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NordicTrack E 8.9 Review

Quick Summary

Sale priced at just $799, the NordicTrack E 8.9 is a top value among long-stride elliptical trainers.

The E 8.9 features the same performance essentials as the leading elliptical in its series. It has simpler technology overall, but it’s enabled for iFit.

Read about its pros, cons and alternatives in our full review of the NordicTrack E 8.9 below.

Specifications

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Model NordicTrack E 8.9
Rating

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88.4%
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Resistance

Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

22 Levels
Resistance Type

The type of resistance affects the performance of your elliptical. Magnetic and Eddy-Current are the most common types.

SMR™ Silent Magnetic
Stride Length

Stride Length is important for comfort and smooth strides. A stride length of 18-21 inches is ideal for most heights (5'3 - 6'7).

18" - 20"
Pedals

Elliptical pedals can be cushioned and adjustable for maximum comfort and minimum impact on joints for injury prevention.

Adjustable & Oversized
Incline

Some elliptical trainers can be set at an incline to increase difficulty and burn more calories.

3 - 20 degrees
Flywheel

The flywheel controls the smoothness and resistance of your workout. In general, the higher the better.

20 lbs
Programs

Elliptical Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

26
User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

1 User
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Dual-Grip CardioGrip™
Display

Elliptical Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

5" Backlit LCD
Max. Weight

Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

325 lbs
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this elliptical will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

67.1" x 25" x 69.1"
Upper Body

Most ellipticals have handles to hold while you're working out that provide an upper body workout.

Accessory Tray

Some ellipticals include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Ellipticals that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (without headphones).

Cooling Fans

Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout on your elliptical.

Folding?

Some ellipticals are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 2 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 88.4%

Our Rating

Rating: 88.4/100. The NordicTrack E 8.9 is a compact elliptical trainer that’s packed with training potential.

A front drive elliptical, it supports long strides yet has a SpaceSaver design.

Resistance comes from a quiet 20-pound magnetic drive and a steep automated incline.

Elliptical workout programs designed by a pro are built into the console, plus the E 8.9 is enabled for iFit’s unlimited workout downloads.

Here are advantages and possible drawbacks of choosing the NordicTrack E 8.9 elliptical.

Pros:

  • SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance
  • 20″ to 22″ stride
  • Power ramp of 3 degrees to 20 degrees
  • Resistance and incline controls on handlebars
  • 26 built-in workouts
  • iFit-enabled with Google Maps™ workouts
  • Backlit display
  • Tablet computer holder
  • iPod-compatible (2″ speakers)
  • Wireless heart rate monitor (Chest strap not included)
  • Water bottle holder
  • Small footprint (67.1″ x 25″)
  • Two-year parts warranty

Cons:

  • Without a tablet computer, the iFit display is minimal
  • Tablet covers up data display
  • The flywheel isn’t the best for heavy users, although the machine’s max capacity is 325 pounds
  • NordicTrack’s customer service gets negative reviews

Alternatives

The E 8.9 is one of the best NordicTrack ellipticals under $800. If you can spend a bit more though, you’ll get some meaningful upgrades.

Here are some alternatives:
NordicTrack E 11.9 – Same resistance, web-enabled touch screen console
NordicTrack Elite 12.9 – More resistance, web-enabled touch screen console

Introduction

The NordicTrack E 8.9 packs plenty of workout potential into a small space.

The power-adjustable stride of 20″ to 22″ could be a perfect match for your natural gait, plus it can add muscle-toning variety to your workouts.

More significant variety though comes with the power-adjustable incline, which ranges from three to 20 degrees.

The drive weight of 20 pounds is respectable for beginners and intermediate trainees. It isn’t one of the heavier NordicTrack options, but again the incline is important because it adds challenge.

The E 8.9 console is iFit-enabled in a new old-fashioned way. You can download iFit workouts but they’re shown on a simple backlit LED instead of a full color web-enabled screen. For a better view, connect your own tablet computer.

Workout Programs

The NordicTrack E 8.9 elliptical is preloaded with 26 workouts. Each was designed by a certified personal trainer. By automating the pedals’ resistance and incline, these programs make it easier to burn calories, build endurance and meet other fitness goals.

For unlimited workout variety the E 8.9 is iFit-enabled. Here are workout types available with iFit subscriptions

  • Download a new and personalized workout any time. These programs are similar to the built-in elliptical workouts. They’re considered “personal trainer” workouts and are tailored to your user profile.
  • Virtually train around the world with iFit Google Maps™ workouts. These workout programs simulate specific real-life routes by controlling the E 8.9 elliptical’s incline to approximate the terrain. Plus, if you show iFit on your tablet computer you’ll also get an interactive Google Street View! Choose from iFit’s suggested routes or set your own path. With its maximum incline of 20 degrees, the E 8.9 is a nice fit for this workout technology.
  • Train with high definition workout videos from world-class personal trainers. iFit members can choose from hundreds of beautifully produced video workouts. Hundreds of options are available and feature celebrity personal trainers such as Jillian Michaels and the dynamic duo Chris and Heidi Powell.

iFit membership also includes advanced tracking for your fitness data, a digital workout-planning calendar and other advantages to help you keep fit.

NordicTrack E 8.9 Features

This NordicTrack elliptical can power-adjust from a 20″ to 22″ stride. This range not only helps it support a wide range of natural gaits (average to long), but also makes it easy to target different muscle groups in a single workout.

For the best muscle targeting though, the E 8.9 has an automated incline of 3° to 20°. Printed on the incline are the muscle groups targeted at different inclines (e.g., calves or thighs). Adding the incline also brings an instant metabolic boost… so you could trim your workout time but still burn lots of calories.

The flywheel for the NordicTrack E 8.9 weighs 20 pounds. You can choose from 22 resistance levels. The resistance is controlled magnetically, which contributes to quiet operation. This flywheel isn’t among NordicTrack’s heaviest but feels smooth for users weighing up to 175 pounds or so.

The control center for workouts is a 5″ backlit LED. It shows resistance, time, distance, pulse and calories. This elliptical’s highest tech display option is adding your own tablet computer or smartphone.

For heart rate monitoring the E 8.9 elliptical is compatible with a wireless chest strap (sold separately). It also has contact pulse sensors on the handlebars.

The NordicTrack E 8.9 is compatible with iPods too. It has a port and Intermix Acoustics 2.0 speakers.

Warranty & Guarantee

NordicTrack E 8.9 warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 2 Years
– Labor: 1 Year

NordicTrack includes a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

At $799 the NordicTrack E 8.9 is one of the best ellipticals for shoppers seeking the long stride, steep incline and 20-pound drive of NordicTrack’s Front Drive E Series — but without paying for the latest bells and whistles found on pricier alternatives.