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Just about anyone who knows anything about cardio equipment has heard of NordicTrack. The brand has been a mainstay in the industry for decades, producing high-end machines that don’t have jaw-dropping prices. 

We’ve gotten our hands (and feet) on the best NordicTrack ellipticals on the market. In fact, our team has thoroughly tested just about every machine the brand has available today. Here’s a look at our favorites from NordicTrack as well as the low-down on the other ellipticals you’ll find online. 

We Know NordicTrack

For years, our team of certified personal trainers, cardio junkies, and fitness-loving gearheads has used equipment from NordicTrack. We even visited the brand’s headquarters, where we spent time learning more about the company as a whole. In total, we have put roughly three dozen NordicTrack machines through our rigorous testing procedure.  

Our Favorite NordicTrack Ellipticals

Best Overall NordicTrack Elliptical: NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 

Good for: Someone who wants top-of-the-line features and programming on an elliptical machine

Best Overall NordicTrack Elliptical
Nordictrack Commercial 14.9
Nordictrack Commercial 14.9

The NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 will give you a highly customizable workout with adjustable pedals, stride, resistance, and incline. The 14.9 also features a heavy 32-pound flywheel to challenge even the most experienced cardio athlete.The NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 features a 14-inch, built-in, HD touchscreen enabled with iFIT technology. iFIT will bring shake up your cardio routine with a growing library of on-demand workouts featuring world-class trainers. The iFIT auto-adjust technology will change your elliptical's incline and resistance with the cadence your trainer's cues, so you won't have to lift a finger to kick your workout up a notch.

Pros:

  • 14” smart HD touchscreen 
  • Up to 20% incline
  • 26 levels of resistance
  • Stable 32-lb flywheel
  • Adjustable stride
  • 0% financing available
  • 30-day trial of iFIT
  • Free standard delivery

Cons:

  • Priced at $1,799
  • iFIT requires a monthly subscription
  • Storing in your garage voids your warranty
  • Large and heavy machine

Not only does the NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 top this list, but it also makes waves on our best ellipticals list. Why? It has, well, everything: interactive programming via iFIT, an adjustable stride length, adjustable incline up to 20%, an impressive 14-inch smart touchscreen, and 26 levels of resistance.

(Takes breath.)

It also features cushioned pedals, a cooling fan, and very comfortable grips on both the moving and stationary handlebars. 

Coop using the best elliptical NordicTrack 14.9

I’ve personally used the 14.9 for a number of HIIT and steady-state workouts. Other members of our team have tested this model as well as its little sibling, the NordicTrack Commercial 9.9. We all agree that the line provides a smooth workout, and the iFIT workouts are a fantastic way to work toward your fitness goals. iFIT is NordicTrack’s streaming workout app that pairs with equipment like the 14.9 to put you through immersive exercise experiences.

The downsides? Well, this is one of the most expensive ellipticals in NordicTrack’s lineup, clocking in at just under $1,800 (though financing is available). And the brand will void your warranty if you store the machine in the garage. 

For more, check out our full NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 review.

Key FeatureCompatible with iFIT on a 14” touchscreen
Footprint67″ L x 29″ W x 69″ H
Resistance Levels26 levels of silent magnetic resistance
Extra Features Cooling fan, cushioned pedals, dual speakers, Bluetooth audio, water bottle holder

Best High-End NordicTrack Elliptical: NordicTrack FS14i 

Good for: Someone looking for a highly versatile, feature-packed elliptical

Best High-End NordicTrack Elliptical
NordicTrack FS14i FreeStride
NordicTrack FS14i FreeStride

The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS14i is a multi-functional workout machine that functions as three different machines in one. The extensive workout library from iFIT, multitude of resistance levels, and different ways to train make it the perfect machine for any fitness enthusiast who loves to do different forms of cardio.Make use of the three-in-one technology as you channel both muscle and cardio development. The 14-inch touchscreen allows you to see your workouts with trainers as they adjust your settings for a maximized workout experience.The main downfall to this machine is its large size and heavy weight, but to be fair, it takes up far less space than if you were to purchase a stair climber, elliptical, and treadmill all separately.

