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NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 10 Review

Quick Summary

Offering an adjustable stride and a 10″ full-color touch screen, the NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 10 elliptical is a top choice for multi-user households seeking the latest electronic perks — and sale priced at $1,499 it’s an economical choice for one-trainee homes as well.

Read about its highlights, its possible drawbacks and an alternative in the NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 10 review below.

Specifications

FitRated
Model NordicTrack
A.C.T. Commercial 10
Rating

Our custom rating considers all of the elliptical's features, specs, warranties, and 100's of user & expert reviews, to save you time!

90.8%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$2,999
Best Price

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$1,499
Resistance

Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

24 Levels
Resistance Type

The type of resistance affects the performance of your elliptical. Magnetic and Eddy-Current are the most common types.

Silent Magnetic
Stride Length

Stride Length is important for comfort and smooth strides. A stride length of 18-21 inches is ideal for most heights (5'3 - 6'7).

18-22 inches
Pedals

Elliptical pedals can be cushioned and adjustable for maximum comfort and minimum impact on joints for injury prevention.

Oversized and Cushioned
Incline

Some elliptical trainers can be set at an incline to increase difficulty and burn more calories.

no
Flywheel

The flywheel controls the smoothness and resistance of your workout. In general, the higher the better.

25 lbs
Programs

Elliptical Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

35 Programs
User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

1 User Profile
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

CardioGrip Sensors & Wireless Monitor
Display

Elliptical Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

10" Web-Enabled Color Touch Screen
Max. Weight

Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

350 lbs
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this elliptical will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

54" x 31.5" x 64.25"
Upper Body

Most ellipticals have handles to hold while you're working out that provide an upper body workout.

Accessory Tray

Some ellipticals include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Ellipticals that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (without headphones).

Cooling Fans

Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout on your elliptical.

Folding?

Some ellipticals are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years

Rating: 90.8%

Our Rating

Rating: 90.8/100. The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 10 leads its collection, the Mid-Mech Commercial Series Ellipticals. While it’s sized for convenient home use, this center drive elliptical feels sturdy like a health club fitness machine and is a comfortable, smooth challenge for all but the strongest and heaviest trainees.

Key specs include: a quiet magnetic resistance system with 25-pound flywheel; a 10″ touch screen for showing preloaded workouts, iFit® workouts and the web; and an adjustable stride length with ¼-inch increments from 18″ to 22″.

Sale priced at $1,499 this is among the best elliptical models for a wide range of skill levels and body types. At full price though, we’d probably pass. Here are pros and cons to consider about the A.C.T. Commercial 10.

Pros:

  • Space efficient (54″ x 31.5″ footprint)
  • High weight capacity (350 pounds)
  • 25-pound flywheel
  • Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR™)
  • Console buttons for easy resistance control
  • 18″ to 22″ stride choices (¼” increments)
  • Moving arm bars for a full-body workout
  • 35 built-in workout apps
  • iFit-enabled for unlimited workout downloads
  • Full color 10″ touch screen for workouts and the web
  • Android browser
  • Tablet computer holder
  • iPod-compatible (Port and 3″ speakers)
  • Heart rate monitors (Touch sensors and wireless chest strap included)
  • Water bottle holder
  • Center drive design supports easy balance
  • Long warranties on parts and labor

Cons:

  • No incline
  • Full price is high for an elliptical with 25-pound drive (Sale price is good)
  • NordicTrack’s customer service draws negative reviews

Alternatives

A popular alternative is the NordicTrack Elite 12.9. Compared with the A.C.T. Commercial 10, it’s an upgrade because it has a maximum 20 degree power ramp and a heavier drive (32 pounds versus 25). The Elite 12.9 sometimes costs less than the elliptical in this review too and has an even longer warranty!

Any compromises? By choosing the Elite 12.9 instead of the A.C.T. Commercial 10, you’ll get a smaller touch screen display and less variety in stride length.

Introduction

When sale priced at $1,499 the NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 10 is a top contender in its price class. Some of its practical-minded points from our “pros” list are the wide selection of stride lengths, rather powerful magnetic resistance and a generous warranty.

Fun features include the 10″ full color touch screen, Android web browser, iFit-enabled display and 3″ iPod®-compatible speakers… and that’s just a sampling. Read on for details about its workout programming and other specs.

Workout Programs

The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 10 elliptical is preloaded with 35 workout apps. Thanks to its 10″ touch screen control panel, you can quickly choose from the generous menu. Each program was designed by a certified personal trainer to especially focus on either calorie burn, intensity or performance (endurance). Each program has a set duration and automatically changes the drive’s resistance. There are 24 resistance levels.

To expand your workout library, you can use this trainer with an iFit® membership. Using the 10″ touch screen you can train along with iFit’s high definition video workouts featuring leading personal trainers, download a custom-tailored elliptical workout every day, and enjoy an infinite variety of interactive Google Maps™ workouts.

With Google Maps™ workouts the elliptical’s 10″ screen can show an interactive Google Street View for your selected route. The options are literally infinite! Virtually train in your own neighborhood, along a famous race route, along a scenic coastline and so forth.

A possible shortcoming is that A.C.T ellipticals don’t have automated inclines. With most other NordicTrack ellipticals the Google Maps™ workouts are enhanced because the machines automatically incline their paths to mimic the rise and fall of chosen landscapes.

A.C.T. Commercial 10 Features

At first glance the standout feature on the A.C.T. Commercial 10 is the 10″ full-color touch screen with Internet browser. This is NordicTrack’s top option for accessing preloaded workouts, tracking your fitness stats, downloading iFit® workouts and staying connected with the web.

This NordicTrack A.C.T. elliptical is also distinguished by its stride choices. While other ellipticals offer stride variety, few offer the precision of ¼” increments. The range is 18″ to 22″ — ideal for petite users and tall trainees alike. Additionally the soft-grip handlebars for upper body training were designed with a wide range of user heights in mind.

For entertainment or multitasking, three main options are supported. First is the Internet browser with 10″ touch screen mentioned above. Second, you can use your own tablet computer during workouts by attaching it to the elliptical’s secure tablet holder. Third, you can integrate your MP3 player; the A.C.T. Commercial 10 has an iPod-compatible port and a sound system with 3″ speakers.

To help you stay in your target heart rate zone, the A.C.T. Commercial 10 includes a chest strap for wireless pulse monitoring. It also has contact pulse sensors on the handlebars.

The flywheel for this trainer weighs 25 pounds. It’s precision weighted to support a smooth ride and is the heaviest among A.C.T. Commercial ellipticals. That said, it isn’t the heaviest drive that NordicTrack offers. For more challenging workout sessions (and heavier trainees) other NordicTracks such as the Elite 12.9 are better choices.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 10 elliptical warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 5 Years
– Labor: 2 Years

That’s a generous warranty at the $1,499 price point. NordicTrack also offers a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 10 is a great fit for many households. It offers a comfortable stride length for most trainees and is loaded with training guidance, a web browser and other perks.