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NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 Review

Quick Summary

A favorite new elliptical with iFit, the NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 is “the complete package” yet has a moderate sale price.

This unit is NordicTrack’s best front drive elliptical in terms of ergonomics and electronics, plus it carries the brand’s longest warranties for parts and labor.

Learn more from our full NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 review below.

Specifications

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Model NordicTrack Commercial 14.9
Rating

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92.7%
List Price

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

$2999
Best Price

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$1699
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 Resistance
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.

32 lbs.
Programs

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

35
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.

CardioGrip™
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 Color Touchscreen
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).

n/a" x n/a" x n/a"
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: 6 Years
Labor: 3 Years

Rating: 92.7%

Our Rating

Rating: 92.7/100. The best NordicTrack ellipticals generally stand out — their colorful touchscreens with Internet are hard to miss — but NordicTrack has outdone itself with the Commercial 14.9. What makes this model special? It pairs NordicTrack’s flashiest electronics with top-notch components for performance and durability. The Commercial 14.9 can deliver comfortable and personalized workouts to novices and elite trainees alike.

Highlights of the NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 are a 32-pound flywheel, a power incline, 35 preset workouts, iFit wireless technology, and a full color 10″ touchscreen for displaying workout programs and the web. Sound like a match?

Here are more points to consider about the Commercial 14.9.

Pros:

  • Very easy to assemble
  • Full color 10″ touch screen
  • Web browser
  • Tablet computer holder
  • 32-pound flywheel
  • 24 resistance levels
  • Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR™)
  • Power-adjustable stride to 20″
  • Adjustable pedal angle
  • Power incline of 0 degrees to 20 degrees
  • Resistance and incline controls on handlebars
  • Soft grips on moving arm bars
  • 35 built-in workouts
  • iFit-enabled
  • iPod-compatible (2″ speakers)
  • Wireless heart rate monitor (Chest strap included)
  • Water bottle holder
  • Transport wheels
  • Six-year parts warranty
  • Three-year labor warranty

Cons:

  • The tallest trainees might prefer a longer stride
  • NordicTrack customer service gets poor marks from shoppers
  • Not a SpaceSaver (Does not fold for storage)

Introduction

An all-around winner, the NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 is a best buy elliptical for home gyms. Physically it can support most trainees: The elliptical path adjusts up to 20″ long, the resistance is suitable for beginners through advanced athletes, and the weight capacity is 350 pounds.

The Commercial 14.9 is durable enough for an active family too. These important basics are complemented with an attractive full-color display screen, plenty of workout guidance and support for digital entertainment.

The web sale price of $1,699 includes delivery and a six-year warranty on parts. Full price is $2,999.

Workout Programs

The NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 has 35 built-in workouts. Each was designed by a certified personal trainer to control the elliptical machine’s resistance and incline. The programs fall into four categories: Incline, Calorie, Speed and Heart Rate Control. The Heart Rate Control workouts adjust in response to your heart rate data, helping you exercise within your target heart rate zone.

For endless workout variety the Commercial 14.9 is iFit-enabled. With an iFit subscription you can use the console’s 10″ touch screen or your own device to access new training sessions. You can download a custom-tailored iFit workout every day, train with high definition video workouts featuring famous personal trainers, and virtually tour the world with interactive Google Maps™ workouts. With Google Maps™ workout downloads the Commercial 14.9 can show a Google Street View for any route you set, plus the machine will adjust its pedal incline to copy the landscape.

NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 Features

The NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 elliptical has a power-adjustable 20″ stride. The elliptical path is ideally sized for most teens and adults, and the pedals have three angle settings for customization.

The flywheel weighs 32 pounds and offers 24 resistance levels. The resistance ranges from very light to very powerful.

For extra toning and calorie burn, you can use the power incline. Incline controls are built into the handlebars as well as the console.

The workout control center is a full color 10″ touch screen. From here it’s easy to navigate the 35 preset workouts and your iFit downloads. This screen also has an Android browser.

Although the Internet is on board, you might want access to your own apps too. This elliptical has a secure holder for your tablet computer.

For heart rate monitoring the Commercial 14.9 includes a wireless chest strap. It also has CardioGrip™ sensors on the handlebars.

The NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 is iPod-compatible. It has a jack and Intermix Acoustics 2.0 speakers.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 elliptical warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 6 Years
– Labor: 3 Years

NordicTrack also includes a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

The Commercial 14.9 is NordicTrack’s most advanced front drive elliptical trainer. For $1,699 it probably provides all you need, plus lots of bonuses. The potential drawback is that people with very long strides could feel constrained. If you’re that person that wants a long stride, you might consider the best selling Nordictrack FS7i.