Pros:

  • 14” smart HD touchscreen
  • 32” adjustable stride 
  • Use as a stepper, elliptical, or treadmill
  • Handles have buttons for incline and resistance control
  • 30-day free trial of iFIT
  • Bluetooth audio capability
  • -10% decline to 10% incline
  • 375-lb weight capacity
  • Workout fan 
  • Cushioned pedals
  • 0% financing available

Cons:

  • Tough to assemble
  • Large footprint while in use
  • Costs roughly $2,500
  • Weighs almost 300 lbs

The NordicTrack FS14i has it all and does it all. It’s a center-drive elliptical, which means the flywheel is positioned in the middle of the machine and the foot pedals move in front and behind it. This lends itself nicely to the FS14i’s versatility, as you can use it as a stair-stepper, as an elliptical, or even as a treadmill. 

With a 14-inch touchscreen, the FS14i syncs with iFIT programming to unlock literally thousands of workout classes at your fingertips. iFIT also controls this machine’s resistance (26 digital levels) and incline (-10% to 10%) so you only need to focus on the exercise, not button-pushing. If you need to make your own adjustments, the FS14i has easy-to-use buttons on the handles (this was one of our product testers’ favorite features).

fs14i freedtsride

As a high-end elliptical, the FS14i has essentially everything you could ask for from a cardio machine: water bottle holder, Bluetooth audio capability, a cooling fan, cushioned pedals, an adjustable stride length of a whopping 32 inches, and commercial-grade steel construction. 

One drawback to this elliptical is its footprint. When it isn’t in use, it appears compact at under 5 feet long. However, as the pedals move back and forth, the space the machine consumes expands by multiple feet in each direction thanks to that 32-inch stride. It’s worth noting that when assembling the FS14i’s little sibling, the FS10i, our team found the process to be cumbersome. 

Key Feature3-in-1 machine with high-end conveniences
Footprint58.5″ L x 29.5″ W x 74″ H
Resistance Levels26 digital resistance levels
Extra Features Water bottle holder, cooling fan, cushioned pedals, adjustable stride, Bluetooth audio, incline and decline capabilities

Best NordicTrack Elliptical With iFIT: NordicTrack Commercial 9.9

Good for: Exercisers looking for an integrated, interactive workout experience

Best NordicTrack Elliptical With iFIT
NordicTrack Commercial 9.9 Elliptical
NordicTrack Commercial 9.9 Elliptical

The NordicTrack Commercial 9.9 is a front-drive elliptical that offers a low-impact, total-body workout. With a workout fan, comfortable grips, oversized cushion pedals, and the help of NordicTrack iFit trainers, you can choose from a variety of session types to get the best workout at home.While you’re using the machine, iFIT trainers adjust your resistance and incline remotely, directly tailoring the workout to you and your needs. This specific elliptical has an incline range of 0 to 20% and 22 different resistance levels to choose from.For comfort, the Commercial 9.9 has a fan you can use during your workout, as well as Soft Touch grips and One Touch controls to help you through your toughest workouts.

Pros:

  • “Free” with a 4-year iFIT family membership
  • Automatic trainer control
  • 0% financing available
  • 7” touchscreen
  • 0 to 20% incline
  • 22 digital resistance levels
  • 25-lb flywheel
  • Adjustable stride
  • Cooling fan

Cons:

  • 4 years of iFIT required (almost $1,900 commitment)
  • Heavy at almost 250 lbs
  • Complicated assembly process

A key selling point for just about any NordicTrack cardio machine is iFIT. This immersive, streaming app delivers thousands of live and on-demand elliptical workouts directly to your machine. Plus, the app will automatically adjust the machine’s settings so you don’t have to fumble with buttons as you climb hills or increase resistance.

The reason we picked the Commercial 9.9 as the best elliptical with iFIT is because the machine is “free” with the purchase of a 4-year family membership of iFIT. Now, that’s a little deceiving, because that subscription will cost you almost $1,900. However, you can finance it at 0% interest for just $39 a month over the course of 48 months. If you see yourself using your elliptical for years to come, this particular machine is a pretty solid investment. 

Fantastic, trainer-led programming aside, the 9.9 is a solidly built machine that didn’t move an inch while our testers put it through workouts. It features a 25-pound flywheel and a 350-pound user weight capacity. We also like the adjustable stride length that moves between 17.5 and 18.7 inches, accommodating people of most heights.

