We test and review fitness products based on an independent, multi-point methodology. If you use our links to purchase something, we may earn a commission. Read our disclosures.
I like to think of the EXP series from NordicTrack as a nice set of Russian nesting dolls, with each one resting inside a larger, more advanced edition. In this case, the NordicTrack EXP 14i is the main Matryoshka, also known as the Mother doll of a nesting set.
In this NordicTrack EXP 14i review, we’ll explore the metaphorical “mother doll” of the EXP series to see if it’s worth the money (and the razzmatazz). After all, if you’re going to spend $1,700 on a treadmill, you want to make sure you do it right.
The 14i of the Tiger
At Garage Gym Reviews, it’s no secret that we have the eye of the tiger when it comes to treadmill reviews. Our expert product testers and reviewers are focused on giving in-depth information on the equipment you care about. And if I do say so myself, we’re pretty qualified to do so. After all, our team is made up of competitive weightlifters, certified personal trainers, nutrition coaches, and former college athletes.
NordicTrack EXP 14i
Equipped with a 14” HD touchscreen and more than 17,000 workouts to choose from, you'll never get tired of working out on the NordicTrack EXP 14i. And with the 12% incline and -3% decline that lets you train at variable grades, this treadmill is a great option for those who wish to simulate outdoor running.You can also try one of their many iFIT workouts where your trainer can automatically adjust the incline, decline and speed to get a great workout every time. The NordicTrack EXP 14i also gives you new challenges to choose from daily. The cross-training options include things like yoga and strength training, as well as tools like stretching for recovery.With a cushioned deck, folding frame, and many conveniences such as amplified speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, and a fan, this is an all-around great mid-range treadmill.
A Quick Look at the NordicTrack EXP 14i
NordicTrack—sister brand to ProForm—offers three different treadmills within the EXP line––the EXP 7i, the EXP 10i, and the EXP 14i. These machines range in price from around $1,100 to $1,700.
The NordicTrack EXP 14i is the most expensive option of the EXP series treadmills and it boasts the largest touchscreen. Besides the gleaming display (which is compatible with iFIT programming), you can look forward to additional features like the FlexSelect cushioning, a workout fan, and Google Maps technology.
- The warranty will be voided if the machine is stored in the garage.
- Take advantage of our discounts with our NordicTrack promo codes.
- Foldable machine
- 3.5 CHP motor
- Boasts incline and decline options
- 300-pound user weight capacity
- 14-inch HD touchscreen
- Compatible with iFIT programming
- Cushioning can be adjusted
- ActivePulse control
- Top half of the machine feels plastic-y
- Subpar warranty
- Lengthy assembly process
- Machine is loud
Is the NordicTrack EXP 14i Worth It?
When it comes to buying a treadmill, needs and wants can differ from person to person. After all, we don’t all have the same amount of space, money, or fitness experience. In short, we all live different lives and are looking for a variety of things in a new treadmill. I’m here to help you decide if the NordicTrack EXP 14i is the right choice for you, or if you’d be better suited towards another option.
- People who need a foldable machine
- Individuals who want a touchscreen
Not recommended for:
- Individuals who want to store their treadmill in the garage
- A budget option
- Those who have shared walls
NordicTrack EXP 14i Specs
|Footprint||79.9” L x 35.08” W x 59.25” H|
|Weight capacity||300 lbs|
|Running surface||20” W x 60” L|
|Warranty||10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year labor|
|Incline/decline||-3% to 12%|
|Motor||3.5 CHP plus motor|
|Programming||iFIT-enabled (subscription sold separately)|
|Speakers||Digitally amplified speakers|
|Display||14” smart HD touchscreen|
|Wi-fi||2.4GHz and 5GHz connection|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth audio and heart rate connectivity|
|Auto-adjust||Automatic trainer control|
|Fan||AutoBreeze workout fan|
|Folding treadmill||SpaceSaver design w/EasyLift assist|
Keepin’ it Movin’ on the NordicTrack EXP 14i
The NordicTrack EXP 14i has the appearance of a typical, mid-range treadmill––think a long tread belt connected to two uprights and short, plastic handlebars.
The 20-inch-by-60-inch deck is the ideal size for runners and walkers alike. Heck, it’s even the right length for someone with longer strides—for context, we want to see at least a 55-inch deck if we’re talking industry standards. Plus, the 3.5 CHP motor is above the 3.0 horsepower we’d expect on a treadmill that is primed and ready for running.
Although the top speed of 12 miles per hour isn’t anything crazy, I am impressed with the decline and incline options available. If you’re trying to strengthen your knees, practicing downhill running on the EXP 14i will be a breeze since the machine has a 3 percent decline. For the Lauren Giraldo fans, you’ll be able to complete the 12-3-30 workout with nary an issue (minus some extra sweat).
