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NordicTrack E 11.9 Review


Intro

 

nordictrack-e-11-9-ellipticalFor intermediate trainees of average to taller heights, the NordicTrack E 11.9 is among the most effective and feature-rich ellipticals under $1000. This front drive elliptical has a 20” – 22” power adjustable stride, a 7” touch screen control panel with web browser and 32 workouts, and an iFit-enabled console for unlimited workout variety.

Sale priced online for for just $999, this elliptical easily catches a second glance. But is it the best choice for your home workouts? Learn more by reading FitRated’s honest review of the NordicTrack E 11.9 below.

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Specifications

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Model NordicTrack E 11.9
Rating

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90.8%
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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.

3-20 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.

32
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.

7" 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).

67.1" x 25" 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: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 90.8%

Full Review

Quick Summary
Rating: 90.8/100. The E 11.9 is one of NordicTrack’s lowest-priced front drive elliptical trainers. Before all its extras are considered, its main advantages are a long maximum stride and a compact machine size. Like many NordicTrack ellipticals today the E 11.9 is equipped with lots of high-tech features too. The centerpiece is a full-color 7” touch screen display. From here you can easily choose from 32 preset workouts or use iFit’s immersive and personalized training features. The machine is also iPod-compatible and has 2” speakers.

The NordicTrack E 11.9 offers a generous range of challenge for many trainees, particularly because the maximum resistance level of its somewhat modest 20-pound drive can be amplified with a steep incline. Even so, the heavier drives on other NordicTrack ellipticals such as the Elite 12.9 are recommended for more advanced training and for trainees who carry more weight.
Here are advantages and possible drawbacks of choosing the NordicTrack E 11.9.

Pros:
– SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance
– 18” to 20” stride
– Power ramp of 3 degrees to 20 degrees
– Resistance and incline controls on handlebars
– 32 built-in workouts
– iFit-enabled with Google Maps™ workouts
– 7” touch screen
– iPod-compatible (2” speakers)
– Wireless heart rate monitor (Chest strap included)
– Water bottle holder
– Small footprint
– Competitive parts warranty (Three years)

Cons:
– NordicTrack’s customer service often gets negative reviews
– The flywheel isn’t the best for heavy duty training

Alternatives

Here are two alternatives with heavier drives.

– NordicTrack Elite 12.9

Sole E25

Introduction

The NordicTrack E 11.9 packs plenty of features into a small space. The power-adjustable stride of 18” to 20” helps this elliptical support the natural gait of a wide range of trainees. This fitness machine also keeps exercise interesting with advanced electronics for convenience, workout variety and entertainment.

The 67.1″ L x 25″ W elliptical frame is topped with a full-color 7” touch screen control center. From here you can choose from 32 preset workouts or control the machine’s resistance and incline yourself using One Touch controls. For literally infinite workout variety and personalized elliptical training programs, you can also access an iFit membership with its touch screen. Another neat feature is the integrated Android web browser.

The E 11.9’s front drive design helps keep the footprint small, but some trainees prefer a rear drive or center drive elliptical for a better sense of balance. Its 20-pound flywheel is one of NordicTrack’s lighter elliptical drives.

Workout Programs

The NordicTrack E 11.9 is preloaded with 32 workouts. By automating the elliptical’s resistance levels and incline, these programs make it easier to meet your fitness goals. Each was designed by a certified personal trainer and looks great on the console’s 7” full-color touch screen display.

For unlimited workout variety the E 11.9 is iFit-enabled. Using the same 7” touch screen that’s used for the standard workouts, you can access iFit’s ever-growing library of high definition video workouts. You can also download unlimited personalized routines and experience an infinite variety of Google Maps™ immersive workouts.

iFit subscriptions cost $99/year or $9.99/month. A wireless home Internet connection is required.

Elliptical Features

This NordicTrack elliptical can easily adjust to fit different users with its 18” – 20” stride. The stride length is power-adjustable too, so you can change it during workouts to target different muscle groups.

A fun and practical feature is the automated incline of 3 degrees to 20 degrees. It brings an instant metabolic boost and is excellent for targeted muscle toning.

You can even use it to experience actual terrain along any Google Maps™ route.

The flywheel weighs 20 pounds. You can choose from 24 resistance levels.

The control center for workouts and entertainment is a full-color 7” touch screen, which also has an Android web browser.

For heart rate monitoring the elliptical is compatible with a wireless chest strap. It also has contact pulse sensors on the handlebars.

The NordicTrack E 11.9 is compatible with iPods. It has a port and Intermix Acoustics 2.0 speakers.

Warranty & Guaranty

NordicTrack E 11.9 warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 3 Years
– Labor: 1 Year

NordicTrack includes a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

The $999 NordicTrack E 11.9 is a good low-priced option for home elliptical training. In many households it can meet the needs of each trainee. Still, for the heaviest training sessions it isn’t the best option. We’d recommend moving up to NordicTrack’s Elite Series.