Part of what makes the 9.9 so solid is the steel construction, which results in a cardio machine that weighs almost 250 pounds. In other words, it’s heavy and hard to move. Plus, we found in assembling the 9.9’s big sibling, the Commercial 14.9, that you might be better off paying the professionals to put it together.

Key FeatureMachine is “free” with a 4-year iFIT membership
Footprint68.25″ L x 28.75″ W x 68.5″ H
Resistance Levels22 digital resistance levels
Extra Features Adjustable stride, cooling fan, Bluetooth audio capability, water bottle holder, cushioned foot pedals

Best Folding NordicTrack Elliptical: NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i 

Good for: Those living in small spaces who need a folding elliptical

Best Compact NordicTrack Elliptical
NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i
NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i

The NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i features an iFIT-enabled 14-inch HD smart touchscreen to stream the growing library of iFIT on-demand workouts. You can choose from you favorite trainers or you favorite scenic locations—iFIT training sessions are shot all around the globe with world-class trainers. You'll also benefit from auto-adjust technology, which allows you to follow along with the changing incline and resistance levels your trainer cues up, without ever letting your hands off the elliptical handlebars.The SpaceSaver SE9i has a folding mechanism where the upright and console portion of the machine fold downward onto the base. Once folded, the transport wheels make it possible to move it around store it vertically.

Pros:

  • Foldable for easier storage
  • Free 30-day trial membership of iFIT
  • 14” touchscreen
  • Cushioned pedals
  • Control buttons on the handles
  • Up to 10% incline
  • 0% financing available

Cons:

  • Water bottle holder is a little small
  • Shakes a little while in use
  • 18” stride may be short for some

Folding treadmills: We see ‘em all the time. Folding ellipticals? Now, that’s much more rare.

The SpaceSaver SE9i from NordicTrack folds vertically, as the console and handles fold down onto the main body of the machine. This doesn’t save much in the way of a horizontal footprint, but it does mean you may be able to tuck it into a closet or even under a table. 

Another aspect of being compact is having a shorter stride: 18 inches, to be precise. This will accommodate most people under 6 feet tall, but those taller may notice they have to shorten their stride as they exercise. 

woman using NordicTrack SE9i

What we really like to see is that this foldable elliptical doesn’t sacrifice any features: You still get all the benefits of a NordicTrack machine, like access to and a free trial of iFIT, silent magnetic resistance, Bluetooth audio capability, cushioned pedals, and incline options. 

There were two things our product testers noticed when using the SE9i. The first is that this machine does shake a little while in use. It has an 18-pound flywheel, which is a decent size, though not the heaviest we see on NordicTrack ellipticals. Second, while there is a water bottle holder, it’s pretty small. GGR staff writer Caroline Lubinsky says you won’t be able to fit anything much bigger than a standard plastic water bottle in the holder.

For more, check out our NordicTrack SE9i review.

Key FeatureVertical folding design
Footprint80″ L x 32″ W x 67″ H
Resistance Levels24 digital resistance levels
Extra Features Cooling fan, water bottle holder, Bluetooth audio capabilities, cushioned pedals

Best NordicTrack Elliptical for Cross-Training: NordicTrack FS10i 

Good for: Someone who wants the effects of an elliptical, treadmill, and stair climber in one machine

Pros:

  • Elliptical, stepper, and treadmill all-in-one machine
  • 30-day free trial of iFIT
  • 32” auto-adjustable stride
  • 10” smart HD touchscreen
  • 0 to 10% incline
  • Bluetooth audio capabilities
  • 0% financing available
  • 375-lb user weight capacity

Cons:

  • Tough to assemble
  • Priced at about $1,900
  • Weighs 285 lbs

The NordicTrack Freestride 10i is a true cross-trainer: Use it as an elliptical, a treadmill, or as a stair-stepper. Thanks to the pedals’ versatility and moving handlebars, you can work all major muscle groups in multiple ways with just one machine. 

What’s more, this freestride trainer doesn’t require the push of a button to switch gears. You simply start running, gliding, or stepping, and the oversized, cushioned pedals automatically adjust. 

Nordic Track FS10i in use

As we have come to expect with NordicTrack machines, the FS10i is compatible with iFIT and comes with a free 30-day trial. The app has countless workouts taking you on runs around the world, all of which is broadcasted on the FS10i’s 10-inch high-definition touchscreen.

