Image 8.25 Elliptical
The 8.25 elliptical is a mediocre offering by the Image brand. It has just a 90-day warranty and a high return rate. The parent company ICON Fitness promotes its better budget brands such as NordicTrack and ProForm, but it doesn’t even devote a web page to Image ellipticals.
Elliptical Hits: What You Get
- 18” stride –The 18” stride is suitable for many users. Taller people might feel as if they are stepping more than making elliptical motions.
- Upper body exercise – Like most elliptical trainers, the Image 8.25 has upper body bars to give users the option of exercising their arms and legs simultaneously. However, users have complained that the handlebars aren’t well-positioned and can easily become detached.
- Step counter – The MyTracks Step Counter lets users design exercise programs based on their stepping goals (e.g., taking 10,000 steps per day).
What You Don’t Get with the Image 8.25 Elliptical
- Programs – Few programs are built into the Image 8.25’s console. Other budget ellipticals offer more pre-set programs and the option to use iFit cartridges.
- A good warranty – Image ellipticals have substandard 90-day warranties. Even worse, customers frequently report that the equipment breaks down quickly and is costly to repair.
- Ergonomic design – The 8.25 loses points for its uncomfortable handlebars and not-so-smooth resistance.
Overall Rating for the IMAGE Elliptical 8.25
The Image 8.25 has a bad reputation and a very short warranty. Its few attractive features aren’t worth the risk of soon owning broken equipment. For a better deal, buy a budget trainer by Eclipse, Epic, NordicTrack, or another brand with better warranties.