changes from 18” to 20” automatically. It is one of the advantages of using a front drive elliptical.

• Auto-adjusting stride length is a welcome addition to the machine, as the machines in NordicTrack SpaceSaver series do not have this feature.

• There are 24 resistance levels, which you can change at the touch of a button. There are 26 built-in workout apps – including 13 calorie apps and 13 performance apps. On top of it, the machine is iFit compatible. You can get a custom-designed workout from professionals based on your fitness goals. You can also use Google Maps to simulate the terrain of various places to make your workouts feel more natural and interesting.

• The 5” backlit display shows time, distance, calories burned, pulse, and resistance level. There is a built-in sound system with two small speakers. You can plug your iPod into it and listen to your favorite songs while working out. There is a removable tablet holder, in which you can place your tablet and watch videos or movies.

• The foot pedals are comfortably large and cushioned to minimize the stress and impact on your feet. Since it is a front drive machine, you can simply step on the pedals from the rear end, instead of climbing over – like in the case of a rear drive machine.

• The E 8.9 has a 20 lb flywheel and has a 325 lb weight capacity. The unit itself weighs around 175 lbs, so it is quite sturdy.

• The cooling fan is really good. It is designed to adjust its speed automatically based on the speed and intensity of your workout.

Other features include transport wheels to move the machine around, built-in water bottle holder, and long handlebars with built-in heart rate sensors.

NordicTrack offers a one year warranty on labor, two year warranty on parts, and a lifetime warranty on the frame.

Cons

• As you raise the incline, the elliptical motion is slightly distorted. It is, however, something that is common with many front drive elliptical trainers. It is hardly noticeable and does not make much of a difference to your workout experience. Still, if you have ever used the rear drive machines from NordicTrack SpaceSaver series, you will be able to notice the difference.

• The E 8.9 is both iFit compatible and wireless chest strap compatible, but you have to buy the module and the wireless system separately.

What’s the bottom line?

UPDATE: The E8.9 is no longer available. It has been replaced by the all new C 7.5 elliptical.

NordicTrack E 8.9 is a very good entry level elliptical trainer. It is small, solidly built, and has some excellent features. There are a couple of minor complaints, but the machine is still a steal, especially considering the low price. Overall, the E8.9 Elliptical is a very good elliptical for the money.