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NordicTrack C 7.5 Review

Quick Summary

Simple yet capable, the NordicTrack C 7.5 is a budget-friendly elliptical trainer with iPod dock and iFit technology.

Key points include a 20-pound flywheel, a 20″ stride, and extra challenge from a maximum 20 degree incline.

Read all about the pros and cons in our full NordicTrack C 7.5 elliptical review below.

Specifications

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Model NordicTrack C 7.5
Rating

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92.8%
List Price

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

$1,299
Best Price

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$799
Resistance

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

22 Levels
Resistance Type

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

SMR™ 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" - 20"
Pedals

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

Adjustable & Oversized
Incline

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

0 - 20 degrees
Flywheel

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

20 lbs
Programs

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

26
User Profiles

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

1 User
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.

Integrated EKG pulse grip
Display

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

5" Backlit Display
Max. Weight

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

325 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).

67.1" x 30" x 69.1"
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: 2 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 92.8%

Our Rating

Rating: 92.8/100. The C 7.5 is one of NordicTrack’s most affordable front drive elliptical trainers, but it has plenty to offer. Examples of its good quality basics are a 20″ stride and 20-pound drive; other ellipticals in this price class skimp on the path length and resistance. For added challenge you can use the power incline, which has a maximum grade of 20 degrees. And then we get to the extras…

The C 7.5 console helps make training easy with 26 preset workouts. For unlimited workout variety you can add your tablet computer and connect an iFit membership. This will let your tablet computer serve as the elliptical monitor (in place of a 5″ data screen). With iFit you can download professional workouts, use advanced stats tracking, use Google Maps workouts and more.

This elliptical has iPod compatibility, a large workout fan and other perks. Here are points to consider before bringing the C 7.5 home.

Pros:

  • 20-pound flywheel
  • 22 resistance levels
  • Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR™)
  • 20″ stride
  • Power incline of 0 degrees to 20 degrees
  • Moving arm bars
  • Resistance and incline controls on handlebars
  • 26 built-in workouts
  • iFit-enabled
  • iPod-compatible (Dock and 2″ speakers)
  • Grip pulse readers
  • Water bottle holder
  • Transport wheels
  • Good warranty for machine sale price

Cons:

  • Customer service can be slow at times depending on what time of year it is.
  • Not for advanced trainees

Alternatives
Need an elliptical for advanced athletes? The NordicTrack C 12.9 ($1,299) and C 9.5 ($999) offer greater resistance.

Introduction

With its online discount price the NordicTrack C 7.5 is a top elliptical under $800. Trainees get good performance basics plus extras for motivation (iPod speakers, 26 workout programs, iFit technology and a tablet computer holder). Overall it’s a good fit for novices through intermediate level elliptical trainees. The parts are under warranty for two years and customers get a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Workout Programs

Trainees can choose from built-in programs and workouts that are downloaded with iFit membership.

Built-in programs: The NordicTrack C 7.5 is preloaded with 26 workouts, all designed by a certified personal trainer. Each program controls the elliptical machine’s resistance and incline. (Altogether they can draw from 22 resistance levels and inclines up to 20 degrees.) Your progress is shown on a 5″ display with backlighting.

iFit: For unlimited workout variety the C 7.5 elliptical is iFit-enabled. Using iFit you’ll cover the 5″ screen with your own tablet computer to see high definition video workouts, use interactive Google Maps workouts and download unlimited professional training programs. iFit also lets you use advanced stats tracking and get other benefits. An iFit subscription costs $99/year and allows up to four user profiles.

NordicTrack C 7.5 Features

The NordicTrack C 7.5 is compatible with iPods and other MP3 players. It has a port and 2″ Intermix Acoustics 2.0 speakers.

The first control center for workouts and accessing your own MP3s is a 5″ screen with backlighting. Here you can scroll through the elliptical’s 26 built-in workouts and also set your music playlist.

The second control center, potentially, is your own tablet computer. Your tablet computer will serve as the monitor if you use this elliptical with iFit. The tablet computer holder also makes it easy to access your apps during workouts.

This NordicTrack C Series elliptical has a maximum 20″ stride. Your stride will shorten if you increase the incline.

The flywheel weighs 20 pounds, which is impressive for a budget elliptical drive. It’s part of a quiet magnetic resistance system. You can choose from 22 resistance levels.

A power ramp of up to 20 degrees offers extra challenge. Use the ramp for more dramatic calorie burn and targeted muscle toning.

For heart rate monitoring the C 7.5 has contact heart rate sensors on the handlebars.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack C 7.5 warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Parts: 2 Years

– Labor: 1 Years

NordicTrack also includes a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

On sale for $799 the NordicTrack C 7.5 is a best buy elliptical for not-so-advanced elliptical trainers. It offers a competitive combination of performance, extras and consumer protections for its price.