NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer Review

If you want a high-quality elliptical trainer with a whole lot of neat features, you should check out the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer. A good weight capacity, a sturdy build, various levels of magnetic resistance, a good LCD display, and a number of other features make this one of the better options around on the market today.

Overview

For a brief video overview of the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer, you can watch this video.

NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer Overview

Main Features

The NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer has a number of cool features that definitely need to be mentioned before we go any further.

  • Magnetic resistance
  • Change the resistance with the LCD display
  • 20 levels of resistance
  • 5 different incline levels
  • 20 preset workout programs to choose from
  • 15-pound inertia flywheel
  • Compatible with iFit
  • Backlit LCD display
  • Adjustable stride length
  • Dual function handlebars
  • Great acoustic system
  • 300-pound weight capacity

Dimensions & Weight

The NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer is a fairly large and heavy elliptical machine, perhaps the biggest of all of the mid range models. This elliptical machine is not easy to lift nor is it going to save space for you.

  • Length: 66 inches
  • Width: 25 inches
  • Height: 67 inches
  • Weight: 200 pounds

Assembly

The NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer is not all that difficult to assemble. Keep in mind, while all of the tools are included and the instructions are very clear, the finished product does weigh 200 pounds, so doing it by yourself is not recommended. It should take 1 person somewhere around 2 hours to fully assemble the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer. You can always pay the extra $100 dollar assembly fee to have an expert do it for you.

Warranty

The really impressive part about the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer is that it comes with a guaranteed lifetime frame warranty as well as a 1-year warranty on parts and labor. It is very rare that you find anything with a lifetime warranty, so this is definitely impressive.

What We Like About The NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer

There are a number of different features when it comes to the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer that you should definitely be aware of. To say that it is a low-quality item is not right in the least.

One of the things that we really like about the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer is that it features 20 different levels of magnetic resistance. Of course, we like the magnetic resistance because it is smooth, quiet, and reliable. Moreover, the resistance can easily be changed with the touch of a button on the console. The 15-pound flywheel makes the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer feel as natural as can be.

Another great feature of the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer is that you can increase your challenge even more by changing the incline. You can change the incline to 5 different positions ranging from 0 to 20 degrees, thus giving you a varying challenge whenever you want.

Now, something that not many other Elliptical machines have been able to do is to change their stride length. That is not so for the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer. The NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer lets you change the stride length and extend it up to 20 inches to meet your needs. Elliptical trainers usually are not one size fits all, but the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer certainly gets very close thanks to being able to accommodate different sizes of people.

Yet another thing that we really like about the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer is that it comes with 20 workout apps. The apps are smart in the sense that they automatically adjust to the resistance level which you have set. Moreover, they each help you to achieve a certain goal in their own way. The preset programs range in intensity in order to suit your needs. These workout apps can all be accessed through the 5-inch backlit LCD display which the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer comes with. This display shows you all of the normal fitness aspects such as pace, time, speed, distance, calories burned, and much more. You can even get a module to make the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer iFit compatible so you can train anywhere you want and always compare results.

The final thing which we really like about the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer is that it comes with 2 pairs of handlebars. It has one set of handlebars that actually has heartbeat sensors on it, which is great for helping you track your cardio output. The other set of handlebars are motion handlebars, thus allowing you to get a good upper body workout while using the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer.

What We Don’t Like About The NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Machine

There are just a couple of little things which could be better about the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer, so what are they?

It is heavy and there is no denying that. The 200-pound frame of the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer is really bulky and moving it around by yourself will prove nearly impossible. This is also why assembling the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer can be quite difficult.

For such a high price, we don’t appreciate the fact that the iFit module has to be bought separately. For an elliptical trainer like the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer, which borders on a high end model, we would expect this to be included in the final price.

Alternatives To The NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer

So you have a point of comparison, let’s quickly compare the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer to a couple of other good mid range elliptical trainers.

Universal E40 Elliptical

The Universal E40 Elliptical has magnetic resistance with 8 levels of resistance, it has 8 preset computer programs, motion handlebars, is not too big, and has a decent display as well. In terms of price and the value you get for the money you spend, the NordicTrack model is probably the better choice to go with. While the Universal E40 is a fine machine, it does not have nearly as many features as the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer, such as 20 resistance levels, an adjustable stride length, and an adjustable incline. On the other hand, if you want to save space, the Universal E40 would be the better option, not to mention that it is over 100 pounds lighter than the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z.

Exerpeutic 5000 Magnetic Elliptical Trainer

The Exerpeutic 5000 Magnetic Elliptical Trainer is a much more affordable option to go with. It does come with 24 levels of resistance, it has a great LCD display, and is quite compact too. However, the price does make a difference because the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer is slightly more durable, it has a higher weight capacity, the incline can be changed, and the stride length is adjustable too, all things which the Exerpeutic 5000 cannot do.

Final Thoughts On The NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer

When it comes to mid range elliptical trainers, the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Trainer is definitely a good option to go with. It is a fairly expensive model so that is something to look out for. However, the fact that it has 20 levels of magnetic resistance, an adjustable incline, and an adjustable stride length are valuable aspects. All in all, it is one of the better mid range elliptical trainers to consider purchasing.

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