Our team found the FS10i to be incredibly stable, which you might not expect from an elliptical with pedals that are essentially free-swinging. The stability is due in part to the machine’s steel construction. And that steel construction is why this elliptical weighs in at 285 pounds and is difficult to move and assemble.

To learn more, check out our in-depth NordicTrack FS10i review.

Key FeatureUse as a stepper, elliptical, or treadmill
Footprint58.5″ L x 29.5″ W x 74″ H
Resistance Levels24 digital levels of resistance
Extra Features Water bottle holder, cushioned pedals, Bluetooth audio capabilities, cooling fan

Best Budget NordicTrack Elliptical: NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i 127428

Good for: People looking for NordicTrack’s most affordable elliptical option

Best Budget NordicTrack Elliptical
NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i
NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i

The NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i is a low-impact, multi-functional elliptical that is made to offer a gym-like workout from the comfort of your own home.With more than 17,000 workouts to choose from on the iFIT app, 22 resistance levels, and on-demand workouts with a trainer, you are bound to get a good workout every time. There is also a 325-pound weight limit and adjustable strides so most anyone can use the machine.It also has silent magnetic resistance (SMR) so you won’t disturb other people in your home when it’s in use. When you’re not using it, fold it down for easy and convenient storage.

Pros:

  • NordicTrack’s most affordable elliptical 
  • Free standard delivery
  • 0% financing
  • 30-day free trial of iFIT
  • Foldable
  • 10” touchscreen
  • Adjustable stride

Cons:

  • 18” stride may feel short for some 
  • Some shaking while in use
  • Still costs over $1,000

The NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i is one of two folding machines in the brand’s rear-drive elliptical series. More importantly, it’s the most affordable elliptical NordicTrack currently has on its site. For those looking for a high-quality elliptical that isn’t thousands of dollars, the SE7i has some definite budget perks: free shipping, free 30-day trial of iFIT, and 0% financing.

We have to point out that this elliptical is still at a price point of around $1,300. If you’re looking for a lower-priced machine, there are some great ellipticals under $1,000 we recommend. However, most don’t have the extra features the SE7i has, like a 10-inch touchscreen and on-board streaming workout services. 

Overall, our testers had a positive workout experience with the SE7i. GGR editor Nicole Davis pointed out that the machine does shake a little while in use, and that the 18-inch stride might feel a little short for taller users.

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Key FeatureNordicTrack’s most affordable elliptical
Footprint80″ L x 32″ W x 67″ H 
Resistance Levels22 digital resistance levels
Extra Features Foldable, cooling fan, cushioned pedals, water bottle holder, Bluetooth audio capabilities

How We Test Ellipticals

Our product testers put elliptical trainers through a comprehensive series of tests to determine each one’s overall value and functionality for home gym owners. Some of the key factors we look at include:

  • Stride length: How long is the stride? Very short strides may not be comfortable for taller users.
  • Incline and resistance options: Is there power incline available to add intensity to your workouts? Is there digital resistance or manual resistance?
  • Technology: Are there features like Bluetooth connectivity, touchscreens, and WiFi? Do these features work well?
  • Programming: Is there a variety of built-in elliptical workout for weight loss available? Do you need to subscribe to an app for the programs?
  • Ergonomics: Are the pedals cushioned or angled for increased comfort? Do you get fixed and moving handles for a full-body workout? 
  • Durability: Does the machine shake while in use? What is the weight capacity?
front view woman using NordicTrack SE9i

What to Look For in a NordicTrack Elliptical

We have a few key callouts if you’re considering purchasing an elliptical from NordicTrack:

Consistent Conveniences

One thing you’ll find in comparing the machines on this list is that, for the most part, they have a lot of the same key conveniences:

  • A touchscreen that streams iFIT 
  • Bluetooth audio capabilities
  • Cushioned pedals
  • Water bottle holder
  • Cooling fan

No matter if you’re shopping a front-drive elliptical or one of the brand’s folding ellipticals, you’ll find each one checks all these boxes. 

Where you’ll find key differences are in the specs: footprint, size of the touchscreen, levels of resistance and incline, and, perhaps most significantly, price.

Warranty

NordicTrack’s warranty on just about every cardio machine is 10 years on the frame, two years on the parts, and one year on the labor. That’s a little shy of what we like to see (commercial-grade steel should come with a lifetime frame warranty). 