Listen up all you folks potentially sharing this treadmill with family and friends: The EXP 14i has adjustable cushioning. If you prefer a softer belt or have joint pain, you’ll be able to adjust the cushioning via a lever on the deck. For those who want to simulate harder,outdoor terrain, you’ll be able to do this as well with the same lever.
Portability and Durability
It is worth noting that the EXP 14i isn’t exactly lightweight. At 229 pounds, this machine will require a friend or two to help you get it up the stairs. Luckily, the included transport wheels make the EXP 14i fairly easy to move around within a room.
I also like that the EXP 14i is foldable for easier storage. Not everyone has the space (or wants to) leave their treadmill out 24/7. Folding this machine can make it fit neatly against the wall and clear up floor space. Plus, the gas shock makes unfolding the EXP 14i simple without the worry of slamming the deck on any fingers or little toes.
The EXP 14i’s deck felt sturdy while I used it and I didn’t have any qualms about its durability. However, I did notice some play within the plastic-y handlebars surrounding the touchscreen. I’m not sure if this was due to a screw being loose or if it’s just how the EXP 14i is. Either way, I think it is worth noting as I wouldn’t recommend holding onto the handlebars for dear life.
The NordicTrack EXP 14i has a responsive, 14-inch HD smart touchscreen for viewing iFIT programming. NordicTrack is currently offering a free, 30-day trial with the purchase of the EXP 14i, which I think is a great way to get your feet wet with iFIT. Besides running, jogging, and walking content, iFIT also has stellar classes for strength, yoga, cycling, and more.
Although I do enjoy the tiltable touchscreen on the EXP 14i, I wish it swiveled for easy viewing (like some of the other NordicTrack treadmills do). This would make the iFIT experience off of the treadmill even more enjoyable.
Besides iFIT, I’m particularly impressed with the new ActivePulse feature. With ActivePulse, you can connect your own heart rate monitor via Bluetooth (or purchase the SmartBeat sold separately) and the machine will automatically adjust your speed, incline, and decline for you. The EXP 14i will learn what your ideal heart rate is and change your settings accordingly.
Besides a great touchscreen with iFIT capabilities, there are loads of other conveniences to enjoy on the EXP 14i:
- Google Maps
- Bluetooth connectivity
- FlexSelect cushioning
- Device shelf
- Water bottle holders
- Cooling fan
- High-quality speakers
- Accessories tray
Comparison to the Sole F80 Treadmill
When it comes to performance and stability, there are few treadmills out there at this price point that can compare to the Sole F80. This is truly a treadmill designed with heavy runners in mind as its key features are ones normally found on more expensive models. Constructed with the highest grade welded steel, this formidable treadmill is sturdy and durable yet easily folds when not in use. With a 3.5 horsepower motor and elongated running surface (60 inches by 22 inches), the Sole 80 is ideal for those looking to put the miles in. Sole claims that their patented cushioned running surface reduces impact on joints by 40%.If you are looking for a treadmill jam packed with programs and integrative technology, this is not your machine. The Sole F80 does boast console fans, two integrated Bluetooth speakers, and a USB port so you can connect your smart device and listen to your favorite playlist while you workout. But, the 9-inch display is simple and tracks the important stuf: distance, calories burned, and heart rate to name a few. Buyers receive a 30-day free trial of the Studio platform, Sole’s connected fitness platform housing over 3,000 instructor-led and on demand classes. Past 30 days, a subscription fee is required to access Studio.
Curious about what $1,700 will get you at Sole Fitness? Wonder no longer! Here’s a quick comparison of the Sole F80 and NordicTrack EXP 14i treadmill:
Want to learn more? Check out our full Sole F80 review.
|Treadmill||Sole F80||NordicTrack EXP 14i|
|Price||Around $1,700||Around $1,700|
|Deck size||22″ W X 60″ L||20” W x 60” L|
|Display||9-inch LCD display||14-inch HD smart touchscreen|
|Warranty||Lifetime frame and motor, 5-year electronics and parts, and 2-year labor||10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year labor|
|Weight capacity||375 lbs||300 lbs|
|Motor||3.5 CHP||3.5 CHP|
|Financing||As low as $92 per month||As low as $44 per month|
|Max speed||12 MPH||12 MPH|
|Incline and decline||No decline, 15% incline||-3% decline to 12% incline|
|Weight||278 lbs||229 lbs|
The EXP 14i has a 10-year frame warranty, which is below the industry standard of 15 years to life. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again––NordicTrack needs to increase their treadmill warranties to match competitors. It isn’t too much to ask to expect the machine to meet industry standards for $1,700.
If you’re not thrilled with your NordicTrack purchase, you can return any machine within 30 days of delivery. However, it is worth noting you will be charged a $250 shipping fee and a possible restocking fee if the machine is not in new condition.
Although NordicTrack has a variety of ways to contact their customer service reps, they aren’t the most responsive. I’ve previously used the live chat feature located in the bottom right corner of the website, and I wasn’t super impressed. The person took hours to get back to me and I can imagine how frustrating this would be if your machine wasn’t working properly.
