The Livestrong LS8.0E is the most reasonably priced elliptical I have seen and deemed worthy of review on this site. Although it does represent good value for $799.99 the ratings above show you can do a lot better if you're willing to pay more.
I will go through each of the aspects of this elliptical so you can make your own choice as to whether you'd like to buy it. As you can see the warranty only gets 2 stars and that is a big let down for what is an important component to help make your decision.
All the Livestrong consoles are very up to date and modern. I think the most impressive part is you get a picture of a mountain range. You can just make it out in the middle of the console. As the resistance increases or decreases you see yourself at a different part of the mountain. It's quite a nice feature and one I haven't seen elsewhere.
Otherwise the console is quite simple with the readouts you would expect and want from an elliptical. What is good and unexpected for a console on an elliptical of this price is that you have a workout fan and an ipod docking station with speakers. The speakers are a decent size and with good sound. This isn't always the same with other brands and makes a welcome difference. You couldn't ask for a better console on such a cheap elliptical - 5 stars.
There are 9 workout programs. You can get better with a more expensive elliptical plus you are lacking a heart rate control program but then that all keeps the costs down. With Livestrong being a Lance Armstrong inspired product a few of the programs have a bike inspired name to them. They work like any others and you do have the common programs you would expect to help you achieve your fitness goals.
The programs are weight loss, muscle toner, strength builder and more. The one that is most inspired by Lance is the one called Lance's climb which has the resistance increasing as you ride and will provide a real challenge. As you get with some other ellipticals and I'm pleased to see it here are custom courses where you create your own. There are two available here. So you could have two for yourself or one for you and your partner.
You find that a gym elliptical is only ever used on a manual setting where you control the resistance yourself. You have that here on this LS8.0E where there is a manual program. I should imagine this is the most commonly used as you'll get to the resistance you're most comfortable with for your particular fitness level. As long as you're riding for around half an hour each time and that you're breathing heavily from your workout your fitness will improve.
One great feature about the LS8.0E elliptical is you have a choice of 5 positions on an incline ramp. These are set manually and go from 0% to 100%. This is a great way to exercise and tone different parts of the lower leg, quads, thighs and buttocks. It makes no difference to the upper body but does wonders for the lower body. Try 5 minutes on each setting or if you're an expert go for 10 minutes giving you a thoroughly toning all over workout for 50 minutes.
A good thing about all Livestrong Fitness ellipticals and is true of this LS8.0E is that it has a very small footprint. They've been able to get all the needed components into a small area. This elliptical is only 76 inches long when assembled and you won't need any bigger space than that. Another plus is that the pedals and the motion of the ride is along rails. This is very secure and will extend the life of the elliptical.
The frame and everything within the elliptical is designed to be bio mechanically efficient when you ride. That means that there is no wasted effort or energy when it comes to your ride. Everything you do will have a benefit to your muscles and cardiovascular system. It's labeled as six stars certified because there are six key elements that help it achieve this from the frame.
Max user weight
The maximum user weight is 300 lbs or 136 kg. This is what I'd expect from an elliptical of this size and cost. When you compare this with all the other ellipticals on this site this works out as average. If you do approach that weight then I would avoid this elliptical as it won't last as long as someone less heavy. Try an alternative exercise that isn't weight bearing like swimming first.
The warranty is lifetime for the frame and braking system, 1 years parts, and 1 years labor. I'm a little disappointed with this. The lifetime aspects are good but the 1 year parts is not very good. I would say this is a little below average. You can have the warranty extended for a reasonable cost and two years extension is only a little more expensive than one year.
At the time of writing the LS8.0E is $799.99. Like I've said before this is the cheapest elliptical I've reviewed here and to be honest this is the lowest I would go when buying an elliptical. I've often recommended spending around $1,200.00 and upwards. However if $800 is all you have or the elliptical won't get too much use then it does represent good value.
The overall score is a percentage of all the star ratings so what let's the LS8.0E elliptical down is the warranty and maximum user weight. The maximum user weight is not so important unless you weigh close to that amount. The warranty is not so good. You have the ability to extend it but rather than do that I'd be inclined to spend the money on a better elliptical.
The 73% score is better than some ellipticals $400 more expensive than it and better than any Lifecore Fitness ellipticals. As I've said above if you're looking for a simple elliptical that's good value then this is ok. You've got a very good console with it and you'll achieve your fitness goals. Although it's far less than I would normally pay I felt it worthy of review and that's something that counts in it's favor.
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