However, the more notable piece is that if you store or use your elliptical in the garage, you void NordicTrack’s warranty. This is a bummer for us, because we are Garage Gym Reviews, and we literally exercise in our garages. The reasoning behind this part of the warranty is that extreme heat or cold can damage a machine, not to mention the havoc that a garage’s dust or dirt could cause. Still, we’d like to see this clause lifted for us garage gym fanatics.

Shipping and Assembly

NordicTrack offers free shipping on all its cardio machines, which is fantastic because it saves you hundreds of dollars on shipping something that is hundreds of pounds. 

However, our team has personally assembled many of the machines on this list, and we can tell you that putting together these huge, heavy ellipticals is no easy feat. And while NordicTrack ships for free, it does not assemble for free. If you want assembly, it’s an additional $199. We think it’s likely worth it, unless you have a few hours to spare and some friends who can help.

using Nordic Track FS10i

Benefits of Shopping NordicTrack Ellipticals

We have generally good experiences with NordicTrack home-use cardio machines. Here’s a few reasons why you might consider checking out what this manufacturer-retailer has to offer:

iFIT Programming

Perhaps one of the best features of NordicTrack fitness equipment is that most of it is compatible with iFIT, which provides streaming workouts. You can choose from live and on-demand programs that will actually adjust your machine’s incline and resistance as the exercise progresses.

With most machines, you’ll get a free 30-day iFIT membership with your purchase. After that free trial, there is an additional cost to continue to use the app. For a family membership, this breaks down to $39/month. However, you can cancel that subscription at any time. 

If you don’t want to pay for the app, you don’t have to. The machines will work in manual mode, and iFIT does have a few free workouts you can use. 

Free Shipping

NordicTrack traditionally offers free shipping on its products. However, this is just standard delivery. Getting it delivered to a specific room and assembled there is an additional cost of $199. Still, not every company will ship a 200-plus-pounds machine to your door at no cost.

Frequent Sales

NordicTrack is one of those brands that pretty much always has a sale around the big holidays. We track these holiday deals year-round. You’ll find major discounts—I’m talking hundreds of dollars off exercise bikes, treadmills, and ellipticals. 

Better Than Amazon Pricing

If you’re like me, then you probably check a few sites for product pricing before buying. Sometimes, Amazon has items much cheaper than the brand does. That’s not the case with NordicTrack ellipticals. In fact, you’ll find Amazon has many NordicTrack machines priced hundreds, if not thousands of dollars higher. 

Best NordicTrack Elliptical FAQs

Are NordicTrack ellipticals any good?

We believe that NordicTrack ellipticals are some of the best elliptical machines on the market. They are compatible with iFIT, one of the industry’s leading streaming workout apps, and come with advanced features like Bluetooth connectivity, cooling fans, and digital resistance levels. They aren’t exactly budget-friendly, but they are built to last.

What is the best elliptical in the market?

At the end of the day, the best elliptical is the one that you’ll use. Here’s our list of favorites:

– Best Elliptical Overall: NordicTrack Commercial 14.9
– Best Elliptical Machine Runner-Up: Sole E25
– Best Budget Elliptical: Horizon 7.0 AE Elliptical
– Best Elliptical for Beginners: Nautilus E618 Elliptical
– Best Elliptical for Small Spaces: NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i
– Best Elliptical for Comfort: Bowflex Max Trainer M6
– Best Elliptical for Bad Knees: ProForm Hybrid Trainer
– Best Elliptical Under $1,000: NiceDay Elliptical Machine
– Best Elliptical Under $500: Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Elliptical Machine

What are the top 5 ellipticals?

We like the following: 

Best Elliptical Overall: NordicTrack Commercial 14.9
Best Elliptical Machine Runner-Up: Sole E25
Best Budget Elliptical: Horizon 7.0 AE Elliptical
Best Elliptical for Beginners: Nautilus E618 Elliptical
Best Elliptical for Small Spaces: NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i

Is a NordicTrack worth it?

No doubt about it: NordicTrack exercise equipment isn’t cheap. However, it’s well-built and comes from a brand that has a trusted reputation in the industry. Our team has years of experience using and testing ellipticals, treadmills, exercise bikes, rowers, and more from NordicTrack. We genuinely like the equipment for people who can afford it and want cardio equipment with a high-end feel.

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