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NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i Review

Quick Summary

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.

Specifications

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Model SpaceSaver SE9i
Rating

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84.4%
List Price

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$2,499
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$1,249
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.

SMR™ 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).

18"
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 - 10 Degrees
Flywheel

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

18 lbs
Programs

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

30
User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

1 Users
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.

Dual-Grip 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" Full Color Touchscreen
Max. Weight

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

325 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).

80" x 32" x 77"
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 Years

Rating: 84.4%

Our Rating

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.

Pros:

  • 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
  • iFit-enabled
  • 7″ touch screen
  • iPod-compatible (2″ speakers)
  • Wireless pulse monitor
  • Very small footprint
  • Excellent warranty

Cons:

  • Consumers have complained about customer service
  • Flywheel isn’t heavy enough for advanced athletes

Alternatives

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.

Introduction

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.

Workout Programs

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.

Conclusion

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.