Ordering and Assembling the NordicTrack EXP 14i
You can easily order the NordicTrack EXP 14i through the brand’s website. Simply add the item to your cart, select your desired shipping method, and insert your credit card information.
If you don’t want to pay the almost $1,700 all at once, NordicTrack has financing options available through TD Bank. If you qualify, your payments could be as low as $44 per month with 0% APR for 39 months. That’s a heck of a deal!
There are two shipping and assembly options to choose from: The free, drop-at-your-doorstep choice, or the $199 fee for a professional to move the machine into your home and assemble it.
Based on what our NordicTrack rep said, you may want to pick the latter option.
“The EXP 14i requires a lot of assembly,” he explained. “It’s pretty heavy and has a lot of parts.”
However, if you want to go at it yourself to save a little cash, the rep recommends grabbing a friend to help make the process go smoother.
On the EXP 14i product page, NordicTrack has not included any individual customer reviews. This isn’t surprising (since the brand doesn’t add them on most of their machines) so we had to go through other avenues to find out what customers were saying.
Google often compiles purchaser reviews across various websites for popular products, and the EXP 14i is one of them. Out of almost 190 reviews, the EXP 14i has an average rating of 3.9 stars out of 5.
Happy customers love the automatic trainer control, iFIT capabilities, and touchscreen.
“It’s a big machine and very powerful,” customer Rhylee explained. “It keeps a weekly record of your statistics and the touchscreen is a large size and is able to tilt to suit your height. The machine has a nice wide and long belt, which makes running comfortable as you never have to worry about falling off the side or back.”
On the other hand, others complained about NordicTrack’s customer service, the assembly process, and issues with parts being delivered broken.
“The treadmill was really loud and the incline button was reversed,” reviewer Dayna explained. “The up button made it go down and vice versa. I tried for a month to contact NordicTrack/Icon Health & Fitness/iFIT without resolution. Gave up, disassembled the treadmill and returned it.”
Final Verdict of Our NordicTrack EXP 14i Review
The NordicTrack EXP 14i treadmill is under $1,700 and has quite a bit going for it. Here’s a quick breakdown of my main takeaways:
- The 14-inch touchscreen is compatible with iFIT programming.
- Both incline and decline options are available on this treadmill.
- This machine is pretty noisy when it changes between various settings.
- The process of putting this treadmill together is complicated. It will either require an additional helper or professional assembly.
My personal take? The 14i is a good treadmill, but if you’re willing to spend a few extra hundred dollars, I prefer the NordicTrack Commercial 1750. For those of you looking to stay in the EXP family, I’d recommend the EXP 14i or the 10i simply because the touchscreens are larger than that of the 7i.
NordicTrack EXP 14i Rating
NordicTrack EXP 14
Take a look at our NordicTrack EXP 14i review to see if this is the right treadmill for your home gym.
Product Brand: NordicTrack
Product Currency: $
Product Price: 1699.00
Product In-Stock: InStock
NordicTrack EXP 14i FAQs
Does NordicTrack EXP 14i have Bluetooth?
The NordicTrack EXP 14i has Bluetooth headphone and heart rate connectivity.
Is NordicTrack a good treadmill brand?
Yes! NordicTrack has been a trusted brand in the cardio space for decades. They make quality cardio machines that are built to last. Besides home treadmills, NordicTrack also makes excellent exercise bikes, rowers, ellipticals, and strength training equipment.
How much is an iFIT membership and why should I get one?
The cost varies depending on if you want to purchase an individual or family-based plan. An individual plan will run you $180 per year. An iFIT family membership, which includes five different profiles, will cost $396 per year or $39 per month.
iFIT workouts are available on-demand, which means you can workout at any time of the day. Interactive programming can be a great motivator for people who enjoy working out at home but still want to reach specific fitness goals.
In my Adidas Adipower 2 review, I’ll break down who should give these redesigned classics a shot and who should pass on them. Read more
The Kabuki Strength Duffalo Baris a new take on an old specialty bar, the Buffalo Bar. After using the Duffalo Bar over two years and hundreds of workouts, we believe the Duffalo Bar is one of the best specialty bars currently available. Read more
In our Reebok Nano X2 review, we take a first look at the brand’s latest iteration of this popular functional fitness shoe. Read more
I like to think of the EXP series from NordicTrack as a nice set of Russian nesting dolls, with each one resting inside a larger, more advanced edition. In this case, the NordicTrack EXP 14i is the main Matryoshka, also known as the Mother doll of a nesting set. In this NordicTrack EXP 14i review, we’ll explore the metaphorical “mother doll” of the EXP series to see if it’s worth the money (and the razzmatazz). » Read more about: NordicTrack EXP 14i Review (2023): Is this $1,700 Treadmill High-Quality? » Read more