The Commercial 14.9 is the current high-end trainer in NordicTrack's front drive elliptical series, joining three other new models.
This one features a large touch screen, Bluetooth technology and enough workouts, incline and resistance levels to satisfy even the most demanding user.
Let's get into our review to see how this elliptical stacks up...
The 14.9 has a 10" Smart HD touch screen that is fully web-enabled, giving you the ability to check your social pages, browse the internet, watch YouTube videos or whatever else you enjoy doing online.
It has both stationary and moving handlebars to vary your workout, and oversized cushioned pedals to reduce impact on your joints.
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So far, the NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 has received very positive reviews from both experts in the industry and users.
Although it is the top of the line model it is still only $1499 or so on sale which is really a great price given all of the features and capabilities that it offers.
You'll notice that it is very easy to assemble with a redesign that allows you to set it up much faster right out of the box.
It is very similar to the new C 12.9 model, except that it has a 10" web-enabled touch screen rather than a 7", which really does make a difference. Other than that it has a slightly better warranty and higher max weight capacity.
The Commercial 14.9 comes with iFit Coach technology, which gives you access to a number of personal-trainer designed workout programs, tracking and sharing capability, as well as Google maps so you can choose any location in the world to train.
The machine actually adjusts its incline itself automatically to match the terrain which is very cool.
You have a 20 inch power adjustable stride, oversized adjustable pedals, and 35 built-in workout programs, on top of the additional ones you can access through iFit.
One of the nice touches, which is also available on the C 12.9 is a Bluetooth wireless chest strap that is included for more accurate heart rate monitoring.
Typically ellipticals in this price range do not include the wireless monitor, so that is nice to see.
Everything can be adjusted with the touch of a button on the Commercial 14.9, including your incline and resistance, so you don't have to break your stride to make adjustments to your routine.
There's a nice AutoBreeze fan, a water bottle holder, tablet holder and transport wheels. It's really amazing how much they are able to pack in without charging a lot of money.
There are four machines in the Front Drive Series, and the Commercial 14.9 is the most advanced of all of them.
You have the entry level C 7.5, followed by the C 9.5, the C 12.9 and finally the 14.9.
When deciding which one to choose, it really comes down to what your budget is and what exactly you are looking for.
The C 7.5 is built for lighter use, and as you move up in the lineup you're getting a sturdier elliptical that can handle a higher work load.
If your budget is tight then also look at the C 7.5 and C 9.5. They have fewer workouts and resistance levels and lighter flywheels, but for basic usage by one or two individuals they are just fine. Note that the C 7.5 does not have the touch screen that all of the other front drive models have.
If your budget is a little more open, then the C 12.9 and Commercial 14.9 are going to be your better choices. They're heavier, stronger and can accommodate higher weights, so they're a very good choice for multiple/heavier/taller users.
Only the C 12.9 and Commercial 14.9 give you wireless heart rate monitoring, so if that is something that appeals to you those are better options. Again, the 14.9 has the larger 10" touch screen and an even higher max weight capacity, but either is a good choice.
What about the 14.9 compared to the other NordicTrack ellipticals like the FreeStride Trainers, Commercial Series and Space Savers? That's a much harder comparison to make, as they all operate differently. You are better off reading about each one and deciding which style you prefer. Then you can make a decision as to which one to choose.
The NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 hits all the right notes, with a boatload of features and capabilities at a very affordable price.
You get nice incline, plenty of resistance levels, a ton of workouts, iFit technology, wireless heart rate monitoring and a lot of adjustability and comfort features.
Of all of the new font drive models, this one and the C 12.9 are definitely the best choices, although the C 9.5 will also give you a web-enabled touch screen at a lower price point.
All of the models are worth checking out and offer great value compared to other similarly priced brands.