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NordicTrack E5Vi Review


Intro

NordicTrack E5Vi Elliptical

If you are short on extra space the NordicTrack E5Vi is a very compact elliptical with 1 Step SpaceSaver design.

Fitness is about getting in shape and not getting in your way. Fittingly, the NordicTrack E5Vi will fold at its base to save you nearly three feet of precious floor space.

Along with the SpaceSaver design, the NordicTrack E5Vi features Silent Magnetic Resistance (with 10 individual levels), three stride length options, 16 workout programs and oversized pedals.

Learn more by reading our full NordicTrack E5Vi elliptical review below…


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Specifications

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Model NordicTrack E5Vi
Rating

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69.1%
List Price

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Resistance

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

10 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).

13", 15", or 18"
Pedals

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

Oversized
Incline

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

None
Flywheel

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

Standard
Programs

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

16
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.

EKG Grip Pulse
Display

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

Clearview (Backlit Orange)
Max. Weight

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

300 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).

73.8" x 24.6" x 64.2"
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: 1 Year
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 69.1%

Full Review

Quick Summary
Rating: 69.1/100. Lose weight and challenge yourself with interactive workout technology. Three options for stride length gives you a selection and is a nice feature if the trainer is shared with various members of the household.

Pros:
– Three options for stride length (13″, 15″, 18″)
– Comfortable oversized pedals
– 16 challenging workout programs
– Music friendly (mp3 compatibility, but no speakers)
– CoolAire workout fan for added comfort
– Compatible with iFit workout cards

Cons:
– Only 1 year parts/labor guarantee
– Below average number of resistance levels (10 total)
– A few customer complaints about shaky frame

Introduction

The NordicTrack E5Vi is highlighted by the aforementioned 1-Step SpaceSaver design, iPod dock, adjustable stride length (13″, 15″, 18″), 16 workout programs and ClearView display.

Unfortunately, the elliptical does have a few flaws which are to be expected in the budget price range. For starters, we’re not exactly keen on only having 10 resistance options and durability issues do exist with the frame.

Regardless, NordicTrack did want to put out an elliptical that is attractive to consumers with a tight budget and they’re doing a pretty good job of offering a model that is at least competitive.

Workout Programs

The NordicTrack E5Vi offers 16 pre-defined workout options, a stellar number considering the price paid.

All of the programs are designed by Certified Personal Trainers and intended to burn fat, lose calories as well as keep you motivated.

Along with the excellent number of pre-defined workout options, the NordicTrack E5Vi is packaged with an EKG Grip Pulse Heart Rate monitor.

Lose weight, feel great and improve performance in just eight weeks with iFit interactive workout card technology, which plugs directly into the ellipticals console. The programs automatically adjust your resistance and incline, while the voice of a personal trainer takes you through each workout.

Elliptical Features

The NordicTrack E5Vi features adjustable stride length with three different options (13″, 15″ & 18″). The 13″ stride length will accommodate younger users while the 18″ stride length will be adequate for most adults. It’s a nice feature not seen on a lot of other ellipticals.

The NordicTrack E5Vi is also compatible with iPod/mp3 players though the trainer does not offer built-in speakers.

Soft touch upper body grips allow you to burn more calories and add muscle tone that provide a great total-body workout, increased cardio benefits and a comfortable grip.

The oversized pedals on the NordicTrack E5Vi are roomy and comfortable.

Stay cool and comfortable during any intense workout with a built-in CoolAire workout fan. The multi-speed fan offers a high and low setting.

Lastly, stay abreast on crucial exercise data with ClearView backlit display. The display system has a 180° viewing angle so no matter how tall or short you are, you can always keep track of your workout progress.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack E5Vi elliptical warranty and guarantee includes:

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

NordicTrack has a 30-day money back guarantee on all exercise equipment. Dial 1-866-896-9777 for questions and concerns.

Conclusion

NordicTrack generally produces high rated pieces of exercise equipment and while the NordicTrack E5Vi is not their finest to-date, it is still a quality trainer.

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