Nordictrack Elliptical Trainers – Stylish Design and Comfort

NordicTrack Elliptical Trainers

NordicTrack Elliptical Reviews

Nordictrack elliptical trainers grew out of the Nordictrack company’s original, unique exercise design, the Nordic ski machine. Everyone remembers these from the many infomercials on television back in the 1980’s. The company has since branched out into a variety of types of exercise equipment and even sports apparel. In the process, they’ve developed a mid-range line of Nordictrack elliptical machines that focus on the same blend of stylish design and comfort that their earlier ski machines did.

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Nordictrack Elliptical Trainers

The company offers six different styles of Nordictrack elliptical trainers ranging in price from $800 to almost $3,000, although the ones that are around $1,000 are by far the most popular with buyers. Originally made in the USA, most are now produced in China or Taiwan since Nordictrack was purchased by ICON Fitness in 1999.

Nordictrack’s philosophy and advertising remains the same as it always has, however; it focuses on athletes and adventures. They appeal to those who are in good shape and want to get into even better shape first, mentioning things like “preparing to climb Everest” in their advertisements. It’s an upscale approach that works for them.

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The Pros

Consumers tend to be split right down the middle on Nordictrack elliptical trainers. Most are very happy with them regardless of the model they purchase. They especially tend to like the smooth glide and good “fit” of the machine, saying it motivates them to keep working out.

The Cons

Customers that do complain about their Nordictrack elliptical machine share a common problem – the assembly itself. A disproportionate number of people seem to get trainers that are difficult to assemble because bolt holes, etc. don’t quite line up. When they contact ICON customer service, they get unhelpful or downright poor responses.

When they do finally get the equipment assembled, it tends to be noisy and wear out quickly because it “isn’t quite aligned.” It seems to be a quality control problem at the end of production not an issue with the parts in general, since most of these machines are loved by their owners. Still, you should note that if you get one that isn’t properly aligned, exchanging it is a good idea rather than trying to make do.

Why Trainers Like Nordictrack

An interesting note – personal trainers and other fitness professionals are great fans of the Nordictrack brand of elliptical machines for the at-home user. They highly recommend them for the little extras such as a higher display screen and better incline adjustment, and feel that they offer a near-gym quality for a moderate price. Most trainers suggest that between a low-end $700 elliptical and a moderate Nordictrack, the Nordictrack is worth the extra, but that going to the highest end to true commercial quality isn’t necessary for most people – they feel that Nordictrack elliptical trainers are an excellent compromise choice.

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Model Reviews

NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 7 - Unique center driven mechanism for a different workout experience.

NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 10 - Another center drive elliptical with a smaller footprint.

NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i Elliptical - New model has a great range of features and its slim line design allows you to store it almost anywhere.

NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i Elliptical - Folds up with the smallest footprint yet and enables the user to go online with a fully web enabled touch screen display.

NordicTrack E8.7 Elliptical - a great low budget trainer but in our opinion it lacks many features that other trainers have in a similar price range.

NordicTrack E11.7 Elliptical - a great low budget model which has added features that many of the high priced models simply don’t have such as the ability to alter the heel to toe angle.

NordicTrack Elite 16.7 Elliptical - a fantastic looking model in the NordicTrack™ front drive series with the immediate attention being drawn to the addition of a 15” HDTV!

NordicTrack E5.5 Elliptical - The E5.5 elliptical has three adjustable stride settings to target the muscle groups in the legs in different ways to achieve faster toning results.  

NordicTrack E5.7 Elliptical - The front-drive E5.7 elliptical features an 18" - 20" Adjustable Stride Length plus five choices of incline from zero to 20 degrees.

NordicTrack E7.1 Elliptical - Entry-level elliptical has a list of features that is eye popping for a trainer at this price, but do read the reviews to see what owners have to say.

NordicTrack E7.5 Elliptical - A solid step up from the entry-level E7.1 model. Programs include 12 each for performance enhancement and calorie burning.

NordicTrack E7.7 Elliptical - a new entry into the mid-range market by NordicTrack, a leader in moderately priced elliptical machines.

NordicTrack E8.0 Elliptical - The E8.0 elliptical features a smaller footprint than most trainers and has an adjustable incline.

NordicTrack E9.0 Elliptical - An impressive machine that will really challenge you; designed to appeal to fitness buffs and those who are serious about their workouts.

NordicTrack E15.0 Elliptical - Cool features that are innovative, especially the incline/decline ramp and varying stride length (not available on competitor models)

NordicTrack Elite 12.0 Elliptical - Offers a 10% decline and a big 22" stride length to help target more muscles in the legs for even faster results; an exceptional deal for all that you get.

NordicTrack Elite 12.7 Elliptical - Another excellent machine in the upper price range. We remain fans of the handlebars with the built-in resistance and incline adjustment.

NordicTrack Commercial XM Elliptical - Not a commercial but a residential model covered by a 90 day parts/labor warranty (red flag!); you will have to spend extra money to buy extended coverage.

NordicTrack FreeStrider 35S Elliptical - An exceptional cardio-blasting workout machine that will have you huffing, puffing, and sweating; an all-in-one stepper / elliptical.

NordicTrack Pathfinder - The NordicTrack Pathfinder gets many positive reviews. Points to mention: ergonomic comfort, ease of assemble, sturdiness, noise level, smoothness, reliability, strong value.

The NordicTrack AudioStrider 990 PRO - a heavier flywheel should improve the performance compared to the older 990 model.

The NordicTrack AudioStrider 990 - Good choice for a starter cardio machine.

The NordicTrack A.C.T. - Great value, ergonomics, and quality at the right price.

The NordicTrack A.C.T. Pro Elliptical - A heavy machine with a compact footprint. Quiet operation, average ergonomics and adjustability.

The NordicTrack ASR 700 - an elliptical trainer with interactive video games and iFit technology.

NordicTrack Elite 14.7 - The NordicTrack Elite 14.7 features an impressive 38 workouts and an adjustable incline for variety, an easy to read console and a silky, quiet ride.

NordicTrack Elite 17.7 - An upgrade from the Elite 14.7 with a larger browser window and a warranty that has been extended by one year on both parts and labor.

The NordicTrack Elite 1300 - a solid unit at the right price.

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