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NordicTrack X11i Incline Trainer Review

Quick Summary

Considering a treadmill alternative? NordicTrack introduced incline trainers in 2005. With steep maximum slopes, incline trainers let you cover more ground in less time. Benefits of incline trainers include speedy calorie burn, targeted muscle toning and reduced strain on joints. Today the NordicTrack X11i is among the top models. Is it a smart investment for your home workouts? This unbiased review including pros and cons can help you decide.

The X11i Incline Trainer features a maximum 40% incline and a maximum 6% decline. It’s powered by a 4.25 CHP motor, has a 10″ web-enabled touchscreen and is ready for use with iFit technology.

Learn more from the full NordicTrack incline trainer review below.


Model NordicTrack X11i Incline Trainer

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

0 - 12 mph

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%

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

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"

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

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


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

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.

Wireless Chest Strap

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"

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.


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).


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. The X11i Incline Trainer is second from the top in NordicTrack’s lineup. It’s often reviewed as the best buy from the series. Upgraded for 2016, it now features WhisperQuiet™ technology and has an adjustable-angle tablet holder. Key specs include a 4.25 CHP motor, a tilt range of -6 percent to +40 percent, and a 10″ touchscreen for accessing training programs and the Internet. Typically a customer’s main hesitation is price; incline trainers are pricier than traditional treadmills. However, the $2,199 X11i carries an excellent warranty.


  • Long and extra-wide track (22″ x 60″)
  • Dramatic incline/decline range (-6 percent to +40 percent)
  • Enables rapid calorie burn
  • Reduces impact compared with non-inclined trainers
  • Powerful motor
  • WhisperQuiet™ noise reduction design
  • Music friendly (iPod-compatible, 3″ speakers)
  • 44 built-in workout apps
  • iFit-enabled for unlimited workout variety
  • Lifetime guarantee on frame, deck and motor
  • 10″ full-color touch screen with Android browser
  • Adjustable tablet holder
  • Compact frame
  • Easily assembled


  • Costs more than a traditional NordicTrack treadmill
  • NordicTrack customer service is often criticized in customer reviews


The NordicTrack X11i Incline Trainer is from a collection dubbed as “the fastest way to lose weight” by Jillian Michaels, the celebrity personal trainer from the weight loss TV show The Biggest Loser. This incline trainer lets you simply walk while reaping the intense calorie burn that’s normally reserved for running. It also has a long enough track to accommodate a runner’s stride. Loaded with creature comforts, the X11i is an enticing option for efficient and entertaining workout sessions.

This incline trainer has a 350-pound weight capacity. It has the horsepower and dimensions to power almost anyone’s workouts; the motor is 4.25 CHP and the tread belt is 22″ x 60″.

Plenty of workout guidance is provided. The NordicTrack X11i has 44 built-in apps to support weight loss, speed training and other goals. It’s also iFit-enabled for online data management, customized daily workout downloads and literally endless workout options with Google Maps integration.

Entertainment support includes a web browser, which is accessed through a 10″ touch screen, and an iPod-compatible sound system. This incline trainer also has a bracket for the user’s own tablet computer.

The X11i Incline Trainer has an excellent warranty package that includes two years of free servicing. If it fits your budget, it’s a worthy contender for space in your home gym.

Workout Programs

Make the most of exercise sessions with help from 44 preset workout programs. The X11i’s programs were designed by a certified personal trainer and target four goals: calorie burn, heart rate control, incline training and speed training. Each program can adjust the incline trainer’s speed and angle the track between -6% and 40%.

For endless workout options the NordicTrack X11i is iFit-enabled. With an iFit membership you can access iFit’s ever-growing video workout library on your own tablet computer or smartphone. You can also download a new customized workout daily, design interactive Google Maps workouts, virtually race against Facebook friends and automate your data tracking. iFit’s Google Maps feature lets you virtually experience any mapped route: As the X11i Incline Trainer adjusts its slant to simulate the terrain, a Google Street View will be shown for a truly immersive training session.

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

Incline Trainer Features

NordicTracks are known for being feature-rich and this treadmill alternative is no exception. Features on the X11i range from an impressive incline/decline to extras for integrating digital entertainment.

The main feature, of course, is the dramatic 40% incline. Burn calories at up to five times your usual rate! The X11i’s 6% max decline is useful too. It lets you recruit different muscle groups and adds variety to workouts. This trainer’s incline/decline makes it one of the best fitness machines to use with iFit’s interactive Google Maps workouts.

The 22″ x 60″ track exceeds the standard for traditional treadmills. Whether you engage the incline or not, there’s ample room for almost anyone to take full running strides.

Dozens of preset workout apps are built into the console and are displayed on a full-color 10″ touch screen. Browse the web from the same display!

Music friendly, the X11i is equipped with 3″ speakers. Connect your iPod or any compatible MP3 player.

The NordicTrack X11i has a bracket for your tablet computer. With an adjustable angle, it ensures that you’ll get a great view no matter what your height.

To keep you cool and comfortable, two AutoBreeze workout fans are integrated with this incline trainer. They can automatically adjust their output according to your workout intensity.

OneTouch controls make it easy to adjust the X11i’s speed and incline in the midst of workouts.

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.


The X11i is a top treadmill alternative. It costs more than a typical home treadmill, but it’s more versatile and can deliver results much more quickly. This model is often reviewed as the best buy among all NordicTrack incline trainers.