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NordicTrack FS9i Review

Quick Summary

Treat yourself to premium technology and three fitness machines in one: an elliptical, a treadmill and a stair climber.

As the top model in NordicTrack’s unique FreeStride Trainer lineup, the FS9i combines a 38″ maximum stride with the latest tech for digital entertainment and interactive workouts.

Get the details from our full review of the NordicTrack FS9i below.

Specifications

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Model NordicTrack FS9i
Rating

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92.1%
List Price

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

$3,999
Best Price

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$2,999
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.

Single touch incline or 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).

0" - 38"
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.

-10 -10 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.

38
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.

Wireless Chest Strap Included
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-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.

400 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).

68.4" x 28.5" x 62"
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: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Year

Rating: 92.1%

Our Rating

Rating: 92.1/100. The NordicTrack FS9i with maximum 38″ stride is among the most flexible fitness machines on the market. Designed to fit virtually anyone’s gait, it serves as an ergonomic elliptical trainer, a treadmill and a stair climber. Whatever stride length you use, the motion is low impact yet very effective. Some other benefits of this trainer are a 10″ touch screen, a web browser and a power incline/decline.

The FS9i has a suggested retail price of $3,999, however you can find it direct for $2,999 including delivery and a five-year warranty.

Pros:

  • Quick and easy assembly
  • 38″ adjustable stride for three-in-one effect
  • Power incline range of -10% to +10%
  • “Floating on air” design with belts instead of rails
  • SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance
  • iPod-compatible port and speakers
  • 10″ touch screen
  • Web browser
  • 38 workout apps
  • Enabled for iFit
  • Wireless chest strap included
  • Controls are conveniently placed on the handlebars
  • Center drive supports user’s balance
  • Water bottle holder
  • Transport wheels

Cons:

  • Costs more than standard ellipticals with comparable flywheels
  • NordicTrack’s customer service isn’t the best

Introduction

The NordicTrack FreeStride FS9i is a three-in-one luxury trainer. With a maximum 38″ stride it offers the effects of a treadmill, a stair climber and a standard elliptical — plus it’s equipped with a 10″ web-enabled touch screen and other extras.

However you choose to use it, the FS9i is remarkably gentle on your joints. This super-smooth fitness machine lets you sculpt your body and build strength while minimizing the risk of exercise-related injury.

This unique cross-trainer provides a 20-pound drive, 24 resistance levels and a power incline range of -10 degrees to +10 degrees.

Workout Programs

Benefit from the smarts of a certified personal trainer. The FreeStride Trainer FS9i console arrives with 35 professionally designed workout programs. Organized by workout goal, their three categories are calorie burn, intensity and performance. Progress is shown on a full color 10″ touch screen.

For unlimited variety the NordicTrack FS9i is iFit-enabled. Because this trainer has a power incline/decline, it’s one of the best machines to use with iFit’s Google Maps™ workouts. You can choose from a menu of especially scenic real-life paths or specify any route you’d like.

The FS9i’s 10″ screen will show an interactive Google Street View as the power ramp adjusts to mimic the terrain! (Alternatively you can access iFit with your own mobile device docked on the console.) Some other advantages of iFit membership include: daily downloads of customized workouts from personal trainers; hundreds of HD video workouts; a digital workout calendar; and advanced data tracking.

Each iFit subscription supports up to four user profiles.

FreeStride Trainer Features

The highlight of a NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer is its 38″ stride. The adjustable stride lets the FS9i deliver the effects of a stairstepper, a full-body elliptical trainer and a treadmill. It operates even more smoothly than a traditional low impact elliptical too, thanks to NordicTrack’s “floating on air” belt system that replaces metal rails.

The FS9i’s control center is a full color 10″ touch screen. It not only shows workout programming but also lets you browse the web. Other entertainment support includes a tablet computer holder and compatibility with iPod. The console has an MP3 player port and 3″ speakers from Intermix Acoustics.

The NordicTrack FS9i has a center drive design. Compared with typical front drive elliptical trainers it makes it easier to keep a good posture during workouts. The center drive design also helps keep the FreeStride Trainer’s footprint small; the FS9i measures just 68.4″ L x 28.5″ W, which is rather compact considering that it can serve as a treadmill.

For accurate heart rate monitoring a wireless heart rate chest strap is included.

A water bottle and workout fan are also integrated with the trainer.

Warranty & Guarantee

NordicTrack FS9i warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 5 Years
– Labor: 2 Years

NordicTrack sells its FreeStride Trainer with a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

The FS9i is NordicTrack’s top-of-the-line FreeStride Trainer. It costs more than a regular elliptical trainer with comparable resistance, but it far surpasses “regular.” If this trainer fits your budget, then it’s hard to pass up.