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NordicTrack X11i Incline Trainer Review

Quick Summary

Take your fitness to incredible new heights without speeding up or straining your knees.

With its generous range of incline options, the new X11i Incline Trainer lets you burn calories remarkably quickly — up to five times faster compared with regular treadmill training! Its incline/decline also supports excellent muscle definition and cardio training.

The X11i console features a 10” HD touchscreen that supports 44 built-in workout apps, a web browser and iFit Coach.

Learn more from the review below.

Specifications

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Model NordicTrack X11i Incline Trainer
Rating

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91.4%
List Price

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

$3,499
Best Price

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$2,199
Speed

Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

0 - 12 mph
Incline

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

-6 - 40%
Motor

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

4.25 CHP
Deck

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

22" x 60"
Belt

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

Reflex Cushioning
Folding?

Some treadmills are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Programs

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

iFit
Max. Weight

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

350 lbs
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™
Wireless Chest Strap
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this treadmill will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

70.2" x 39.6" x 69.7"
Display

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

10" Web-Enabled Touchscreen
Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

Some treadmills include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

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 a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame: Lifetime
Motor: Lifetime
Deck: Lifetime
Parts: 6 Years
Electronics: 6 Years
Labor: 3 Years

Rating: 91.4%

Our Rating

Rating: 91.4/100.

Leading the Incline Trainer Series for 2017, the new X11i with 10” touchscreen is one of NordicTrack’s most elite treadmills or treadmill alternatives. It’s the best Incline Trainer for people who’d like to own an excellent treadmill for running (with or without incline) and for walking with a steep slope that brings rapid calorie burn. The NordicTrack X11i is extremely versatile thanks to a power incline/decline range of -6 percent to 40 percent, a high speed of 12 mph, and a heavy duty 4.25 CHP motor. This durable trainer is also sized for just about anyone; it features an extra-large track and supports up to 350 pounds.

Other highlights include a sound-absorbing deck, an adjustable-angle tablet holder, and premium treadmill speakers.

This trainer is ideal for weight loss and defining your lower body muscles. It also has very useful qualities for runners aiming to improve their performance. For instance, it’s one of few treadmills that lets you train both uphill and downhill. You can even train for a specific race route if you become an iFit member… and with NordicTrack’s Reflex cushioning, you can turn off the impact absorption and run with a better simulation of the outdoor challenge.

The main drawback is paying full price, as Incline Trainers normally cost more than regular treadmills. If you buy this model at a discount though, you’ll get great value in the long run. The X11i isn’t the sort of machine that you outgrow after a year or two of training. You can always reach new performance levels, and the six-year warranty on parts and electronics provides consumer protection.

Pros:

  • Dramatic incline/decline range (-6 percent to +40 percent)
  • Enables rapid calorie burn
  • Reduces impact of walking/running compared with non-inclined treadmills
  • Long and extra-wide track (22″ x 60”)
  • Powerful 4.25 CHP motor
  • 10″ full-color touch screen with Android browser
  • WhisperQuiet™ noise reduction for the deck
  • 44 workout apps
  • iFit Coach enabled for unlimited workout variety (Membership required)
  • Sound System (iPod-compatible, 3” speakers)
  • Adjustable tablet holder
  • Lifetime guarantee on frame, deck and motor
  • Six-year parts and electronics warranty
  • Three-year labor warranty
  • Easily assembled

Cons:

Introduction

Walking or running with an incline trainer has been described as “the fastest way to lose weight” by Jillian Michaels, the celebrity personal trainer from the weight loss TV show The Biggest Loser.

The X11i Incline Trainer with 10” touchscreen and Android browser is NordicTrack’s most luxurious tool for the job. It lets you walk but still reap the intense calorie burn enjoyed by runners… and it has the track size, cushioning, and horsepower to support your most intense running workouts too. Loaded with creature comforts, the X11i is an enticing option all-around. Here are details about the available workout apps, special features and NordicTrack’s best warranty.

Workout Programs

Even if you’re new to incline training, you can train with expert insight on the X11i. Its premium console has dozens of workout apps to help you focus on calorie burn, heart rate control, incline training or speed training. Programs adjust the track’s speed and incline to help ensure efficient exercise. Several apps give a preview of iFit Coach technology. There are 44 preloaded workout apps altogether, all accessible via a full-color touchscreen.

An iFit Coach membership adds literally infinite workout program possibilities. One option is accessing iFit’s ever-growing library of HD video workouts featuring famous personal trainers. You can also download a new personal trainer workout everyday, virtually race against other iFit members, and automate your data logging.

Most engaging of all, iFit’s Google Maps feature lets you virtually experience an infinite variety of real-life routes. Choose from the iFit community’s suggested scenic paths or draw your own route. The X11i Incline Trainer will adjust its incline/decline to simulate the terrain, and many routes include interactive Google Street Views for even better “virtual reality” experiences.

Incline Trainer Features

NordicTrack fitness machines are popular partly because they’re feature-rich, and the new X11i is especially so. It shows off some of the brand’s best components: a 10” touchscreen with high-definition display and web browser; an extreme power ramp range of -6 to 40 degrees; a 4.25 CHP motor; a large track roller for durability; and more. The main upgrade to this model for 2017 is high-definition technology for the touchscreen.

The key feature, of course, is the dramatic 40% incline. Burn calories at up to five times your usual rate! Electronic controls and preset programs make it easy to move among the many incline settings. The X11i’s 6% max decline is useful too, as it lets you recruit muscles differently to enhance power and tone.

This trainer’s generous incline/decline makes it one of the best fitness machines to use with the Google Maps workouts from iFit Coach… You can train inside yet experience the ups and downs of actual outdoor routes.

OneTouch controls make it easy to adjust the X11i’s speed and incline.

The top speed is 12 mph.

The 22” x 60” track exceeds the standard size for treadmills. It gives ample room for almost anyone to take full running strides.

The most efficient cardio workouts take place in your target heart rate zone. The X11i provides two options for heart rate monitoring: It has pulse sensors on the handlebars and arrives with a

Bluetooth chest strap for wireless monitoring.

Music friendly, the X11i is equipped with 3” speakers. You can connect your iPod or any compatible MP3 player. It also has an adjustable-angle bracket for your tablet computer.

To keep you cool and comfortable, two AutoBreeze workout fans are integrated with the console. AutoBreeze fans can automatically adjust their output according to your workout intensity. They can also be controlled manually.

Machines in the Incline Trainer Series have WhisperQuiet decks. These absorb the sound of your footfall for especially quiet operation.

According to customer reviews of NordicTrack Incline Trainers, the average assembly time is about 30 minutes.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack X11i Incline Trainer warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Deck: Lifetime

– Motor: Lifetime

– Parts & Electronics: 6 Years

– Labor: 3 years

NordicTrack incline trainers are sold with a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

The new NordicTrack X11i is a top treadmill alternative for runners and walkers. It can easily support high-speed training, but it also lets you be gentler to your frame and just walk on an incline to burn hundreds of calories in a short amount of time.

Besides being a versatile performer, this top-tier model is loaded with NordicTrack’s best suite of electronics for preset workouts, blasting your music and getting distracted online. Workout sessions fly by!

If it fits your budget, the new X11i Incline Trainer is a worthy contender for space in your home gym. But if the sale price isn’t right, do check out NordicTrack’s alternatives. You could likely be satisfied by another option (maybe the X9i) even if it isn’t the most advanced in its series.