STEX 8016 Elliptical
The STEX 8016 is advertised as a high-quality cross trainer for residential use. However, the Korean STEX brand is not well-distributed in North America or Europe and few consumer reviews can be found. It sells for about $2915 online and is one of the lowest-priced STEX ellipticals.
Elliptical Hits: What You Get with the STEX 8016
- High quality components – This elliptical requires very little maintenance. Its frame is cast from heavy steel, its drive is electromagnetic, it has large rollers, and all components are protected for three years from the date of purchase.
- High capacity – The 8016 weighs 220 pounds. It’s about 64” long and 27” wide.
- Heart rate reader – This machine includes wireless heart rate monitoring. The required chest strap is sold separately.
- No electricity required – With its self-generating power system, the cordless 8016 elliptical won’t run up electricity bills.
- OK warranty – This elliptical is protected with a lifetime warranty on the frame and alternator, a 3-year components warranty, and a year of labor. That shows some confidence in the product, but it’s rather short for a $3000 machine.
Elliptical Misses: Why to Think Twice About the STEX 8016
- Few programs – Only two program modes are included.
- Shorter stride – While this elliptical offers low-impact workouts, its stride is especially suited to smaller exercisers. Taller people might find themselves making more of a stairclimbing motion than an elliptical motion.
Overall Rating for the STEX 8016 Elliptical
This STEX 8016 cross trainer features high quality parts and a high weight capacity. However, it has very few workout programs – just Quick Start and Fat Burn. For the same amount of money, a customer could buy a Smooth or Precor elliptical with much better programming plus extras such as audio entertainment and inclines.