Brimming with advanced electronics, the NordicTrack SE9i is among the most feature-rich ellipticals under $1,500.
Highlights include an ergonomic rear drive design, a touch screen workout panel with web browser, and an iFit-enabled console.
The SE9i’s compact frame can be assembled in just 15 minutes.
This popular home elliptical trainer has a lot to offer but isn’t the best for everyone.
Learn more by reading our complete NordicTrack SE9i review below. It includes pros, cons and alternatives.
|Resistance Type||SMR™ Silent Magnetic|
|Pedals||Adjustable & Oversized|
|Incline||0 - 10 Degrees|
|User Profiles||1 Users|
|Heart Rate||Dual-Grip CardioGrip™|
|Display||7" Full Color Touchscreen|
|Max. Weight||325 lbs|
|Dimensions||80" x 32" x 77"|
|Warranty||Frame: Lifetime Parts: 5 Years Labor: 2 Years|
Rating: 84.4/100. The NordicTrack SE9i is loaded with digital features to keep trainees motivated, on track and entertained. It also has a 10 degree power incline to support a metabolic boost and extra muscle toning. This elliptical has a long warranty and is likely to deliver its money’s worth in hassle-free workouts.
What are the possible drawbacks? Although your stride shortens on an incline, you might feel restricted by this trainer’s 18″ path. Many trainees of medium and taller heights prefer elliptical trainers with 20″ or 22″ strides. Also, because the SE9i has a relatively light drive, it isn’t the best elliptical for advanced trainees or anyone weighing around 150 pounds or more. Some alternatives are suggested after the lists of pros and cons below.
- Snap assembly takes about 15 minutes
- SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance
- 24 resistance levels
- Incline power ramp (10 degrees)
- Resistance and incline controls on handlebars
- 30 workout apps
- 7″ touch screen
- iPod-compatible (2″ speakers)
- Wireless pulse monitor
- Very small footprint
- Excellent warranty
- Consumers have complained about customer service
- Flywheel isn’t heavy enough for advanced athletes
The NordicTrack SE9i brings plenty of workout support and entertainment via its 7″ web-enabled display. It can be a good choice for relative newcomers to elliptical training, particularly if they need a SpaceSaver and care to pay for its suite of high tech features. (Those features contribute a lot to the cost.) A downside of the SE9i for more advanced trainees is that they’ll master the machine and need an upgrade. Also, the 18″ stride isn’t ideal for everyone.
The NordicTrack SE9i is loaded with attractive features for newcomers to elliptical training. It’s also easier to assemble than just about any other elliptical machine. Within fifteen minutes you can start your first training session! Choose from 30 preset workouts or directly control the machine’s resistance and incline using convenient handlebar-based controls.
You can also access iFit from the SE9i’s web-enabled touch screen. iFit subscribers have literally infinite workouts to choose from.
The SE9i’s rear drive design produces a very smooth elliptical ride. However, at 18″ the path isn’t long enough for some trainees. This trainer is also limited by its relatively light resistance. It has an 18-pound flywheel and offers 24 tension levels. For added challenge you can use its maximum 10 degree power incline.
The NordicTrack SE9i is preloaded with 30 workouts. These can help you focus on weight loss, endurance and targeted muscle toning.
For advanced data tracking and unlimited workout variety the SE9i is iFit-enabled. Using the same full-color touch screen that’s used for the standard workouts, you can access iFit’s high definition video workouts, unlimited personalized routines and unlimited Google Maps workouts. iFit subscriptions cost $99/year.
SpaceSaver SE9i Features
This elliptical features an 18″ stride and 10 degree power incline. It has the smooth ergonomics of the classic rear drive elliptical design, and its oversized pedals add to the sense of stability it provides.
A special feature adding convenience (and cost) to this elliptical is its SpaceSaver design.
The SE9i has a very small footprint when in use and can easily be made even more compact. Even so it has a 325-pound capacity.
The control center for workouts and entertainment is a full-color 7″ touch screen with Android web browser. The data center is compatible with a wireless chest strap and can also show pulse feedback from the handlebars’ contact sensors.
The NordicTrack SE9i is compatible with MP3 players. It has an iPod-compatible port and Intermix Acoustics 2.0 speakers.
Finally, the SE9i is among NordicTrack’s easiest models to assemble.
Warranty & Guarantee
NordicTrack SE9i warranty includes:
– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 5 Years
– Labor: 2 Years
NordicTrack has a 30-day money back guarantee on all exercise equipment.
The NordicTrack SE9i is a top option for beginning to intermediate trainees who fit its 18″ stride. However, be aware that owners are paying for high tech electronics and SpaceSaver convenience, which might not be your requirements. For less money you can buy an elliptical trainer that supports more advanced athletic performance.