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NordicTrack Elite 16.9 Review

Quick Summary

Would you train harder with a TV on board?

The NordicTrack Elite 16.9 elliptical offers the distraction of a 15″ HDTV — but it’s a serious trainer too.

NordicTrack engineers have included what really matters on an elliptical trainer: smooth resistance and a comfortable stride.

Learn more from our full review of the NordicTrack Elite 16.9 below.

Specifications

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Model NordicTrack Elite 16.9
Rating

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

91.3%
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.

26 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).

20" - 22"
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.

7" Web-Enabled Color Touchscreen
Max. Weight

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

375 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).

72.1" x 23.5" x 79.4"
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: 91.3%

Our Rating

Rating: 91.3/100. The NordicTrack Elite 16.9 is the top elliptical trainer in its high-end series. It combines a long 20″ to 22″ stride, the smooth resistance of a 32-pound drive, and modern tech we love for training and entertainment. Some specs are a 15″ HDTV, a full color 7″ touch screen for showing workouts and the Internet, and easy iFit integration.

With the web price of $1,699 it’s a best buy in its price class considering its six-year parts warranty, advanced tech and great ergonomics… But like any elliptical trainer, it’s not the best choice for each and every shopper. Here are points to consider before bringing the Elite 16.9 home.

Pros:

  • Quick assembly (15 minutes)
  • 15″ high definition TV
  • 32-pound flywheel
  • 26 resistance levels
  • Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR™)
  • 20″ to 22″ stride, depending on the incline
  • Power incline of 0 degrees to 20 degrees
  • Resistance and incline controls on handlebars
  • 35 built-in workouts
  • iFit-enabled
  • Full color 7″ touch screen to show workouts and data
  • Web browser
  • iPod-compatible (2″ speakers)
  • Wireless heart rate monitor (Chest strap included)
  • Water bottle holder
  • Long warranties on parts and labor

Cons:

  • NordicTrack’s customer service often gets low marks from customers
  • Not a SpaceSaver, but does have transport wheels (Footprint is 72″ L x 23.5″ W)

Introduction

With it’s new sale price the NordicTrack Elite 16.9 is a top elliptical among the $1,699 options. Inspired by club quality elliptical trainers, it supports an ergonomic 20″ to 22″ stride and offers smooth resistance from one of NordicTrack’s heaviest drives.

Most adults will find that it’s a great fit in terms of stride length, weight capacity, smooth performance and challenge. Besides those important basics, the Elite 16.9 shows off NordicTrack’s latest tech for workouts and entertainment: an iFit-enabled console, iPod-compatibility, a touch screen with web browser, and more.

Workout Programs

The NordicTrack Elite 16.9 is preloaded with 35 elliptical workouts. Each was designed by a certified personal trainer and looks great on the console’s 7″ full-color touch screen display. These programs make it easy to get a smart training session by automating the magnetic resistance and incline. The programs fall into four categories: Ramp, Calorie, Intensity and Performance.

For unlimited workout variety the Elite 16.9 is iFit-enabled. Using the console’s 7″ touch screen you can use high definition video workouts featuring world-class personal trainers, download a new and custom-tailored personal trainer workout every day, and use the interactive iFit Google Maps™ feature. With Google Maps™ workout downloads the Elite 16.9 can show an interactive Google Street View for any training route you draw, plus the elliptical machine will adjust its incline to simulate the landscape.

iFit subscriptions cost $99/year and allow four user profiles each.

NordicTrack Elite 16.9 Features

The NordicTrack Elite 16.9 elliptical has a 20″ to 22″ stride. The stride length doesn’t have independent controls but changes naturally with the incline. Other ellipticals in this series have shorter maximum strides.

The flywheel weighs 32 pounds and offers 26 resistance levels. The options can fit a wide range of trainees, from newcomers to elliptical training to those with advanced experience.

For extra calorie burn and targeted body-shaping you can use a power incline with 20 degree maximum.
The workout control center is a full color 7″ touch screen. It lets you navigate the preset workouts and iFit, plus it has an Android web browser.

For heart rate data the Elite 16.9 can use wireless data (chest strap included) or information from contact sensors on the handlebars.

The NordicTrack Elite 16.9 is compatible with iPods and other MP3 players. It has a port and Intermix Acoustics 2.0 speakers.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack Elite 16.9 elliptical warranty includes:

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

NordicTrack also includes a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

The NordicTrack Elite 16.9 elliptical is at the top of its line — and that’s an impressive line. Is it your best choice? This fitness machine delivers the best elliptical workouts and overall value to taller trainees who would take advantage of its 15″ HDTV. If that’s not you, then the lower-priced Elite 11.9 could be a better value.