The NordicTrack AudioStrider 990 Elliptical – Good Choice for Starter Cardio Machine

The NordicTrack AudioStrider 990 elliptical is another strong entry to Icon Fitness’ line of sub-$1000 machines. They manage to package advanced features such as exciting pre-programmed workouts as well as iFit® Workouts, premium speakers, and a comfortable ergonomic feel into an attractive trainer.

What You Get

The NordicTrack AudioStrider 990 elliptical offers a wide range of workouts -- 24 in all. Twenty of these programs take you through a variety of resistances to focus on aerobic, weight loss or performance goals. There are two HR (heart rate) programs where the machine increases or decreases resistance automatically to keep you in the Target HR Zone.

You also get 2 programs you can customize yourself. In addition to time, revolutions, ramp incline, rpm as well as speed, distance and calories, the backlit display also tracks the total number of carb grams burned with the unique Elliptical Carb Counter™. The specs of the NordicTrack AudioStrider 990 include:

NordicTrack AudioStrider 990 Elliptical

  • 15 levels of SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance
  • 24 Workout Programs
  • 30° Max Incline Ramp (5 ramp settings)
  • iFit® Workout Card Technology
  • Interplay™ Music Port™
  • Upper body workout handlebars
  • 18" stride
  • Rear flywheel
  • Club Design CardioGrip™ Heart Rate Monitor
  • 325 lb. user weight capacity
  • AutoBreeze™ Fan
  • SpaceSaver® Design
  • Warranty –1 year motor, parts, and labor; lifetime frame

The Word on the Street

The NordicTrack AudioStrider 990 elliptical is very similar to its lesser sibling elliptical, the AudioStrider 800. The 990 has far more programmed workouts, premium sound speakers, higher user weight capacity, plus uses a pair of urethane coated wheels in the ramp for longer durability. But otherwise, experts point out that a less frequent user could save $200 and get the 800 model instead.

UPDATE:  The AudioStrider 990 has been discontinued and replaced with the all new SpaceSaver SE7i, one of our top picks in the price category.

Generally, consumers participating in NordicTrack elliptical reviews have been mixed regarding this model. Most seem to complain about how long it takes to get a part from the company when they have a breakdown.

But as to the performance of the NordicTrack AudioStrider 990 itself, consumers report that they love the machine, the variety of workouts, and that they are losing weight. They do recommend the extended warranty, though, since they are guarded about the lack of quality in some of the components.

Our Thoughts

We admit we’ve been cautiously guarded about the quality of NordicTrack ellipticals in general but they’ve made such a comeback in the past two years that it’s time to shake off old prejudices and look at them with fresh eyes.

At $999, the NordicTrack AudioStrider 990 elliptical needed to hold up to the highly regarded AudioStrider 800, which it manages to do quite well. This is a good choice for a starter cardio machine.

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