ST Fitness 8820 Total Body Trainer
The 8820 ST Fitness’s top-of-the-line elliptical trainer. Unfortunately, that’s not saying much. The 8820 Total Body Trainer is essentially the 8810 TBT plus a self-contained power supply.
This is an average machine that’s only worth buying on sale. It has an excellent warranty, but its ergonomics won’t necessarily keep users excited about elliptical exercise.
Elliptical Hits of the 8820 Total Body Trainer
- Self-contained power – This is a useful feature for “green” customers and those who don’t want to worry about finding an external power source for their elliptical.
- Sturdy frame – The 8820 TBT weighs 270 pounds and can support a user weighing up to 350 pounds.
- Good stride – The 19.5” stride is just right for many average-height and tall adults.
- Heavy drive – ST Fitness ellipticals have above-average flywheels for their price range.
- Extras – This unit includes a water bottle holder and transport wheels.
- Great warranty – The warranty for US and Canadian residential customers is 50 years on the frame, 10 years on mechanical and electronic parts, and a year of labor.
Elliptical Misses of the 8820 TBT
- Programs – The 8820 has only six programs, including three heart rate programs. There are 20 levels of intensity.
- Wide pedal spacing – These machines have 4.5” pedal spacing. Ellipticals with narrower spacing offer better ergonomics.
- Heart rate system – The user’s pulse is taken through a contact heart rate sensor. For this price, it seems that a wireless monitor should be included too.
Overall Rating for the ST Fitness 8820 Elliptical
This machine has an outstanding warranty, but it scores just average on ergonomics and has few programs. Overall, it just doesn’t seem worth its MSRP. For a better combination of ergonomics, price, and features, check out ellipticals by Smooth Fitness.