The NordicTrack E8.7 Elliptical - Front-Drive Budget Model

The NordicTrack E8.7 elliptical is one of NordicTrack’s front drive series models with a 23lb flywheel and the ability to rotate between 3 and 20 degrees to give variance to your training.

What You Get

The NordicTrack E8.7 elliptical gives a fluid and low impact workout that burns calories with a stride length that adjusts to suit the change in incline. The incline can be changed from 3 degrees through to 20 degrees giving a great deal of variance and an excellent way to change the essence of the workout on the lower legs.

There is a 5” backlit display that shows your calories, time, distance and speed allowing the user to track their quarter-mile. As with other Nordic Track ellipticals this one is also compatible with IFIT® to allow you to track your training online and hosts an IPOD® dock to listen to your own tunes through the 2 inch speakers to avoid you having to wear earphones.

There are also 20 workouts to choose from a resistance range which can be altered using OneTouch™ for easy changing in difficulty. 

NordicTrack E8.7 Elliptical Trainer
  • Front drive 20lb flywheel
  • 22 digital resistance settings using OneTouch™
  • 20” adjustable stride length
  • CardioGrip™ gel hand pads on the handlebars
  • Wireless Polar™ chest strap
  • 3-20 degree adjustable incline
  • Adjustable oversized pedals
  • Water bottle holder
  • Soft hand grips
  • Transport wheels
  • Lifetime frame, 2 years parts and 1 year labor warranty

The Word on the Street

NordicTrack E8.7 Pedals

The NordicTrack E8.7 elliptical certainly seems to tick all the right boxes especially with the use of a wide range of incline changes which is what most reviewers tend to boast about. It’s unusual to find a trainer in this price range that has such a bonus. The front drive series is the most popular with users and most reviews like the range of resistance and the use of the OneTouch™ software for easy changing.

Although many users found that the lack of level 1 on the incline to be very confusing and that the unit weighs a hefty amount. Although this is not to be unexpected because a large elliptical trainer is bound to be heavy. The wheels make the unit easily moveable and the 2” speakers are very useful to avoid the user having to contend with wires from headphones.

UPDATE: As of 2016, the NordicTrack E8.7 has been discontinued, and replaced with the vastly improved C Series ellipticals.  Check them out here.

Our Thoughts

The NordicTrack E8.7 elliptical is a great low budget trainer coming in at about $1000 but in our opinion it lacks many features that other trainers have in a similar price range.

The 5” backlit display is far inferior to some of the other models that boast a full color touchscreen but the vast range of incline is definitely a great asset to this model.


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