The Image 7.8 elliptical trainer is an entry-level machine that gives you the option of setting your own pace or selecting one of the pre-programmed workouts to focus on aerobic, weight loss, or performance goals.
The Image 7.8 elliptical trainer’s console features a 7x10 workout matrix display and a large LCD window that tracks speed, time, distance, calories burned, and pulse. There are 8 personal trainer programs with automatic speed resistance, and 2 heart rate programs.
The specs on the Image 7.8 include:
UPDATE: It looks like Image may be out of business. We can no longer find them for sale anywhere. Check out the other ICON brands for similar ellipticals to choose from.
The Image 7.8 elliptical has a listed MSRP of $399, but usually sells for around $299. The 90-day warranty on this budget trainer is extremely, and potential buyers should be advised that replacement parts are expensive.
That potentially drives the cost of the Image 7.8 up substantially, since cheap machines like this have many mechanical breakdowns, which is why there’s no warranty coverage past the first three months.
Despite the fact that this model came out in 2007, there are very few elliptical reviews on it. Apparently, it isn’t worth anyone’s time. If that doesn’t give you second thoughts, consider that in 2010, Icon Fitness does not have a website to promote the Image Fitness brand.
Icon Health and Fitness is the parent company of eight elliptical brands including Image, Proform, NordicTrack, Weslow, Reebok, Epic, Healthrider, and FreeMotion.
While NordicTrack and ProForm have some standout models at several price points from $599 to $999, the Image 7.8 elliptical trainer doesn’t compare in value to any of its sibling brands. At this price, the best we can recommend is the Eclipse 1100 HR, a compact unit for women, or check out models made by Schwinn, NordicTrack, Epic, or ProForm.
UPDATE: Early Black Friday/Cyber Monday Elliptical Sales are on!
Here is your chance to rant or rave about the elliptical you use at home or at the fitness center.